ESPN's Bonnie DeSimone writes that yesterday Floyd Landis ended up where he started out last July, with his character in doubt in the public's mind, and USDA lawyers were happy to take the emphasis away from the science of the case. The Landis lawyers were far happier to spotlight that science however, and Dr. Simon Davis' testimony went just the way they would have hoped it would:
Smiling pleasantly, Davis said he considered Landis' carbon-isotope ratio test results "completely unreliable" for a variety of reasons.
He elaborated over the next three hours, citing sketchy calibration and pressure settings; the 20-year-old software used to process results; improper discretion by lab technicians in re-processing the electronic data files associated with the test results; and the fact that he was not permitted to see whether lab technicians were using an updated operating manual.
Testimony is expected to conclude today with perhaps closing arguments as well.
USAToday's Sal Ruibal reviews yesterday's Landis hearing news, with no bombshells, but plenty of fallout from the last one in the trial.
Bicycling does a review of yesterday's assorted happenings at the Landis hearings and wries a brief preview of the final day's events.
NPR's Morning Edition now has the audio available of a piece done this morning on the Landis case and on the character aspect of the story.
WNBC runs an op-ed on the evils od drugs in sport, and comes to the conclusion that all the bums who dope need to get out.
The IHT posts comments from TdF director Christian Prudhomme that though some strides are being made, doping is still killing cycling. His comments were made in response to the OP scandal and the Floyd Landis case.
The Herald Sun has a short review of yesterday's testimony of Floyd Landis, but also has more on the depth of the doping scandal surrounding Jan Ullrich as two former Telekom (now T-Mobile) teammates who admit to doping.
The NY Time's Lee Jenkins tells us that yesterday's final day of testimony by Floyd Landis was largely spent on the juicier details of the incident last week involving his former manager and Greg LeMond, rather than on the science upon which the case is based.
Also from the NY Times Selena Roberts writes, in a rather mean spirited way, that Floyd Landis attempted to defend himself a la Lance Armstrong, and even made some of the same bad choices Lance may have made.
The Contra Costa Times gives us a bit of a different perspective on the Landis case from yesterday by beginning the piece with a comment on Landis' appearance.
USAToday SportsScope peruses the net to find differing coverage via mainstream news and blogs, of the Landis case. There's something for every opinion.
The San Jose Mercury News does an update of an AP piece from yesterday in which it is stated that Floyd Landis' character was on trial yesterday and not the science by which USDA is supposed to judge the case.
Reuters also posts a story in which the science of the case is totally lost in the "character" issue.
The Albany Times Union gives us the sorry state of sports with a newly specialized apology titled "The Geoghegan".
The Minneapolis St. Paul Star Tribune's Rachel Blount posts a piece about the pollution in sports that is doping, and we missed it in all of the coverage from Monday. She thinks that Floyd Landis was wearing the perfect color after the TdF, yellow.
Rant , in his regular column, previews today's Landis hearing session with perhaps his last "warm up" on this topic. He also feels compelled to comment on the Selena Roberts NYT piece referenced above for which she is the recipient of his "the snark of the century". Most deserved. In other bits of business Rant also looks at yesterday's testimony by Simon Davis, who is expected to face cross examination today. Rant posts his first update of the day with a review of this AM's continued testimony of Dr. Simon Davis, and then the cross by USADA lawyers.
Dugard is in The Big Easy" and thinks that if you go there you need to acknowledge Katrina and its effect on the people still living in NOLA. He also comment briefly on the Landis hearings yesterday and still feels that Floyd has it, character that is.
LI Biz Blog notes that Floyd Landis will be in Huntington, NY on June 28 at the book revue to promote "Positively False".
Everyman Triathlon thinks that athletes should be free to choose to use PEDs if they wish, just as fans should be free to choose not to watch a particular sport if THEY choose.
The First 100 Miles Sara Best is in love with Dr. Simon Davis who testified for the defense yesterday in the Landis hearings. Dr. Davis brought the hearings back to where they belong, the science.
Pommi observes that to almost everyone's relief the final day of testimony in the Landis hearings is about to begin.
SayOw's Blog notes that today is the final day of the Landis hearings, and finds it a little hard to find much of the science testified to. He also thinks that Landis will be found guilty, unless there is another bombshell, God forbid.
Suitcase of Courage posts a reader rant that is unexpectedly honest, from a certain point of view that is.
Bicycle.Net wants you to know that IF you want to cleanse your mind from some of the nastiness aimed at Floyd Landis these days read his recommendations. Rant is one of them.
The New Common Sense tells us that they considered a trip to the Landis hearings, but went riding instead. It's all over with anyway today, in so many ways.
The Marc Majeau Experience gives Floyd Landis 0% chance of regaining the respect of America because of revelations from his hearings.
The Stuff Worried uses a bit of a stretch in logic to conclude that he will be banned by WADA when he rides his bike in Europe.
Spokes 'n Folks feels that someone may wind up with a black eye due to the Landis scandal, but that shouldn't mean that cycling itslef ends up that way. No one person or entity IS cycling.
Rant gives us a special edition this AM in which TBV correspondent and translator Marc posts a Vincent Hube L'Equipe piece from last week that is fair and balanced.
Triple Crankset revisits yesterday's testimony in the Landis hearings, and gives a preview of what we might expect today.
Sportsblog ws asks the question, does anybody know what's going on with the Landis hearings? Of one thing he seems sure, Floyd will not keep the TdF title.
Quickrelease.tv is convinced after yesterday's testimony by defense witness Simon Davis, the LNDD is completely incompetent.