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Lance Armstrong intrigued by ultra marathon, obstacle-course races

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Lance Armstrong said part of him wants to run an ultra marathon or an obstacle-course race next year in an audio interview published last week.

“Part of me wants to go run an ultra, or find a 100-miler to run or go find an obstacle-course race that’s super challenging,” Armstrong said on Movember Radio, adding that the endurance world is “blowing up” in popularity. “Go try that. I think ’16 would be the year to do that.”

Armstrong, 44, received a lifetime ban and had his seven Tour de France titles stripped by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in 2012 for doping during his cycling career.

Armstrong ran the 2006 New York City Marathon in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 36 seconds. He ran the 2008 Boston Marathon in 2:50:58. He won half-Ironman triathlons in 2012 before receiving the lifetime ban from competition later that year.

Armstrong can return to non-cycling competition in a limited capacity in August, once his lifetime ban eclipses four years, according to

“An athlete serving a lifetime ban under the 2009 [World Anti-Doping Agency] Code, is allowed limited ability to participate in local sporting events in a sport other than the primary sport they were sanctioned in, after serving four years of their sanction,” the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said in a Friday email. “In Mr. Armstrong’s case, this means he will have limited ability to participate in local sporting events.

Specific to his current eligibility for ultra or obstacle course races, so long as the event is not under a code signatory and the event does not otherwise recognize a Code sanction, then there is no prohibition as set forth in the WADA Code.

It is also worth noting that in accordance with the WADA rule, Mr. Armstrong may not participate in an event that has the potential to qualify him to compete in (or accumulate points toward) a national championship, a world championship or an international event other than a world championship.  In terms of what qualifies as an international event, this depends upon the specific sports rules.  However, in general, events licensed, sanction or authorized by an international federation, including world championships, world cups and other such events qualify.”

Armstrong said in last week’s interview that he “very, very rarely” uses a road bike.

“I run more, I swim more,” he said. “If I’m in Colorado in the summer, I’ll do long hikes. Then I guess in the summer I would ride a mountain bike.”

Armstrong said his life consists of being “like an Uber driver” for his five children.

“Before all this goes down,” Armstrong said of the last few years, “life was like 100 miles an hour. Then everything happens, my situation changes drastically, and life goes to like 10 miles an hour. So it feels like it’s gradually picking up. 55’s the speed limit. We might be doing 25 now or 30. So it’s good. As rough as this has been on all of us, it’s nice to have a simple life.”

Armstrong also reflected, again, on his past.

“There are really two big mistakes that I made in most people’s minds, everybody’s mind,” he said. “That was the doping and the treatment of others. I think as time goes on, more and more people understand that the doping just was what it was. It really was completely pervasive, and you really didn’t have a choice. We did have a choice. Your choice was to go home, which nobody took that choice. Everybody geared up and stayed. But all those people that made that first mistake, which now nobody cares about, none of them treated people like [expletive]. None of them attacked another human being. None of them sued another human being. And I did all of those things. So my words to an 18-year-old me would be, I understand you may face some decisions in this sport but, man, don’t ever isolate, attack, ostracize, incite another human being, because we’re not talking about this because I doped. We’re talking about all of this because of the way I treated other people. That’s my mistake, and I own that, and I’ve spent the last three years trying to make amends with those people.”

“The most important word in all of this is betrayal. The people that have a tremendous sense of betrayal, that’s a walk that I’ll walk the rest of my life. I have to now do that just because of the attitude that I had.”

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U.S. diving roster for world championships finalized at nationals

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Collegians David Dinsmore and Brandon Loschiavo beat out Olympian Steele Johnson for the two U.S. men’s platform spots at July’s world championships.

Dinsmore, a rising Miami senior, had the highest cumulative score at the U.S. Championships in Indianapolis, while Loschiavo, a rising Purdue senior, was second while earning the national title with the top tally in Sunday’s final.

Johnson, coming back from two foot surgeries in the last eight months, ended up third, 41.95 points behind Loschiavo.

Johnson is still going to worlds in South Korea with former Purdue teammate Ben Bramley in the synchronized platform. Johnson is an Olympic silver medalist in that event with David Boudia, who left the platform for the springboard and won the national title on that event Saturday.

Also Sunday, Brooke Schultz and Sarah Bacon earned world spots in the women’s springboard, the one event this weekend without an Olympian in the field. Schultz won the previous world championships trials in 2017 and placed 25th at those worlds. Bacon, a rising Minnesota senior, is going to her first worlds.

Divers will compete at worlds for themselves but also to earn Olympic quota spots for the U.S.

U.S. roster for World Diving Championships
Synchronized Springboard — Alison Gibson/Krysta Palmer
Synchronized Platform — Murphy Bromberg/Katrina Young (Olympian)
1m Springboard (Not an Olympic event) — Sarah Bacon, Maria Coburn
3m Springboard — Brooke Schultz, Sarah Bacon
Platform — Amy Cozad Magana (Olympian), Delaney Schnell

Synchronized Springboard — Andrew Capobianco/MIchael Hixon (Olympian)
Synchronized Platform — Ben Bramley/Steele Johnson (Olympian)
1m Springboard (Not an Olympic event) — Briadam Herrera, Michael Hixon (Olympian)
3m Springboard — Michael Hixon (Olympian), David Boudia (Olympian)
Platform — David Dinsmore, Brandon Loschiavo

Mixed (Not Olympic events)
Synchronized Springboard — Briadam Herrera/Lauren Reedy
Synchronized Platform — Zach Cooper/Olivia Rosendahl

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Venus Williams exits on French Open opening day

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PARIS (AP) — Venus Williams’ 22nd appearance at the French Open did not last long.

The 2002 runner-up lost her opening match at Roland Garros for the second year in a row, beaten 6-3, 6-3 by ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina in 1 hour, 13 minutes.

The 38-year-old Williams lost in the first round for the fourth time in the last seven years at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

Wiliams was broken in seven of her nine service games.

She wasn’t the only major winner to make an early exit. Angelique Kerber won’t complete a career Grand Slam this year.

Still hampered by a right ankle injury, the three-time major winner lost 6-4, 6-2 to an 18-year-old Roland Garros beginner, Russian Anastasia Potapova, on Court Philippe Chatrier.

No. 5 seed Kerber’s preparations for Roland Garros, where she never advanced past the quarterfinals, were hampered by the injury she suffered at the Madrid Open last month.

“Of course this is not my excuse and everything,” Kerber said. “I tried my best. I know that there is still a little bit of work to do to be really playing matches 100 percent.”

The 81st-ranked Potapova sealed the opening set with a cross-court backhand winner and broke twice at the start of the second. Kerber saved two match points before shanking a forehand wide sealing her fate.

“The clay season is over now for me. Yeah, I’m happy about that, that I can now look forward to playing on grass,” added Kerber, who won the Australian Open and US Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2018.

Playing his first match at Roland Garros since 2015, Roger Federer had no problem reaching the second round.

Back on the refurbished Chatrier, the 20-time Grand Slam champion defeated French Open debutant Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

Federer missed the French Open in 2016 because of a back injury and then skipped the event to focus on Wimbledon. He won the title in Paris 10 years ago to complete a career Grand Slam.

“I missed you, thanks very much for the welcome,” Federer said to the crowd after concluding his match. “I was quite tense at the start.”

Among other seeded players in action, 2016 champion and 19th-seeded Garbine Muguruza advanced to the second round with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over American Taylor Townsend at the tournament’s newest stadium, Court Simonne Mathieu. No. 11-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated Thomas Fabbiano of Italy 6-3, 7-5, 6-1.

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