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Landis’ attorneys cite new testing violation

Tour de France champion Floyd Landis claims more mistakes were made in his doping case, this time involving technicians who handled his two positive urine samples.

Landis’ attorneys say the cyclist’s positive doping tests could be invalidated because the same technicians were allowed to work on both samples. Lab rules prohibit technicians from participating in both tests to prevent them from validating their findings.

Landis and his attorneys are focusing on this possible violation because a similar error at the Chatenay-Malabry lab outside Paris in 2005 resulted in the dismissal of doping charges against Spanish cyclist Inigo Landaluce.

“American Levi Leipheimer expanded his lead in the Amgen Tour of California with a dominating win in the fifth stage individual time trial at Solvang, Calif.

He completed the 14.5-mile course in 29 minutes, 40.44 seconds.

College football

Husky player charged

Prosecutors have charged suspended Washington running back Michael Houston with stealing a cab last October in Seattle.

Houston was charged this week with second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission – a Class C felony – and driving while intoxicated, a gross misdemeanor.

Houston came to UW in August after playing as a freshman at Texas.


American wins title

American Robert Guerrero recaptured the IBF featherweight title, stopping Denmark’s Spend Abazi in the eighth round at Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Argentina’s Mariano Carrera will be stripped of his WBA middleweight title for failing a second drug test, making Spain’s Javier Castillejo the new champion.

Winter sports

Holcomb wins bobsled

Andre Lange of Germany won the final race, but Steve Holcomb of the United States won the two-man bobsled World Cup title in the season finale in Koenigssee, Germany.

The American and brakeman Brock Kreitzburg finished fourth in the final race to secure the title.

“Anja Huber of Germany won the skeleton World Cup final at Koenigssee, Germany, and Katie Uhlaender of the United States captured the season title.

“Andrej Jerman gave Slovenia its first World Cup downhill win in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, covering the course in 1 minute, 56.82 seconds.

“Austrian Renate Goetschl clinched the World Cup super-G title at Sierra Nevada, Spain, with two races left after Lindsey Kildow ended her season early because of a knee injury. Goetschl has an insurmountable 213-point lead.


Henin in Dubai final

Top-seeded Justine Henin beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 at Duabi, United Arab Emirates, setting up a Dubai Open final against Amelie Mauresmo, who defeated Jelena Jankovik – who retired with an ankle injury after losing the first set 6-2.

“Careful spending and tight budgets helped the University of Montana’s athletic department pay off its more than $1 million deficit two years earlier than expected.

The final payment was made Tuesday, said Jim O’Day, UM’s athletic director.

“Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith pleaded not guilty to drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident in Urbana, Ill.

“David Beckham’s playing contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy is worth about $27.5 million in base salary over five seasons, according to a person familiar with Major League Soccer agreements.


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