The company that owes Lance Armstrong $5 million for winning a record sixth straight Tour de France is withholding payment of the bonus, citing allegations in a French book that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
SCA Promotions Inc. points to doping allegations contained in "L.A. Confidential, the Secrets of Lance Armstrong," published in June by La Martiniere. Armstrong has denounced the book's claims as "absolutely untrue" and launched defamation lawsuits against the publisher and authors.
Chris Compton, an attorney for SCA, said the company wants to see Armstrong's medical records before releasing the money.
Armstrong's U.S. Postal Cycling Team filed a lawsuit this month in state court in Dallas, claiming SCA didn't have the right to question Armstrong's Tour victories, which were upheld by cycling authorities.
* SOCCER: Thomas Rongen, who guided D.C. United to the 1999 Major League Soccer championship, was hired as coach of Club Deportivo Chivas USA, an expansion team set to start play in MLS in April.
* TRACK AND FIELD: Justin Gatlin followed his Olympic victory by capturing the 100 meters at the Yokohama Super Track and Field meet yesterday in Japan. Former world record holder Maurice Greene finished fifth.
* BOXING: James Toney relentlessly pursued Rydell Booker and punched him almost at will on his way to a lopsided decision in their 12-round heavyweight fight in Temecula, Calif. . . .
The middleweight title fight between Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya was bought by 1 million households, HBO said.
* COLLEGES: Rutgers women's basketball player Shalicia Hurns was suspended from the team after pleading guilty to punching and tying up her roommate during a dispute over painkilling drugs. Hurns pleaded guilty July 23 to charges of criminal restraint and making terroristic threats.
* COURTS: The Massachusetts state appeals court declined to allow a new trial for a father convicted of beating a man to death at their sons' hockey practice.
Upholding a lower court judge, the appeals court rejected Thomas Junta's claim that the prosecution withheld information that could have been used to undermine a key witness during his 2001 trial.
During the trial, medical examiner Stanton Kessler testified that Michael Costin's death was caused by "substantial force." Junta said the prosecutors should have told his lawyers that Kessler had showed slides from the case at a Seattle conference and gave his opinion about the injuries and force needed to inflict them.
Junta is serving a six- to 10-year jail sentence. . . .
Former boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga missed a rape case hearing because he is training for a bout. A new hearing was set.
* BASKETBALL: Dennis Rodman is thinking about a comeback, and the Denver Nuggets are giving him a shot.
Rodman, 43, participated in a pickup game at the Nuggets facility earlier this week but had to cut short the workout because of an ingrown toenail.
-- Associated Press