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Must Reads: More reactions to Armstrong allegations

USA Today: Would ends justify means for Lance Armstrong? Lance Armstrong has the most devoted fan base of any athlete in any sport, and we sports journalists are reminded of that any time we decide to place his name and the words “performance-enhancing drugs” in the same sentence, which…

USA Today: Would ends justify means for Lance Armstrong?

Lance Armstrong has the most devoted fan base of any athlete in any sport, and we sports journalists are reminded of that any time we decide to place his name and the words “performance-enhancing drugs” in the same sentence, which I last did back in July. That day, I simply mentioned the obvious — that storm clouds were building over America’s greatest untarnished sports icon as the feds moved closer — but even then, the Lance faithful responded with a defense of their man the likes of which is usually reserved for a beloved son or brother.

Reuters: Bruyneel says he’s immune to Armstrong stories now

RadioShack boss Johan Bruyneel tells Reuters it’s frustrating to see more reports about Lance Armstrong. Then he says he is immune to feelings about the situation. “It’s frustrating to see these affairs come back constantly … The affair revealed by Sports Illustrated this week … there is nothing new, it has already been written by other people. It’s 15 years old! But it’s Lance Armstrong, so it makes people talk. I am immune to it now and I am not losing any sleep over it.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Experts discounts HemAssist claims

The Associated Press queries experts on theories that HemAssist was used as a doping product: “I’m very skeptical,” says another of the scientists, Michel Audran at the University of Montpellier. The drug they tested, Hemopure, was “better than HemAssist and it didn’t improve performance, so it would surprise me that he (Armstrong) took this for nothing.”

Kevin Blackistone: Cancer legacy won’t be tainted, writes columnist

AOL’s Blackistone writes that Armstrong’s cancer legacy will protect him from doping charges if it ever come to that: “I think Armstrong is coated in Teflon because of what he’s been through and what he’s done since, and rightfully so. He isn’t being accused, after all, of committing some heinous crime against his fellow man or humanity

The Age: Mum is the word

Armstrong’s team is mum on latest doping allegations. Rupert Guinness couldn’t get a word from anyone close to Armstrong: “TEAM Armstrong has battened down the hatches in commenting about an American sport magazine report into doping allegations against its American namesake – the seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.”

CBS Sports: Good works matter above all else

For the sake of argument, let’s assume Lance Armstrong really did use steroids. That’s what Sports Illustrated would have you believe after you read another exhaustive, exhausting piece of gotcha journalism on Armstrong, the cyclist who might have used steroids to fuel his incredible surge to the top of his sport — and who made that surge after nearly being killed by cancer.