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Lance Armstrong
5:37 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Many Austinites Question Sincerity of Armstrong's Confession to Oprah

Lance Armstrong's Mellow Johnny's bike shop in downtown Austin. Bar watch parties, complete with drinking games, assembled last night to watch Armstrong's interview.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last night. For many Austinites, the much-anticipated confession was worth a special viewing appointment. And for some, it even called for a watch party.

A few dozen watch party attendees crowded around picnic tables on the patio and at the u-shaped wood bar at Little Woodrow’s on Sixth Street as they waited for the tell-all from the Texas native on his decade-long doping cover up.

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Sports
10:40 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Lance Armstrong Admits To Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs (Updated)

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:14 am

(We updated the top of this post at 10:40 p.m. ET.)

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong publicly confessed to cheating on all his seven Tour de France victories.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the second part of which airs Friday, Armstrong said he was never afraid of getting caught and attributed his actions to a "ruthless desire to win."

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Lance Armstrong
3:35 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Up Next For Lance Armstrong: Post-Confession Court Cases

Lance Armstrong, right, faces several court cases tied to evidence that he cheated. One of the suits was filed by his former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis. Here, the pair ride during the 2003 Tour de France.
Paolo Cocco AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:14 pm

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's confession to doping isn't just a matter of passing interest to sports fans, it has the potential to be pivotal new evidence in a raft of legal matters that have swirled around the cycling star for years.

Armstrong already has lost his battle with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which detailed "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program" in sports when it announced a lifetime ban of the cyclist last October.

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Lance Armstrong
1:28 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

The Reselling Of Lance: A Job Too Big Even For Oprah

Lance Armstrong speaks with Oprah Winfrey during taping for the show Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive in Austin, Texas, on Monday. The interview airs Thursday and Friday on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
George Burns AP

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 3:46 pm

You may have heard that banned-for-life pro cyclist Lance Armstrong, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, has admitted to doping.

You may have heard that he apologized (tearfully, reportedly) to employees at Livestrong, the foundation he started in 1997 after surviving testicular cancer.

You may have heard that he reached out to make nice with people in the cycling world whom just months ago he was branding as liars and worse, and that he may pay back some bike team sponsor money.

Feel manipulated yet?

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Lance Armstrong
6:16 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Has Lance Confessed?

Armstrong tweeted this picture in December in apparent defiance of being stripped of his Tour de France titles.
twitter.com/lancearmstrong

The 'will he or won't he' may be answered before Oprah Winfrey's much-anticipated interview with the cyclist airs Jan. 17. The Associated Press is reporting that Lance Armstrong has confessed to Oprah about using performance-enhancing drugs.

The AP cites "a person familiar with the situation." The newsgathering organization says "the person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview is to be broadcast Thursday on Winfrey's OWN network."

Armstrong has also reportedly apologized to the Livestrong Foundation staff—the Austin-based non-profit he started to support people fighting cancer.

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Lance Armstrong
2:04 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Reports: Lance Armstrong Has Told Livestrong Staff He's Sorry

Lance Armstrong in 2010.
Nathalie Magniez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 1:56 pm

Cycling superstar Lance Armstrong, who has been stripped of his many victories because anti-doping authorities say he used performance enhancing drugs throughout his career, has reportedly told the staff at his Livestrong cancer charity that he's sorry. But it's not clear at this hour exactly what it is he's supposedly apologized for.

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Lance Armstrong
1:57 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Photos: Media Waits Outside Lance Armstrong's Home

Hoping to see Oprah Winfrey, the media parked and set up cameras outside of Lance Armstrong's home in Austin.
Bobby Blanchard for KUT News

Before sitting down with an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong reportedly apologized to the Livestrong staff today.

At least seven media trucks were parked outside of Armstrong’s house Monday morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of Oprah Winfrey. The talk-show host was expected to appear at Armstrong’s house sometime Monday for an exclusive interview with the former cycling champion. However, the Associated Press reported this afternoon that Armstrong was on his way to a hotel to tape the interview.

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Lance Armstrong
8:36 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Lance Armstrong's Celebrity Confessor: Oprah

Next week, Oprah Winfrey hosts Lance Armstong for a talk many expect will turn confession.
Winfrey photo flickr.com/vtkproductions; Armstrong photo Wikipedia user Haggisnl, bit.ly/WyMQEy

From his home in Austin, Lance Armstrong will speak with Oprah Winfrey for his first interview since having his seven Tour de France titles vacated.

It was a rough 2012 for Armstrong: He saw his wins vacated once he stopped fighting doping charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last summer. USADA then issued a scathing report detailing alleged doping throughout Armstrong’s career. The fallout lead to Armstrong’s formal separation from the cancer organization he founded, Livestrong.

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The Lead
9:02 am
Mon January 7, 2013

The Lead: Armstrong's Next Move, UT Track Coach Admits to Affair

Lance Armstrong may admit to doping, according to the New York Times.
flickr.com/rubenstein_

Good morning. This Monday should be relatively mild, with a high near 60. But beginning Tuesday, a strong storm system is expected to blow into the Austin area. The National Weather Service says rainfall totals of three to four inches are in the forecast, with up to six inches in isolated spots. 

Let us know what sort of rains you experience: email news@kut.org or tweet pics and messages to KUTnews.

Armstong’s end game: We noted late Friday evening a report from The New York Times that Lance Armstrong, the seven time Tour de France winner who saw his wins erased in a massive doping scandal, was considering admitting to use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Health
7:13 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Why Exercise May Do A Teenage Mind Good

Members of the boys basketball team from Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, celebrate their 2012 state championship victory. Psychological research shows that sports camaraderie improves teenagers' mental health.
Charles Pulliam AP

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 7:02 am

It's well known that routine physical activity benefits both body and mind. And there are no age limits. Both children and adults can reap big benefits.

