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A former teammate of once acclaimed, now embattled former cyclist Lance Armstrong said Friday that there was no question why U.S. Postal Service team members doped during big races.“It was done by the team, but it was done for the Tour de France so I could be a good teammate for Lance Armstrong,” Tyler Hamilton told CNN on Friday. “He wanted you to be riding your best in the biggest races.”Hamilton, who admits he’s not Armstrong’s “biggest fan,” is one of 26 witnesses who testified to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as part of its investigation into doping by Armstrong and other riders on the team.In its report, released Wednesday, the organization tasked with keeping banned substances out of U.S. Olympic-sanctioned sports said it had uncovered “overwhelming evidence” that Armstrong had participated in and helped run the cycling team’s doping program.Armstrong’s lawyer Tim Herman dismissed the USADA report as a “one-sided hatchet job” and a “government-funded witch hunt” against the seven-time Tour de France winner, who has consistently denied doping accusations.Armstrong decided to give up fighting the agency’s investigation in August, after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit he had filed seeking to stop the probe. Hamilton was one of two former members of Armstrong’s cycling team who spoke to CNN Friday about the doping allegations.Emma O’Reilly, a former part masseuse and part personal assistant to Armstrong and his cycling team, said she hoped her decision to talk about doping — which she first did nearly a decade ago and more recently through the USADA report — will help make the sport of cycling better, rather than simply bring Armstrong down.“I think that now, more than ever, this is the opportunity for riders to have the choice to ride clean and stay clean if they choose to,” O’Reilly told CNN.The USADA sent its report — chronicling what it called “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen” — to international cycling authorities, who are considering a request to strip Armstrong of his Tour de France titles and other wins.And the International Olympic Committee said Friday that it also is examining the agency’s evidence to decide if it should consider taking away the bronze medal Armstrong won in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, according to spokesman Andrew Mitchell. Meanwhile, the RadioShack Nissan Trek cycling team announced Friday that it is parting ways with Johan Bruyneel, who managed the U.S. Postal Service and Discovery racing teams on which Armstrong raced.In its report, the USADA said “the overwhelming evidence in this case is that Johan Bruyneel was intimately involved in all significant details of the U.S. Postal team’s doping program.”Bruyneel is among three former U.S. Postal Service and Discovery team officials who are fighting the charges.The Radio Shack Nissan Trek team said the mutual decision “is necessary to make this decision since Johan Bruyneel can no longer direct the Team in an efficient and comfortable way.”On his website, Bruyneel said he was “surprised and extremely disappointed” the USADA released its findings before he could review them. “I still hope to be able to defend myself in a forum free from bias, although I now fear that USADA’s calculated action may have irreversibly prejudiced my case,” he said.n her affidavit, released Wednesday, O’Reilly reiterated allegations she first made in a 2003 book “L.A. Confidentiel” by two journalists on allegations against Armstrong.She told the agency she engaged in clandestine trips to pick up and drop off what she assumed were doping products and said she was in the room when Armstrong and two other team officials came up with a plan to backdate a prescription for corticosteroids for a saddle sore to explain a positive steroid test result during the 1999 Tour de France.“Now, Emma, you know enough to bring me down,” she says Armstrong told her after the meeting.“The quote has got a bit dramatized,” she said. “History has shown that I didn’t have enough to bring him down, and I never wanted to bring him down. Never, ever wanted to bring Lance down.” Doping was commonplace in cycling in the ’90s, O’Reilly said, as integral to the sport as the bikes that bore riders up and down the French hillside. She said she tried to distance herself from doping activities but felt some pressure to go along.She said she first came across doping by the team in 1998, when she said a man gave her a package that he described as testosterone for team cyclist George Hincapie. The man, whose name is redacted from the affidavit, warned her not to travel to the United States with it, O’Reilly said.Hincapie acknowledged using banned substances in his affidavit to the USADA and in a statement released the same day.That same year, she says, Armstrong gave her a small plastic-wrapped package after a race in The Netherlands and asked her to dispose of it. O’Reilly said Armstrong told her it “contained some things he was uneasy traveling with and had not wanted to throw away at the