Sports in brief: Floyd Landis says he saw cyclist Lance Armstrong use performance-enhancing drugs

Cycling

Landis: I saw Armstrong dopE Blood

Floyd Landis is sticking to his story, insisting that seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong cheated because he saw his former teammate using blood transfusions.

In a television interview that was to air late Friday on ABC's Nightline, ESPN reported that Landis, himself an admitted doper who was stripped of his 2006 Tour title, said Armstrong used blood transfusions, a banned practice that gives endurance athletes an advantage because it increases their red blood cell count.

"Rather than go into the entire detail of every single time, I've seen it, yes," Landis told interviewer Neal Karlinsky. "I saw Lance Armstrong using drugs."

Landis, who was a U.S. Postal Service teammate, said Armstrong gave him testosterone patches and witnessed transfusions.

Armstrong's lawyer, Tim Herman, denied the allegations, saying to ESPN, "Landis is a confessed perjurer, and he is a liar."

Armstrong, who is 23rd at the Tour de France, nearly 38 minutes back, had not commented on his Twitter page.

Tour de France

Contador edges closer to victory

Britain's Mark Cavendish won the day, but Alberto Contador is another step closer to defending his Tour de France title.

Contador and Luxembourg's Andy Schleck received the same time Friday, so Contador maintained his eight-second lead entering today's decisive time trial. Last year, the Spaniard won a late time trial and bettered Schleck by 1 minute, 45 seconds. Sunday's final stage is a largely ceremonial ride.

"He's better," Schleck said, "but I'm not bad, too. We're going to see a battle."

Friday: Mark Cavendish of Britain won his fourth stage, going 123 miles in 4 hours, 37 minutes, 9 seconds.

Today: 19th stage, a 32.3-mile time trial from Bordeaux to Pauillac.

Yellow jersey: Spain's Alberto Contador maintained his eight-second lead over Luxembourg's Andy Schleck.

TV today: 8:30 a.m., Versus

tennis

Fish faces Roddick

Tampa's Mardy Fish played through a sprained ankle to beat Taylor Dent 6-3, 6-0 and will face No. 1 seed Andy Roddick in an Atlanta Tennis Championship semifinal today.

Fish is attempting to earn his second straight title after winning on grass two weeks ago in Newport, R.I.

Roddick, who has a swollen foot, beat Xavier Malisse 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Second-seeded John Isner quickly ousted Michael Russell 6-1, 6-2 to set up a semi against Kevin Anderson, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Lukas Lacko.

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Horses: Beyondallboundarys won the $100,000 Dearly Precious Stakes at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, beating Whoopi Kitten by 2¼ lengths. … Le Mi Geaux rallied to overtake favored Stopspending Maria to win the $100,000 Schuylerville Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course in New York.

Soccer: Still looking for a coach after Dunga's firing, the Brazilian national team offered the job to Mano Menezes after Muricy Ramalho turned it down to honor his contract with club team Fluminense. Menezes, coach of Sao Paulo club team Corinthians, will announce his decision today.

softball: Jennie Finch took a no-hit bid into the fifth and Kaitlin Cochran homered as the Americans beat Japan 5-0 at the World Cup in Oklahoma City.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Floyd Landis says he saw cyclist Lance Armstrong use performance-enhancing drugs 07/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 24, 2010 1:04am]

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