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POSTED November 6, 2012 9:13 p.m.

CYCLING

FORMER ARMSTRONG TEAMMATE ADMITS DOPING WITH EPO: CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African cyclist David George, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, admitted using the blood-boosting drug EPO on Tuesday after failing a doping test.

George failed an out-of-competition test on Aug. 29, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport said Tuesday. He was provisionally suspended by Cycling South Africa and faces a two-year ban.

George cycled on Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service team in 1999 and 2000. George said he wouldn't ask for his B sample to be tested and would accept his punishment.

"I know the result will ultimately be the same. This decision will be communicated to Cycling South Africa (CSA) and Drug-Free Sport shortly and according to protocol," George said in a statement: "I fully understand the consequences of my admission and will bear the results of this."

Last month, Armstrong was banned for life by the International Cycling Union and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles because of his role in a doping scandal, which was outlined in a report by the U.S. Anti-doping Agency. Other former teammates testified against Armstrong in the report, which said he used steroids, EPO and blood transfusions.

RUNNING

PHILLY MARATHON OPENS 3,000 SLOTS FOR NYC ENTRANTS: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Marathon has opened an additional 3,000 slots for runners who were unable to compete in the canceled New York City Marathon.

Officials said competitors who were registered for last weekend's New York City race can enter a lottery to register for the sold-out Nov. 18 race in Philadelphia. Entries will be accepted Wednesday and until 5 p.m. Thursday, and a computer will randomly select as many as 3,000 people.

Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday that marathoners invested a lot of time, training and dedication to run in the Nov. 4 New York City event, which was canceled following damage to the city by superstorm Sandy.

Nutter said adding as many as 3,000 competitors was "something we can do to support the running community."

FOOTBALL

RAIDERS ACTIVATE LB AARON CURRY: ALAMEDA  (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have added linebacker Aaron Curry to the team's active roster.

Curry was taken off the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. Linebacker Vic So'oto was waived to make room on the 53-man roster.

Curry was placed on the list at the start of training camp because of injured knees. He resumed practice on Oct. 17 and needed to be activated this week or he would have been unable to play for the Raiders this season.

Curry, the fourth overall pick by Seattle in 2009, was acquired in a midseason trade last year for a seventh-round pick in 2012 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2013. He played in 11 games, starting nine, for the Raiders and had 32 solo tackles, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.

COLLEGE

BRAXTON MILLER UNCOMFORTABLE WITH HEISMAN HYPE: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: Braxton Miller's statistics — he's 15th in the nation in rushing with 117 yards per game — and his team's record (10-0) mark him as Heisman Trophy material.

But he's not comfortable talking about himself.

Ohio State has tried hard to make Miller more available to media around the country, hosting a national teleconference on Monday night, but Miller remains a reluctant participant in the Heisman talk.

It was highlight-reel quality.

"It wasn't a designed keeper. It wasn't a designed quarterback read or anything like that," Miller said. "It was basically just a jet handoff to Carlos. I think that they just bull-rushed and some guy came through and hit Carlos and I just pulled it (back) because Carlos got tackled. So I just (took) it on my own and I made some type of move to make somebody miss and I just dove into the end zone."

 

"Man, it's tough. A lot of guys come to me about it," he said of his Heisman candidacy. "I try not to talk about it because I don't really like talking about myself."

Asked if there was a play this season where he might have even surprised himself with what he had done, he pointed to the short touchdown run at Penn State where he disdained a handoff to running back Carlos Hyde, took a step toward the line, pulled back so a defender would miss him, then restarted and dived into the end zone.

 

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