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Lance Armstrong Loses Court Battle Worth Millions

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Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has been ordered to repay $10 million for what a judge called an ‘unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy’.

Lance Armstrong, and the since dissolved team management company Tailwind, were said to have received $12 million in bonuses from promotions company SCA Promotions. These bonuses were paid to Armstrong during the time he and his team, US Postal, won seven Tours de France. It was argued that since the victories have been stripped, due to cheating, the bonuses should be returned.

SCA Promotions confirmed the arbitration ruling with the Texas’ 116th Civil District Court in Dallas, on February 4.

SCA Promotions originally objected to paying Armstrong the bonuses in 2005. They alleged at the time that Armstrong was using performance enhancing drugs. Armstrong sued SCA Promotions and won. The promotions business was forced to pay Armstrong $7 million in 2006. However, the evidence produced by SCA at the 2005 trial formed the foundation of evidence later used against him.

Once Armstrong was exposed by a US report for cheating, and he publicly confessed to his guilt with TV talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey, SCA Promotions moved to recoup its losses.

Armstrong’s lawyers argued the original settlement could not be overturned by state law.

The case was sent back to the original panel of arbiters. These were: independent chairman Richard Faulkner, SCA selection Richard Chernick and Armstrong selection Ted Lyon.

The ruling found in favour of SCA Promotions 2-1. The $10 million fine, they said, was a penalty imposed on Armstrong for lying and intimidating/coercing witnesses in previous cases.

The majority issued this statement: “Perjury must never be profitable. Tailwind sports corp. and Lance Armstrong have justly earned wide public condemnation. That is an inadequate deterrent. Deception demands real, meaningful sanctions.

The one dissenter in the three-man arbitration committee wrote that he believed the the panel was not deceived in when awarding the original settlement. “There is no Texas case or statute that allows for this type of sanctions motion nine years after the award was given.”

Lyon also wrote that the 2005 arbitration panel discovered SCA Promotions to have engaged in selling insurance in Texas without a license. This could have exposed them to more than $22 million in damages under Armstrong’s original claims.

“No party in this case came here with clean hands,” he wrote. “The final decision by the panel reminds me about the ‘do right rule’. It doesn’t matter what the law is, let’s just do what is right. Arbitrators, like judges, don’t have that luxury, and the Panel exceeded its authority by indulging itself here.”

Bob Hamman, president and founder of SCA said, “We are very pleased with this result. It’s hard to describe how much harm Lance Armstrong’s web of lies caused SCA, but this is a good first start toward repairing that damage.”

Armstrong’s lawyer did not comment.

Visa Problems for Mayweather’s Australian Tour

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Australian organisers for boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather have announced their client’s scheduled visit will be postponed by a week – or perhaps indefinitely.

The multiple world champion was due to kick off a series of promotional appearances on Thursday in Melbourne. However, the February 5 show has been rescheduled because of logistic and legal issues.

First, the American has announced he will now bring an entourage of 31, including 5 other boxers. This has created a visa, accommodation, and transportation dilemma for organisers of the tour.

Next, no decision has yet been made about Mayweather’s application for a visa to Australia.

Mayweather has been imprisoned for assaulting a former girlfriend. His having a criminal record for a violent offence complicates the matter of granting him entry to Australia.

Fiona McCormack, CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria, has been a strident opponent of granting Mayweather a visa. She has found a useful ally in Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. Together they are putting pressure on authorities to uphold the exclusion on Mayweather.

Mayweather is coming to Australia to announce whether or not he will accept the challenge of Manny Pacquiao. Should he accept, and fight the Filipino megastar, it is likely to be the biggest box-office event in boxing history.

Allenby Gives His Saviour $1,000

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How much is a human life worth? Well if you’re Robert Allenby that’d be exactly $US 1,000.

Pro Golfer Robert Allenby was bashed and kidnapped on Friday night, after leaving the AMUSE Wine Bar in Honoulu at 10:50pm. Surveillance footage shows five men surrounding him, knocking him to the ground and kicking him.

Allenby was then bundled into the boot of a car where he fell unconscious.

He was found by Charade Keane, a homeless woman, about 10 km from his hotel.

The men had apparently dumped Allenby after robbing him. But alone and injured he was an attractive target for other predators. Keane could see Allenby was in danger from other groups; she went ran to his aid, attempting to intervene before he became the victim of yet another beating.