Now a study published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, explores whether certain factors may help to explain the value of daily physical activity for adolescents' mental health.

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Sports
12:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

It's Aggies vs. Sooners in the Cotton Bowl Tonight

The Cotton Bowl Classic is taking place in Cowboys Stadium tonight.
Flickr user Princess Stand in the Rain, bit.ly/10ZwQ6h

Two of UT’s biggest rivals - past and present - go head-to-head tonight.

The ninth-ranked Aggies face off against the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl Classic this evening. It’s a battle for conference pride. Oklahoma will try to score a victory for the Big 12 over the SEC.

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Sports
12:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Pa. Gov. Suing NCAA To Stop Penn State Sex Abuse Sanctions

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 11:45 am

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R), says the NCAA badly overreached itself when it imposed punitive financial sanctions on Penn State over the handling of sexual predator and former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky. Corbett is filing a federal anti-trust lawsuit against the collegiate athletic association, saying it ignored its own disciplinary rules in its rush to castigate the Pennsylvania university.

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Lance Armstrong
11:46 am
Mon December 24, 2012

UK Newspaper Suing Lance Armstrong

Daniel Bayer via flickr.com/aspensnowmass

A British newspaper is suing Lance Armstrong for about $1.5 million over a settlement it reached with the  cyclist in 2004.

The Sunday Times paid Armstrong almost half a million dollars after he accused the paper of libel when it printed allegations that he used performance enhancing drugs.

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Top Stories 2012
2:44 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Top Stories of 2012: Lance Armstrong's Crash and Burn

Just layin' around: A tweet from Armstrong featuring his Tour de France jerseys drew the ire of the blogosphere.
twitter.com/lancearmstrong

Here’s one Austinite that’s probably ready for 2012 to end: Lance Armstrong.

Cyclist, cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong found himself enveloped by controversy this year that ultimately lead to the erasure of his wins.

In February, federal prosecutors announced they had dropped a two-year investigation into whether Armstrong participated in doping. But later that summer, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), a non-governmental watchdog of doping in sports, announced it was bringing its own charges of doping against Armstrong.

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Sports
1:58 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

NFL Players' 'Bountygate' Suspensions Vacated

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
Chris Szagola CSM /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 1:11 pm

The four NFL players who were fined and given multi-game suspensions for their alleged parts in the New Orleans Saints' "bountygate" scheme that paid bonuses for injuring opposing players have had their punishments vacated, the league says.

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Texas A&M Football
12:19 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Will Johnny Manziel Be the First Freshman Heisman Winner?

Johnny Manziel may be Texas A&M's first Heisman winner in almost 50 years.
Texas A&M Athletics

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, a 13.5-inch tall bronze trophy weighing 25 pounds, has been awarded to the most outstanding player in college football since 1935.

The Heisman, probably the most recognized individual award in all of sports, has had many suitors this college football season – but few as electrifying as the finalists: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.

Of the three finalists Manziel – a.k.a. Johnny Football – is the favorite to win college football's most prestigious award on Saturday night in Manhattan. If Manziel does win he would be the first freshman to win the Heisman and the first Texas A&M player since halfback John David Crow won the school's only Heisman in 1957.

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Sports
8:19 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Going Bowling: UT, Other Texas Teams Head Into Post-Season Play

Mack Brown at a November press conference.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Texas Longhorns will play Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio this post-season.

The Longhorns have played the Oregon State Beavers twice. UT won both times. Oregon State does have a better record and a higher rank this season. The game is Dec. 29.

Some expected the Longhorns to head to the Cotton Bowl. Instead, that’s where UT’s Big 12 rival Oklahoma will play former Big 12 rival Texas A&M on Jan. 4.

The Sooners lost out on a chance to play in a BCS bowl when Mid-American Conference champ Northern Illinois moved up in the rankings and earned an automatic bid.

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Austin
7:30 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Three of Austin's Biggest Names Come Together for One Cause

Matthew McConaughey at an event for his just keep livin Foundation.
MJ&M Facebook Page

An actor, a musician and UT’s head football coach are joining forces to help kids in need.

Mack Brown, Jack Ingram and Matthew McConaughey are putting together an event they’re calling “Mack, Jack & McConaughey" or "MJ&M."

There's not a lot of information right now—even the event's website says "additional details to be announced."

What we do know is that MJ&M will be a two-day, celebrity-filled special event held in Austin in April to raise funds for various children’s charities. The only charity already listed by name as one that will be supported is McConaughey’s just keep livin Foundation.

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Formula 1
11:59 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Austin's Formula 1 Survival Guide: Here's What You Need to Know

An F1 racer parked in downtown Austin.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Just two years after the idea was first floated, Formula 1 is a go in Austin.

The U.S. Grand Prix at Elroy, Texas’ Circuit of the Americas track is this Sunday, Nov. 16.  But a full weekend of practice sessions, qualifying races and more will entertain an estimated 300,000 attendees over the entire weekend.

Meanwhile, local officials and regular citizens alike are prepping for visitors. City management has activated its emergency area command to monitor traffic and public safety in conjunction with additional state and federal authorities. Regular Austinites are facing a choice: batten down the hatches and avoid the madness, or embrace it. Even without F1 tickets, the latter should be easy with events like Austin Fan Fest closing downtown streets and offering free entertainment.

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Lance Armstrong
8:37 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Lance Armstrong's Foundation Drops His Name

Bracelets and memorabilia have long been emblazed with the 'Livestrong' logo.
flickr.com/altera

The organization Lance Armstrong founded to help those battling cancer has dropped his name.

A media representative for the organization confirmed to KUT News that the Lance Armstrong Foundation is now officially the Livestrong Foundation—a name that many already knew it by.

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