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Boulder may cap its fanbase during Stage 6 of USA Pro

BOULDER – Boulder leaders are considering a cap of 30,000 spectators on Flagstaff Mountain during the sixth stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge next month.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, city officials said Tuesday they are concerned about potential fire danger and problems trying to evacuate the mountain if there is an emergency. The race route calls for a dramatic finish at Sunrise Amphitheater on the mountain just west of Boulder.

The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge attracted more than 1 million spectators statewide last year. Organizers hope nearly to double that this year.

The race will start Aug. 20 in Durango.

UCI suspends 2 more riders for blood-boosting hormones

AIGLE, Switzerland – The International Cycling Union said it provisionally has suspended two cyclists after they tested positive for the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO. Neither case involves the Tour de France.

The UCI said Ivailo Gabrovski of Bulgaria had traces of EPO in a urine sample taken during the Tour of Turkey, an eight-day event which he won in April.

Gabrovski will remain barred from competing until the Bulgarian cycling federation holds a disciplinary hearing. The 34-year-old rider will be stripped of the victory if doping is proven.

The governing body said Rasa Leleivyte of Lithuania tested positive in an out-of-competition urine sample she gave last month. The Lithuanian cycling federation will investigate her case.

NBA

‘Birdman’ and the Nuggets fly their different ways

DENVER – The Denver Nuggets waived reserve center Chris “Birdman” Andersen. The team announced the move Tuesday.

Andersen averaged 5.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.44 blocked shots in 32 games with the Nuggets last season.

He first joined the Nuggets as an undrafted free agent in 2001 and left for New Orleans in 2004. NBA officials suspended him in 2006, citing violations of the league’s drug policy, but he later rejoined the Nuggets.

The Nuggets made the playoffs last season, but Andersen didn’t play. The Nuggets had excused him from team-related activities after Douglas County sheriff’s deputies searched his home as part of an investigation by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit. No criminal charges have been announced.

NFL

Replacement officials seem imminent in this year’s NFL

NEW YORK – The NFL’s on-field officials said the league planned to lock them out rather than negotiate a new contract.

Members of the NFL Referees Association were locked out June 3 after talks broke down. The league has been contacting replacement officials.

“Lockout seems to be their negotiating strategy with everyone,” said referee Scott Green, president of the NFLRA, clearly referring to the lockout of the players in 2011. “We don’t want to be locked out. We want to get back to the table and get this resolved.”

But no talks are scheduled.

Soccer

Galaxy move up their Sept. home game against Rapids

CARSON, Calif. – The Los Angeles Galaxy will play the Colorado Rapids at home Sept. 14, two days earlier than originally scheduled.

The game, which was scheduled for Sept. 16, will begin at 8 p.m. (Mountain) at Home Depot Center.

Galaxy Vice President Chris Klein said the team sought the date change for “purely competitive reasons.” Major League Soccer and the Rapids supported the move announced Tuesday.

Klein said the Galaxy want to put themselves in the best position to win their CONCACAF Champions League game in Puerto Rico on Sept. 19, and the two extra days of rest and training beforehand will better prepare them.

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