February 10, 2012

Jan Ullrich at the 2006 Giro d'Italia     Photo: DPMS/Flickr

Cyclist Actually Apologizes for Doping

Ullrich admits mistake after ban

After receiving a doping ban from the CAS on Thursday, cyclist Jan Ullrich said today his decision to work with a rogue Spanish doctor showed poor judgment. "I confirm that I had contact with Fuentes. It was a big mistake, I regret it very much," he said in a press statement. "I would like to sincerely apologise for this behaviour - I'm very sorry." For those that might greet Ullrich's statement as a refreshing admission of guilt in a sport marred by denial, twitter wars, and boring court battles, keep the following fact in mind. On Wednesday, a day before his sentencing, the cyclist signed on to be the face of a German cyclosportive for amateurs sponsored by Alpecin, a grooming solution that uses the slogan, "Doping for the hair."

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Herb and Jan Conn in Jewel Cave     Photo: Courtesy of the National Park Service

Pioneering Caver Herb Conn Dies

Explorer mapped Jewel Cave

Herb Conn, the pioneering climber and caver best known for exploring and mapping Jewel Cave National Monument, died of cancer on Wednesday at the age of 91. Along with his wife Jan, Conn made the first ascents of more than 200 routes in the Needles of South Dakota, including classics like East Gruesome. In 1959, the Conns switched their focus to caving after visiting Jewel Cave National Monument in the Black Hills. At the time, only two miles of the cave had been explored. Over the next 20 years, the Conns would explore more than 50 additional miles of the system. For that achievement, they were inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame last September.

Read more at the Rapid City Journal

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Ski     Photo: Tsutomu Takasu/Wikimedia

Teva Mountain Games Open in Colorado

Vail welcomes 45,000 spectators

The innaugural Winter Teva Mountain Games opened on Friday in Vail, Colorado, with 45,000 people expected to attend the three-day competition. The games, presented by Eddie Bauer, are a new winter version of the 10-year-old Teva Mountain Games, typically held in June. Events will include ice climbing, snow biking, telemark skiing, Nordic freestyle, running, dog competitions, and an Ultimate Mountain Man/Woman challenge. The prize purse is set at $60,000.

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Captive killer whale     Photo: PicsByZuzanna/Flickr

Federal Judge: Whales Are Not People

PETA slavery lawsuit thrown out

On Wednesday, a federal judge in San Diego threw out a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that accused SeaWorld of keeping orcas as "slaves." PETA filed suit in October of last year, seeking constitutional protection for whales under the 13th amendment. Judge Jeffrey Miller was the first to ever hear arguments over animals' constitutional rights. In his ruling, Miller said that protection against slavery afforded by the 13th amendment did not apply to animals, as slavery is a "uniquely human" institution. PETA said that it will regroup and continue to seek protections for whales. "Today's decision does not change the fact that the orcas who once lived naturally wild and free, are today kept as slaves by SeaWorld," PETA attorney Jeffrey Kerr said in a statement.

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Meb Keflezighi is one of the Olympic athletes on charitybets.com     Photo: Arthur Langham/Flickr

How to Bet on Olympic Athletes

The USOC has no problem with one option

You can now bet on Olympic athletes—for a good cause. Charitybets.com allows athletes to set performance goals and raise money for organizations close to their hearts. Athletes enter a goal on the site and designate a charity. Users visiting the site can bet a specific amount on the over (the athlete will meet the goal) and/or the under (the athlete won't meet the goal). The wager will then be donated to a charity of the athlete's choice based on his or her results. The USOC has said they have no problem with the Web site. "Anytime you can get spectators to invest in the race, in any way, it's exciting," Meb Kaflezighi's manager, Merhawi Kaflezighi, told CNN. "Once people understand the idea, I can't imagine anyone not getting behind it."

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