Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

IOC Wants Independent Inquiry of Armstrong

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

IOC Wants Independent Inquiry of Armstrong

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IOC president Jacques Rogge called Friday for outside "independent observers" to investigate allegations that seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong tested positive for EPO at the 1999 race.

Both the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency have announced separate inquiries into the case, but Rogge said he prefers a fully independent probe.

"I have asked that an independent inquiry be started to pinpoint the different responsibilities," Rogge said, adding he hoped "the inquiry, if possible, would also be able to show whether the sample was positive."

In August, the French sports paper L'Equipe published documentation alleging six of Armstrong's frozen urine samples from the 1999 Tour came back positive for endurance-boosting EPO when they were retested last year.

Armstrong denied using banned drugs and said he was the victim of a "witch hunt."

Rogge wants a group of "independent observers" who are linked to WADA but operate autonomously to settle the issues if the UCI and WADA investigations lead to different conclusions.

TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW FOR CORRALES AND CASTILLO IN FIGHT

Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo already have got quite a history. Their first fight was one for the ages, a magnificent battle even before Corrales got off the canvas twice in the 10th round to stop Castillo in a round that will long live in boxing lore.

But they're not finished yet. They meet again for the lightweight title tonight in Las Vegas, barely five months after they gave each other the kind of beating that shortens and sometimes ends the careers of lesser fighters.

"This is a war of attrition. This is the final battle," Corrales said. "I am here and I will die in that ring before I give up what I have."

Corrales has the WBC 135-pound title he won from Castillo in the May 8 fight.

BACKUP QB LEADS UCONN PAST SYRACUSE

Backup quarterback D.J. Hernandez rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown after replacing injured starter Matt Bonislawski and Connecticut beat visiting Syracuse 26-7.

Terry Caulley had touchdown runs of 4 and 8 yards for the Huskies (4-1, 1-0) in their Big East opener. …

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