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Armstrong grand jury 'may change history of sports'


Actually, tonight's "60 Minutes" says it's the testimony of Lance Armstrong's former teammate and confidante, Tyler Hamilton, that threatens to rewrite the story of bike racing and its biggest American legend. Hamilton has been compelled to testify before the federal grand jury in Los Angeles, under limited immunity. On Wednesday he surrendered his Olympics gold medal, and tonight he told Scott Pelley that he injected doped blood and banned drugs with Lance Armstrong, got drugs from Armstrong and conspired with him and other American team officials and the team doctor to hide the practice. Everybody did it, Hamilton alleges.

It gets worse. Hamilton says Armstrong made a positive drug test go away, and "60 Minutes" provided evidence of a highly extraordinary meeting between Armstrong and one of the sport's highest officials at about the same time — followed by a sizable cash contribution. Armstrong's reps issued a non-denial denial to CBS but declined to answer specific charges. In the past, Armstrong has consistently denied using banned drugs and insisted there has never been a positive drug test. Part two of the story is after the jump; both videos have annoying Viagra ads attached by CBS.




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