Thursday, May 20, 2010

Landis says Lance Armstrong used PEDs

Landis admits doping and fingers Armstrong


Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis has admitted to systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs and accused seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong of involvement in doping, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping but had always denied cheating, sent a series of e-mails to cycling officials and sponsors acknowledging and detailing his long-term use of banned drugs, the newspaper said.

The report said Landis wrote in the e-mails that he started doping in 2002, his first year racing with the U.S. Postal Service team led by Armstrong.

Landis also admitted to doping in an interview with

Landis also accused American riders Levi Leipheimer and Dave Zabriskie and Armstrong’s longtime coach, Johan Bruyneel, of involvement in doping, the Journal reported.

Armstrong is currently competing in the Tour of California and couldn’t be reached for comment. Neither could Bruyneel, Leipheimer or Zabriskie.

International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid said Landis’ allegations were “scandalous and mischievous.”

“These guys coming out now with things like this from the past is only damaging the sport,” McQuaid told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday. “If they’ve any love for the sport they wouldn’t do it.”

The governing body said it regretted that Landis accused former teammates without allowing U.S. cycling and anti-doping authorities time to investigate.

“An impartial investigation is a fundamental right as Mr. Landis will understand having contested, for two years, the evidence of his breach of the anti-doping rules in 2006,” UCI said in a statement.

McQuaid said it was up to U.S.A Cycling and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to look into the allegations.

WADA president John Fahey said in a statement that “we are very interested in learning more about this matter and we will liaise with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and any other authorities with appropriate jurisdiction to get to the heart of the issues raised.”

The Journal said it had seen copies of three e-mails sent by Landis between April 30 and May 6, and that he had copied in seven people on the messages, including officials with USA Cycling and international governing body UCI.

Landis served a two-year ban after testing positive for elevated testosterone levels at the 2006 Tour. He was the first rider stripped of a Tour de France title.

“I want to clear my conscience,” Landis told “I don’t want to be part of the problem any more.”

He also said he was speaking out now in part because the WADA’s eight-year statute of limitations was close to running out.

“If I don’t say something now then it’s pointless to ever say it,” Landis said.

He told that his most difficult phone call was to his mother to tell her the truth for the first time.

Landis’ parents did not immediately return a phone message left at their home in Lancaster County, Pa. Paul and Arlene Landis, devout Mennonites, had always defended their son against doping accusations.

McQuaid questioned Landis’ credibility and said he would be “a pariah” in the cycling community.

“What’s his agenda?” McQuaid said. “The guys is seeking revenge. It’s sad, it’s sad for cycling. It’s obvious he does hold a grudge.”

McQuaid said he received copies of the e-mails sent by Landis to the U.S. cycling federation, but declined to comment on their contents. He said Landis’ allegations were “nothing new.”

“He already made those accusations in the past,” McQuaid said. “Armstrong has been accused many times in the past but nothing has been proved against him. And in this case, I have to question the guy’s credibility. There is no proof of what he says. We are speaking about a guy who has been condemned for doping before a court.”

In the interview, Landis detailed extensive use of the blood-boosting drug EPO, testosterone, human growth hormone and blood transfusions, as well as female hormones and a one-time experiment with insulin. He said the doping occurred during the years he rode for the U.S. Postal Service and Swiss-based Phonak teams.

Phonak owner Andy Rihs issued a statement saying Landis’ claims were “lies” and a “last, tragic attempt” to get publicity.

“Floyd Landis personally signed that he would uphold our code and use no illegal practices when he joined our former racing group,” Rihs said.

The whole team was convinced that he was upholding this until his doping was revealed at the 2006 Tour.

“Neither I, nor the leadership of the team, knew that Floyd Landis doped,” Rihs said.

In one of the e-mails seen by the Wall Street Journal, dated April 30, Landis said he flew to Girona, Spain, in 2003 and had two half-liter units of blood extracted from his body in a three-week interval to be used later during the Tour de France.

According to the newspaper, Landis claimed the blood extractions took place in Armstrong’s apartment. He said blood bags belonging to Armstrong and then-teammate George Hincapie were kept in a refrigerator in Armstrong’s closet and Landis was asked to check the temperature of the blood daily.

When Armstrong left for a few weeks, he asked Landis to “make sure the electricity didn’t go off and ruin the blood,” according to the e-mail quoted by the Journal.

