Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sports in brief: Book offers inside look at ESPN


book about ESPN: 'partying is a varsity sport'

NEW YORK — A book about ESPN due for publication Tuesday mixes a detailed corporate history of the 24-hour-a-day sports network with off-camera gossip and after-hours tales about the personalities there.

Some copies of Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN were distributed Thursday.

Weighing in at well over 700 pages, the tome is an oral history, with co-authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales saying in the introduction that they interviewed more than 550 people for it.

Miller and Shales also say that, at ESPN, "partying is a varsity sport."


Armstrong used drugs, cyclist says

NEW YORK — Tyler Hamilton, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, told 60 Minutes that he used performance-enhancing drugs with the seven-time Tour de France winner to cheat in cycling races, including the tour.

Hamilton said Armstrong took the blood-booster EPO in the 1999 Tour and before the race in 2000 and 2001. Armstrong won the race every year from 1999-2005.

The interview was broadcast Thursday.

Armstrong has denied doping and has never failed a drug test. His attorney, Mark Fabiani, said Hamilton is seeking to make money by writing a book: "Greed and a hunger for publicity cannot change the facts: Lance Armstrong is the most tested athlete in the history of sports: He has passed nearly 500 tests over 20 years of competition."

Et cetera

nfl: Tim Tebow joined a dozen Broncos teammates for an informal offseason workout in Centennial, Colo. The second-year quarterback from UF said he looks forward to a competition with Kyle Orton to start: "You hope he does good, because the better he does, hopefully the better I'll do, and vice versa. I've always relished the opportunity to compete." … The Browns, concerned about the labor dispute, asked for a $25,000 break on their $225,000 rent on about 5,000 parking spaces on docks near their lakeside stadium. The team also wants a $20,000 discount for each home game lost.

tennis: Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero withdrew from the French Open after failing to recover from right shoulder injuries. … Mardy Fish and John Isner, both Tampa residents, lost their matches as the United States fell to Argentina in the semifinals of the World Team Cup in Duesseldorf, Germany. Juan Monaco edged Fish 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. Juan Ignacio Chela beat Isner 6-1, 7-6 (7-1). The other finalist will be decided today among Germany, Serbia, Russia and Spain.

boxing: Nathan Cleverly will defend his WBO light heavyweight title against Aleksy Kuziemski on Saturday in London after Tony Bellew failed to make weight. On a bizarre day, Cleverly was declared champion after Juergen Braehmer was stripped of the title when he pulled out of the bout with an eye injury. Bellew became the challenger but failed to make weight and was replaced by Kuziemski.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Book offers inside look at ESPN 05/19/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2011 8:50pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Why Ryan Fitzpatrick may solve the puzzle for Bucs at backup quarterback


    Ryan Fitzpatrick will have to leave One Buc Place following Thursday’s off-season workout and fly home to New Jersey in time to teach a class of 10 second and third grade students how to solve the Rubiks Cube.

  2. For starters: Rays vs. Angels, with Cobb leading the way


    Rays veteran RHP Alex Cobb had a lot to say Monday about the team needing to focus on getting past .500 and building a winning record.

    And after the disappointing 3-2 loss that …

    Alex Cobb will start tonight when the Rays play the Angels.
  3. Family a driving force for University of Tampa pitcher David Lebron


    TAMPA — For University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron, baseball reminds him of family. He uses it to help honor the memory of his father, who taught him the game. One day, he hopes his career can help support his mother and allow her to rest.

    University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron (Courtesy of University of Tampa)
  4. L.A. delay could re-open Super Bowl chance for Tampa in 2021


    Construction delays on the NFL's new stadium in Los Angeles mean the Rams and Chargers won't be playing there until 2020, a year later than expected, and the ripple effect could give Tampa another …

    Tampa and Raymond James Stadium last hosted a Super Bowl in 2009, when the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Arizona Cardinals.
  5. Bucs' Gerald McCoy, Jameis Winston honored in NFL top 100


    Helping fans pass time through the offseason each summer, NFL Network has been unveiling its top 100 players for 2017 as chosen by the players, and the Bucs' Gerald McCoy and Jameis Winston are the first Tampa Bay players revealed, coming in at No. 52 and 57, respectively.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis WInston and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, shown in the 2016 season finale against the Panthers, have both been named to the NFL Network's top 100 players for 2017.