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Armstrong stripped of 7 titles

Geneva: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling’s governing body to day following a report from the US Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme has said the race would go along with whatever cycling’s governing body decides and will have no official winners for those years.

Armstrong, meanwhile, lost another sponsor when Oakley broke off its relationship with the cyclist.

Booth named

New Delhi: British coach David Booth has been appointed as Salgaocar’s chief coach for the ongoing I-League season as replacement for Karim Bencharifa.

Davis Cup

London: India will host South Korea in a Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I first round tie, which will be held from February 1-3 next year.

Boxing gold

New Delhi: LP Prasad (49 kg) clinched the only gold for India at the 33rd International Tammer Youth Boxing Tournament, beating England’s Jack Bateson in the final in Tampere, Finland.

Atwal show

St Simons Island: After holding the lead at the halfway stage and then lying third, Arjun Atwal slipped on the final day for a very modest 71 to end tied 10th at the McGladrey Classic.

Wiratchant wins

Bangalore: Shiv Kapur was the best-placed Indian golfer at fourth after carding a blemish-free five-under 66 but it was Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant (66) who walked away with the top honours after clinching a thrilling play-off at the Hero Indian Open.

Anirban Lahiri, Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand and Jaakko Makitalo of Finland were at tied fifth. Chiragh Kumar (68) finished tied eighth with a total of nine-under.

Railways best

Bhopal: Railways retained the second Hockey India Senior Women’s National Championship after thrashing Haryana 5-0 in the summit clash.

Gauti hits back

New Delhi: Gautam Gambhir hit back at critics who have raised doubts on the future of his opening combination with Virender Sehwag following their recent form slump, saying with an average of 53 they are still the best in the country.

Bangla coach

Dhaka: Richard Pybus has stepped down as Bangladesh head coach after he was unable to agree terms on a formal contract, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said.

Player warned

Melbourne: An Australian cricketer has reportedly been warned over an incident involving cocaine.

According to newspaper reports, even though the unnamed player did not test positive for drugs but admitted to an “incident occurring and was subsequently counselled”.

Raja no more

New Delhi: Former Railways batsman and well-known first-class cricketer Raja Ali passed away under tragic circumstances after suffering from massive cardiac arrest, in Bhopal.

Raja is survived by his wife and a three-year-old child.