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DES MOINES---Disgraced cyclist Lance Arm-
strong says fellow riders have been generally
supportive of him this week during an annual
bike ride across the US state of Iowa.
Armstrong is riding part of the weeklong
event called RAGBRAI, which starts at the
Missouri River in western Iowa and ends at
the Mississippi River. It s the first extended
public appearance on a bike since he ended
years of denials in January and admitted he
doped to win seven Tour de France titles that
have since been stripped from him.
Armstrong told the Des Moines Register,
which sponsors RAGBRAI, that the event
allows him to stay connected with the sport
he loves. It s his fifth RAGBRAI, and he said
the support he s received in years past played
a role in his decision to return.
"I ve been here before, and I know what
the people of the state are like, and I know
what the riders of RAGBRAI are like," Arm-
strong said. "I didn t expect a wave of hos-
Part of the fallout from Armstrong s admis-
sion was his resignation from the board of
the cancer-fighting charity Livestrong Foun-
dation, which he founded in 1997 after beating
cancer himself. The foundation could face
potential lawsuits from donors who argue that
the group does not provide money directly to
cancer research. Armstrong defended Live-
strong, calling it a "first-class organisation."
"I think the foundation does great work,
regardless of what anybody says," he said.
"What Lance Armstrong did on a bike 15 years
ago has nothing to do with the great work
that organisation is doing in 2013. If anybody
questions that, I think it s awfully unfortu-
Armstrong plans to ride through Tuesday,
when the event stops in Des Moines, before
returning home to his family and an uncertain
"The thing that s the most important is
what happens to my children five years from
now," Armstrong said. "I ve got to help myself,
my family and my five kids navigate an inter-
esting time." (AP)
Armstrong finds support in Iowa
Emile Griffith, the elegant world champion whose
career was overshadowed by the fatal beating he
gave Bennie Paret in a 1962 title bout that darkened
all of boxing, died yesterday. He was 75.
He died at an extended care facility in Hempstead,
New York, the International Boxing Hall of Fame
Griffith struggled with pugilistic dementia and
required full-time care late in life. He was the first
boxer from the US Virgin Islands to become world
champion and was inducted into the Hall of Fame
"Emile was a gifted athlete and truly a great boxer,"
Hall of Fame director Ed Brophy said. "Outside the
ring he was as great a gentleman as he was a fighter.
He always had time for boxing fans when visiting
the hall on an annual basis and was one of the most
popular boxers to return year after year."
Griffith often attended fights in New York, especially
at Madison Square Garden, where he headlined 23
times. He was also a frequent visitor to the many
boxing clubs around New York City. He would slowly
rise from his seat, often with assistance, and smile
while waving when he was acknowledged.
The outpouring of love that he received late in life
stood in stark contrast to the way he was received
after March 24, 1962, when he fought Bennie "The
Kid" Paret before a national TV audience at the Gar-
Griffith knocked out his bitter rival in the 12th
round to regain the welterweight title. Paret went
into a coma and died from his injuries ten days later.
dies at 75
BOSTON---The Boston Celtics NBA team on Mon-
day signed centre Vitor Faverani of Brazil and point
guard Phil Pressey from Missouri.
Faverani, 25, is a 6-foot-11 centre who played last
season for Valencia Basket in Spain, where he averaged
9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per match.
Pressey is a 5-foot-11 point guard who was a mem-
ber of the Celtics summer league roster. He averaged
9.4 points, 6.6 assists and two steals in 23 minutes
in Orlando this month.
Pressey was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award
given to the best point guard in the nation last season
while averaging 11.9 points and seven assists per
game as a junior.
He finished one assist shy of the second highest
single season mark for assists in SEC history. (AP)
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