Archive | April 28, 2012

Disgraced cyclist Landis accountable of artifice investigation

Bicyclist Floyd Landis, bare of his 2006 Tour de France win afterwards testing absolute for testosterone, is the accountable of a federal analysis into a $450,000 aegis armamentarium he created and afterwards abandoned, a acknowledged antecedent said on Friday.

A letter beatific to Landis, 36, allegorical him of a admirable board delving adumbrated he was getting advised for mail and wire artifice affiliated to the Floyd Fairness Fund, said the source, who has apparent the letter.

The fund, created in 2007, aloft money to avert Landis from the allegations of application performance-enhancing drugs afterwards the International Cycling Affiliation bare him of his title.

Phillip Halpern, a federal prosecutor in the San Diego U.S. Attorney’s Office, beneath to animadversion on the investigation. Michael Henson, a New York arranger who was the fund’s controlling director, did not acknowledgment calls.

After a three-year battle, Landis did an changeabout and accepted to doping, implicating teammates including bicycling fable Lance Armstrong, accuse that Armstrong denies.

In 2010 he promised to acquittance the about $450,000 the Floyd Fairness Armamentarium calm from individuals and supporters, but no refunds accept been made, the antecedent said.

Landis’s antagonism authorization with the U.S. Cycling Affiliation asleep in 2010 and has not been renewed, according to affiliation officials. He now lives in Idyllwild, California.


Bubba Watson hits beholder with absorbed drive

Masters best Bubba Watson addled one of his admirers in the arch with a absorbed drive during Friday’s additional annular of the Zurich Classic.

Watson’s tee attempt on the additional aperture at the TPC Louisiana drew claret from the aback of Radd Leonard’s head.

Leonard, who was accomplished bound by medics, said he was accomplished and begin it absurd that he was hit in the arch by the actual amateur he came to see. The 52-year-old motorcycle boutique buyer from Baton Rouge aswell was animated he was able to advice Watson aback into the fairway, area the brawl landed afterwards arresting him.

“I saw it advancing and it looked like it was hooking appropriate at me. I capital to see that big hook, you know, and I got to see it. I angry and ducked and it still hit me,” Leonard said. “It gave him a acceptable bounce, anyway.”

Watson absolved over against Leonard, put on a new golf glove, active it, again took it off and gave it to Leonard and befuddled his hand. Watson’s caddie, Ted Scott, drew amusement from the arcade if he instructively acicular added down the fairway and said, “We’re animated you’re all right, but if you could just bend your arch a little abnormally …”

Leonard laughed along, even as he captivated a anhydrate with ice to his arch and remained admiration on the bend of the fairway, his gray shirt decrepit with splotches of blood. He beneath to go to aboriginal aid and remained on the advance afterwards medics captivated a cast about his head. Officials gave him a new red Zurich Classic golf shirt and he kept a white anhydrate over his arch as he connected to chase Watson on the foreground nine.

“I’ll be all right,” Leonard said. “As continued as I didn’t atramentous out, I ample aggregate was OK.”

Dolphin ashore in California wetlands draws a crowd

A dolphin who took a amiss about-face from the Pacific Ocean into a Southern California wetlands became an aimless brilliant on Friday if array of motorists on a adjacent active artery chock-full to watch it bathe in circles.

The 700-pound (317-kg) mammal was apparent on Friday morning in Bolsa Bay, about 30 afar southeast of city Los Angeles in the Orange County association of Huntington Beach.

It was pond in a application of wetlands abreast a accurate flood-control aboideau abutting to the beach, said Kelly O’Reilly, assets administrator for the California Department of Fish and Game.

She said authorities anticipate the dolphin could acquisition its own way aback if the course comes in, although it will accept to bathe added than 3 afar to get to accessible water.

That is because the aisle the dolphin took to get into the wetlands is not a absolute avenue to the ocean. It skirts the bend of the coast, casual through a berth area boats are docked alfresco multi-million dollar homes.

Hundreds of passersby chock-full to bore at the dolphin during the day, and cartage slowed forth the artery Pacific Bank Artery abreast the abandoned beastly as drivers anchored their cars to yield a look, she said.

Rescue workers absitively adjoin accepting too abutting to the dolphin or affective it themselves.

“It could accurately us and breach our ribs, or beating out our teeth or something,” O’Reilly said.

“Far bigger for the beastly and us if we just accord it some space, aback off and as the baptize gets deeper, hopefully it will amount out how to get out of here,” she said.

For now, the dolphin – which appears advantageous – is pond in amnion about 6 anxiety deep, O’Reilly said, abacus that she has never heard of a dolphin abnormality into those wetlands before.

If the beastly does not go aback on its own, accomplishment workers will access it in kayaks and paddle boards to try to nudge it aback in the appropriate direction, O’Reilly said.