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The attorney for Floyd Landis asked that doping charges be dismissed, hinting for the first time at the Tour de France winner's official defense: that his positive testosterone tests were flawed and did not meet World Anti-Doping Agency standards. In a letter sent to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, attorney Howard Jacobs disputed the accuracy of the carbon isotope ratio tests performed on Landis' urine sample at a lab in France.…

; Two of Lance Armstrong's former teammates said they used a performance-enhancing drug when they were getting ready for the 1999 Tour de France, according to a newspaper report. Frankie Andreu, a 39-year-old former team captain, and another teammate who requested anonymity because he still works in cycling, told The New York Times they used EPO in preparation for the 1999 race, when Armstrong won the first of his seven titles in cycling's biggest race.


Texas coach Mack Brown reinstated two players who were suspended last week after being arrested during a traffic stop. Cornerback Tarell Brown and backup linebacker Tyrell Gatewood sat out then No. 2 Texas' loss on Saturday to top-ranked Ohio State.

The New England Patriots ended the holdout of receiver Deion Branch by trading him to the Seattle Seahawks for a first-round draft pick. Seattle expects to finalize a new, multiyear contract with the MVP from the Super Bowl in 2000 in the next few days.…


; Trent Green sustained a "very, very severe concussion" when his head was slammed into the ground by Cincinnati's Robert Geathers and will be hospitalized at least until Tuesday, the Chiefs said. Starting at Denver will be journeyman Damon Huard, who until Sunday had not completed a pass in the NFL since Dec. 24, 2000. Behind Huard are rookies Brodie Croyle and Casey Printers.…


J.J. Redick pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges and received a one-year sentence of unsupervised probation. The former Duke basketball star also received a 60-day suspended license in North Carolina, $410 in fees and court costs and must perform 24 hours of community service, according to Candy Clark, administrative assistant to District Attorney Mike Nifong.


The Flyers re-signed leading scorer Simon Gagne to a five-year contract, ending a summer of difficult negotiations right before the start of training camp.

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