Feds end doping investigation of Lance Armstrong: no charges *

lance-armstrong.jpgNo charges to be filed after lengthy grand jury and justice department inquiry. U.S. Atty Andre Birotte Jr. said today's public announcement was warranted "due to reports in media outlets about the investigation," the LA Times says. Armstrong has consistently denied any illegal performance drug use by him or his bicycle team.

Last May, "60 Minutes" proclaimed that its story alleging drug violations by Armstrong, and strongly suggesting corruption of cycling officials, might change the history of sports. Guess not.

Update: * Armstrong's statement:

"I am gratified to learn that the US Attorney's Office is closing its investigation. It is the right decision and I commend them for reaching it. I look forward to continuing my life as a father, a competitor, and an advocate in the fight against cancer without this distraction."

File photo of Armstrong

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