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>Disgraced Landis retires from cycling

Floyd Landis, stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping, is giving up on a return to professional cycling, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said.

"He sent USADA his retirement notification yesterday," agency spokeswoman Erin Hannan said.

The 35-year-old Landis told he'd spent five years trying for a comeback but his efforts are "causing more stress than is worth it." He raced a "handful of times" as an unaffiliated rider last year, the website said.

In May, Landis sent e-mails to cycling officials accusing Lance Armstrong and other former teammates on the U.S. Postal Service team of doping. Armstrong, 39, has denied the allegations, saying Landis has "zero" credibility.

Landis told he was "relatively sure this sport cannot be fixed."


>Olazabal is named European captain

Jose Maria Olazabal will captain Europe's Ryder Cup team when it defends the trophy against the United States at Medinah, Ill. in 2012.

The 44-year-old Spaniard, who played in seven Ryder Cups and was Europe's vice-captain for the last two matches, was appointed captain on Tuesday. He succeeds Colin Montgomerie, who guided Europe to a 14 1/2 -13 1/2 victory over the U.S. at Celtic Manor in Wales last October.

Olazabal, a two-time Masters champion, was the unanimous choice among Europe's leading players.


>LeBron taking talents to online cartoon

LeBron James is going back to cartoons.

The NBA's two-time reigning MVP and Spring Hill Productions formally announced plans Tuesday for a 10-episode digital series to be distributed online and slated to launch early this year.

The idea for the show is based somewhat on a recent series of Nike television commercials that showed James, a forward for the Miami Heat, as several different animated characters.

In a statement, James says the show "is a great way to show youths of all ages how to be a good person."

Episodes will be hosted on YouTube.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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