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Armstrong’s coach said bikes were sold

PAU, France (AP) — Lance Armstrong's longtime coach said the Discovery Channel team sold bicycles provided by Trek Bicycle Corp. after the network ended its sponsorship of the squad.

Johan Bruyneel's comments came in response to a recent Wall Street Journal report in which former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis said money used from the sale of bikes at the US Postal team, another of Armstrong's former teams, was used to help fund a doping program.

Bruyneel said "there's been bikes sold," but only after The Discovery Channel had ended its contract with the team's main sponsor. Discovery Channel was the successor to US Postal.

Bruyneel said Tuesday he had "no idea" where the money went.

Armstrong and Landis rode together for three years at US Postal.

 

Williams hopes foot is healed by US Open

(AP) — Serena Williams is hoping to recover from a right foot injury in time to play at the U.S. Open, the agent for the 13-time Grand Slam singles champion said.

The No. 1-ranked Williams had surgery last week in Los Angeles to repair deep cuts on her right foot. She was hurt while she was in Munich this month — shortly after winning her fourth Wimbledon singles title on July 3, and before playing in an exhibition match against Kim Clijsters that drew a tennis-record crowd of 35,681 in Brussels on July 8.

 

Softball great Jennie Finch retiring in Aug.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch plans to retire next month and bring an end to a 10-year softball career in which she helped the sport blossom in the United States.

The dominating pitcher announced that she will play her final games with the U.S. national team this week at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. She'll then finish the rest of the National Pro Fastpitch season with the Chicago Bandits before calling it quits at the age of 29.

Finch was a standout at Arizona before becoming an icon with the U.S. team. She won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and silver four years later in Beijing.

 

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