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EXPERT CLAIMS TOUR WINNER WAS INVOLVED IN DOPING

CYCLING

BERLIN - German authorities said Tuesday they have received documents from doping expert Werner Franke which he claims show Tour de France winner Alberto Contador was involved in doping.

Franke said he has documents from last year's Operation Puerto doping investigation in Spain which show that Contador, a Spaniard who won the doping-marred Tour on Sunday, had taken HMG-Lepori as a testosterone booster and an asthma product called TGN.

TOUR DE FRANCE FALLOUT: The Astana team will not race in August following the doping scandal involving Alexandre Vinokourov.

SOCCER

GALAXY AWAY GAMES SELLING OUT

David Beckham's left ankle kept him sidelined from the Los Angeles Galaxy's game against FC Dallas in the SuperLiga tournament, but the injury hasn't hurt MLS's bottom line.

Like nearly all of the Galaxy's road games through the end of this season, this match was sold out, an MLS rarity in the pre-Beckham era.

ELSEWHERE: Freddy Adu has agreed to play for Benfica and trained with the Portuguese club. ... Aston Villa signed defender Eric Lichaj, a member of the U.S. Under-20 team.

PARIMUTUELS

FILLY WILL TRY TO WIN TROTTING EVENT

Less than two months after Rags to Riches bruised the thoroughbred male ego in the Belmont Stakes, another filly will try to rock the harness world in the $1.5-million Hambletonian.

Pampered Princess will try to beat Donato Hanover when trotting holds its biggest event Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J. If Pampered Princess wins, she will become the 14th filly to capture the Hambletonian in its 82-year history, the first since Continentalvictory in 1996.

ET CETERA

BOXING: Undefeated middleweight champion Jermain Taylor will defend his title against Kelly Pavlik on Sept. 29 in Atlantic City.

COLLEGES: Pittsburgh defensive back Elijah Fields was suspended for the upcoming football season by coach Dave Wannstedt for an unspecified violation of team rules.

GOLF: Sarasota's Chris Kennedy, 18, won the Cypress Run in Tarpon Springs to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship on Aug. 20-26 in San Francisco. Kennedy had five birdies and an eagle in his round of 3-under 69 to go with his opening 71 for 140. USF's Tyler Hitchcock (143) also qualified.

HOCKEY: The group of businessmen bidding to buy the Predators may sign a letter of intent today that would give the group exclusive negotiating rights. ... Brett Hull will leave TV after a year to join the Stars full time in the front office as a special adviser to hockey operations.

TENNIS: Tim Henman double-faulted on match point in a third-set tiebreaker, handing John Isner a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win in the first round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington. ... Lindsay Davenport will return to singles at a September tournament in Bali, with plans for a limited schedule in 2008 leading to the Olympics.

Times correspondent Dave Theall contributed to this report, which used Times wires.

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