Big news from Austin, Texas this morning as Lance Armstrong says it's over — and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency agrees. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says it will strip Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles after he declared he was finished fighting the drug charges that threaten his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists of all time. Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive, said Armstrong would also be hit with a lifetime ban on Friday. Still to be heard from was the sport's governing body, the International Cycling Union, which had backed Armstrong's legal challenge to USADA's authority. Armstrong says he will no longer fight the charges because he's tired of it. Says Armstrong: "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now." Armstrong called the USADA investigation an "unconstitutional witch hunt."
In a game featuring 27 runs and 38 hits, the L.A. Angels outlasted the Boston Red Sox 14-13 in a wild one that took four and a-half hours at Fenway Park. The Angels trailed 6-0 early but got back in it by scoring eight runs in the third inning.
Collin McHugh pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings for the Mets in his major league debut, but the Colorado Rockies completed their second straight four-game sweep of New York with a 1-0 victory as Jordany Valdespin misplayed Tyler Colvin's leadoff drive in the eighth into a game-changing triple.
The Yankees were off yesterday they’ll play in Cleveland tonight, Boston hosts Kansas City and the Mets begin a weekend series with Houston tonight.
And tomorrow will see the 143rd running of the Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Track. The Travers is the oldest major thoroughbred race in America. The 5-2 Alpha leads the favorites for the $1 million purse.
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