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Federal judge rules against Lance Armstrong

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a government lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and a number of associates for alleged doping and use of banned performance-enhancing techniques.

From 1999 to 2004, Armstrong was the lead rider on a team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, and he won the Tour de France every year during that period.

On Thursday, Judge Robert Wilkins ruled in favor of the government's position that Armstrong and associates owed an obligation to pay money due to the alleged breach of the sponsorship agreements with the postal service.

The judge said the government's complaints are rife with allegations that Armstrong had knowledge of the doping and that he made false statements to conceal it.

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