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Published: Monday, Jan. 10 2011 8:24 p.m. MST

Austyn Carta-Samuels stiff arms a CSU defender.

Associated Press

Wyoming quarterback leaving program

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels has decided to leave Wyoming.

UW coach Dave Christensen announced Monday that Carta-Samuels was transferring.

In an e-mail to media, Carta-Samuels cited unspecified personal reasons that are best for his growth and success. He says he has enrolled in a junior college that he didn't identify and leaves with a heavy heart.

Christensen says in a statement released by the university that Carta-Samuels informed him of his decision on Monday.

The coach says he's disappointed but wishes Carta-Samuels the best.

Christensen declined further comment.

Carta-Samuels, of San Jose, Calif., was the Mountain West Conference freshman of the year in 2009.

Last season, he passed for 1,702 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also was UW's second-leading rusher with 392 yards and three TDs.

Accused Spanish biker found dead

MADRID — Former mountain bike rider Alberto Leon, accused of forming part of two separate doping rings in Spain, was found dead Monday, a spokesman for the Civil Guard said.

The 37-year-old Leon was one of 14 people implicated in the Spanish Civil Guard's anti-doping investigation Operation Galgo that cited him as a supplier of performance-enhancing drugs.

Leon also had been implicated in Operation Puerto, a doping investigation that began in 2006 and led to the banning of cyclists Alejandro Valverde and Ivan Basso.

A Civil Guard spokesman from San Lorenzo del Escorial — the town near Madrid where Leon lived — confirmed his death to The Associated Press on Monday. The spokesman would not give his name in compliance with departmental rules and would not confirm details of his death.

Leon was among 14 people detained last month in Operation Galgo, which has shaken up the Spanish athletic world, with a number of coaches and athletes accused of using drugs or acting as suppliers, including world steeplechase champion Marta Dominguez. Police discovered steroids, hormones and bags of blood in raids all over the country.

Operation Puerto was the biggest doping investigation in cycling history, with more than 50 cyclists implicated following raids in May 2006 that netted steroids, blood bags and blood doping equipment.

Seattle signs Kennedy to minor league deal

Veteran infielder Adam Kennedy has signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and received a spring training invitation.

Seattle announced the deal on Monday. Kennedy, who turned 35 on Monday, is the 15th non-roster invitee to the Mariners' major league camp.

Kennedy has played 12 seasons in the majors with the Cardinals, Angels, Athletics and last season with the Nationals. He appeared in 135 games last year for Washington, batting .249 with 16 doubles and 31 RBIs. Kennedy is a career .275 hitter.

—Deseret News staff and wire reports

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