Lance Armstrong at peace
Lance Armstrong said he was more at peace now than he has been in a decade. In his first interview since the US Anti-Doping Agency disciplined him with a lifetime ban from professional cycling and vacated his seven Tour de France titles, he said: “Nobody needs to cry for me. I’m going to be great.” Still, his ego was bruised after being beaten by 16-year-old Keegan Swirbul at the Power of Four mountain bike race on Saturday. Armstrong finished second, nearly five minutes behind the lanky teenager. Soon after crossing the finish line and skidding to a stop, Armstrong chatted for a few minutes before saying: “OK, I’m going to go eat a cheeseburger.”
NBA stars visits Myanmar
The US has appointed an ambassador to Myanmar and helped bring in US businessmen keen on doing business in the rapidly reforming Southeast Asian nation. Now, Washington is sending professional basketball players and coaches in a bid to boost cultural ties. The US embassy said ysterday that four “sports envoys” have arrived in the country as part of a US Departmentof State-sponsored program “to emphasize the importance of academics, cooperation and respect for diversity.” The group will conduct several sports workshops with local youth before leaving on Friday. The group includes Charlotte Bobcats basketball team manager Richard Cho, a Myanmar native who migrated to the US. Also traveling are Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Darvin Ham, former Women’s National Basketball Association player Allison Feaster and former NBA player Marty Conlon.
Hamlin wins in Bristol
Denny Hamlin won for the first time at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee with a calculated late pass on Saturday. Hamlin flirted with Carl Edwards for the lead late in the race, and set up his move with 39 laps remaining. Hamlin used a slide move to get past Edwards, then held on as Edwards tried to use a cross-over move to get back in front. It did not work for Edwards, and Hamlin drove away for his third victory of the season. Jimmie Johnson finished second and clinched a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr also locked down spots in the 12-driver field. Jeff Gordon was third, followed by Brian Vickers and Marcos Ambrose.
Merritt eyes world record
Olympic 110m hurdles champion Aries Merritt was eyeing the world record when he was to race at a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, England, yesterday. The US hurdler, who was disqualified from the event at the Lausanne Diamond League earlier this week for a false start, said if conditions were agreeable, bettering the world mark of 12.87 seconds was within his reach. “I think the world record is obtainable,” Merritt told a news conference said. “I just need the right conditions and I need to stay in the blocks,” he said in reference to Lausanne. “I need to execute my race like I’ve been doing all season all hopefully it’ll come.” The field features Olympic silver and bronze medalists, Jason Richardson of the US and Jamaican Hansle Parchment. Merritt has dominated the event this year, with the most sub-12.95 second performances recorded in a single season. American sprinter Tyson Gay, fourth in the 100m at the Olympics, will race over 200m for the first time in two years.