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Press Box: Armstrong competes in triathlon

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Lance Armstrong competed in a triathlon in Ellicott City, Md., on Sunday after the event dropped sponsorship from USA Triathlon, the sport's governing body.

Armstrong is banned from events that follow World Anti-Doping Agency regulations, which is why sponsorship was dropped, but his participation in the Revolution3 Half-Full Triathlon helped raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Armstrong competed with about 50 other cancer survivors, and finished the race - which included a 0.9-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run -- in 4 hours, 16 minutes, 32 seconds.

More than 300 people signed up after Armstrong announced in mid-September he would participate. That added a significant amount of money for the event, which took in about $100,000, according to USA Today.

SOCCER

--American goalkeeper Brad Friedel had his record streak of 310 straight Premier League starts ended Sunday as his Tottenham team beat Aston Villas 2-0.

Hugo Lloris was selected ahead of Friedel, ending the 41-year-old Friedel's eight-plus-year run of consecutive starts in England's top division stretching back to May 2004.

--- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals each as Barcelona and Real Madrid played to a draw the first Clasico of the Primera Division season.

CRICKET

---Marlon Samuels led West Indies to a 36-run victory over Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20 final in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday.

Samuels hit six sixes and three fours in his 78 off 56 balls to lift West Indies to 137-6 after it was reduced to 87-5.

MARATHON

---Tsegaye Kebede broke the course record by more than a minute while winning the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

Kebede, the first Ethopian man to win the event, was timed in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds. Moses Mosop of Kenya set the mark in a time of 2:05:37 last year.

NBA

---The Memphis Grizzlies have waived forward Jarrid Famous and swingman D.J. Kennedy, the team announced Sunday.

Both players were signed as free agents last month prior to the opening of training camp.

NHL

---Nashville Predators right wing Sergei Kostitsyn has a signed a contract with Avangard Omsk of Kontinental Hockey League, the Russian club announced.

Kostitsyn's signing comes on the heels of the NHL cancelling the first two weeks of the regular season because of its labor dispute with its players association.

Kostitsyn scored 17 goals with 26 assists in 75 games last season. He has 64 career goals in 304 career NHL games.
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