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Report: Landis admits using PEDs

May 20, 2010

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CYCLING
Floyd Landis, who tested positive for using synthetic testosterone at the 2006 Tour de France, admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs most of his career as a professional cyclist, ESPN.com reported late last night. Landis, who waged a lengthy and costly battle in attempt to clear his name, said he consistently used EPO, HGH, and had frequent blood transfusions. Landis said he has implicated dozens of other athletes to cycling and anti-doping officials the past few weeks, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

Baseball
Yankees’ Posada out with broken foot
Jorge Posada has a broken bone in his right foot that the New York Yankees said will sideline their catcher for 3-4 weeks. Posada went for an MRI, and manager Joe Girardi revealed the results following his team’s 10-6 loss to Tampa Bay last night . . . Hanley Ramirez apologized to his Marlins teammates two days after he was benched for not hustling during a game. Ramirez had criticized manager Fredi Gonzalez, but they had a clear-the-air chat and Ramirez was reinserted in the lineup for last night’s 5-1 victory over the Cardinals . . . Rays reliever J.P. Howell had season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, and the team said they are optimistic he will be ready for the start of the 2011 season . . . The Astros waived struggling second baseman Kaz Matsui, who was batting .141 and was hitless in his last 20 at-bats. Matsui, 34, was in the last season of a three-year, $16.5 million contract . . . The Indians’ Grady Sizemore will be sidelined 15 days with a left knee bruise . . . Nationals top pick Stephen Strasburg allowed just three hits and struck out nine in 6 1/3 scoreless innings for Triple A Syracuse against Rochester. He topped out at 99 miles per hour four times.

Doping
Canadian doctor saw Boston athletes
A sports doctor facing drug charges on both sides of the US-Canada border made multiple trips to US cities to meet with professional athletes and injected at least seven with human growth hormone, according to Canadian court documents. The search warrant and supporting information filed by Canadian law enforcement in their case against Dr. Anthony Galea describe meetings with more than 20 professional athletes in Boston, New York, Tampa Bay, Orlando, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington, and Cleveland from July through September of last year. Athletes, identified only by letters of the alphabet, would receive “HGH cocktail’’ injections in their knees, intravenous vitamin drips, and injections of the unapproved drug Actovegin, according to the documents.

Basketball
TNT’s Collins negotiating with 76ers
TNT analyst Doug Collins, who has been a coach with three NBA franchises, started negotiating with the Philadelphia 76ers to become their coach, according to a person familiar with the talks. Team president Ed Stefanski interviewed Collins May 1, and he emerged as the leading candidate to replace the fired Eddie Jordan . . . New Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said general manager Kiki Vandeweghe will be let go when his contract expires this summer, but he intends to retain team president Rod Thorn . . . Phil Jackson has discussed taking a pay cut if he returns to coach the Lakers next season. He is making about $12 million in the final year of his contract with the Lakers, thought to be the biggest for a coach in league history . . . In the WNBA, Swin Cash scored 24 points and led a fourth-quarter rally as the host Seattle Storm defeated the Minnesota Lynx, 79-76.

College football
UNH, UMass to play 2 games at Gillette
The University of Massachusetts and University of New Hampshire reached an agreement to play their next two games at the home of the Patriots. The Wildcats will be the home team for the first game at Gillette Stadium Oct. 23, 2010, with the Minutemen the home team for the second game scheduled for Oct. 22, 2011.

Miscellany
Bolt off to a flying start in 100 meters
Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in 9.86 seconds in his season debut at the Daegu meet in South Korea. The time was 0.28 seconds off the world record of 9.58 he set at last year’s world championships in Berlin . . . Bob and Mike Bryan gave the US a 2-1 win over Spain in Duesseldorf, Germany, by winning the decisive doubles match at the World Team Cup . . . Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro expects to miss the US Open because of surgery on his right wrist . . . BC High’s Joe McCabe is retiring after 22 years as hockey coach. Under McCabe, BC High won four Super 8 titles . . . Keith Correia, director of athletics at Revere High for two years, will step down at the end of the school year.