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It also snowed Thursday night, and by Friday morning a layer of snow covered the tents and rocky surface of the base camp. There was also a small avalanche Thursday near the spot where the big one swept through a week ago, but no one was in the area.

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CYCLING

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas appeals court rejected Lance Armstrong’s attempts to block an arbitration panel from reviewing $12 million in bonuses paid to him by a company that wants its money back, a setback for the cyclist who is fighting multiple legal battles that could strip him of his personal fortune.

The Dallas-based Fifth Court of Appeals had temporarily halted the case at Armstrong’s request in March, but ruled Thursday it doesn’t have jurisdiction at this stage of an arbitration matter.

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George Hincapie was the “Loyal Lieutenant” who helped Lance Armstrong to seven Tour de France titles, only to later provide the key testimony that brought his downfall.

Now, Hincapie is talking again about one of the darkest eras in cycling.

In a book due out next month, part memoir and part mea culpa, Hincapie discusses not only his rise in cycling, from the son of a Colombian immigrant in the New York City borough of Queens to the top teammate of Armstrong, but also the pervasive use of performance-enhancing substances that came to mark an entire generation - and ultimately turned Armstrong from hero into pariah.

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SOCCER

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Substitute Lima scored in the 84th minute to give Benfica a 2-1 victory over Italy’s Juventus in the first-leg of their Europa League semifinal.

Sevilla beat Valencia 2-0 in the other semifinal.

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SKIING

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