A Dallas promotions company sued Lance Armstrong Thursday, demanding he repay $12 million in bonuses and fees it paid him for winning the Tour de France. SCA Promotions had tried in a 2005 legal dispute over the bonuses to prove Armstrong cheated to win before it ultimately settled and paid him. Armstrong recently acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs after the US Anti-Doping Agency in 2012 detailed a sophisticated doping program by Armstrong’s teams. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and given a lifetime ban from sports. Now, the company contends in its lawsuit Armstrong and agent Bill Stapleton lied and conspired to cheat SCA out of millions.
Irish in Big East for one more season
Notre Dame will be in the Big East at least one more season. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the university has said all along it would like to leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference before the required 27 months’ notice for departing members, but was unable to reach an agreement to do so before next season. Swarbrick says he will continue to negotiate with the Big East for Notre Dame to leave the league before 2015. The Irish will remain independent in football . . . Miami officials released a statement saying more than 10,000 drug tests performed by the university since 2005 have resulted in no positive results for anabolic steroids by its athletes . . . The NCAA wants a judge to throw out the federal antitrust lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania’s governor Tom Corbett over Penn State’s $60 million fine and other penalties resulting from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, arguing Corbett lacks standing to sue . . . The trial of University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson, who was charged with rape in July, will begin Friday with jury selection . . . Merrimack football coach John Perry, who starred at Swampscott High and the University of New Hampshire, resigned from the school to join former Boston College assistant Dave Brock’s staff at Delaware.
Coach K ‘could’ return to US team
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski could return for a third stint as US Olympic men’s basketball coach. Krzyzewski said he was through with the job after leading the Americans to a second straight gold medal in London. Yet the Americans haven’t hired another coach, even after USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in London his plan was to have a successor in place around the new year . . . Hawks guard Lou Williams had reconstructive surgery on his right knee and will now begin a long rehabilitation period. Williams tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee in the Hawks’ game at Brooklyn Jan. 18 . . . Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio was added to the player pool for the rising stars game on Feb. 15 in Houston as part of the All-Star weekend festivities, joining teammate Alexey Shved . . . Defending WNBA scoring leader Angel McCoughtry, who averaged 21.4 points and also led the league with 2.5 steals per game last season, has re-signed with the Atlanta Dream.
Guay, Ligety criticize downhill course
Defending champion Erik Guay of Canada criticized the downhill course at the world ski championships after training in Schladming, Austria, calling one of the jumps ‘‘way too big.’’ Guay said he hurt his back while landing after the 30-meter jump. Super-G world champion Ted Ligety, who will race downhill in the super-combined event on Monday, shared his criticism. ‘‘There are a couple of really big jumps onto really flat landings,’’ the American said. ‘‘It’s pretty harsh landing over those jumps.’’ International Ski Federation race director Guenter Hujara said course workers would try to slightly lower the jump ahead of Friday’s second training.
Flyers sign Timonen to one-year deal
The Philadelphia Flyers signed defenseman Kimmo Timonen on a one-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season . . . Rusty Wallace will headline the fourth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and his famed car ‘‘Midnight’’ will be part of his induction. Wallace, winner of 55 races and the 1989 Cup championship will be inducted Friday night along with champions Buck Baker and Herb Thomas; championship car owner Cotton Owens; and innovative crew chief, mechanic and engine builder Leonard Wood. Wallace drove Midnight from 1992-94 to 13 (of his 55) wins . . . Four-time Olympic gold medalist and Regis Jesuit senior Missy Franklin ends her high school swimming career at the Class 5A state championships in Fort Collins, Colo., in the 200-yard individual medley and 500 free . . . Britain is waiving its tax rules to lure Usain Bolt and other top international athletes to compete at this summer’s Diamond League event in London’s Olympic Stadium.