A shock to those of us who followed Lance Armstrong's sports career and battle with cancer - he announced he isn't fighting the accusations made by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). That's what the AP reports.
Armstrong had the options to submit to arbitration or to appeal the ruling of the federal judge who tossed his complaint that the USADA didn't have the authority to investigate him. That ruling had come just a few days ago.
Of course, Armstrong has to have known that caving like this will be perceived as an indirect admission of guilt. He also could lose his titles from 1995 through 2007.
So, why didn't he take the other options? He is only 40 years old. That means he has a long time to have to live with the consequences of this decision and the shadow it casts on his achievements.
It's a sad day in the sports world.