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ARMSTRONG SAYS HE'S 7-TIME TOUR DE FRANCE CHAMP: MONTREAL (AP) — Lance Armstrong introduced himself as a seven-time Tour de France champion at a cancer conference Wednesday.

"My name is Lance Armstrong. I am a cancer survivor," he said to open his speech to the World Cancer Congress. "I'm a father of five. And yes, I won the Tour de France seven times."

Armstrong announced last week he would no longer challenge the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's drug charges against him. USADA threw out his competitive victories dating to 1998, which include all seven Tour wins.

Armstrong, who has maintained his innocence, focused on his experience as a cancer survivor and the work of his charitable foundation.


AMERICAN WILD CARD BURDETTE INTO US OPEN 3RD ROUND: NEW YORK (AP) — Mallory Burdette opened the summer plotting how she would take pre-med courses to pursue her dream of studying psychiatry.

A few unanticipated wins on the tennis court later, the 21-year-old American is rethinking her plans for her senior year at Stanford.

At her first Grand Slam tournament, Burdette is into the third round. Her next opponent? Maria Sharapova.

"To end up here at the U.S. Open was a huge surprise," Burdette said after beating Lucie Hradecka 6-2, 6-4 in the second round Wednesday. "I never expected that at the beginning of the summer."

The 252nd-ranked Burdette was ambivalent about playing professionally after finishing her last college season, and these tournaments were a way to experience the life of a pro athlete. She wasn't sure how she would cope with the travel; she wasn't sure how her body would hold up.


EDWARDS REFUTES RUMORS OF MOVE TO PENSKE RACING: CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carl Edwards dismissed a rumor Wednesday that he will join Penske Racing next season.

Edwards brought the rumor up unprompted during a national teleconference in an effort to silence the discussion. He is in the first year of a new contract with Roush Fenway Racing.


49ERS SIGN MASIFILO, WAIVE BEELER: SANTA CLARA  (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo to a two-year contract.

The 49ers also announced Wednesday that they waived center Chase Beeler.

Masifilo originally signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in May. He was released on Monday, but brought back two days later.

Beeler spent last season on the team's practice squad.

RAIDERS PICK UP DB COYE FRANCIES : ALAMEDA  (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have claimed defensive back Coye Francies on waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

The Raiders announced the move Wednesday, two days after Francies was waived by Seattle.

Francies played in eight games with the Cleveland Browns from 2009-10 and also has experience as a kick returner. Oakland needs help in that area with Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford both nursing injuries.

To make room on the team's active roster, the Raiders waived defensive back Conroy Black.

Oakland also moved offensive lineman Zach Hurd (head), fullback Rashawn Jackson (hip), and offensive lineman Ed Wang (shoulder) from waived/injured to injured reserve.


NFL TO USE REPLACEMENT OFFICIALS FOR WEEK 1: NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will open the regular season next week with replacement officials and said it was prepared to use them "as much ... as necessary" afterward.

Replacements will be on the field beginning Wednesday night when the Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants in the season opener, league executive Ray Anderson told the 32 teams in a memo. Negotiations are at a standstill between the NFL and the officials' union.


NHLPA'S COUNTEROFFER FOR CBA COULD ARRIVE THURSDAY: NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL and NHLPA remained at an impasse in the latest round of collective bargaining talks as the deadline for a lockout looms.

The players' association took issue Wednesday with the latest NHL proposal that commissioner Gary Bettman called "meaningful" and "significant."

The two sides are at odds over hockey-related revenue. The league wants to knock down the players' percentage to 46. The players' share of HRR was 57 percent last season. Fehr said changes in how HRR is calculated would see the amount of money players give up to escrow increase "significantly." Under the NHL's proposal, the union said current contracts would not be paid in full.