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Winter X Games
Recent crashes raise safety concerns

ASPEN, Colo. — The image of snowmobile rider Caleb Moore launched over his handlebars on a backflip gone wrong — with his 450-pound machine somersaulting behind him — has created serious questions for the Winter X Games.


Run over by his sled, Moore lay on the snow for several minutes before being helped off the course. Now, he remains in critical condition after suffering bleeding around his heart and a complication involving his brain.


While snowboarders Shaun White and Elena Hight reached new heights in the superpipe last weekend at Winter X Games, it was Moore's crash that has some wondering whether dialing up the difficulty each year improves action sports or simply makes them too dangerous.


X Games organizers say further safety measures are constantly being evaluated.


CYCLING
Frank Schleck given 1-year suspension

BRUSSELS — Luxembourg's anti-doping authorities have suspended RadioShack Nissan Trek leader Frank Schleck until July 14 after he tested positive for a banned substance during last year's Tour de France.


Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency president Robert Schuler says Schleck was given a 12-month backdated suspension to last year's Tour, where he tested positive for the diuretic Xipamide. He has denied any wrongdoing.


The 32-year-old Schleck placed third in the 2011 Tour de France and was in 12th place overall behind leader Bradley Wiggins when he stepped out of the race July 17, five stages from the end.


Schleck will miss this year's Tour under the current suspension.


FOOTBALL
Dr. Phil: Te'o was victim of girlfriend hoax

NEW YORK — Dr. Phil McGraw says Manti Te'o was not involved in setting up the dead girlfriend hoax that became a sensation when it was exposed this month, and that the man who masterminded the scheme did so because he was deeply, romantically in love with the Notre Dame linebacker.


McGraw spoke on the Today show Wednesday, previewing an interview he did with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a California man who set up the fake identity of Lennay Kekua. Tuiasosopo's interview with McGraw will air in two parts on the Dr. Phil Show starting Thursday.


Te'o says he thought of Kekua as his girlfriend, though the two had only talked on the phone and exchanged electronic messages, and the story of how Te'o learned Kekua died on the same day in September as his grandmother because a major story during the football season.


McGraw says absolutely, unequivocally Te'o had no role in creating the hoax. McGraw also says that when he asked Tuiasosopo if he was gay, the 22-year-old initially said yes and then said I am confused.


Te'o also was asked if he is gay, in an interview with Katie Couric that was broadcast last week. Te'o said no.


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