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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.