NEW YORK -- Cyclings international governing body is trying to block the case American anti-doping officials filed against Lance Armstrong, saying there may be a lack of due process and that witnesses were promised "advantages" in exchange for incriminating statements against the seven-time Tour de France winner. Darrelle Revis Jersey
. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought charges of performance-enhancing drug use against Armstrong in June, threatening to strip him of his victories. A federal grand jury investigation of the cyclist ended four months earlier without any indictments. Armstrong repeatedly has proclaimed his innocence and sued in federal court in Austin, Texas, claiming USADA rules violate athletes constitutional right to a fair trial. In a testy exchange of letters made public Friday as part of the court case, the International Cycling Union (UCI) proposed that it appoint an independent panel to determine whether the charges against Armstrong have merit. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency responded there should instead be a "Truth And Reconciliation Commission to clean up the sport of cycling once and for all." "UCI and the participants in the conspiracy who cheated sport with dangerous performance enhancing drugs to win have a strong incentive to cover up what transpired," USADA CEO Travis Tygart said in a statement. "The participants in the conspiracy have lashed out in the press, gone to Congress and filed a lawsuit to avoid a public display of the evidence before neutral judges. Efforts to intimidate, scare or pressure us to conceal the truth will not stop us from doing the job we are mandated to do." Armstrongs attorneys raised the UCI jurisdiction claims in a separate court filing late Friday responding to USADA attempts to get his lawsuit dismissed. Among their claims, Armstrongs lawyers say that blood and urine samples cited in USADAs allegations belong to UCI and that emails from former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis outlining alleged doping on Armstrongs teams were first sent to a USA Cycling official, who falls under UCIs jurisdiction. Armstrongs attorneys say now that UCI has asserted its jurisdiction, USADAs case must stop. USADA claims it has jurisdiction, citing UCI rules, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency. USADA said having the UCI in charge of the case would be "the fox guarding the hen house" and that UCI has "conflicting interests" because it doesnt want to jeopardize corporate support and it has filed a defamation suit against Landis. Robert Luskin, a lawyer for Armstrong, countered that "UCI has confirmed that it has exclusive jurisdiction over the allegations against Lance Armstrong and has instructed USADA to stop its proceedings." "All of the charges in USADAs complaint concern UCI international competitions or UCI-administered tests," Luskin said. "It is time for USADA to take its own advice, follow the rules applicable to all elite international cyclists and allow UCI to proceed." UCI President Patrick McQuaid wrote July 13 to USADA, claiming the Switzerland-based cycling group has jurisdiction and USADA does not. "The UCI is the only test results management authority, as these are UCI tests," McQuaid said in his letter. McQuaid said that because Armstrong has not been provided the evidence, "UCI does not feel comfortable" with the USADA case, "especially if such things which it finds problematic in terms of due process and even in terms of ethics are pushed through by pleading the rules of the UCI. "This is particularly worrisome in this case because it is said to be based on witness statements only," McQuaid said. "UCI has no other information than that potential witnesses were approached by USADA and that advantages were promised in return for incriminating statements. This is problematic as well." That letter prompted an angry response by USADA. "This is a complete about face from the UCIs prior public statements regarding this case within the past month," USADA general counsel William Bock III wrote in a 14-page letter to McQuaid on July 26. "You were correct in the first media statements that you made in which you opined that USADA is the correct results management authority and can impose sanctions in these cases." Bock said UCIs initial public statements "reflect a waiver of any right by the UCI to conduct results management in this case" and that USADA has authority conferred upon it by the U.S. Olympic Committee and by UCIs anti-doping rules. Citing the 2007 report on drug use in baseball by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, which claimed the sport was ineffective at policing itself, Bock wrote "the evidence is even stronger that cycling under the management of the UCI has been enmeshed in its own EPO and blood doping era. "By our count, of the 21 podium finishers at the Tour de France during the period from 1999-2005, only a single rider other than Mr. Armstrong was not implicated in doping by a subsequent investigation. Yet, only a single one of these riders had a positive test with the UCI." Peyton Hillis Jersey
