Milestones Aug. 14, 2006

FIRED. Floyd Landis, 30, when a second urine sample the American cyclist provided after Stage 17 of the Tour de France also tested positive for synthetic testosterone, a banned performance-enhancing substance; by his Swiss team, Phonak. The top Tour official says he no longer considers Landis the champ, but the decision to officially strip the title rests with the International Cycling Union. Landis says he's innocent, suggesting cortisone shots, whiskey, dehydration and human error as possible explanations. Says his spokesman Michael Henson: "As an ethical athlete and human being, he's maintained cleanliness throughout."

PLEADED GUILTY. Claude Allen, 45, former Bush White...

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