Global sports round-up

Armstrong’s drug findings ‘no surprise’

LONDON – Team Sky’s Tour De France and Olympic time trial winner Bradley Wiggins has said he is not surprised it has been proved that Lance Armstrong is a drugs cheat.

Bradley Wiggins

A United States Anti-Doping Agency report labelled Armstrong a “serial” cheat who led “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen”.

USADA had already banned the 41-year-old American for life and stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles.

“I’m certainly not surprised by it,” said Wiggins when asked his opinion on USADA’s findings on Armstrong.

The Londoner was then asked had he been expecting there to be so much evidence against him and he added: “I wasn’t really expecting anything.

“It is what it is. It stacks up pretty highly really, it’s pretty damning. There’s a lot of it and I think the evidence is now overwhelming.

“In a way this brings an end to the investigation which has been going on for quite a few years. Maybe now, as a sport, we can to move forward.”

When asked, Wiggins went on to reveal he felt little sympathy with Armstrong and said: “Not really, no. I don’t really think of it in those terms.

“My main concern is now I’m standing here as the winner of the Tour de France after a summer where we have won how many Olympic gold medals? I’ve lost count…

“We are the ones picking these pieces up. “For me it’s about looking forward now and not looking back 10, 15 years ago.”


Tiger knocked out of semis by Rose

BELEK – Justin Rose beat 14-times major champion Tiger Woods in the semi-finals today to set up a title showdown with fellow Englishman Lee Westwood at the World Golf Final exhibition event in Turkey.

World number five Rose (69) carded two birdies and an eagle in the last six holes to defeat world number two Woods by one shot.

Westwood blitzed his way past 2011 U.S. Masters champion Charl Schwartzel by six shots, the world number four firing two eagles and eight birdies in a 10-under 61.

Earlier, Woods beat world number one Rory McIlroy by six shots in their much-anticipated Group One tussle at the Antalya Golf Club.

The final is tomorow.


Akram: Captaincy not yet for Kohli

NEW DELHI – Indian batsman Virat Kohli’s staggering form and consistency with the bat in the recent past has led to many experts believing that the baton of captaincy should be handed over to him.

Many have also expressed concerns over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s leadership skills and think that the time is right for him to step down. But bowling great Wasim Akram is of a different opinion.

“As far as blooding young Virat Kohli as a captain in smaller formats is concerned, I think that should just wait. The guy is in the form of his life. He has been India’s most consistent batsman over the past 18 months or so. Let him enjoy his game and not put any other responsibility on him at the moment,” he said.

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