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Bradley Wiggins joins Paul Weller onstage in Crisis Christmas Concert

That's Entertainment: Wiggo steals the show from Weller as he joins him onstage in Crisis Christmas Concert



14:04 GMT, 21 December 2012

Bradley Wiggins gave us plenty of entertaining sporting moments in 2012, but on Thursday night he was providing entertainment of a different kind.

The BBC Sports Personality winner surprised fans at the Paul Weller Crisis Christmas Concert when he joined the singer onstage for a roof-raising performance of That's Entertainment at the Hammersmith Apollo.

The cycling superstar is already known for liking the odd impromotu performance. He leapt up on stage after the Sports Personality of the Year award to give party-goers a rendition of the same song.

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Bradley Wiggins joined Paul Weller on stage at the Crisis Christmas Concert

Firm friends: the pair have recorded a radio program together, set to air on Boxing Day

Bradley Wiggins performed That's Entertainment after SPOTY

Mod-rocker: It's not the first time Wiggins has given the song a go – he also treated party-goers to a performance after SPOTY

He stuck to his comfort zone behind Weller, strumming away on a red guitar in the background and only briefly making his way forward to the microphone to add some backing vocals.

Wiggins is known to be a fan of the singer, and the two have become firm friends.

They have even recorded a program together for BBC Radio 6 Music, called When Bradley Wiggins Met Paul Weller, which will be aired on Boxing Day.

Wiggins entertained guests at the BBC's aftershow party after picking up his Sports Personality gong, too.

Lance Armstrong scandal: Matt White admits role in doping

Fallout from Armstrong doping revelations continues as cycling chief White quits



12:47 GMT, 13 October 2012

Stepping down: White has admitted his involvement in the doping scandal

Stepping down: White has admitted his involvement in the doping scandal

GreenEDGE Cycling sports director Matt White has stepped down from his position after admitting to taking part in doping during his time as a team-mate of Lance Armstrong with US Postal in the early 2000s.

White, who has now also stood down from his role with Cycling Australia's national men's high performance program, admitted doping was part of US Postal team's strategy.

The admission is another damning claim against seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong who has had 11 of his former team-mates give evidence against him to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

White issued a statement today after
earlier being accused of cheating by 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd
Landis while with the US Postal team from 2001-2003.

The statement said: 'I am aware my
name has been mentioned during talks that USADA has had with former
team-mates of mine in their investigation regarding doping activities at
the US Postal Service team.

'I am sad to say that I was part of a team where doping formed part of the team's strategy, and I too was involved in that strategy.

'My involvement is something I am not proud of and I sincerely apologise to my fans, media, family and friends who trusted me and also to other athletes in my era that consciously chose not to dope.'

White stopped racing in 2007 before moving into positions with Slipstream-Chipotle (now Garmin-Sharp) and GreenEDGE.

He said one of the main reasons he stopped racing was the desire to help change the sport with the team's founder Jonathan Vaughters and David Millar.

Scandal: The full extent of Armstrong's doping has been uncovered

Scandal: The full extent of Armstrong's doping has been uncovered

'I stopped my racing career because I had the opportunity to be part of something that had the potential to actually change cycling,' White said.

'The ideas about a clean team that Dave Millar and Jonathan Vaughters spoke to me about back then, were ones that the sport desperately needed.'

White said he understood the criticism the sport had received but believes the culture is slowly changing.

'As a sport, cycling has received a lot of criticism regarding doping and rightfully so – but certain teams have also lead the way in fighting an otherwise never-ending battle to ensure that professional cycling can stay clean,' he said.

'This battle starts from within and we have had great success in changing this in the current culture in our sport.

'I am convinced that this battle will need constant monitoring and we must learn constructively from the past.

'The approach that many riders of my generation had cannot be repeated, and I believe that cycling now has the most rigorous and complete testing regimes of any sport.'

Lance Armstrong could face perjury charges

Armstrong may face perjury charges after denying drug use in court



10:36 GMT, 12 October 2012

Lance Armstrong could be subject to perjury charges after testifying in court that he had never taken banned performance-enhancing drugs, according to the US anti-doping agency.

The cyclist, named by USADA as being a central figure in a major doping scheme by the US Postal team, had told a court in Dallas under oath in 2005 he had never taken banned drugs.

Armstrong also told the court he had never violated the rules of the Tour de France, nor had the team doctor Michele Ferrari administered banned drugs to him.

Troubled times: Lance Armstrong (right) could face perjury charges

Troubled times: Lance Armstrong (right) could face perjury charges

The USADA report, however, claims Armstrong's statements in court were false.

The report states: 'As demonstrated by the testimony of numerous witnesses in this case, each of the above statements made under oath and subject to the penalties of perjury were materially false and misleading when made.'

Meanwhile, the report highlights how the US Postal team were able to avoid detection of use of the banned blood-boosting agent EPO by injecting cyclists with saline just before tests to lower their blood cell count.

The report says: 'The USPS team made regular use of saline infusions, a prohibited method, which permits a rider to quickly reduce his hematocrit level in order to beat the UCI's health check 50% hematocrit threshold and to fool the biological passport program.

Tricks: Armstrong is said to have got around drug tests sneakily

Tricks: Armstrong is said to have got around drug tests sneakily

'One of the bolder examples of the use
of saline to fool the testers was at the 1998 World Championships when
Armstrong's doctor literally smuggled past a UCI official a litre of
saline concealed under his rain coat and administered it to Armstrong to
lower his hematocrit right before a blood check.'

The USADA report also states that Armstrong was guilty of 'witness intimidation' when people testified against him or Ferrari.

At the 2004 Tour de France, the report says Armstrong told cyclist Filippo Simeoni, 'You made a mistake when you testified against Ferrari… I can destroy you.' and made a gesture of zipping his lips.

'Mr Armstrong's actions in connection with his threatening statement, constitute acts of attempted witness intimidation,' says the USADA report.

Five of Lance Armstrong's former team-mates have accepted six-month doping bans from USADA after their evidence helped strip Armstrong of his seven career Tour de France titles.

Going down: Several of Armstrong's team-mates have accepted doping bans

Going down: Several of Armstrong's team-mates have accepted doping bans

The USADA said the bans imposed on George Hincapie, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie were reduced because of 'substantial assistance' supplied by the riders in relation to their investigation into Armstrong.

A sixth former Armstrong team-mate, Canadian Michael Barry, also accepted the sanction, although Barry announced his retirement from the sport last month.

Ordinarily, the riders would have faced bans of at least two years for admitting the offences.