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Cycling

PAU, France - Tour de France rider Alexandre Vinokourov tested positive for a banned blood transfusion after winning last weekend's time trial, prompting his Astana team to pull out of the race Tuesday and police to raid the team hotel.

The Kazakh rider, a one-time favorite to win cycling's premier event, was tested after his victory in the 13th stage time trial on Saturday.

Astana team manager Marc Biver said Vinokourov was sent home. His backup B-sample test results are expected by the end of the week.

About 30 police officers, some in plain clothes, descended on Astana's La Palmeraie hotel in Pau and sealed it off, preventing more members of the team from leaving.

Vinokourov, a pre-race favorite, also won Monday's 15th stage. He was 23rd in the overall race standings. The Tour finishes in Paris on Sunday.

NFL

HOUSTON - The Houston Texans have agreed to a contract with third-round draft pick Jacoby Jones.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver was the 73rd pick in the draft from Division II Lane College. He led the team with 68 receptions for 822 yards and six touchdowns last season. He also returned 24 punts for 330 yards and a touchdown and had 38 kick returns for 848 yards and two touchdowns.


INDIANAPOLIS - Tarik Glenn, a three-time Pro Bowl tackle for the Indianapolis Colts, announced Tuesday he will retire from the NFL because he no longer has the passion he once had for football.

The 31-year-old Glenn, a first-round draft pick out of California in 1997, started 154 regular-season games during his 10-year career. A steady blocker on the left side of the offensive line, he was a main reason quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked just 15 times last season and a league-low 176 times since Manning joined the team in 1998.

"Making this decision, I had to step outside that [team] role and see what was good for myself and my family, and that was hard to do," Glenn said at a news conference at the Colts' headquarters. "Hearing people talk and players asking me to reconsider and reminding me of some of the things and what I mean to this team, it hurts. It really hurts.

"But I'm real convinced this is what I should do."

The 6-foot-5, 332-pound Glenn was second to 11-year veteran receiver Marvin Harrison in years of service with the Colts.

Soccer

FC Dallas 1, Chivas Guadalajara 1: FRISCO - Antonio Olvera scored a disputed goal in the 67th minute to lift Chivas Guadalajara into a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas on Tuesday night in a contentious first match of the inaugural SuperLiga tournament.

The SuperLiga pits four MLS clubs and four from the Mexican first division in a Champions League-style competition for North American club soccer supremacy.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eddie Johnson, Major League Soccer's leading scorer, has turned down a transfer from the Kansas City Wizards to Derby of England's Premier League.

Peter Vermes, the Wizards' technical director, said Tuesday that Johnson made the decision earlier this month after returning from U.S. national team duty at the Copa America.

Vermes said he could not confirm the terms of the transfer fee offered by Derby, said to be in the $3.6 million range. Derby won promotion to the Premier League this past season, after being relegated from England's top division following the 2001-02 season.

The 23-year-old Johnson has 12 goals in 11 games for the Wizards - a spectacular comeback from a 2006 slump that saw him score just twice in 19 games - and has scored twice this year for the national team.

WNBA

Silver Stars 71, Fever 63, OT: INDIANAPOLIS - Sophia Young scored 24 points, including four in overtime, to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 71-63 victory over the short-handed Indiana Fever on Tuesday night.

Becky Hammon added 17 points and Vickie Johnson scored 12 for the Silver Stars (15-7), who snapped a four-game losing streak against Indiana.

Anna DeForge had 15 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 12 for the Fever (16-7), who lost a season-high third straight game.

Indiana was playing its second game without All-Star Tamika Catchings, who injured her left foot July 20 against Detroit. She could miss the rest of the regular season.

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