LANCEGETSTHEHAMMER

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Lance Arm­strong is not only stripped of his seven Tour de France ti­tles and dis­qual­i­fied from ev­ery event he had en­tered since Au­gust 1998, but he’s also banned from cy­cling for life. The U.S. Anti-Dop­ing Agency, in charg­ing the cel­e­brated can­cer sur­vivor with us­ing il­licit per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drubs, la­bels Arm­strong “a se­rial cheat who led the most so­phis­ti­cated and suc­cess­ful dop­ing pro­gram that sport has ever seen.” USADA re­leased more than 1,000 pages of ev­i­dence and tes­ti­monies from 11 former team­mates. Arm­strong in­sists USADA en­gaged in a “witch hunt.”

■ The Texas-Ok­la­homa game is just as de­press­ing as the Lance news, as the Soon­ers an­ni­hi­late the Longhorns 63-21. It’s the fourth blowout loss of 38 points or more Mack Brown has suf­fered to Bob Stoops.

■ Not to pile on, but ... The Rangers pull off an epic choke down the stretch, first blow­ing a huge di­vi­sion lead to the kid­die corps Ath­let­ics, then be­ing elim­i­nated by the Ori­oles in the new one­and-done wild-card play­off game.

■ San Fran­cisco sweeps Detroit to win the World Se­ries.

■ The NHL sea­son is hi­jacked by an­other strike. At Christ­mas, it’s still un­re­solved.

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