AM Update: 8/10/12
8:39 am
Fri August 10, 2012

AM Update: Armstrong Doping Case in Court, Ft. Hood Bomb Plot Sentencing, UT Olympic Outlook

Armstrong’s Doping Case in Court

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is scheduled to have his case in an Austin federal court today.

Armstrong is fighting claims by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance enhancing drugs. The agency wants to ban Armstrong from competition for life and take away his titles.

Armstrong has denied doping and his lawyers are arguing the USADA doesn’t have the authority to bring the charges against him. They are asking a judge to issue an injunction to stop the case.

District Judge Sam Sparks is scheduled to preside over Armstrong’s case this afternoon in Austin.

Fort Hood Bomb Plotter Faces Sentencing

The soldier convicted of plotting to blow up a restaurant popular with Fort Hood troops is scheduled for sentencing today.

Private First Class Naser Jason Abdo was supposed to appear for sentencing yesterday but requested more time to prepare. He plans to represent himself at sentencing. He told a judge last month that he felt uncomfortable sharing personal matters with his attorneys.

In May, a jury found Abdo guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He could face life in prison. 

Silver for Hardee, More UT Olympic Performances Ahead

Texas ex Trey Hardee took second place in yesterday’s Men’s Decathlon – the event that many say declares “the world’s greatest athlete.” Hardee finished behind fellow American Ashton Eaton.

Former Longhorn Bianca Knight and her teammates in the Women’s 4x100m Relay qualified with the fastest time – 41.64 – in the first heat of the competition. The final is this afternoon. Also on the track today, Sanya Richards-Ross, the gold-medal winner in the 400m, will team up to run the first round of the 4x400m. The final for that relay is on Saturday.

Destinee Hooker and the Women’s Volleyball team swept South Korea in the semifinals yesterday. They’ll take on Brazil for the gold on Saturday.

Texas ex Kevin Durant and the Men’s Basketball team will play Argentina in today’s semifinal. The winner will play either Spain or Russia on Sunday.