Floyd Landis

, the Tour de France champion, got more bad news yesterday - a report that follow-up tests on his backup urine samples found traces of synthetic testosterone.

The Lancaster County native refused to confirm the results and said the report on the Web site of the French newspaper L'Equipe was another result of unethical maneuvers engineered by those who want him stripped of the Tour title.

"In any other industry or field, their failures would be construed as criminal negligence," Landis said during a teleconference.

During the 2006 Tour, Landis tested positive for elevated testosterone to epitestosterone levels after he won the 17th stage.

The 31-year-old cyclist, who repeatedly has denied doping, faces the loss of his title and a two-year ban if an arbitration panel upholds the positive test.

Colleges

Grant Teaff

, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said he had sent a letter to the NCAA urging a delay of a proposal to eliminate text messaging between coaches and recruits.

If the NCAA's board of directors passes the measure on Thursday, it will take effect in August.

Connecticut wide receiver Brandon McLean has been suspended for the first three games of the season, including the Temple game, for what coach Randy Edsall said was conduct unbecoming of a UConn football player.

Brandon Wright, a North Carolina forward, will enter the NBA draft. The freshman ranked second on the team at 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Matthew Mitchell was hired as women's basketball coach at Kentucky. He had been Morehead State's coach.

Colorado State forward Xavier Kilby was arrested after he was accused of pointing a gun at teammate Ronnie Aguilar's head early Sunday morning, police said.

The 21-year-old Kilby was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing and prohibited use of weapons, a Fort Collins police spokeswoman said. No one was injured.

Kilby, of Phoenix, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Police received a report about 2:54 a.m. Sunday of a weapon being discharged at Kilby's apartment, the spokeswoman said.

Drexel announced the softball signings of pitcher Ellen Boundy of Surrey, British Columbia, and infielder Rachel Campbell of South Jersey's Eastern High.

Pro football

Guard

Stacy Andrews

signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, who had made him one of their restricted free agents.

Also, traffic charges against Bengals receiver Chris Henry were dropped. He had been cited for driving with a suspended license.

Henry, who has been arrested four times since December 2005, has been suspended for the first eight games of next season for violating the NFL's conduct policies. He spent two days in jail last January after pleading guilty to letting minors drink alcohol in a hotel room he had rented.

Tennis

Andrei Pavel

of Romania defeated

Radek Stepanek

, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, on the opening day of the Open Seat Godo tournament in Barcelona, Spain.

Noteworthy

A 22-year-old man died one day after completing the London Marathon. The man, who has not been publicly identified, fell ill after finishing Sunday's race and was taken to the hospital, organizers said in a statement. He became the ninth fatality in the 27-year history of the race.

Parry O'Brien, 75, who revolutionized shot-putting with his spinning technique and went on to break 17 world records and win three Olympic medals, died Saturday of a heart attack while competing at a swimming event in Santa Clarita, Calif.

The Louis Vuitton Cup was postponed for the sixth time in eight days because of a lack of wind off Valencia, Spain.