Sports briefs: Newspaper sues cyclist Lance Armstrong
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Cycling • Lance Armstrong is being sued for more than $1.5 million by a British newspaper over the settlement of a libel action, which followed doping allegations against the cyclist that it published. The Sunday Times paid Armstrong 300,000 pounds (now about $485,000) in 2006 to settle a case after it reprinted claims from a book in 2004 that he took performance-enhancing drugs.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency concluded this year that Armstrong led a massive doping program on his teams. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life.

"It is clear that the proceedings were baseless and fraudulent," the paper said in a letter to Armstrong's lawyers. "Your representations that you had never taken performance enhancing drugs were deliberately false."

The paper, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., said its total claim against Armstrong is "likely to exceed" 1 million pounds ($1.6 million).

Canada's Serwa wins ski cross race

winter sports • World champion Kelsey Serwa of Canada won her first ski cross race since returning from an injury, ending Swiss rival Fanny Smith's run of three straight World Cup victories to open the season. She rallied from last place to first in a wild final Sunday in San Candido, Italy, which saw Swiss standout Katrin Mueller spin out and French veteran Ophelie David disqualified. Canadian teammate Georgia Simmerling finished second, and Mueller ended up third.

Smith, who finished last in the small final, still leads the standings.

Serwa won the opening two World Cup races at San Candido last season, then injured her knee.

In the men's final, Switzerland's Alex Fiva got his first victory this season, finishing ahead of Germany's Daniel Bohnacker and Sweden's Victor Oehling Norberg.

Rapids, Dynamo make transaction

soccer • The Colorado Rapids have traded forward Omar Cummings to the Houston Dynamo for midfielder Nathan Sturgis and allocation money. The 30-year-old Cummings had scored 39 regular-season goals since joining the Rapids and had 14 as Colorado won the league title in 2010. He has seven goals in 28 appearances with Jamaica's national team. Sturgis, 25, has played for five MLS teams, inlcuding Real Salt Lake (2007-08). The trade was announced Sunday.

From wire reports