Today in Sports: A shady college football deal, two pitchers get the All-Star nod, and remembering the creator of a childhood game.
- Lance Armstrong is suing the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, arguing that their investigation of him is biased and illegal. The USADA filed doping charges against Armstrong last month that could result in a ban and forfeiture of his Tour de France titles, even though a two-year criminal investigation by the government ended with the case being dismissed. Armstrong also says the witnesses that are expected to testify against him have been coerced with amnesty and/or reduced charges against themselves and the whole thing amounts to a personal vendetta against him. [Fox Sports]
- Justin Verlander and Matt Cain will start tomorrow's MLB All-Star Game. The choice of Cain is upsetting Mets fans, who hoped to see R.A. Dickey as the first guy on the hill, but who is being benched because manager Tony LaRussa thinks starting catcher Buster Posey (who was picked by fans) can't catch a knuckleball. [MLB.com]
- The roster for the U.S. men's basketball team was finalized this weekend. The 12 NBA Americans who head to London this month are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler, Blake Griffin, James Harden, and Andre Iguodala — and some are already saying this squad is better than the Gold Medal team from 2008. [Chicago Tribune]
- Debate continues to rage over No. 1 high school football recruit Robert Nkemdiche, who has promised to attend Clemson next year if they also offer a scholarship to his less-talented (and possibly undeserving) teammate. (Clemson has already given two of his teammates scholarships and asked a third to walk on.) Some say it's simply a player taking advantage of a system that usually exploits its labor, but Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports says it's "scummy" and that two wrongs don't make a right. [CBS Sports]
- Norman Sas, the inventor of the maddening, yet some how still popular "Electric Football" game died last month at the age of 87. Sas was an MIT-educated engineer who created the bizarre game featuring tiny plastic football figures bouncing around on a vibrating metal football field. It was one of the most popular sports toys of the pre-video game era, even though we don't know anyone who ever got it to work properly. It still provided hours of entertainment though! [Bergen Record]