ProTour cyclists will be asked to sign an anti-doping pledge prior to the Tour de France. That ranks right up there with rappers signing a contract promising Rev. Jesse Jackson they’ll stop using the b-word, h-word and n-word in their lyrics.

Identical distant cousins

Los Angeles Galaxy president Alexi Lalas told British newspapers that Major League Soccer is on the same level as the Premier League. Lalas also would choose a good WNBA game over the men’s final four and sees Arena Football competing neck-and-neck with the NFL for TV ratings by 2010.

Mediocrity pays

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was given a one-year contract extension through 2009 after the team’s 26-43 start. Daniels immediately thanked the Boston Celtics’ Danny Ainge and the Detroit Lions’ Matt Millen for lowering the front office bar across all sports.

Need a hobby? Try fishing

Free-agent linebacker LaVar Arrington was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Monday. Am I the only one who wonders why professional athletes with a 12-year window to make more money than God can’t refrain from riding motorcycles until they’re retired and ready for a mid-life crisis?


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