Giro d'Italia cycling champion

Ivan Basso

admitted involvement in the Spanish doping scandal and is cooperating with sports authorities.

The Italian rider "widely acknowledged his responsibilities" in connection with Operation Puerto and offered "full cooperation," the Italian Olympic Committee said yesterday.

Basso's lawyer, Massimo Martelli, said his client decided to "spill the beans because it was not possible for him to live out his passion, his work, cycling, in this way." Basso could face a long suspension and it was not immediately clear if his Giro title was in danger.

Basso's name turned up on a list of cyclists who allegedly had contact with a Spanish doctor accused of running a blood-doping clinic in Madrid.

Basso has been charged by the doping commission of the Italian committee with using or attempting to use a banned substance after sports authorities reopened an investigation into his alleged role in Operation Puerto.

The 29-year-old rider will not be implicating other riders in the investigation, Martelli said.


* Three-time boxing champion

Hector "Macho" Camacho

was sent to jail after pleading guilty in Gulfport, Miss., to a 2004 burglary charge. Camacho faces up to 7 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Circuit Judge

Steve Simpson

delayed sentencing, but ordered him sent straight to jail because a bail bond agent said he hadn't heard from Camacho for more than 2 years, the

Sun Herald

reported on its Web site.


* The U.S. Open and CBS have agreed to a new 6-year deal worth about $145 million for broadcasting the Grand Slam tennis tournament.

* Rafael Nadal teamed with Carlos Moya to beat Roger Federer and his Davis Cup teammate Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-4, 7-6 (5), in the first round of the Rome Masters.


* Baseball's minor leagues set an April attendance record by drawing 5.9 million fans, an increase of nearly 122,000 from last year.

* Sporting goods companies and organizations that sponsor high school baseball nationwide asked a federal court to overturn a new New York City law that bans metal baseball bats in prep games. A lawsuit against New York City was filed by USA Baseball, a Raleigh, N.C.-based national governing body for several baseball associations, and The National High School Baseball Coaches Association, based in Tempe, Ariz., along with four sporting goods companies and several fathers of ballplayers.

Sport Stops


Matthew Lombardi

scored three goals to give undefeated Canada a 6-3 victory over the United States and a top seeding entering the quarterfinals of hockey's world championships in Russia. Canada next plays Switzerland. The Americans, who finished second in the qualifying round, play the tougher Finns.

* Former soccer great Diego Maradona was released from a psychiatric clinic in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after 2 weeks of treatment for alcoholism.

* The probe into the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woomer, who was found dead in his room in a hotel in Jamaica, is "inconclusive" and has not proved that he was murdered, a Pakistani investigator said.

* Russian gymnast Anastasia Guseva will miss the Beijing Olympics after being banned until November for testing positive for a banned diuretic that can be used to mask steroids. Guseva will miss the Sept. 19-23 rhythmic world championships in Patras, Greece. It's a qualifying event for next year's Olympic Games in China. *