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U.S. makes case against Armstrong

Published April 23, 2013 7:56 pm

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cycling • The Justice Department laid out its case in a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong on Tuesday in Austin, Texas, saying the cyclist violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and was "unjustly enriched" while cheating to win the Tour de France. The government had previously announced it would join the whistle-blower lawsuit brought by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis. Tuesday was the deadline to file its formal complaint.

The Postal Service paid about $40 million to be the title sponsor of Armstrong's teams for six of his seven Tour de France victories. The filing says the USPS paid Armstrong $17 million from 1998-2004.

The lawsuit also names former team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports as defendants. The government said it would seek triple damages assessed by the jury.

Deal aims to end contract fiascoes

NFL • Dear incoming NFL rookie: Worried your $8 million contract might get held up by a balky fax machine? Worry no more.

The NFL Players Association announced a deal Tuesday with an electronic-signature company that will give players being drafted this week, along with their current NFL brethren, access to technology that makes signing a contract as easy as hitting a few buttons on their cellphone.

The deal between the NFLPA and DocuSign comes two days before the draft and with memories of the Denver Broncos-Elvis Dumervil fax fiasco still fresh on everyone's mind.

Last month, the Broncos and their defensive end were unable to seal the deal on a restructured contract because Dumervil couldn't get the signed paperwork back to the team in time via fax.

• The Bengals signed former Steelers linebacker James Harrison to a two-year deal. The five-time Pro Bowl player agreed to terms last Friday.

• The Chargers signed former Broncos fullback Chris Gronkowski.

From wire reports