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September 17, 2001
Mountain biking pioneer Neil Murdoch was arrested by a U.S. marshal in Taos, N.Mex., last week, nearly 30 years after he went on the lam to avoid drug-smuggling charges in New Mexico. According to The Denver Post, Murdoch changed his name to Richard Bannister after vanishing and settled in Colorado, where he opened a mountain bike shop in the mid-1970s. About three years ago he moved to Taos, where on Sept. 5, acting on a tip, the feds tracked down Murdoch—who's now in his 60s—and charged him with a violation of his 1973 bond. He has pleaded not guilty....
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Mountain biking pioneer Neil Murdoch was arrested by a U.S. marshal in Taos, N.Mex., last week, nearly 30 years after he went on the lam to avoid drug-smuggling charges in New Mexico. According to The Denver Post, Murdoch changed his name to Richard Bannister after vanishing and settled in Colorado, where he opened a mountain bike shop in the mid-1970s. About three years ago he moved to Taos, where on Sept. 5, acting on a tip, the feds tracked down Murdoch—who's now in his 60s—and charged him with a violation of his 1973 bond. He has pleaded not guilty....

The first half of the Association of Surfing Professionals season has produced one of the tightest races in recent memory. The next six weeks, a grueling stretch of events in Portugal, France and Spain, should shake out the top of the pack. C.J. Hobgood (left) is the current leader, but at least five surfers are closing in on him....

Bill Johnson, the 1984 Olympic downhill champion, returned home to Gresham, Ore., last week to continue recuperating from the near fatal brain injury he suffered during a warmup run at the U.S. Alpine Championships in March. Johnson had been undergoing rehab at the Centre for Neuro Skills in Bakersfield, Calif; his in-patient medical coverage recently expired.

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