Bike thief faces prison
A Sacramento, California, man is facing prison for stealing Lance Armstrong’s bicycle while the seven-time Tour de France winner was competing in the Tour of California. Sacramento County court documents show 40-year-old Lee Crider is to be sentenced on Monday to three years in prison for burglary and theft. He pleaded no contest on June 1 to stealing Armstrong’s time trial bike and two other bikes from a trailer after the Sacramento prologue to the Tour of California in February. Another man, 33-year-old Dung Hoang Le of Elk Grove, pleaded no contest on June 1 to receiving stolen property. He has been sentenced to 90 days in jail, to be served on the sheriff’s work project. A police report says he bought Armstrong’s US$10,000 bike from Crider for US$200. He later turned it in to police.
Valverde to miss Tour
Top-ranked cyclist Alejandro Valverde will not race in the Tour de France next month because of a doping ban in Italy. Valverde met on Tuesday with his lawyers, who explained that the Spaniard won’t have any recourse against the ban before the three-week Tour starts at Monaco on July 4, his Caisse d’Epargne team said. The race dips into Italy on July 21. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has agreed to hear Valverde’s appeal to overturn the Italian ban, but any decision won’t come early enough for him to start the Tour, the team said in a statement on Tuesday. The team called the situation “unfair” and said it would cause “damage difficult to repair” for the sponsor, as well as Valverde himself and fans.
Three ex-Wings honored
Three renowned Canadians, who were members of the 2002 Detroit Red Wings championship team, were named to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Luc Robitaille, Steve Yzerman and Brett Hull will be officially inducted on Nov. 9 in Toronto. American Brian Leetch was also chosen on Tuesday along with current New Jersey Devils chief executive Lou Lamoriello who was picked in the builder category. Yzerman, Hull and Robitaille won the Stanley Cup championship together in 2002 while playing for the Red Wings.
Spurs pick up Jefferson
The Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday dealt forward Richard Jefferson to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for guard Bruce Bowen and forwards Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto. In 82 games, Jefferson averaged 19.6 points and 4.6 rebounds Milwaukee last season. The 29-year-old Jefferson spent the first seven seasons of his career with the New Jersey Nets. He was the 13th overall pick of the 2001 NBA entry draft, Bowen, Thomas and Oberto are each in the last years of their contracts. Bowen spent the last eight seasons in San Antonio.
Hock tests positive for coke
Wigan second row forward Gareth Hock tested positive for cocaine and was provisionally suspended by the Rugby Football League (RFL), the club said on Tuesday. The 25-year-old England international, who represented Britain in the 2006 Tri-Nations tournament, tested positive for the recreational stimulant in a sample taken after Wigan’s match against Salford City on June 5. “The Club ... joins with the RFL and UK Sport in deploring and condemning the use of drugs in sport including so-called recreational drugs,” a statement on the club Web site said. Hock faces a two-year ban.