AP Sports Writers Samuel Petrequin in Paris, Graham Dunbar in Geneva and Associated Press Writer Mike Rubinkam in Allentown, Pa., contributed to this report.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Heres a rundown of the Bruins game


And thats all I have to say about that game in philly. Lets wrap it up in boston game 7 baby.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

JaMarcus Russell, Fat, Fat, Fatty, Fat, Fat, bust.

The NFL needs a rookie salary cap - This shit is getting ridiculous. The man with the ever-increasing waist-line, JaMarcus Russell, has been the epitome of the don’t-care professional athlete.

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The great ones make it look easy. JaMarcus Russell, who in little more than three calendar years established himself as the most despised, unproductive, disinterested, uncommitted, overpaid, unmotivated, scandalously inept bust of an athlete EVER. He was a flaming disappointment at every turn, from the contract holdout that lasted into his rookie season, to zero improvement during his second year, to his disastrous 2009, to the practices he loafed through and the meetings he slept through or blew off entirely.

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Ryan Leaf has been at the top of each and every career NFL draft busts list since the San Diego Chargers took him with the second overall pick in 1998. But now there’s a bigger bust ready to assume that mantle. Not only was JaMarcus Russell’s fall from grace a bigger drop, he was drafted first overall while Leaf was the No. 2 pick behind Peyton Manning, Russell is also in a tax bracket Leaf never got close to, having been paid 39 million dollars when all is said and done.

And Russell holds the record for eating the most Bigmacs during a football game - 36 of them in total.
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The Oakland Raiders released the would-be franchise quarterback after paying him $39 million for three seasons (at $13 million per), seven wins ($5.6 million per) in 25 starts ($1.56 million per), 18 touchdowns ($2.17 million per), 23 interceptions (a bargain at $1.7 million per) and the kind of memories money can't buy.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times went to the trouble of crunching JaMarcus's financial numbers alongside his actual on-field production. Here's how JaMarcus was compensated for his production with the Oakland Raiders: Roughly $100,000 per completion. For comparison's sake, Tom Brady's total salary last year was $8,007,28 -which comes out to $21,583 per completion. In the NFL they're all ridiculous numbers, but no one's are more ridiculous than JaMarcus Russell's.

If the Hall of Fame ever opens a special wing for the biggest draft disasters, it will be named after JaMarcus Russell. It's time to turn over a new leaf and crown JaMarcus Russell the biggest NFL bust of all time.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Big 3? Count Rondo as 4.

At 6-foot nothing, Rondo delivered a surreal performance: 29 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists. He never stopped pressuring the ball, never stopped disrupting the Cavaliers’ offense.
The Celtics are close to the end. Rivers could decide to walk away. Allen is a free agent. Garnett and Pierce are on the decline. But the future is clear, Rajon Rando, in just a few years, will be the Boston Celtics.

This didn’t just go down with the best all-around Celtics performances in history, but it could be THE best ever. Only Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson ever had such an outlandish scoring, rebounding and passing performance in the playoffs. Rondo is a fascinating and unique talent, a brassy point guard with style and flair and the ego to never, ever back down.

Everyone believes in Rondo now. The sheer brilliance of his performance mesmerized the Garden. Beneath those 17 champion banners, people aren’t easily impressed. Larry Bird never had a playoff game like this. Bill Russell? Kevin McHale? Bob Cousy? John Havlicek? None of them. No one has. Not ever.

Rondo fired 50 and 60 foot passes through the air, catching teammates in strides for dunks. He fired bullets through the maze of Cavalier arms and legs. He tossed lobs for jams. When LeBron James was chasing him down, trying to catch him on the break and pin the ball against the backboard, he deftly flipped the ball behind his back to Tony Allen for a dunk. “His performance was unbelievable,” James said. He made strong drives to the basket. He made jumpers. He chased rebounds to the edge of the floor, he pluck them out the air. Smallest player on the floor and 18 rebounds.

Smallest player on the floor, yet those three Hall of Famers understand that wherever they go now, Rondo takes them. This had been a performance for the ages. Rondo, keep moving toward Game 5 in Cleveland, keep moving towards Green 18 and keep moving towards the hall of fame. Wherever these Celtics go now, Rajon Rondo takes them.

It makes you wonder, where would this team be if the original Big 3 had a guy like Rondo to pick up where they left off?