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Lance Armstrong Steps Down as Livestrong Chairman

Morne de Klerk/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amid mounting evidence that he allegedly used performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down as the chairman of Livestrong, his cancer-fighting foundation.

In a statement, the cyclist said he came to his decision "to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career."


Just last week, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report in which 11 of Armstrong's former teammates allege they helped him take performance enhancing substances.

The USADA, which banned Armstrong for life from professional competition and stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles, went on to say that Armstrong, his coaches and teammates "ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

Livestrong Vice Chairman Jeff Garvey will take over as the foundation's chairman, Armstrong said.

Meanwhile, in other news, Nike announced on Wednesday that it has terminated its contracted with Armstrong.

In a statement, the sports apparel giant said: "Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him.  Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner."

Nike added that it still plans to support Livestrong initiatives "created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer."

One of Armstrong’s other partners, the apparel company Oakley, says that it will stand with Armstrong for now: “As we have stated in the past, Oakley does not approve in any way the use of illegal substances for enhancing performance in sports.  Our policy with our athletes is to support them until proven guilty by the highest governing body of sport or court of law.   We are reviewing the extensive report from the USADA, as well as our relationship with Lance, and will await final decision-making by the International Cycling Union."

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NFL Heavyweights Hate New Slim-Fit Uniforms

Byron Bell of the Carolina Panthers. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL’s heaviest players have weighed in on Nike’s new slim-fitting uniforms and the reviews are anything but flattering, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“I hate them. They are built for thin guys,” Alex Boone, a 300-pound offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, told the paper. “It makes me look like I have big old love handles.”

Reebok had been the manufacturer for the past 10 seasons, and this is Nike’s first year making the uniforms as part of their new contract.  Nike designed slimmer, more contoured uniforms, and while they may look stunning on the sculpted receivers and running backs, the guys in the trenches say they are unflattering and uncomfortable.

“I don’t really care for the new jerseys. … I feel like they should put different material in for the big guys,” Terrence Cody, a defensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, told The Wall Street Journal. “It feels like it tightens up and stuff, it’s hard to breathe, it constricts.”

Boone said his wife told him that when he wears the uniform “it looks like [he] ate a small baby.”

In a statement, Nike defended the jerseys. Other players interviewed for The Wall Street Journal’s story said there is no problem with the uniforms and that anyone who complains is putting a premium on looking pretty.

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