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Lee primed to upset Chavez

BOXING: Limerick southpaw Andy Lee believes he can pull off a major upset and defeat Julio Cesar Chavez Junior for the WBC World Middleweight title.

Lee takes on the Mexican at the Sun Bowl Arena in El Paso on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 30,000.

"I am not going to El Paso to make up the numbers on the card; believe me this is the pinnacle of a lifetime's work and the opportunity is not going to pass me by. I am going there to win the title," he said.

"Julio Cesar Chavez has been a proud champion and has kept himself busy in the 12 months since winning the title, but I will be too strong and will have too much ring craft for him."

Armstrong probe

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong was facing the prospect of losing his record-breaking total of seven Tour de France titles after the United States Anti-Doping Agency confirmed they had begun legal proceedings against the former cyclist.

The USADA revealed last night it had sent Armstrong written notification regarding "allegations of anti-doping rule violations" during his time with the United States Postal Service (USPS) cycling team.

The USADA confirmation came hours after Armstrong, 40, had released a statement of his own to angrily deny the claims, which, if proved, could see him stripped of the Tour titles he won while with USPS.

"These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity," Armstrong said.

Murray defeated

TENNIS: Andy Murray's grass-court preparation for Wimbledon next week will consist of no more than two exhibition matches after his shock elimination from the AEGON Championships further dampened expectations around Britain's number one.

Murray was expected to cruise to the final of the tournament at Queen's but he was outgunned by unseeded Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-7 (1/7).

BASEBALL: Washington 6, Toronto 2; Baltimore 7, Pittsburgh 1; Boston 10, Miami 2; Cincinnati 5, Cleveland 3; N.Y. Mets 9, Tampa Bay 1; N.Y. Yankees 3, Atlanta 2; Texas 1, Arizona 0; Detroit 8, Chicago Cubs 4; Kansas City 4, Milwaukee 3, 11 innings; Philadelphia 9, Minnesota 8; St. Louis 1, Chicago White Sox 0; Oakland 10, Colorado 8; L.A. Angels 2, L.A. Dodgers 1; San Diego 1, Seattle 0; San Francisco 10, Houston 0.