Lance Armstrong claimed former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen instigated a coverup of his doping at the 1999 Tour de France. Armstrong told Britain’s Daily Mail in an interview published Monday that Verbruggen insisted ‘‘we've got to come up with something’’ to explain his positive tests for a banned corticosteroid. The UCI appeared to ignore its own rules when it accepted Armstrong’s backdated prescription for a cream to treat saddle sores. ‘‘The real problem was, the sport was on life support,’’ Armstrong said in the article. ‘‘And Hein just said, ‘This is a real problem for me; this is the knockout punch for our sport . . . so we've got to come up with something.’ So we backdated the prescription.’’ Meanwhile, in Washington, a federal judge said he probably won’t dismiss all of the defendants from a False Claims Act lawsuit against Armstrong . Judge Robert L. Wilkins made the comment at the end of a hearing on the Justice Department’s lawsuit, which also named former Armstrong team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports as defendants. Monday’s hearing was on motions by the defendants to dismiss the case.
Hudson gets $23 million from Giants
The Giants and pitcher Tim Hudson have agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract. Hudson had a physical Monday and the deal is pending the results. The deal would bring Hudson back to the Bay Area, where he pitched for the Athletics earlier in his career. The 38-year-old Hudson went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA last season for Atlanta, a year cut short by a broken right ankle that required surgery . . . The Padres promoted Dave Roberts to bench coach, replacing Rick Renteria, who was hired as manager of the Cubs . . . A Florida police department said it reopened an investigation into the theft of documents related to baseball’s inquiry into whether Alex Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs. Boca Raton police officer Sandra Boonenberg said the investigation was reopened based on new information stemming from Rodriguez’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball. The documents were stolen in March from the car of Porter Fischer, who took them from Biogenesis. ESPN, citing sources close to the investigation, reported last week that MLB impeded the Florida investigation. Also, Rodriguez’s grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed in New York. It remained unclear whether Rodriguez would testify.
Meyer says BCS is ‘a flawed system’
The Bowl Championship Series had been good to Urban Meyer when he coached at the University of Florida. But now that he’s at Ohio State, and his unbeaten team could be boxed out of the national title race, he’s looking differently at how major college football determines which teams play for the championship. ‘‘Without spending much time on it, because it’s not fair for our team to do that, I will say this: I think it’s a flawed system,’’ Meyer said when asked about the BCS . . . Virginia State and Winston-Salem State have drastically varying versions of a fight that left WSSU quarterback Rudy Johnson beaten in a bathroom. VSU coach Latrell Scott said there was a ‘‘rush to judgment’’ and that one player ‘‘made a bad decision.’’ A few hours later, WSSU chancellor Donald Reaves called for sanctions against Virginia State and declared his school ‘‘damaged’’ by the fight . . . Utah quarterback Travis Wilson will miss the rest of the season after the team discovered a prior injury to an intracranial artery. The injury was found during a CT scan last week to evaluate his concussion symptoms . . . Washington State extended the contract of football coach Mike Leach for two years, ensuring he’ll be at the helm through the 2018 season . . . Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said senior quarterback James Franklin will lead the No. 8 Tigers at Ole Miss this weekend after missing four starts with a sprained throwing shoulder . . . Fordham basketball center Ryan Canty, a junior from Danvers who attended St. John’s Prep and Brimmer and May, will take a leave of absence from the team to “address personal issues,” the school announced . . . Kia Nurse, Canada’s top girls’ high school basketball prospect, committed to UConn.
Bryant cleared to resume activities
The Los Angeles Lakers tweeted that Kobe Bryant has been medically cleared to resume basketball activities, although there is no timetable for him to play in a game. Bryant returned to practice over the weekend just seven months after tearing his left Achilles’ tendon . . . LeBron James has had ‘‘preliminary talks’’ with David Beckham about possibly bringing a Major League Soccer team to Miami . . . Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters returned to practice after missing two games with ‘‘flu-like symptoms’’ and denied he had been in a physical confrontation during a players-only meeting last week following a loss in Minnesota . . . The Golden State Warriors said an MRI shows center Jermaine O'Neal has a bruised right knee and a strained right groin . . . In the NHL, Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene (oblique) will miss at least a week. Duchene has 12 goals and eight assists . . . Darvis Patton is retiring from sprinting after a 13-year career. The American, who turns 36 next month, earned silver medals as part of 4x100 relay teams at the 2004 Athens Games in London.