Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 26, 2013

Sports in Brief: 08/26/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Big/Little race will take place Labor Day

TRAVERSE CITY — The second annual Big Little Trail Races to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan will take place on Labor Day.

Last year, 125 runners took part in the inaugural race and more than $14,000 was raised for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Kids 18 and under can get a free entry into the race.

The races start at 9 a.m. seven miles south of Menards at 8088 Palomino Dr. in Buckley.

The $40 registration for the race is a donation to Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Runners can register online at www.marathon4kids.com under the Big Little Trail Races button. For more information about kids 18 and under running free, contact Tony Anderson at marathon4kids@gmail.com.

Armstrong, UK paper settle

LONDON — British newspaper The Sunday Times has reached a settlement with Lance Armstrong after suing the disgraced cyclist to recover damages from a libel settlement.

The paper paid Armstrong 300,000 pounds (now about $470,000) in 2006 to settle a case after printing claims that he took performance-enhancing drugs.

But confirmation that Armstrong led a massive doping program on his teams came last year from a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report, prompting a confession by the American, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

The Sunday Times announced it was suing Armstrong for around $1.6 million to reclaim the 2006 settlement payment plus interest and legal costs.

In Sunday’s editions, the paper said it and the article’s authors had reached a “mutually acceptable final resolution” with Armstrong, but said the terms are confidential.

It was The Sunday Times chief sports writer David Walsh’s co-authored book, “LA Confidential,” that detailed Armstrong’s role in cycling’s doping culture and was serialized by his paper in 2004.

Olympian suspended for skate tampering

KEARNS, Utah — Olympic short track medalist Simon Cho received a two-year suspension from the International Skating Union on Sunday after admitting he tampered with the skates of a Canadian rival.

U.S. Speedskating announced the suspension, which runs through Oct. 4, 2014. That means Cho would not be eligible to compete for the American short track team at the Sochi Olympics.

Cho confessed on Oct. 5, 2012, that he sabotaged the skates of Canada’s Olivier Jean during the 2011 World Team Championship but claimed he did it at the direction of former short track national coach Jae Su Chun.

Chun has always denied that he had any role in the tampering. But the ISU suspended him for two years through Aug. 25, 2015, saying he also violated the code of ethics.

U.S. Speedskating issued a statement saying it “respects the findings of the ISU” and will refer the matter to its disciplinary panel for a final decision. The ruling came on the same day the U.S. short track team was picked for the upcoming World Cup season, an important step for a program that has been wracked by organizational infighting and allegations that coaches were abusive.

Matt Leinart signs with Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Free-agent quarterback Matt Leinart signed with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Leinart fills an immediate need at Buffalo’s injury-depleted quarterback position. The Bills later added quarterback Thaddeus Lewis in a trade that sent linebacker Chris White to Detroit. Undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel also is on the roster.

Kevin Kolb left the Bills’ game Saturday against Washington because of concussion-like symptoms and first-round pick EJ Manuel is out for the rest of the preseason with a left knee injury.

Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy at Southern California, was drafted by Arizona in the first round in 2006. After four seasons with the Cardinals, he spent 2011 with Houston and last year with Oakland.

Tejay van Garderen wins USA Pro

DENVER — American Tejay van Garderen won the USA Pro Challenge on Sunday, finishing in the main pack in the final stage to complete a sweep of the two biggest races in the United States.

Van Garderen, the 25-year-old BMC rider from Bozeman, Mont., led the race for the final four days, finishing 1 minute, 30 seconds ahead of Swiss Mathias Frank. The Tour of California winner in May, van Garderen was fifth last year in the Tour de France, then slipped to 45th this year.

American Tom Danielson of Garmin-Sharp was third overall, 1:42 behind van Garderen.

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan won the final leg for his fourth stage victory of the week, completing the eight-lap, 72.4-mile circuit race in 2:27:15. Canada’s Ryan Anderson of Optum-Kelly Benefit was second, a bike-length behind. Alessandro Bazzana of UnitedHealthcare was third.

Van Garderen, who finished third in USA Pro Challenge in 2011 and second last year, when to the front of the field briefly in the final half-mile to avoid potential crashes. Sagan want to the front in the final 200 yards and eased at the line with his 19th win of the season.

Ex-Titans player charged with robbery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck has been charged with felony robbery after a cab driver accused him of taking money during an argument.

The driver was waiting outside a bar for a paid fare early Sunday when Bulluck approached him asking for a ride, police said in a statement. The driver said he declined and Bulluck grabbed him by his shirt, took a $100 bill and fled.

In a statement to The Tennessean, Bulluck described the incident as a “misunderstanding between me and the cab driver about getting my money back for a service not rendered.”

“At 2 a.m., things could easily get lost in translation, but regardless of who was right or wrong, I regret putting myself in that situation,” he said.

Bulluck retired from football in 2012 after playing 11 seasons in the NFL, 10 of them with the Titans.

Bulluck worked as an analyst for WKRN-TV Saturday night on the Falcons-Titans game.

He is scheduled to work for the Titans-Vikings preseason game on Thursday in Minneapolis. Station manager Stan Knott was quoted by The Tennessean as saying that a decision hasn’t been made on whether to replace Bulluck.

Coach Mike Munchak said Sunday that hadn’t heard much of the incident and declined to comment. Munchak was Tennessee’s offensive line coach while Bulluck was a linebacker with the team.

“When he was here playing as a football player, he made good decisions,” Munchak said. “I’ll wait to hear the information as to what happened, but I am sure it will all get worked out and I am sure it is something he is very innocent in, I hope.”