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Floyd Landis admits to doping, and accuses Lance Armstrong

Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his victory in the 2006 Tour de France after a positive doping test, has acknowledged his use of performance-enhancing drugs and accused other riders — including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong — of doping, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website Wednesday night.

Landis sent a series of e-mails to cycling officials describing the use of performance-enhancing drugs by him and other riders but was not available to comment, the paper reported. Armstrong, who is competing in the Amgen Tour of California, was also unavailable to comment.

Landis was banned from cycling for two years after his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone in the 2006 Tour and had repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Landis said in the e-mails that he had used testosterone patches, had undergone blood transfusions, used EPO and a liquid steroid during his career. Landis, in one of the e-mails, alleged that Armstrong had helped instruct him on how the drugs worked.

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Collins, 76ers negotiating

The Philadelphia 76ers are negotiating with TNT analyst Doug Collins to become their new coach, according to a person familiar with the talks.

Team President Ed Stefanski interviewed Collins on May 1, and he emerged as the leading candidate to replace the fired Eddie Jordan..

Collins went 332-287 in coaching stints with Chicago, Detroit and Washington.

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New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov says general manager Kiki Vandeweghe will be let go when his contract expires this summer. Prokhorov says he plans to retain team President Rod Thorn.

The stepfather of Boston Celtics guard Marquis Daniels was arrested and subdued with a stun gun during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Orlando Magic.

The Orlando police report shows 55-year-old Willie L. Buie was charged with resisting arrest with violence during Tuesday night’s game. Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss confirmed it was Daniels’ stepfather.

Officers responded to a disturbance in a lower-level section during the second half. Police say they tried to escort Buie from his seat, but he refused, using expletives at officers and swinging his arms free.

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No damages in ‘Spygate’ case

NFL fans miffed by the New England Patriots’ secret videotaping of their opponents’ signals can boycott games or team merchandise, but they can’t seek legal damages for “Spygate,” a U.S. appeals court ruled.

The appeals panel upheld a district judge’s ruling that dismissed the suit by lawyer Carl Mayer, a New York Jets season- ticket holder from Princeton, N.J.

Mayer had argued that fans spent large sums to see games that were essentially rigged, and he sought $185 million in damages for Jets fans alone. The 3rd Circuit Court didn’t buy it.

Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro says he expects to miss the U.S. Open because of recent surgery on his right wrist. Del Potro also will miss the French Open, Wimbledon and Argentina’s Davis Cup quarterfinal against Russia on July 9-11.

Bob and Mike Bryan gave the United States a 2-1 win over Spain by winning the decisive doubles match at the World Team Cup at Duesseldorf, Germany. The U.S. will play the Czech Republic for a spot in Saturday’s final.

Behind a one-under-par performance from sophomore Jennifer Song, USC extended its lead to seven strokes at the midway point of the NCAA women’s golf championship at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.

USC, the 2003 and 2008 NCAA champion, had an even-par round of 288 for a combined six-under 570, seven better than second-place Alabama. UCLA is fourth at four-over 580.

Los Angeles Crenshaw running back De’Anthony Thomas has committed to USC, he told Sporting News Today.

--Eric Sondheimer


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