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Armstrong gives IU $1.5M gift

By wire services
Published October 28, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS - The Lance Armstrong Foundation endowed a $1.5-million professorship for cancer research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where the seven-time Tour de France winner was successfully treated for testicular cancer in 1996.

The gift, announced Thursday, also will be used for program development at the IU Cancer Center. Armstrong had two operations there and four series of chemotherapy as cancer spread to his lungs and brain.

Dr. Lawrence Einhorn, who was one of Armstrong's doctors and developed a treatment that has produced a 95 percent cure rate in testicular cancer, will hold the Lance Armstrong Foundation Chair in Oncology.

Armstrong's foundation is known for the $1 yellow LiveStrong bracelets sold to raise money for cancer research.

OLYMPICS: Young stripped of medal

Sprinter Jerome Young was formally stripped of his relay gold medal from the 2000 Olympics for a positive doping test in 1999. Young tested positive for steroids at the U.S. nationals but was cleared on appeal and allowed to compete in Sydney. The International Association of Athletics Federations said Young should have received a two-year ban and been ineligible for Sydney. Young's agent said the sprinter plans to fight the ruling in court.

The International Olympic Committee also reinstated Colombian cyclist Maria Luisa Calle's bronze medal from the 2004 Athens Games.

WOMEN'S SPORTS: The IOC rejected women's boxing but approved open-water swimming and women's steeplechase for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Also approved were increases in women's teams in soccer, field hockey and handball from 10 to 12, and the replacement of doubles with team events in table tennis.

IOC WANTS EXPLANATION: Bode Miller will be asked by the IOC athletes' commission why he favors liberalizing anti-doping rules in sports. "His statements are really crazy, we are really shocked," said former Olympic pole vault champion Sergei Bubka, who heads the athletes' group. The commission assigned former skier Pernilla Wiberg to interview Miller.

COLLEGES: UF tabbed runner-up

The Gators men's basketball team was picked to finish second in the SEC East behind Kentucky, which media at the SEC Tip-off 2006 said would be the league champ. UF guard/forward Corey Brewer and forward Al Horford, the team's lone returning starters, were each selected to the media's preseason All-SEC second team. Vanderbilt was picked to finish third in the SEC East, followed bySouth Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Alabama was picked to win the SEC West and LSU was selected second, followed by Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Auburn.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: Amaury Sport Organisation announced the 2006 Tour de France will not feature a team trial, but will keep the two individual trials. The 93rd edition covers 2,261 miles and begins July 1.

ARENA FOOTBALL: The Storm signed three players, including former South Florida and Springstead High graduate Huey Whittaker, a receiver/defensive back. The 6-foot-5 Whittaker, who overcame foot and knee injuries to become one of USF's top deep threats in 2003, was on the Bucs' practice squad last year and spent time with the Steelers and Jaguars. Tampa Bay also signed receiver/defensive back Elance Frazier, a former Cowboy; and center/defensive lineman Jimond Pugh, an ex-Steeler who spent time on the Storm's injured reserve list last season.

TENNIS: Former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez quit her second-round match against Daniela Hantuchova at the Generali Ladies Open in Linz, Austria because of an arm injury. ... Four seeded players lost at the Swiss Indoors, including top-seeded Guillermo Coria, defending champion Jiri Novak, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tommy Haas. ... Second seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Paul Goldstein 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.

Times staff writer Frank Pastor contributed to this report, which used information from other news organizations.

[Last modified October 28, 2005, 01:36:14]


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