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Livestrong cut Lance's name

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong's cancer-fighting charity has formally dropped him from its name and will officially be known as the Livestrong Foundation.

THE move is the latest of several by the charity to separate itself from its founder, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after the US Anti-Doping Agency revealed evidence of performance enhancing drug use by Armstrong and his teammates.

Foundation spokeswoman Katherine McLane said the name change was approved by the Texas Secretary of State on October 30.

Armstrong had previously stepped down as chairman of the foundation and resigned from its board of directors.

He has not commented publicly on the USADA report.

Hatton confident

BOXING: Ricky Hatton insists he has no qualms about making his boxing comeback as a welterweight.

This Saturday, Hatton returns to his old stomping ground of the Manchester Arena to take on Vyacheslav Senchenko at the weight class above the 10-stone light-welterweight division he dominated in his prime.

Only twice previously in a 47-fight career has 34-year-old ventured 7lbs north to welter, with the results mixed at best.

Hatton's debut at the weight was his first fight at the top of an American bill, edging Luis Collazo over 12 brutal rounds in Boston to claim the WBA title in May 2006 and earn the distinction of becoming a two-weight world champion.

Following the gruelling nature of that triumph, he elected not to defend the belt and did not step up again until suffering a first career loss at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"To be honest when I fought Collazo it was a hard fight, but normally when you're moving up in weight you have a couple of fights first," said Hatton.

Compton debuts

CRICKET: Nick Compton today made his debut in the first Test against India at the Sardar Patel Stadium.

England, as expected, named Compton to open the batting alongside new captain Alastair Cook. The pair would have to wait for their chance to impress, however, after India won a crucial toss and inevitably chose to bat first on a dry pitch expected to increasingly favour spin.

England unsurprisingly named Tim Bresnan as their third seamer, in a predictable line-up also containing Stuart Broad following his recovery from a bruised heel. India were as published, with two specialist spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha.


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