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Texas court denies Armstrong bonus case appeal

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — The Texas State Supreme Court dealt Lance Armstrong another blow on Friday in his bid to keep a firm from collecting the $12 million it paid the disgraced cyclist in bonus money.

The court denied Armstrong’s motion for temporary relief which he filed earlier this month, in an effort to block SCA Promotions’ attempt to recover money it paid him after an arbitration proceeding in 2006 as bonuses for his 2002, 2003, and 2004 Tour de France wins.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and handed a life ban from the sport, eventually admitting last year that all seven of his Tour de France triumphs were fueled by banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Texas-based SCA had withheld a $5 million bonus it was scheduled to pay after Armstrong’s sixth Tour de France win in 2004 because of doping allegations circulating in Europe.

Armstrong took SCA to court and won the case in arbitration. But since his ban and admission of doping, SCA has sought to recoup the money from Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Service cycling team’s parent company, Tailwind Sports, along with legal fees and interest.

Armstrong is scheduled to give a sworn deposition on June 12 in the case, and Friday’s decision paves the way for that to go forward.

“SCA is pleased that it will get an opportunity to hold Mr. Armstrong accountable for his outrageous conduct during our prior legal proceedings,” said Jeff Tillotson, SCA’s attorney, told USA TODAY Sports on Friday. “Our position is simple. No one should be able to relentlessly perjure themselves and get away with it.”

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