The director of the Swiss antidoping laboratory informed federal authorities last fall that
test results from the 2001 Tour de Suisse were "suspicious" and "consistent with EPO use," the Associated Press has learned.
Martial Saugy made the statement in September, according to a person familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case.
The person also told the AP that Saugy confirmed to officials investigating doping in cycling that, after learning of the test results, he met with Armstrong and the manager of his U.S. Postal team, Johan Bruyneel, at the direction of the International Cycling Union.
Last week, Saugy told a Swiss newspaper that the lab found suspicious levels of EPO in four urine samples from the race Armstrong won, but he didn't know if any belonged to the seven-time Tour de France winner.
That was contrary to what he said in the statement, made to officials from the FBI, the Food and Drug Administration, and antidoping authorities, according to the person familiar with the investigation.
COLLEGES: The NCAA is interested in Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor's cars. The state of Ohio says he shouldn't be driving one.
Pryor was seen driving a sports car to a team meeting on Monday hours after coach Jim Tressel's forced resignation, even though his Ohio driving privileges have been suspended.
Pryor's driving privileges have been suspended for 90 days because he failed to produce proof of insurance when he was pulled over for a stop-sign violation on Feb. 19 in Columbus. Pryor received repeated requests to appear in traffic court to show that he had valid insurance before he eventually paid a $141 fine and court costs on April 2. But Ohio authorities say he has never produced proof of insurance.
Steve Spurrier has a plan to pay football players - and it wouldn't cost schools or conferences a dime.
South Carolina's head football coach offered an interesting yet far-from-feasible proposal that would give 70 players a $300 stipend every game.
Spurrier acknowledged that the plan probably won't get very far at the SEC's annual meetings or in the NCAA realm, but it could open the door for future dialogue on the issue of sharing millions in college football revenue with the guys who really make it happen.
The introduction of Josh Brandwene as the new women's ice hockey coach at Penn State ended an important phase in the school's leap to Division I play.
Now the real work begins for Brandwene and his counterpart for the men's team, Guy Gadowsky, as they get ready for the transition from club level to major sport status in 2012.
Philadelphia University softball coach John Kelly has resigned, athletic director Tom Shirley announced.
Kelly compiled a 101-154 record (66-78 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference) during his six years as coach. His best season was in 2009-10 when he led the Rams to a 26-20 overall record.
Millersville senior goalkeeper Courtney Haggerty was selected to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II South Squad for the 2011 North-South Game.
SOCCER: Stung by allegations of mismanagement and corruption, FIFA president Sepp Blatter held onto his spot as the leader of world soccer, winning a one-man election derided as a "coronation."
The 75-year-old Swiss, who has headed the sport virtually unchallenged for 13 years, struck a rare note of humility in a speech short on specifics that promised to reform an ethics committee and provide more transparency in decision-making.