At year's end: Marathon bombing, baseball suspensions top news

At year's end: Marathon bombing, baseball suspensions top news

Suspensions for alleged banned substance use, a bombing at the end of the one of the most prestigious marathons and long-term issues from sports injuries top the year in sports.
JOHN HENDEL, UPI Executive Editor at Large
Armstrong claims ex-sponsor should have known he was doping

Armstrong claims ex-sponsor should have known he was doping

SAN FRANCISCO, July 24 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Lance Armstrong have asked a federal judge to dismiss a $120 million lawsuit against the cyclist that claims he defrauded his former team's sponsor.
DOJ joins Armstrong suit

DOJ joins Armstrong suit

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- An attorney for Lance Armstrong confirmed the U.S. Justice Department has joined a lawsuit against the cyclist filed by a former teammate.

Landis reaches agreement over funds

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Cyclist Floyd Landis reached an agreement with federal prosecutors over allegedly fraudulently obtained donations for his legal defense fund, he said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, July 27, 2012.
By United Press International
Feds end pursuit of Armstrong

Feds end pursuit of Armstrong

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. attorney said Friday the Justice Department has ended an investigation into whether cycling champion Lance Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs.

French court sentences Landis in hacking case

NANTERRE, France, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis received a suspended 12-month prison sentence Thursday in a case involving the hacking of France's anti-doping laboratory.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, July 27, 2008.
By United Press International

Spain's Contador is Tour de France champ

PARIS, July 29 (UPI) -- Alberto Contador of Spain played it safe Sunday and rolled to the 2007 Tour de France championship.

Contador leads Tour into final day

ANGOULME, France, July 28 (UPI) -- Alberto Contador of Spain will wear the yellow jersey in Sunday's Tour de France finale, though American Levi Leipheimer took the 19th stage Saturday.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Friday, July 27, 2007.

Anti-doping pledge introduced by cyclists

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 19 (UPI) -- The International Cycling Union will ask riders sign to a declaration that they aren't using performance-enhancing drugs in this year's Tour de France. Cycling has been sullied by a series of admissions to doping in recent weeks by top riders, including 1

American Landis holds overall Tour lead

MONTCEAU-LES-MINES, France, July 22 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Serguei Honchar won Saturday's 19th stage of the Tour de France and American Floyd Landis holds the overall lead going into the final stage.

Italy's Tosatto wins 18th stage of Tour

MACON, France, July 21 (UPI) -- Italian Matteo Tosatto sprinted ahead of countryman Cristian Moreni to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France but the overall race leader remained unchanged. Spanish cyclist Oscar Pereiro finished in 25th place -- eight minutes behind Tosatto -- but ret

Landis storms back into Tour contention

MORZINE, France, July 20 (UPI) -- American Floyd Landis stormed back into contention at the Tour de France Thursday, one day after he appeared to have no chance of winning.
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Floyd Landis
President George W. Bush offers his congratulations to Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, during a phone call from the Oval Office at The White House on July 23, 2006. (UPI Photo/Kimberlee Hewitt/White House)

Floyd Landis (born October 14, 1975) is an American retired cyclist who after initially being awarded victory in the 2006 Tour de France was stripped of his title for a doping offense. He was an all-around rider, with special skills in climbing and time-trialing, and is also known to be a very fast descender. Landis turned professional in 1999 with the Mercury Cycling Team. He joined the US Postal Service team in 2002, and moved to the Phonak Hearing Systems team in 2005. In January 2010, a French judge issued a national arrest warrant for Landis on computer hacking charges related to the 2006 doping allegations.

In 2006, Landis won the first edition of the Amgen Tour of California, before going on to finish first in the 2006 Tour de France. He was stripped of his Tour de France victory and fired from the Phonak team after a drug-control test demonstrated the presence of a skewed testosterone/epitestosterone ratio during stage 17.

Until 2010, Landis maintained his innocence, and mounted a vigorous defense. Although Landis's legal team documented inconsistencies in the handling and evaluation of his urine samples, the disqualification was upheld.

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