“Where am I?” were the first words Allenby said to her

“And she kept dragging me and dragging me,” said Allenby, recalling the incident.  “And we kept looking behind us and they kept following and following.

“I have two hours of my life I don’t know anything about.”

Robert Allenby met his saviour for the first time since being released from hospital. He gave her a sincere hug and thankyou. “I appreciate what you did for me,” he told her.

Allenby then then produced $1,000 an said it wasn’t much, “but at least you get meals and all that.”

“I know I don’t have to do it, but I’m going to, and you have to take it.”

Allenby is currently ranked number 27 for PGA career earnings. His winnings work out to $27,329,892.

Wanderlei Silva Blasts NSAC for Incompetence

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Retired MMA legend Wanderlei Silva has expressed his scorn for the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the farcical way it has handled the drug testing and licensing of fighters. His comments come in the wake of the Jon Jones debacle and the introduction of CM Punk into the UFC.

Jones failed a drug test prior to defending his light heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier recently. However, the NSAC was unable to do anything against the fighter because the test took place outside of competition time window.

“Are there laws or are there no laws?” Silva railed. “Sometimes there are laws and sometimes there are none? There are no proocols to be followed.

“You are lost – you don’t know what you are doing. This sport has to be regulated. The way it’s going can’t continue. This commission is a mess.”

“Instead of regulating it,” complained Silva, “you are damaging the sport.

Silva was himself issued with a lifetime ban earlier this year for allegedly evading a drug test. To this day Silva maintains his innocence claiming he didn’t understand who the English-speaking people with clipboards were and what they were doing in his gym (Silva speaks no English).

Silva has publicly supported Jones, who has since gone into rehab. “You will step out of this and use this as a lesson,” said Silva, “for many people have the same problem.”

Silva then took aim at the NSAC’s licensing of another WWE fighter joining the UFC ranks. Silva believes the licensing of CM Punk to be dangerous and risky.

“Did this guy ever compete? Did he ever get punched in the head? Did he ever compete in anything? No. Then it’s dangerous to put him inside the cage against a professional fighter..

“If he takes a blow to the head and dies, what will the commission say? Sorry?”

Silva is currently seeking a court review of the lifetime ban he was given by the NSAC.

Todd Carney Gives First Interview for Catalan Dragons

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Troubled footballer Todd Carney has fronted his first press conference since the infamous ‘bubbler’ that led to his sacking from the Cronulla Sharks.

Carney admitted being angry over his treatment by the NRL, but has pledged himself to the Catalan Dragons for the rest of his career.

Carney’s first training session with his new club was on Monday. He will be given the five-eighth spot, a position he has made his own.

Carney, still only 28, has had a chequered career. He was sacked by Canberra, the Sydney City Roosters, and the Sharks. But he has vowed not to repeat the mistakes of the past and hopes for a long career with the Dragons.

Rooster’s coach Trent Robinson, was instrumental in facilitating Carney’s move. Robinson coached the dragons in 2011 and 2012 and was a mediator between the two when Carney received his marching orders from Cronulla.

At the press conference Carney said, “I’ve obviously done the wrong thing. I may not have deserved the punishment I got, but to be here in France … I’m not looking back. That’s past me now.

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Catalan Dragons 2009. Image: commons.wikimedia.org

“The goals I’ve set myself are pretty high and I’m confident that the Catalans are going to help me achieve that.

“As soon as I get settled I’ll be taking (French) lessons.” Carney is currently living with Ben Pomeroy, a former Cronulla teammate.

“I’ve signed a three-year deal and I’d like to finish my career here and go on longer, after three years.

“I’m really going to get into that and the culture and make this my home for the rest of my career.”

Fallout from NASCAR Brawl

NASCAR sprint car drivers Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski have escaped for their punch-up in Pit Land aftter the Texas 500; but their crews have not been so lucky.

Four of the Hendrick Motorsports crew were banned and fined for getting involved in the fracas. Dwayne Doucette, Jeremy Fuller (a crewman for teammate driver Kuhne) and Jason Ingle were suspended for six races and fined $25,000; while  Dean Mozingo was banned for three races and fined $10,000.

Crew chiefs for the Gordon/ Kuhne team were handed the harshest punishments. Alan Gustafson and Kenny Francis were hit with $50,000 fines and put on probation for the next six races. Both men were deemed to have ultimate responsibility for the actions of their crews.

All fines were for “actions detrimental to stock car racing” and “getting involved in a post-race physical altercation with a driver on pit road.”

