Feds urge judge to pursue Armstrong case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP):
Justice Department lawyers urged a federal judge not to dismiss the government's fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, arguing the United States Postal Service was forever tainted by its sponsorship of his team while he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.
The Postal Service, which insists it didn't know about a team drug regimen that was exposed last year by the US Anti-Doping Agency, is now permanently linked to what the government lawyers called "the greatest fraud in the history of professional sports" in court records filed Monday night.
The government claims Armstrong violated his contract with the Postal Service and was "unjustly enriched" while cheating to win the Tour de France. Six of his seven titles came under Postal Service sponsorship.
Armstrong has urged the court to dismiss the case, arguing the government was aware of doping rumours surrounding his teams and could have cancelled the contracts.
A federal judge has scheduled November 18 oral arguments in Washington on whether to let the case proceed.
AC Milan won't appeal Balotelli ban
AC Milan will not appeal striker Mario Balotelli's three-match ban. On Monday, the Serie A club said it would appeal both Balotelli's ban for insulting a referee and the decision to close a section of the stadium for a match after racist chanting.
However, after receiving official documents pertaining to the decisions, the club announced yesterday that it will only appeal against the closure of its Curva Sud.
"Mario is no longer a child, he is 23 years old and he has to change," Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "He is a potential champion, but he has to stop certain attitudes towards referees."
Neymar nets first Barça goal
Neymar scored his first league goal and helped Barcelona ease past Real Sociedad 4-1 in the Spanish league yesterday and stay perfect after six rounds. Atletico Madrid also stayed perfect, thanks to goals by Diego Costa in a 2-1 win against Osasuna, giving them 18 points, although Barcelona stay top with their better goal differential.
Neymar opened the scoring in the fourth minute, before goals from Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets inside 25 minutes left Real Sociedad reeling at the Camp Nou. Sub Marc Bartra scored Barcelona's other goal.
Elsewhere, Levante drew 1-1 with Valladolid. Baba Diawara opened the scoring for Levante in the 35th minute and Javier Guerra equalised six minutes later. Malaga beat Almeria 2-0 with goals by Fernando Tissone and Francisco Portillo.
Today Real Madrid travel to Elche, Sevilla host Rayo Vallecano and Granada play Valencia.