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Removed Four top U.S. cyclists – all former teammates of Lance Armstrong – removed their names from consideration for spots on the Olympic team. Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie asked that they be taken out of the running for places on the road cycling team for the London Games, USA Cycling announced in a brief statement Saturday. “USA Cycling will not speculate on the reasoning behind their requests and will not have further comment,” the statement said. All four riders spent time on the U.S. Postal team with Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion who is facing fresh doping allegations by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Injured Italy forward Mario Balotelli injured his right knee in practice, and is questionable for the European Championship match with Ireland on Monday.

Charged UEFA made its first formal charges of racism at the European Championship, opening a case against the Croatian soccer association after receiving reports that fans made monkey chants at Italy forward Mario Balotelli.

Announced English striker Wayne Rooney is ready to play at the European Championship after being sidelined with a two-match suspension for kicking a player in a match. The striker returns Tuesday against Ukraine, hoping to steer England into the quarterfinals.

Died Swedish cross-country skiing great Nils “Mora-Nisse” Karlsson, who won the traditional Vasaloppet race nine times and a gold medal at the 1948 Olympics, died. He was 94.

Prepared Defense lawyers for a University of Alabama fan accused of poisoning the iconic oaks at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn say they plan to be ready for trial this week even though their client’s poor health may affect his participation. Harvey Updyke Jr.’s trial is expected to begin sometime after a pre-trial deposition of an analyst who tests soil samples. The Opelika-Auburn News reported that Updyke’s lawyers filed a notice saying that the doctor treating Updyke for his “poorly controlled” diabetes recommended that the 63-year-old get a neurological exam.