team hotel.”O’Reilly also recounted buying makeup for Armstrong to conceal what she said he described as bruise from a syringe injection during a race. While O’Reilly said she never saw Armstrong use banned substances — though she felt sure that he did — Hamilton had a different story, saying “the first time I ever blood-doped was with Lance” and that Armstrong was well aware and involved with everything that happened.The Massachusetts-born cyclist recalled how the U.S. Postal Service team had a French man, whom he referred to as Motoman, who followed the tour on his motorcycle to deliver the performance-enhancing drug EPO at different stops.Asked why few cyclists on his team were caught despite what he characterized as repeated doping, Hamilton said they just did as they were told.“The team doctors told us what we could take, when we could take it, how long it would stay in our system,” he said. “So if we followed those simple rules, 99 times out of 100, we would pass.”Having first tested positive for doping in 2004, Hamilton said he continued to lie — pointing to what he called omerta, or “the code of silence … within the top tier of cycling.” “I believed that was my only way back into the sport,” he said. “It is a bit of a mafia. It’s a powerful group. You can say the wrong thing, and next thing you know …”It wasn’t until last year, with an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” and the publication of a book the following year, that Hamilton came clean about being a chronic user.He said telling the truth has been cathartic for him, while expressing understanding about his former teammate’s continued denials.“I lied for a long, long time. And you start believing some of your lies,” said Hamilton, who accused Armstrong of trying to intimidate him a year and a half ago. “And he’s got himself really backed into a corner.”
The National Football Team of B&H started with gathering on Sunday in the small city La Hulpe near Brussels, where it will play one of the most important matces in qualifications for the European Championship 2016 in France, on 3rd September against the hosting team of Belgium.Marin Anicic, Ibrahim Sehic, Ermin Zec, Milan Djuric, Ognjen Vranjers, Edin Visca, Mensur Mujdza and Mario Vrancic answered the call of the coach Mehmed Bazdarevic, while the team was completed yesterday with the arrival of players who had obligations in their clubs on Sunday.Bazdarevic expects a difficult match against Belgium, but believes that his players can achieve a favorable result.They have one of the best national teams in Europe, but we have to have ambitions and show determination. We are not afraid, we are going for a good result – said coach of the BH team.Match Belgium-B&H will be played on 3rd September at the stadium King Baudoin in Brussels. Three days later B&H will host Andorra on Bilino polje in Zenica.(Source: novvorijeme.ba)
With Vichai’s funeral underway on Saturday in Bangkok, Leicester headed to Cardiff for a match that served as a chance to honour him and begin the healing process.It was fitting Leicester took the points in their first match since Vichai’s death thanks to Demarai Gray’s second-half winner.Leicester goalkeeper Schmeichel has felt the tragedy more than most as one of the only players to witness the immediate aftermath of the crash moments after the helicopter went down.And the Denmark international was in tears as Leicester’s players and staff locked arms in the centre circle during a poignant minute’s silence before kick-off.“I feel proud. It’s been a really tough week for everyone. The way everyone at the club handles themselves is a testament to the family Vichai built,” Schmeichel said.“You come across very few people that impact you. He had a really big impact on my life.“You can see from the reaction that he had an impact on so many lives. I’m immensely proud to have known him.“I can’t imagine what his family are going through, we did it for him and his family.”The majority of Leicester’s players, manager Claude Puel and senior staff were due to fly to Thailand immediately after the Cardiff match to join what is likely to be a week-long funeral for Vichai.Schmeichel admitted he was relieved Leicester were able to mark the sombre occasion in the only way they could — by playing at their best in memory of Vichai.“That took a lot. It has been an emotional day and glad we got three points for him,” he said.“Every single player wanted to get out there to be at the funeral.“We are glad we’ve come away today from a really tough game with a win we can bring to Thailand and hope we did the family proud.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel applauds fans after his side’s emotional win at Cardiff © AFP / Oli SCARFFCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Nov 3 – Kasper Schmeichel dedicated Leicester’s emotional 1-0 win at Cardiff to the club’s late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his grieving family.Thai billionaire Vichai was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed outside Leicester’s King Power Stadium following last Saturday’s match against West Ham.
