“A Massive Fraud Now More Fully Exposed”

Alexander Wolff and David Epstein Detail Lance Armstrong’s Misdeeds

For years, as he became the most dominant cyclist in history, Lance Armstrong vehemently denied doping. Recently, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency pulled the last thread from the fiction that Armstrong had painstakingly woven: That he had been the lone clean champion during cycling’s most corrupt era. Sports Illustrated senior writers Alexander Wolff and David Epstein have compiled some of Armstrong’s most strident assertions, annotated with that he took performance-enhancing drugs, pressured his teammates to do so and bullied anyone who opposed him. (page 40)

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The Case Against Lance Armstrong, Carmelo Anthony, & the Great Joe Posnanski: iPad Extras of the Week

The gold in this week’s issue is SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s special report on the case against Lance Armstrong, mined by Selena Roberts and David Epstein, the same team that produced this investigative piece right around the same time two years ago.

In this week’s iPad edition, the reporting of Roberts and Epstein is supplemented by links to SI.com’s ongoing coverage of the story, plus video of Roberts detailing the new facts—of which there are plenty—in a story that has, as you will, a deeper history.

The issue has other newsbreaking gems, notably NBA writer Ian Thomsen’s exclusive interview with Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, who is especially candid about the lessons he learned this summer from a peer’s Decision).  There is an additional lesson that can be gleaned from our interactive hot spot on NBA midseason blockbusters: This will not end well for Denver.

One additional piece that I’d like to single out: The Great Joe Posnanski’s™ Point After about how the Tucson tragedy and the sports world intersected. Perhaps you were already familiar with the story of Kristina Green, the nine-year-old girl who was murdered in the massacre and the daughter of Dodgers scout John Green and former big league manager Dallas Green. And perhaps you are familiar with Joe, one of the most elegant and prolific voices anywhere in the journalistic ether.  Joe not only offers a fresh, rich perspective on a story that has not lacked for observation and analysis, but he supplements it on Richard Deitsch’s weekly podcast with an interview that is every bit as moving as his written story is. Joe has that wonderful storyteller’s gift of producing stories that make you feel like you just had a memorable conversation with the man himself. In this actual conversation, Joe—who has a nine-year-old daughter—taps into emotional layers that are especially personal—and worth your ear.

- Chris Stone


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