International and the World aren’t seeing eye to eye
LONDON – The World Anti-Doping Agency called the International Cycling Union “deceitful” Tuesday for shutting down its independent doping panel and said it won’t participate in an amnesty commission set up by the cycling governing body.
WADA said the UCI has “again chosen to ignore its responsibility to the sport” by disbanding the panel looking into claims that cycling leaders helped cover up Lance Armstrong’s suspicious doping tests and accepted $125,000 in donations from him.
Instead, the UCI announced Monday plans to set up a separate amnesty-style “truth and reconciliation commission.”
UCI President Pat McQuaid issued a response Tuesday to WADA, which he called “blatant and aggressive misrepresentations” and released private email exchanges with the agency.
Operation Puerto doctor says the rabbit hole runs deeper
MADRID – The doctor at the center of Spain’s long-awaited Operation Puerto trial testified Tuesday that athletes from sports other than cycling used his blood-doping services.
Eufemiano Fuentes said although the vast majority of those who approached him were cyclists, others came to him. He did not give any names.
“There were sports people of all sorts,” Fuentes said.
Pressed by state prosecutor Rosa Calero, Fuentes added: “They could have been a cyclist from a given team, a footballer from a squad, a tennis player, I don’t know, a boxer. There was an athlete.”
During the trial, Fuentes declined to answer a number of questions, using a legal right similar to the Fifth Amendment, which enables defendants to avoid incriminating themselves.
Iverson in the NBA D-League? ‘It is not the route for me.’
PHILADELPHIA – Allen Iverson is taking a pass on the D-League.
Iverson, the 2001 NBA MVP, turned down an opportunity to return to basketball with the Dallas Mavericks’ Development League affiliate. He posted a series of tweets Tuesday explaining his decision to decline an offer from Texas Legends’ co-owner Donnie Nelson to join the team.
“I thank Donnie and Dallas for the consideration,” Iverson wrote. “And while I think the D-League is a great opportunity, it is not the route for me.”
Denver mayor does the Lewis to pay his Baltimore debt
DENVER – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock fulfilled the last part of his bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over the Denver Broncos’ playoff loss to the Ravens.
Hancock already delivered a box of dry, aged “cowboy-cut” rib-eye steaks from Lombardi Brothers Meats to Rawlings-Blake after the Broncos lost 38-35 to the Ravens on Jan. 12, but he also had promised to perform Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis’ signature pregame dance.
Hancock’s spokeswoman said a few days after the loss that a pulled muscle kept Hancock from performing the dance. On Tuesday, Hancock’s office pointed reporters to an online video of the mayor begrudgingly making good on the last part of his bet.
World Cup Ski Racing
Hirscher and Duerr slalom to parallel victories in Moscow
MOSCOW – Austria’s Marcel Hirscher and Germany’s Lena Duerr of Germany won World Cup parallel slaloms Tuesday on a giant ramp in downtown Moscow.
Hirscher, the World Cup overall and slalom leader, edged Andre Myhrer of Sweden by 0.16 seconds in the final men’s run for his fifth victory this season. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was third.
Duerr beat Veronica Velez Zuzulova for her first victory this season. Third place went to World Cup slalom leader Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States.
The winners earned 100 points each in the slalom and overall standings.