Stunning the Tour de France on its first rest day, doctors diagnosed a tumor in the left testicle of two-time Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso on Monday, forcing him out of the showcase race.
At age 37, Basso wasn't a contender to win the race, as the Italian was in his heyday before he was banned for doping. But his experience and pedigree — Basso finished second at the 2005 Tour and third in 2004 — meant his withdrawal was keenly felt by his team leader Alberto Contador.
The 2007 and 2009 champion must now tackle the most arduous two weeks of the Tour, with decisive climbs in the Pyrenees and Alps, without the assistance and moral support of his veteran teammate and training partner.
Contador put his arm around Basso and vowed, his voice cracking with emotion, to do his best to win the race to honor his teammate.
Basso said he has cancer.
"I have a small cancer in the left testicle," he said. "I have to stop and go back to Italy."
Pistons land veteran guard Blake
The Detroit Pistons acquired guard Steve Blake from the Brooklyn Nets in a trade for forward Quincy Miller. Blake has played in 812 NBA games in 12 seasons with Washington, Portland, Milwaukee, Denver, Golden State and both Los Angeles teams. He averaged 4.3 points last season with Portland.
The 22-year-old Miller played 10 games last season for Sacramento and Detroit.
… Dallas is in aggressive contract talks with free agent center JaVale McGee, a source said. In 382 games during his seven-year career, McGee has averaged 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting 54 percent.
… The Magic traded forward Maurice Harkless to the Trail Blazers for a future second-round draft pick.
… The Clippers re-signed backup guard Austin Rivers and added former Bloomington Jefferson center Cole Aldrich.
Bills line coach punches boy in face
Authorities said Buffalo offensive line coach Aaron Kromer punched a boy in the face, injuring his left eye. Kromer confronted two boys about using his beach chairs while fishing from the shoreline near the coach's home in Florida.
The report says the 48-year-old Kromer threw a fishing pole into the water, pushed one boy to the ground and then punched him.
The boy told deputies that Kromer threatened to kill his family if he reported the incident.
… Former NFL receiver JaJuan Dawson wasn't wearing a lifejacket Sunday night when he fell into a Dallas-area lake. Murky waters are hindering the search. It's unclear why Dawson fell overboard, but alcohol isn't considered a factor. Dawson spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons with Cleveland and 2002 with Houston. He had 52 catches for 664 yards and two touchdowns in his pro career.
Unbeaten U.S. ties Panama
Michael Bradley scored the equalizer early in the second half, helping the United States to a 1-1 draw with Panama on Monday night and wrapping up a sluggish but unbeaten trip through group play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Already assured of first place in Group A, the U.S. improved to 30-1-3 in group play.
Blas Perez scored in the 34th minute to give Panama (0-1-2) the lead, and for a while it looked as if that would be enough. But after second-half substitutions, Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin energized the Americans (2-0-1), and the U.S. finally began to attack. Alejandro Bedoya's perfect cross wound up on the right foot of Bradley, who poked the equalizer into the net in the 55th minute for his 14th international goal.
... Duckens Nazon scored the only goal and Haiti took a big step toward advancing from the group stage for the first time with a 1-0 victory over Honduras.