Make us your home page
Instagram

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

Cycling

Related News/Archive

No winner of lance tours?

PARIS — The Tour de France will have no official winner for the races from 1999-2005 if Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven victories by the sport's governing body for doping.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme called the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's report on Armstrong "damning" and said Friday that it raises doubts about "a system and an era."

Tour officials are waiting on the International Cycling Union's decision on whether to go along with the antidoping agency's decision to ban Armstrong for life and erase his racing results based on the results of its investigation of him. Armstrong's teams "ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," said the report, released Wednesday.

The governing body must decide by month's end whether to appeal the agency's rulings to the World Anti-Doping Agency. Its president, Pat McQuaid, declined to comment on the report but defended the body's efforts to catch drug cheats. It tests often but can do little if the results are negative, he said.

armstrong cohort out: Armstrong's former team manager, Johan Bruyneel, left the RadioShack-Nissan team after he was singled out in the report as a central figure in the doping program. The decision was by "mutual agreement," the team said. Bruyneel said he left to "concentrate on my defense." He chose an arbitration hearing to fight the antidoping agency's charges.

et cetera

olympics: Canadian soccer player Christine Sinclair was suspended for four games and fined $3,500 by the sport's governing body for "displaying unsporting behavior towards match officials" after a controversial loss to the United States in the London Games semifinals, the Canadian Soccer Association said. She was one of several players who criticized the head official over a call against goalkeeper Erin McLeod that led to Abby Wambach's tying penalty kick in the 80th minute. The Americans won in extra time.

tennis: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych, the top four seeds, reached the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters in China. … Top seed and Tampa resident Sam Stosur made the Japan Open semis with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jamie Hampton at Osaka.

Times wires

Sports in brief 10/12/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 10:56pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. College basketball scandal dips into Tampa Bay

    Preps

    Tuesday's national college basketball scandal has recruiting ties to Tampa Bay.

    In this March 15, 2012, file photo, San Diego State assistant coach Tony Bland, left, talks during NCAA college basketball practice in Columbus, Ohio. Bland was identified in court papers, and is among 10 people facing federal charges in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. [AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File]
  2. Lightning's Brayden Point could be perfect fit alongside Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov

    Lightning Strikes

    SUNRISE — Brayden Point ended last season as the Lightning's No. 1 center, thrust into the role as a rookie due to injuries.

    Lightning center Brayden Point (21) advances the puck through the neutral zone during Friday's preseason game against the Nashville Predators. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  3. For starters: Rays at Yankees, with Blake Snell starting, Wilson Ramos cashing in

    Blogs

    The Rays open their final road series of the season tonight at Yankee Stadium, which is also where they played their first of the season.

    LHP Blake Snell will be on the mound for the Rays, looking to continue his successful late-season run, in which he is 4-0, 2,57 over his last eight starts.

    Tonight marks Wilson Ramos' 55th start of the season.
  4. Cannon Fodder podcast: Considering Gerald McCoy's comments

    Bucs

    Greg Auman talks about Gerald McCoy's comments — both about fan criticism online and Donald Trump — in the latest episode of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Gerald McCoy, front, said Monday that he would love to have a conversation with any of the fans who take to social media to criticize him and his Bucs teammates. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  5. Alex Volkov with a top-six showcase for Lightning

    Blogs

    Alex Volkov entered Lightning camp a bit of an unknown, the second-round pick from Russia in his first NHL camp.

    Alex Volkov (79) works to stop Florida Panthers center Denis Malgin (62) during the second period of Sunday's game in Tampa.