As Shaun Dunworth from the Bridgend Ramelton remains in an induced coma at the intensive care unit of St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney more than 800 hundred people attended the ‘Mass of Solidarity’ in St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday evening.Fr Michael Carney PP asked the congregation to join hands in solidarity with the Dunworth family. The emotion, support and sympathy of the congregation in this moment of poignancy spoke a million words.Shaun who is approaching his 21st birthday in late August has been in a coma following the traumatic accident on Warringah Freeway some three miles from the Sydney Bridge at 4.40 on Sunday morning of last week. Police found him lying on the road under the High Street overpass at North Sydney. Fr. Carney was joined by Fr. Desmond Sweeney in the celebration of the special Mass.Members of the congregation described the scene inside the church as deeply moving and inspirational as the community reached out in prayers for the Dunworth family.Shaun has undergone a number of surgical procedures in the past week and as surgeons battle to restore his health, his parents are keeping vigil at his bedside.Stefen and Brenda are in Sydney and their trauma was also in the minds of the congregation on Tuesday evening as Fr. Carney offered prayers for them and wished Shaun a full recovery.The wonderful setting of St. Mary’s was filled to overflowing as was the adjoining old school and members of the congregation also stood outside in the evening sun as they listened intently. Fr. Carney said the Mass was very special and one could sense the intensity of support and love for the family.He said they can take much comfort from the love of the congregation and he asked that Shaun be kept in everyone’s prayers in the days, weeks and months ahead.His parents are keeping the family circle informed several times a day with news of Shaun’s trauma.Shaun went to Australia in January and had just been accepted to commence his visa programme. While the family has been told he sustained serious head injuries and fractured a number of bones including pelvic damage, the full extent of of his brain trauma will not be known until the induced coma is reduced.Fundraising events In Ramelton, the renowned generosity, family relationships and goodwill has been reflected in the fundraising campaign that has already raised in excess of €60,000 including ticket sales for an all-star dance night at the Silver Tassie Hotel on Monday night, September 3rd. The lineup includes, Robert Mizzell, Jimmy Buckley, Gary Gamble, Martin Orr along with Paul and Jason McCahill.A car wash at Sweeney’s on Moorefield last Saturday raised €525 while on Monday night in an impromptu gesture, Ruairi Friel of “In their Thousands’ raised €250.42 during a music session in the Goose and Gander pub in Carrigart on Monday night.On Tuesday night Martin Orr played a fundraiser in the Orchard Inn Letterkenny.Go Fund MeOn Wednesday afternoon the ‘Go Fund Me’ figure had reached €50,000.The link for donations is www.gofundme.com/566czu-shaun-dunworth-recovery-fund Donation envelopes have been printed to facilitate the fund: they are available at Steve’s Café at Market Cross in Ramelton and at Kevin and Maire McFadden’s Shop at Gamble’s Square.On this Friday night there will be a fundraiser in Conway’s Bar. It is a pyjama party and karaoke.Meanwhile Nicky Hanlon of O’Shaughnessy’s Bar is organising a golf outing and he’s appealing for support from all the societies.On Friday week (August 17th) Whoriskey’s supermarket is hosting a coffee morning from 10.00am until 3.00pm.Sincere Thanks One and All!Geraldine Magee (Shaun’s aunt) has paid a sincere thank you to everyone who has supported them in every way over these past ten difficult days: those who’ve called to the family homes: left donations in Steve’s Café; those engaged in fundraising: offering support, the support of the priests: the words of comfort and to those that came to Tuesday evening’s Mass which she described as a very powerful community testimony of faith, love and prayer.The family has been overwhelmed with the amazing sense of generosity and goodwill and it has been an inspiration in helping them get through these difficult times of worry and concern.More than 800 people attend mass for Shaun was last modified: August 9th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AustraliafallRameltonShaun Dunworth