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Armstrong could have had deal

Disgraced cyclist could have made deal with USADA months ago but never did

Updated: January 17, 2013, 10:47 PM ET
By T.J. Quinn | ESPN.com

The first contact between Lance Armstrong's lawyers and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency was brief and confrontational. In late May, USADA asked if Armstrong would be willing to cooperate with its investigation into his drug use. The answer was no.

Had he said yes at the time, it is possible that Armstrong, since banned for life from Olympic sports, could have finished a six-month suspension by now. Attorneys familiar with the case say Armstrong missed several chances to escape with either a ...

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