Saturday 21 October 2017

Armstrong settles insurance lawsuit

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Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with an insurance company that sought more than $3m for bonuses it paid him for winning the Tour de France from 1999 to 2001.

Acceptance Insurance sued Armstrong earlier this year after he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

Attorneys for both sides would not disclose details of yesterday's settlement other than to say the case has been "resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties."

Armstrong still faces a similar $12m lawsuit from a promotions company that is in arbitration. He also faces a federal whistle-blower suit over his team's previous sponsorship with the US Postal Service that could lead to fines in excess of $100m.

Icelandic striker Holmbert Fridjonsson has told Neil Lennon he will be ready to be pitched into the action when he completes his move to Celtic in the new year.

But the 20-year-old admits he faces a battle to force his way into the first team at Parkhead.

Fridjonsson, who had been playing with Fram in his homeland before their season ended, signed a pre-contract agreement with Celtic yesterday.

He will join the Hoops on a four-year deal when the transfer window opens on January 1 but is set to train with his new club from the beginning of next month.

Richard Johnson stole the riding honours at Warwick with a 115/1 hat-trick on Keshi Pearl, Rio De Sivola and Garde La Victoire.

The 14-times runner-up in the jockeys' title took full advantage of perennial champion Tony McCoy's enforced absence. He even came in for one of his mounts after McCoy failed to pass the racecourse doctor as he was still feeling the effects of a fall at Fakenham on Tuesday.

That came on Rio De Sivola (8/1) in the novice chase and having guided Keshi Pearl to victory in the mares' hurdle, Walsh completed his treble on Garde La Victoire (15/8) in the novices hurdle.

holders CBS Naas started the defence of the Leinster Schools McMullen Senior Cup with a 16-6 first-round win over Mount Temple at Naas RFC.

Three-time winners in the last eight years, Naas made clever use of the short side to create tries wing Brin Sheridan and flanker Jack Hanrahan.

Temple out-half Daragh Irwin kicked two penalties as Naas struggled to contain Daniel Gill and David O'Byrne before Naas' Paddy Brickell nailed two second-half penalties.

Irish Independent

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