Team Astana refutes Armstrong comeback

Lance Armstrong’s reported comeback won’t take place with the Astana cycling team.

“He is no part of our team,” Astana team press officer Philippe Maertens told The Associated Press in an e-mail. “Team Astana has no plans with him.”

The cycling journal VeloNews, citing anonymous sources, reported on its Web site Monday that the 36-year-old seven-time Tour de France champion would compete in the Tour and four other road races with Astana in 2009.

But Astana team director Johan Bruyneel, who was with Armstrong for all seven Tour wins from 1999 to 2005, told that he was unaware of any Armstrong comeback.

“I don’t know where the rumors come from,” the Web site quoted him as saying.

Maertens said rumors that Armstrong might come out of retirement had been circulating for a few weeks.

“I cannot tell you more,” Maertens said in the e-mail. “You better ask him.”

Armstrong did not immediately respond to a text message or voice mails left by the AP. Armstrong’s manager, Mark Higgins, and Bruyneel also did not respond to voice mails left by the AP.


Coronado’s Jordan claims silver medal

Henderson’s Cortney Jordan earned a silver medal in the women’s 100-meter freestyle at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Jordan, a 17-year-old senior from Coronado High School who has cerebral palsy, finished second to American teammate Erin Popovich, who set a Paralympic record of 1 minute, 11.82 seconds.

“I’ve wanted to go 1-2 on the medal stand with Erin for so long, and it’s great to finally do it,” said Jordan, who finished in 1:12.09. “This is my first silver medal. It means so much to me.”

Jordan will compete in five more events at the Paralympics, which run through Sept. 17.


Green Valley player still in fair condition

A Green Valley High School football player remained in fair condition at Sunrise Hospital while recovering from a bruised spine caused by an injury suffered Friday.

LaQuan Phillips, 17, successfully underwent surgery Sunday to alleviate swelling in his vertebrae. He has no bones broken, said Phillips’ aunt, Delphine Lakes.

Though Phillips’ recovery has gone well, doctors have not yet given a timetable for when he might be able to return home, Lakes said.

Phillips, a senior defensive back, was injured in an apparent collision during the second quarter of Green Valley’s 24-20 home loss to Centennial on Friday.


Body found in desert might be ex-UFC champ

A body was found Monday near the remote desert campsite where former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner went missing days before.

A helicopter pilot spotted the body in a rugged area of Imperial County, Calif., near the California-Arizona border, said sheriff’s Lt. George Moreno. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the corpse, he said.

Tanner, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight and United States Wrestling Federation heavyweight champion, has been missing since last week. He last fought June 21 on a card at the Palms.

The 37-year-old had planned to take a trip to the desert since last month. On his weblog on, Tanner described his fascination with the emptiness of the desert and wrote of his preparations for the trip.

Also: Former Florida basketball player Teddy Dupay was bound over for trial on charges of rape, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping.

Prosecutor Paul Christensen said Dupay, 29, pleaded not guilty to all three charges during a preliminary hearing in 3rd District Court in Park City, Utah.

Court documents state that on June 19, Park City police were called to a lodge where a 28-year-old woman told officers that Dupay raped her in one of the rooms. Before the rape, she said, Dupay hit and kicked her 150 times. The two had been in a relationship for two years.

Doyle Parrack, who played on a national championship basketball team and later coached at three NCAA Division I schools in Oklahoma, has died.

Parrack, 86, died late Friday in Perkins, Okla., said his son, Jim Parrack. Doyle Parrack had suffered from Parkinson’s disease in recent years and developed pneumonia during the last two weeks, his son said.

Doyle Parrack started for Oklahoma A&M — now Oklahoma State — when the Cowboys won the 1945 national championship under Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba.

Parrack went on to coach at Oklahoma City University, where his players included future coaches Abe Lemons and Paul Hansen. He later became coach at Oklahoma before returning to his alma mater as Iba’s assistant.

The UNLV women’s golf team, which took 16th at last season’s NCAA Championships, was ranked 27th in Golfweek’s preseason poll. UCLA was ranked No. 1.

The daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos pleaded guilty in Levittown, N.Y., to drunken driving in a car crash in November that left one person dead and three others injured.

Sophia Santos, 21, faces 31/2 to nine years in prison when sentenced Oct. 8.

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