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Report: Mosley allegedly used BALCO drugs

Boxer Shane Mosley is accused of using BALCO designer steroids "the clear" and "the cream" as part of a doping regimen before a 2003 fight against Oscar De La Hoya, SI.com reported Friday.

Citing multiple unidentified sources who attended an international anti-doping conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., last November, SI.com reported that lead BALCO investigator Jeff Novitzky alleged that Mosley began using those two drugs, as well as EPO, two months before the light middleweight championship fight won by Mosley.

A BALCO client, Mosley was subpoenaed in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative investigation and testified before the grand jury in 2003. He has always denied doping and has never tested positive.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- The Texas A&M athletic director said he didn't know coach Dennis Franchione was providing inside information on the Aggies in a newsletter to boosters who paid $1,200 per year until two weeks ago.

A reporter made AD Bill Byrne aware of the secret newsletter.

"When I saw a copy of an e-mail, I called Coach Fran and recommended this program be discontinued," Byrne said in a statement released by the school Friday. "I understand he stopped at that time."

Franchione said he has stopped selling the newsletter. The money from the subscription fees helped finance the coach's personal Web site.

About a dozen big-money boosters subscribed for the past three years to the e-mail newsletter, called "VIP Connection." It offered Franchione's candid assessments of players and specific injury information, details Franchione routinely declined to discuss publicly, citing program policy.

Franchione made subscribers sign a confidentiality agreement and said he doesn't believe any of the inside information was used for gambling, the San Antonio Express-News reported Friday after obtaining a copy of the newsletter through a "third-party source."

• South Carolina safety Emanuel Cook had a felony gun charge dismissed at a preliminary hearing.

Cook, 19, of Riviera Beach, Fla., had been arrested last month and charged with unlawful possession of a pistol. The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $2,000 fine.

At Friday's hearing, Richland County Magistrate Judge Nikki Hall ruled there was not enough probable cause for the case against Cook to go to a grand jury, said Lowell Bernstein, Cook's attorney.

• PRO BASEBALL -- With Bud Selig's blessing, the Houston Astros picked Cecil Cooper as their full-time manager.

The 57-year-old Cooper received a guaranteed contract through the 2009 season, a month after he was chosen as interim manager to replace the fired Phil Garner.

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