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Report: Armstrong considering public doping admission

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Cyclist Lance Armstrong reportedly is considering admitting publicly that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions to help him win seven Tour de France titles.

Armstrong, 41, who was stripped of his Tour titles last fall, has discussed the ramifications of an admission with associates and anti-doping officials, according to the New York Times, which cited people with direct knowledge of the talks.

The Times said the purpose of the admission would be to talk anti-doping officials into restoring his eligibility in his athletic pursuits.

Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, was non-committal about the talks.

"I do not know about that," he said "I suppose anything is possible, for sure. Right now, that's really not on the table."

The Times reported Armstrong has been in discussions with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and its chief, Travis Tygart. Also, he would have to clear up several legal cases, including an allegation that he defrauded the U.S. government, which sponsored his U.S. Postal Service cycling team.
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