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., upset seventh-seeded Shahar Peer 6-4, 6-3 Monday in the first round of the Budapest Grand Prix. PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkins scoring burst was good enough through two periods that the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to hold off the Chicago Blackhawks in the lacklustre third. Malkin had three assists as Pittsburgh built a three-goal lead, held off a furious charge by the NHL-leading Blackhawks, and snapped their five-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night. "He is definitely demanding of the puck right now," said Chris Kunitz, Malkins linemate. "He wants to make plays, and he is having success He is just a dominating player when he wants the puck." Malkin assisted on goals by Kunitz, James Neal and Tyler Kennedy, giving him points in all six games since Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left the lineup again because of concussion symptoms. Malkin has six goals and nine assists in that stretch in which the Penguins lost three of the first four before Malkin had a hat trick in an 8-3 victory over Buffalo on Saturday. Just 20th in the league in points on Dec. 13, Malkins 11 points in four games over a week have moved him into a tie with Phil Kessel, Claude Giroux and Henrik Sedin for the NHL lead with 39. Malkin has at least two points in nine of his past 14 games. "Geno has been a force offensively," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "Hes also a guy were counting on to play against other teams top lines right now, and hes been good at both ends of the rink. Hes been powerful, making plays and driving the net. Hes going to have 10 scoring chances again tonight the way hes dominating and the way hes playing." Jonathan Toews and Viktor Stalberg scored over the first 6:12 of the third for Chicago (21-9-4), which had won five straight on the road. The Blackhawks dominated the final period, holding a 19-4 edge in shots. They had a 6-on-4 skating advantage for the final 1:29 after a tripping penalty to Neal -- his third minor of the game -- and the pulling of goalie Ray Emery. But they couldnt beat Marc-Andre Fleury, who moved into second in the NHL with his 17th win of the season and 201st of his career. "It was a little crazy back there," Fleury said. "We made it interesting with that penalty, but the guys on the PK did a very good job with the six-on-four." Coming off a career high-tying, five-point game, Malkin matched the season high for assists he set Saturday. During a first-period power play, Malkin slid a deft pass to Kunitz tto spring him into the Blackhawks zone. Antonio Gates Jersey
. Kunitz beat Emery between the pads to score for the third straight game, netting his 12th of the season. The power play resulted from an instigating penalty given to John Scott, who reacted after Deryk Engelland led with his forearm in delivering a hit to Marcus Krugers head. Kruger played the remainder of the period but didnt play after that. Engelland wasnt penalized for the hit. "Tough hit," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "High hit in a tough area. He was in a tough spot." Quenneville said Kruger would be evaluated Wednesday. Malkin set up Neal for his 19th of the season -- 13th at home -- 2:45 into the second. Neal has a six-game point streak. Defenceman Matt Niskanen assisted on each of the games first two goals to give him 100 career points and nine points in eight games. Kennedy made it 3-0 with 3:27 left in the second with his fourth of the season and first since Nov. 25 off a nifty setup from defenceman Ben Lovejoy, who played his first game since Nov. 3 due to a broken wrist. The Penguins were 11-0-2 when leading after two periods, but the Blackhawks had rallied for at least a point in five of 13 games they trailed heading into the third. Just 49 seconds into the third, Toews matched Neal with his 19th as each moved one behind Tampa Bays Steven Stamkos for the league lead in goals. Stalberg had the first assist on the goal by Toews, and he scored his sixth of the season 5:23 later, the result of crisp passing by Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa. "We basically handed them two points," Stalberg said. "We have to play like we did in the third for a full game. Its as simple as that." NOTES: Chicago LW Patrick Sharp had his career-best, nine-game point streak snapped. It was the longest in the NHL this season. ... Hossa extended his point streak to six games. ... Blackhawks D Brent Seabrook played two days after being knocked out of a win over Calgary Flames on an illegal hit from behind by Rene Bourque. Bourque was suspended for two games. ... Blackhawks LW Dan Carcillo sat out a third consecutive game because of an upper body injury. ... Pittsburgh C Jordan Staal (lower-body) played for the first time in three games. ... Toews leads the NHL with 23 road points. ... Chicago hasnt won in regulation in Pittsburgh since Feb. 22, 1997. ... The Blackhawks fell to 10-3-4 in one-goal games. ' ' '