Cycling and its premier event, the Tour de France, were reeling Tuesday from yet another blow that threatened what was left of the event's credibility: a failed doping test by one of its biggest stars. Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for a banned blood transfusion after winning the 13th stage time trial Saturday, prompting his Astana team to pull out and sending police on a raid of the team hotel. Astana team manager Marc Biver said Vinokourov was sent home. His backup B-sample test results are expected by the end of the week. 7C
Ginn Racing to join DEI in merger
Dale Earnhardt Inc. is merging with Ginn Racing, making it a four-car team in time for this weekend's race at Indianapolis, the Associated Press reported. DEI will add the No. 01 Chevrolet, co-driven by Mark Martin and rookie Aric Almirola, and take the season points from Ginn's No. 14 team and apply it to DEI's No. 15 entry of Paul Menard. The deal is set to be announced today.
Tennessee to ban smoking at stadium
A smoking ban will take effect this fall at the University of Tennessee's 102,000-seat Neyland Stadium, the third-largest college football venue in the country. Volunteer fans favoring a "Skoal ring" will be unaffected, but everyone else will have to leave their tobacco at home, or at least outside the stadium, with their umbrellas. "You can still have smokeless tobacco," UT athletics spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter said. "You just can't light anything up. No cigars, no cigarettes, no pipes."
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Selig to try to be there for record
MLB COMMISSIONER Bud Selig will try to be there when Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's career home run record, saying the Giants star was "innocent until proven guilty." In a statement, Selig said: "Throughout this season, I have watched Barry Bonds' pursuit of the home run record. Now that he is on the verge of tying the record, the time has come to announce that I will make every attempt to attend the record-setting moment." 4C
Quote of the day
"It is a horrible crime to happen anywhere, but over nothing - an incident such as smoking - these people need to be caught."
Scott Wilson of the Metropolitan Police, on three men involved in shooting former British heavyweight champ James Oyebola in the face when he asked them to stop smoking in a nightclub where he worked as a bouncer. Oyebola is in critical condition in a London hospital.