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Posted: Monday, August 7, 2006 6:19 am | Updated: 4:28 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Floyd Landis could have saved himself a lot of sweat, sore muscles and heartache if he would have tested positive before the Tour de France like most of the other favorites.

Never winning a yellow jersey is better than having one ripped off your back.

Next year, the French should just waive all the drug tests and restrictions. Anything goes.

Let’s see how fast a person can really pedal around France. Let’s make it tougher on those cameramen sitting on the motorcycles. Let’s give Rafael Palmiero something to do with all of his spare time.

Gentlemen, start your syringes.

FRESH TROJAN HORSES

If there was ever a year to get back at USC — and after last year’s second-half debacle in Tempe, Arizona State is front and center of the revenge pack — this would be the year.

With Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and LenDale White now playing on Sundays, the Trojans saw over 90 percent of the yards and 74 of the 83 touchdowns their offense produced last year leave for the NFL. I don’t care how talented the replacements are, that’s a tough act to follow.

ON THE MOVE AGAIN

The Bruins added Zdeno Chara and Paul Mara to their defense and that — along with yet another overpriced arbitration judgment ($1.275 million) — cost ex-Coyote David Tanabe a job when Boston walked away from the deal. Tanabe, who hasn’t been the same since a severe knee injury in 2003-04 and was shipped to the Bruins for Dave Scatchard last year, had only 16 points in 54 games and still got a $300,000 raise.

QUICK HITTERS

• Watching Stephen Drew continue to rake — even against a tough lefty like Andy Pettitte Sunday — shows it’s time to promote him out of the eight-hole and ride a confident, focused hitter — especially on days when .220 Damion Easley is hitting second.

• While the Yankees continue to pillage their farm system and buy up high-priced veterans to replace their other injured, highpriced veterans, the Mets locked up young stars Jose Reyes and David Wright to long-term deals at what will be bargain prices.

• Keep your eye on the Giants this week. Usually, that team sinks to the bottom of the tightly packed NL West is ripe for a long winning streak.

• Ironic that a player the Coyotes coveted all summer, Chicago left wing Kyle Calder, wound up in Philadelphia for a player Phoenix all but gave away — Michal Handzus.

• Only the Cardinals could build a stadium in the middle of nowhere — state of the art, with a mobile field of the future — and not provide enough on-site parking for all their new, hyped-up fans. As you’re being bused from your “off-site” parking spot to the stadium, see if you can see any parking structures. Me neither.

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