Floyd Landis

said he had lost almost $10 million in potential earnings and might need to declare bankruptcy since being accused of using drugs to help win the Tour de France last year.

Landis, 31, faces a two-year racing ban and would be the first cyclist in the Tour's 104-year history to lose his title for doping. He tested positive for inappropriate levels of testosterone.

"I didn't do it," Landis said yesterday in an interview with Bloomberg News. "I didn't deserve this, but I'm not just going to accept it as defeat to cut my losses."

His legal defense has cost more than $1 million, about half of which has been paid through donations, Landis said. He also said that he lost more than $3 million from the termination of his contract with the Phonak cycling team.

Seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong shared Landis' mistrust of the French lab.

"I believe he hasn't had a fair shake," Armstrong said. "I don't trust the lab."


Officials of the Bowl Championship Series concluded three days of meetings in New Orleans with no major changes made to the system used to crown a college football champion.

Elsewhere: Eastern Washington guard Rodney Stuckey said he would make himself available for the NBA draft but would not hire an agent, leaving open the option of returning for his junior season. . . . Clemson forward James Mays made himself eligible for the NBA draft but did not hire an agent. . . . Georgia Tech freshman point guard Javaris Crittenton will enter the NBA draft but does not plan to hire an agent. . . . UCLA point guard Darren Collison will return for his junior year rather than enter the draft. . . . Illinois center Shaun Pruitt entered the draft but had not hired an agent.


Six Austrian athletes were banned for life from the Olympics for their involvement in a doping scandal at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

The decision came after an investigation into alleged blood-doping violations by the Austrian cross-country and biathlon teams.

None of the athletes involved had won medals.

Beijing, which faces severe water shortages, may use artificial means to reduce rainfall levels and ensure optimal weather for the 2008 Olympic Games. The city, using data collected over 30 years, has a 50 percent chance of heavy rainfalls in August.


Two owners of a Florida business that prospected for steroid customers on the Internet, producing about $5 million in annual revenue, pleaded guilty to drug charges in Albany, N.Y.

Greg Trotta, 38, and Brian Schafler, 34, both of Delray Beach, Fla., agreed to testify against others in a multistate investigation that has turned up the names of numerous sports figures, in return for sentences of five years' probation.

Alan Ball, who at 21 was the youngest member of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup, died after trying to put out a fire in his garden.

Ball, 61, collapsed outside his home, Hampshire police said. He apparently died of a heart attack during the night while trying to stop a compost-heap fire, son Jimmy Ball said.

Ball made 72 international appearances for England. He also played for the Philadelphia Fury in the NASL in 1978.

Rafael Nadal extended his unbeaten streak on clay to 68 matches by defeating Kristof Vliegen, 6-1, 6-2, in the second round of the Open Seat Godo in Barcelona, Spain.

Undefeated BMW Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand sailed to impressive wins in the Louis Vuitton Cup off Valencia, Spain.

The Americans eased to victory over the French syndicate Areva Challenge by 2 minutes, 54 seconds in the seventh flight of the challengers' series.

BMW Oracle Racing has won all six of its races to lead the standings with 12 points.

Tomas Fleischmann and Mike Green each had a goal and an assist as the Hershey Bears beat the Albany River Rats, 4-2, in Glens Falls, N.Y., and advanced to the second round of the AHL playoffs. Hershey won the best-of-seven series, four games to one.