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Sports in brief: Armstrong attorney refutes new report

CYCLING

Armstrong Attorney denies claims

AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong's attorney criticized a new report that a former teammate of the seven-time Tour de France champion has told investigators Armstrong knew of widespread performance-enhancing drug use on the U.S. Postal Service team.

The New York Times reported that a cyclist, who was identified only as a former Armstrong teammate, backed up claims by Floyd Landis that the Postal Service team engaged in systematic doping. The unidentified cyclist detailed his own drug use to federal investigators even though he never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs or methods.

His attorney, Bryan D. Daly, saying there are hundreds of former Armstrong teammates who would deny he broke the rules, claims the report contains "inappropriate leaks designed to create a circus-like atmosphere." He again denied that Armstrong took performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong's attorneys have said the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has been trying to broker deals with cyclists who testify or produce evidence against Armstrong.

Swimming

Phelps wins 100 fly

Olympic champion Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships in Irvine, Calif., with the fastest time in the world this year.

Phelps touched in 50.65 seconds, topping the 51.70 set by Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin.

"I wanted to put some distance between my time and the fastest in the world," said Phelps, who won his 50th national title, topping Tracy Caulkins' mark (48).

ET CETERA

Boxing: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is being sued for $63,000 in unpaid rent and breach of contract after his promotions company was evicted from a Las Vegas office. Mayweather lawyer Jeff Morse downplayed the July 27 eviction, saying Mayweather Promotions LLC was going to move anyway from what he said was a substandard building.

Horses: Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky has a fever and won't run in the Travers on Aug. 28 at Saratoga in New York, trainer Bob Baffert said.

NBA: Free agent guard Shannon Brown turned down more lucrative offers to return to the Lakers, agreeing to a two-year, $4.6 million deal to chase a third title, said his agent, Mark Bartelstein. … The Suns hired Lance Blanks, who spent the last five seasons as the Cavs' vice president of basketball operations, as general manager. … The Jazz signed general manager Kevin O'Connor to a contract extension and got confirmation that coach Jerry Sloan will return for a 23rd season.

NHL: Mike Modano, 40, and the Red Wings agreed to terms on a one-year contract. He is expected to be on the third line with Jiri Hudler and Dan Cleary. He is coming off his lowest scoring season since 1995, with 14 goals and 30 points for Dallas. … The Predators sent forward Mike Santorelli to the Panthers for a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2011. … The Sharks re-signed center Steven Zalewski and defenseman Derek Joslin to one-year deals.

tennis: Fifth-seeded John Isner was ousted by Xavier Malisse 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the third round of the Legg Mason Classic in Washington. … Fifth-seeded Flavia Pennetta advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win over Maria Kirilenko at the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, Calif.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Armstrong attorney refutes new report 08/05/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 11:59pm]
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