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Armstrong settles case with promotions company that pursued him on doping evidence since 2005

AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong has settled a decade-long dispute with a promotions company that sought repayment of more than $10 million in bonuses it paid the former cyclist during a career that was later exposed to be fueled by performance-enhancing drugs.

SCA Promotions first pursued evidence of doping against Armstrong in 2005. Although the company paid Armstrong, the testimony in its lawsuit and arbitration case helped lay the foundation for later doping charges that ultimately got him banned from the sport and stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories.

The company demanded repayment in 2013 after Armstrong publicly admitted using steroids and other doping methods.

In a statement Sunday to The Associated Press, Armstrong said settlement terms were private but apologized to SCA and its chief executive Bob Hamman for "any past misconduct on my part" in the dispute.

The company did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Jim Vertuno, The Associated Press

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