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Armstrong re-retires, says no way back this time


ARMSTRONGIt’s been a sad week in sport in some ways, with two modern greats announcing their retirements with immediate effect.

Admittedly, we knew long ago that we’d already seen by far the best of both Ronaldo, who called it a day on Monday, and Lance Armstrong, who announced on Wednesday his “retirement 2.0″.

Armstrong first quit the sport in 2005 after racking up a seventh successive Tour de France victory, an incredible achievement by any standard. The man who survived testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs, undergoing coruscating courses of chemotherapy, gave us a story that was truly inspiring.

He returned to the sport in 2009, finishing third in his first year back and 23rd in 2010, his last attempt at the race.

As American as baseball, hot dogs and … cancer


hotdog1A non-profit organization is linking cancer to hot dogs outside one of the most iconic U.S. sports parks.

The Cancer Project is reminding fans of the Chicago Cubs baseball team of the connection between consumption of hot dogs and the occurrence of colorectal cancer with a billboard outside Chicago’s storied Wrigley Field.

Ballesteros fighting “for sixth major”


It’s heartwarming to read the interview with Seve Ballesteros in Marca today. The Spaniard had surgery (four operations in total) to remove a  brain tumour at the end of last year and it’s great to see him well enough to give an interview.

He admitted he had found the post-operative treatment “incredibly hard” at times and had had some low moments.