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No rider to get Lance's titles

CYCLING: The 1999 to 2005 Tours de France will be forever without a winner after Lance Armstrong was stripped of the titles, the International Cycling Union confirmed yesterday.

The UCI on Monday ratified the decision taken by the United States Anti-Doping investigation to ban Armstrong for life and strip him of all results since August 1998, including his seven successive Tour wins.

At a special meeting of the UCI's management committee, it was ruled results following any future disqualifications relating to the Armstrong years, 1998 to 2005, would not be reallocated.



Vettel's in form for four in a row

F1: Sebastian Vettel is looking to make it four race victories in a row after sweeping Friday practice for tomorrow's Indian Grand Prix.

The opening two 90-minute sessions are rarely an indicator as to how a weekend might unfold, but on this occasion and at this stage of the season, Red Bull and Vettel appear unbeatable.

Three successive wins give Vettel a six-point cushion over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.



Ronnie pulls out of Chinese event

SNOOKER: Ronnie O'Sullivan has pulled out of the upcoming International Championship to deal a major blow to the richest event China will have staged.

The reigning world champion, who this week questioned his own decision to return to the tour after a short hiatus, has cited medical reasons for his decision to withdraw from the Chengdu tournament.



Melandri avoids taxing jail term

MOTO GP: Former motorcycling world champion Marco Melandri has been given a 19-month suspended jail sentence for inventing a fictitious residence in England to avoid Italian tax between 2003 and 2005.

Prosecutors said that while the BMW rider was supposedly resident near Donington Park, the flow of money and his assets showed his finances remained in his home town of Ravenna.

BOXING: Lennox Lewis has spoke of being "completely devastated" by the death of revered trainer Emanuel Steward. Steward, who had recently undergone surgery for a stomach illness, died on Thursday night aged 68.


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