Trsm Goron vs Team Keselowski. Image:  www.news.coma.u

Trsm Goron vs Team Keselowski. Image: www.news.coma.u

Hendrik motorsports have said they will nt contest the penalties. Although team owner rick Hendrick said the crewmen will face no further punishments.

“With NASCAR’s new Chase format,” said Hendrick, “we’re seeing an unprecedented level of intensity every single week. Emotions run high when you’re racing for a championship, and that;s exciting for our fans and everyone involved with the sport.

“But there’s a line the competitors need to be cogniant of, and we understand theat.

“Jeff (Gordon) was rightfully fired up Sunday night, and it just reiterated to me how passionate he is and how much he wants to win. The NO. 24 team is a group that works together and is loyal to one another. They have our full support as we go into these final two rces.”

No members of Brad Keselowski’s crew were penalised.

Keselwoski was deemed to have been pushed into the fight by Gordon and Kevin Harvick.

However, Keselowski is still on probation from a post-race scuffle between himself and Kevin Harvick three weeks ago in Charlotte.

Robin Pemberton, senior vice president of NASCAR said, “While the intensity and emotions are high as we continue through the final rounds of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the actions that we saw from several crew members Sunday following the race at Texas are unacceptable.

“We reviewed the content that was available to us of the post-race incident along pit road, and identified several crew members who crossed the line with their actions, specifically punching others.”

“We therefore have penalised four crew members as well as their crew chiefs, as they ultimately are responsible for members of their team per the NASCAR rule book.

“A NASCARR championship is at stake, but we can’t allow behaviour that crosses the line to go unchecked, particularly when it put others in harm’s way.”

Ronda Rousey Breaks Director’s Rib

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Ronda Rousey. Photo: www.maactioncinema.com

Mixed martial arts sensation turned silver screen starlet Ronda Rousey has broken the rib of her director, Patrick Hughes.

Rousey has been hot property in movie circles, with the looks and fan base to have directors lining up. Already she starred in ‘fast and Furious 7” and the latest ‘Entourage” movie. However directors might be a little more cautious when they hear about this incident with Aussie director Patrick Hughes.

Rousey and Hughes were on the set of “Expendables 3” when Hughes noticed how nervous Rousey appeared. She was working with A–listers like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and was feeling the pressure.

The cast and crew were preparing for a scene with Ronda and Sly at the bar when Hughes approached Rousey.

“I went up and said, ‘Well, what do you do before a big fight?’

“And she says, I like to spar in my room. I get that nervous energy out.’

“And I said, ‘So you need to hit something? Let’s find something to hit.’

“And she said, ‘But I want to hit you.’

“She was like, ‘Put your arms up.’ And I was thinking, ‘Ronda’s just going to do this.’

“I put my hands up and she goes WHAM! Next day, I was getting dressed and my kids were there at the time. My seven-year-old daughter said, ‘What’s that?’ And I had this huge black mark.

“I had a broken rib. And I said, ‘I got beaten up by an actress.”

Ronda will only admit to the sparring, claiming she didn’t hit Hughes hard enough to break his rib.

The Importance of Health Insurance for Athletes

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Sport can often be an unpredictable and incredibly dangerous activity, which usually involves great risks in terms of harming your body. Regardless of which sport you partake in and what level you are competing at engaging in sport puts your health and wellbeing at great risk, making it all the more important for you to ensure you have the right protection through cheap health insurance in Australia.

Health insurance is an integral aspect of any athlete’s protection. Whether you play for a rugby team on the weekend, compete at a high level of gymnastics or simply play in a social soccer team, surprising injuries can pounce at any moment.

Although we all like to think we are invincible and nothing could ever harm us, anyone who has ever broken a bone, gotten stitches or even stubbed their toe should hospital billknow that injuries always creep up on us when we least expect it. Injuries do not often occur when we are doing the most outrageous skill or learning a new move – they become most frequent when you are doing a mindless activity and you lose concentration for a second or when extraneous variables (such as other people running towards your trying to thump and pin your body to the ground) are in play. We can not control what sort of things happen to our body and we can certainly not ensure that our bodies are completely safeguarded from harm or injury – however, one thing we can do is insure with HIF to better deal with such unsuspecting situations when they do arrive.

