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ICU slammed for ignoring

Armstrong and doping

Cycling officials let doping flourish and broke their own rules so Lance Armstrong could cheat his way to becoming the superstar the sport badly needed, according to a scathing report.

The International Cycling Union was severely criticized for failing to act during the doping era dominated by Armstrong, but the 227-page report the governing body released early today found no evidence that he paid to cover up alleged positive tests.

The report was commissioned by the new UCI leadership to investigate doping that shredded cycling's credibility and led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012.

While the yearlong probe by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission turned up no major revelations, it suggested that doping is still rife in top-level road cycling.


Harvick a winner in Vegas

Defending NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick raced to his first victory of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after finishing second in the Daytona 500 and second last week at Atlanta. -- APCoLLEGES

Stony Brook men roll

Mike Rooney scored five goals and Brody Eastwood and Alex Corpolongo had two each as the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team (5-1) beat host Rutgers, 13-9 . . . Brittain Altomare (five assists) and Tiana Parrella each had four goals and Morgan Knox added three as the host Hofstra women's lacrosse team (4-2) beat Quinnipiac, 14-9.

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