Sky has limits: Director booted for admitting doping
LONDON – Team Sky says sports director Steven de Jongh has left the British squad after admitting to doping during his cycling career.
The Dutchman’s departure comes after the team asked staff and riders to confirm whether they had any links to doping in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.
Team Sky says De Jongh “disclosed that he had taken a banned substance earlier in his career as a professional rider.” Team principal Dave Brailsford calls him a “highly valued sports director and colleague over three seasons.”
De Jongh’s exit comes less than a week after American coach Bobby Julich left Team Sky after revealing he took EPO during his racing career.
Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France in July.
A giant cleanup after Giants’ win spurs riots, violence
SAN FRANCISCO – The city of San Francisco cleaned up Monday after a rowdy World Series celebration turned violent in some neighborhoods, and police arrested three dozen people.
The majority of arrests occurred in the Mission District, and included two people on gun charges, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
Bonfires of trash were lit in several intersections around the city, and a public transit bus was torched. Windows of several businesses and vehicles were broken, including a news van.
Firefighters needed a police escort to douse a bonfire near the Giants’ ball park. They also fought fires throughout the city fueled by couches, news racks and other debris.
Police said a damage report was not yet available.
Zeller, Creighton lead preseason All-Americans
Indiana sophomore center Cody Zeller and Creighton junior forward Doug McDermott are the leading vote-getters on The Associated Press’ preseason All-America team.
Also on the team announced Monday are Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas and three guards – seniors Isaiah Canaan of Murray State, C.J. McCollum of Lehigh and sophomore Trey Burke of Michigan. McCollum and Burke tied for the fifth spot with 16 votes each.
Zeller was one vote shy of unanimous from the 65-member national panel that selects the weekly Top 25. McDermott was named on 62 ballots, Canaaan 43 and Thomas 26.
McDermott, who averaged 22.9 points and 8.2 rebounds, was a first-team All-America selection last season, while Canaan, who averaged 19.0 points and 3.6 assists, was a second-team pick.
Djokovic back on top at the bottom of the year
LONDON – Novak Djokovic has clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking.
Djokovic lost the top spot to Roger Federer in July but will return to No. 1 next week.
The ATP said Federer will drop points from his 2011 title wins at the Swiss Indoors and Paris Masters. He lost in the Swiss Indoors final Sunday to Juan Martin del Potro, then pulled out of next week’s Paris tournament.
The ATP said Federer will not be able to earn enough points to finish the year ahead of Djokovic.
The Serb will become the first player to finish No. 1 in consecutive years since Federer did it four times in a row from 2004-07.
New York City Marathon expects to weather Sandy
NEW YORK – New York City Marathon organizers expect Hurricane Sandy to have little effect on Sunday’s race.
Organizers said they have enough to prepare the course after the superstorm passes through. If flooding or other damage affects logistics, NYRR has contingency plans every year to adjust to any potential problems.