An Investment for Your Career

Protecting your career is an absolute must. And when you take endless risks for a living, doing everything you can to lessen the impact of injury when it does occur, is one of the most crucial things you can do. Ensuring you have the best private health insurance plan is not only critical to avoid exorbitant costs in cases of emergency, but it is also important to have piece of mind in knowing that you are protected. Feeling secure in that you are able to undergo the necessary recovery methods without
having to worry about costs will enable you to fast track your recovery by taking the best and most effective recovery methods available.

old lady stretchingAn Investment for Your Future

There is nothing more important than your own health and wellbeing. Although we often only worry about the present moment, looking the future allows us to appreciate the importance of taking extra care with our bodies now. Putting strain on our bodies through sport has huge repercussions on our quality of life later on. If you are constantly avoiding physio sessions or doctors appointments for niggling injuries that you think will simply disappear – health insurance will provide you with the security you need to freely improve your health now, and drastically eliminate aches and pains when you’re older.

Protection and piece of mind is key for people who are involved with sport or physical activity on a regular basis. Health insurance is imperative for active people who make the most of their bodily functions. Gym junkies, dancers, divers, performers, team sports players and anything in between all should have comprehensive cover to give their bodies the ultimate chance of full recovery in the case of an unexpected incident. If your sport or job also involves travelling, you must guarantee your protection overseas with full travel insurance. This will allow you to keep on sporting, performing or gymming with the consolation that your health and wellbeing is fully covered and protected.

Motocross

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Motocross is one of those sports we’ve come to accept as normal. But when you think about it, and I mean really think about it, it’s pretty darn outrageous. The sport involves motorcycle racing on enclosed off-road circuits, and runs regardless of the weather. Motocross involves plenty of physical fitness, as well as mental preparation for all of the dangers that come with it. Motocross is a sport enjoyed by adults and children across the world, with the adrenalin the biggest attraction to the sport. The outdoor tracks, with twists and turns every few metres, encourage riders to challenge themselves, and embrace the rush that comes with participating in motocross.

This video might give you a better idea of how dangerous the sport can be:

How to protect yourself

When getting serious about motocross, it’s important to realise that with the thrills comes a dangerous side. Safety is a major concern for motocross riders, and continues to face opposition due to its injury and death rate. Whether you’re new to the sport, or are an out-of-control veteran, pain doesn’t discriminate. The pros advise you to dress for the crash, not the ride, and to not worry about if you get injured, but when. The basic safety gear you absolutely need to have? These usually cover it:

  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Neck brace
  • Chest brace
  • Knee braces
  • Elbow pads

Taking on the sport with the expectation of a crash, you might also consider one of the companies offering Cheap Health Insurance in Australia. As a motocross rider with a lot of talent and passion for the sport, you’ll want to ensure you’re adequately covered in the event of an accident. Which, let’s be honest, is a very likely occurrence. HIF offers you some spectacular rates for cover that includes hospital, ambulance and extras like physiotherapy. The covers you can look into are tailored to suit you personally as a motocross rider with specific health insurance needs. It will give you just that extra peace of mind before you hit the dirt tracks.

motocrossThe perks of motocross

Motocross comes with plenty of amazing opportunities and perks that balance out the risks. You can find huge success with motocross, and even earn a living travelling the world performing for crowds. You can pick up sponsors like Red Bull who pay you to perform wicked tricks for motocross enthusiasts. Recently, pro motocross rookie Shane McElrath, talked to Red Bull about the perks of turning MX pro, and why all the hard work and injury risk is worth it in the end. Top of his list included the strong family atmosphere that motocross teams form, the incredible tracks he gets to ride, and the fans that support their every ride. On an international scale, the stakes are raised, and so are the chances of injury, so covering yourself everywhere you go is super important. Having adequate Travel Insurance when you’re heading overseas is especially important for motocross pros, because of the dangerous nature of their profession. Sure, the sponsors can pay for your hospital bill when you don’t land that jump quite right, but can they cover your wage when you’re out of action following the crash? Maybe, but is it another risk you want to add to the already long list? Maybe not. Keep yourself covered, and rest assured that whenever you’re taking on the big leagues overseas, your insurance policies have your back no matter what.

Motocross is one of those outrageous sports that both the participants and spectators absolutely love to get involved in. The thrilling atmosphere, the held breaths as you fly over the jumps, and the cheers when you nail tricks make this sport one of the most exciting sports of all. Safety always comes first, but a very, very close second is the rush that comes every time you sit on a motorcycle. And what else can beat that feeling?