Lance Armstrong

may be busy baby-sitting between two major races next year.

Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven consecutive years after overcoming testicular cancer, and his girlfriend,

Anna Hansen

, are expecting a baby in June.

He is scheduled to compete in the Giro d'Italia, which runs May 9-31, and the Tour de France, which begins July 4.

"Anna and I are thrilled to confirm that we are expecting in June and our families are ecstatic and grateful," Armstrong said in a statement released Tuesday night.

Rae Bazzarre

, a spokeswoman for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, said in an e-mail to the Associated Press yesterday that the baby was conceived naturally.

Armstrong had three children with his ex-wife,


, using in vitro fertilization with sperm he had banked before undergoing chemotherapy.

Three years after retiring following his last Tour de France win, Armstrong announced in September his return to competition and the Tour de France in 2009. He called his comeback an attempt to raise global awareness in his fight against cancer.


As part of its efforts to shore up its core assets amid the economic slump, the New York Times Co. is seeking buyers for its 17.5 percent stake in the holding company of the Boston Red Sox, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Red Sox president

Larry Lucchino

declined to comment on the Journal report and Times spokesmen were not immediately available.

The New York Yankees reached an agreement with catcher

Kevin Cash

on a minor-league contract.

If Cash, a career .184 hitter, is added to the 40-man roster, he will receive a $700,000, one-year deal. He batted .225 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 61 games with the Boston Red Sox last season.

The San Diego Padres agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder

Luis Rodriguez


Former Phillies pitcher

Mitch Williams

will be the keynote speaker when the Rider baseball team receives its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rings during a Jan. 31 ceremony on the campus in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Rider made its first NCAA baseball tournament appearance since 1994.


Jeff Withey

, a 7-foot freshman who spent a semester at Arizona but did not play basketball for the Wildcats, will transfer to Kansas next semester, Jayhawks coach





Thieves broke into soccer star


house and made off with thousands of dollars worth of goods in Milan, Italy, but left behind the AC Milan midfielder's Golden Ball trophy, Italian media reports said.

Ronaldinho was in his native Brazil when the burglary took place early Tuesday morning, Corriere della Sera reported. Four thieves stole mainly jewelry and watches, according to Corriere.

Ronaldinho, who won the Golden Ball award as the best player in Europe in 2005, is in his first season with Milan.

The Los Angeles Galaxy signed goalkeeper

Donovan Ricketts

, a veteran of the Jamaican national team.

Ricketts, 31, will be added to the MLS team's roster pending receipt of his visa and international transfer clearance. Terms of his contract were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-4 Ricketts has made 67 international appearances for Jamaica and has an 11-7-6 record in 24 World Cup qualifying matches, including appearances in all of his country's games during qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.