June 30, 2006


Tour de France hit by massive doping scandal (Associated Press, 6/30/06)

Favourites Jan Ullrich, Ivan Basso and dozens of other cyclists were barred Friday from cycling's premier race in a doping scandal, causing a massive upheaval on the eve of cycling's premier race.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme said team managers had agreed that riders implicated in a Spanish drug scandal would not be allowed in the race that starts Saturday.

Earlier, the T-Mobile team suspended Ullrich, fellow rider Oscar Sevilla and sporting director Rudi Pevenage because of the probe.

Basso and Ullrich — a five-time Tour runner-up who has spent most of his career in Lance Armstrong's shadow — were among 56 cyclists named in a Spanish probe as having contact with a doctor charged in connection with alleged doping, a Spanish radio station reported Thursday.

Unusual Wimbledon bets prompt investigation (Sports Network, 28 Jun 2006)
Tennis officials were investigating reports Wednesday of irregular betting activity surrounding a first-round match at Wimbledon.

British media reported that wagers of up to $546,000 US were placed on Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, ranked 89th in the world, to lose his match Tuesday to Englishman Richard Bloomfield, who is rated 170 places below him and made the tournament as a qualifier.

Berlocq lost in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 30, 2006 8:43 AM

Armstrong Derangement Syndrome strikes the Tour de France, as another American from Texas drives a bunch of Europeans either nuts or to the point of making irrational decisions that hurt their own futures.

Posted by: John at June 30, 2006 9:19 AM

Certainly, there is nothing like this taking place in baseball, OJ.

Posted by: Bruno at June 30, 2006 10:45 AM

Lance gets cleared, they get slapped and now this...


It's really not frogistan's year, is it?

On to the 6th Republic! Maybe then they'll get it right, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 30, 2006 2:33 PM

6th Republic? How about Napolean VI declaring the 3rd Empire? (or better yet, have Napolean XIV do it...)

(oops, that won't go over well in German, will it?)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 30, 2006 9:49 PM