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Garmin team dominates time trial at Tour of Utah

TOOELE, Utah – GarminSharpBarracuda won the Tour of Utah team time trial Wednesday to give Christian Vandevelde the individual lead, finishing the three-lap, 13.5-mile stage at Miller Motorsports Park in 22 minutes, 35 seconds.

Vandevelde leads the overall standings at 5:48.16, followed by fellow U.S. riders and teammates Thomas Danielson and David Zabriske.

Danielson is a Fort Lewis College graduate who was fourth last year in the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.

Australia’s Rory Sutherland, the winner of the first stage Tuesday, tumbled to 10th overall when his United Heathcare team finished fifth. Rabobank was second at 23:08.09, followed by Radioshack-Nissan-Trek at 23:13.07.

The Garmin team, along with Sutherland’s United Healthcare team, will compete in the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, scheduled to begin Aug. 20 in Durango.

UCI? USADA? Who is in charge of the doping case?

AUSTIN, Texas – Court documents filed Wednesday by U.S. anti-doping officials in their case against Lance Armstrong include a recent interview given by the head of the International Cycling Union saying his agency is not involved in the dispute and will wait for the outcome.

The filing is the latest twist in a fight pitting the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency against Armstrong and UCI officials over who has jurisdiction to pursue a drug case against the seven-time Tour de France winner. The documents highlight an apparent contradiction on the part of UCI, cycling’s governing body.

Armstrong, who denies doping, and UCI officials now argue USADA does not have jurisdiction. And Armstrong is suing in U.S. federal court to block the case. A hearing before Judge Sam Sparks is scheduled Friday

USADA filed a transcript of a July 11 interview UCI head Pat McQuaid gave to Belgian media outlet Sporza, saying UCI has nothing to do with the investigation.

But just two days later, McQuaid and UCI tried to assert control over the case, telling USADA officials that the Switzerland-based cycling group has jurisdiction and USADA does not.


Nowitzki marries Dallas art gallery director

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki has put bachelorhood behind him.

The 34-year-old Dallas Mavericks star forward married Jessica Olsson on July 20 at Nowitzki’s home in the posh Preston Hollow section of Dallas.

Olsson is the 31-year-old Kenyan-born associate director of the Goss-Michael Foundation art gallery in Dallas.

College basketball

Court overturns judgement against Smith, Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Supreme Court overturned a $1 million award against the University of Minnesota and men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith on Wednesday, ruling that although they treated a prospective assistant coach unfairly, they couldn’t be held financially responsible for backing out of a job offer that Smith lacked the authority to make.

Jimmy Williams quit as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University in 2007 because he believed Smith had hiring authority when he offered him an assistant coaching position shortly after Smith became head coach at Minnesota. That fell through after Minnesota’s athletics director, Joel Maturi, learned that Williams was cited for multiple major NCAA rules violations while working as a Golden Gophers assistant coach from 1971 to 1986, the court noted.

Williams sued, claiming he reasonably relied on Smith’s statements during the negotiating process.

A Hennepin County jury and the state appeals court sided with Williams, but the high court overturned those decisions Wednesday.The court concluded that Smith didn’t owe Williams legal protection against negligently misrepresenting his authority. It said publicly available information showed Maturi had the authority to hire the assistant men’s basketball coach, and that Smith didn’t.

Associated Press