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Saturday’s EuroFile: Armstrong scores in libel suit, paper reports; Museeuw denies doping; Pearce medals at World Cup

The British Guardian newspaper reported Saturday that Lance Armstrong had scored “a significant victory” in his libel suit against The Sunday Times and its chief sportswriter, David Walsh. The suit stems from a Times article published in June 2004 that repeated allegations made in the book, “LA Confidential: The Secrets of Lance Armstrong,” co-written by Walsh and Pierre Ballester and published in France. A judge in London’s high court struck down the newspaper’s defense, that the article was true, saying that the tone of the article was “sensational” and intended “to stir things up,”

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By Staff and wire reports

The British Guardian newspaper reported Saturday that Lance Armstrong had scored “a significant victory” in his libel suit against The Sunday Times and its chief sportswriter, David Walsh.

The suit stems from a Times article published in June 2004 that repeated allegations made in the book, “LA Confidential: The Secrets of Lance Armstrong,” co-written by Walsh and Pierre Ballester and published in France.

A judge in London’s high court struck down the newspaper’s defense, that the article was true, saying that the tone of the article was “sensational” and intended “to stir things up,” according to the Guardian.

The Sunday Times could now face a six-figure payout to Armstrong, the Guardian reported.

Readthe complete court opinion.

Museeuw denies using drugs
Johan Museeuw has denied reports in the Belgian press that he used EPO and Aranesp during the 2003 racing season.

“I just tried to do my work,” Museeuw said on Saturday after the Belgian newspaper De Morgen published excerpts from the official record of the prosecutor in the case that probed text messages sent between Museeuw and veterinary surgeon Jose Landuyt, who is under investigation for trafficking illegal drugs.

“In the exchange of faxes and SMS (text messages), interrogations and admissions of Landuyt and other people, it is established that Johan Museeuw took Aranesp and EPO,” the report said.

Museeuw countered that the reports called into question “the presumption of innocence which is everyone’s right.”

Last year, the Belgian cycling federation banned the 38-year-old Museeuw for two years for being implicated in the Landuyt doping affair. He had not failed a drugs test and had already retired from the sport. –Agence France Presse

Pearce medals at Manchester World Cup
Colby Pearce medaled in the points race during the World Cup track cycling meet on Saturday in Manchester, England.

Pearce took the bronze behind Vasil Kiryenki (Belarus) and 2 Nikita Eskov (Russia).

In other racing, the host nation won the team pursuit, while France’s Mickael Bourgain took the sprint. Australia’s Katherine Bates won the individual pursuit, while Tamilla Abassova of Russia won the 500-meter time trial. –Agence France Presse

World Cup track
Manchester, England. January 8
Men
Team pursuit

1. Great Britain
2. Spain
3. Germany

Points
1. Vasil Kiryenki (Blr)
2. Nikita Eskov (Rus)
3. Colby Pearce (USA)

Sprint
1. Mickael Bourgain (F)
2. Lukasz Kwiatkoski (Pol)
3. Jose Antonio Trinidad (Sp)

Women
500m

1. Tamilla Abassova (Rus)
2. Victoria Pendleton (GB)
3. Elisa Frisoni (I)

Individual pursuit
1. Katherine Bates (Aus)
2. Emma Davies (GB)
3. Karin Thurig (Swi)