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September 8th, 2012

Hamilton Details Cheating In Cycling In ‘The Secret Race’

Tyler Hamilton’s new book details his life in the world of professional cycling and the pressures to use performance-enhancing drugs in order to win on the global stage. Bill Littlefield spoke with Hamilton and his co-author Daniel Coyne about ‘The Secret Race.’

August 4th, 2012

BMX On Its Second Olympic Lap

The London Olympics will take a dirty turn when the BMX competition kicks off with bikes, speed, jumps and plenty of dirt. Susan Valot reports on how BMX has changed since it debuted as an Olympic sport in Beijing in 2008.

July 14th, 2012

Tour De France: One Man’s Perspective

For most people on this side of the Atlantic, Tour de France news is limited to two themes: who’s winning and who’s suspected of cheating. As he tells Bill Littlefield, writer/historian Hampton Sides got a lot more out of his experience at last year’s race.

July 7th, 2012

Women Take On Tour de France Course

Six amateur women are currently riding the entire route of the 2012 Tour de France and will reach the Champs-Elysees one day ahead of the official racers. Bill Littlefield speaks with Kate Powlison about why she’s tackling nearly 2173 long and hilly miles.

July 7th, 2012

Lance Armstrong Denies More Allegations

As the Tour De France winds its way through that country, anti-doping officials in the U.S. are focusing their spotlight on seven-time champion Lance Armstrong. Bill Littlefield comments.

Book Review
June 16th, 2012

Following Gino Bartali’s “Road To Valor”

In recent years, the sport of cycling has become more about who has or has not cheated than who wins the big races. Bill Littlefield speaks with the authors of “Road To Valor,” a book about an Italian cyclist whose life on and off the bike was much more interesting and heroic.

February 11th, 2012

Armstrong, Bonds, Et Al: A Legal History Of Sports Prosecutions

Athletes have long found themselves in legal trouble for what they do on their own time. But, as the recently abandoned case against Lance Armstrong shows, prosecuting athletes for transgressions that occur during competition is a tricky affair. Bill Littlefield has the story.

July 2nd, 2011

Contador’s Conflict And More With Charlie Pierce

The Tour de France begins on Saturday, and defending champion Alberto Contador is looking to repeat. However, his victory might be taken away from the courts, as he is defending himself against a positive doping test from last year’s tour. Charlie Pierce talks to Bill Littlefield about Contador’s predicament, along with another drug related issue involving golfer Robert Garrigus. In addition, Charlie gives his input on the two sport lockouts, and rails against the MLB’s plans to seize the Dodgers.

June 25th, 2011

Tainted Supplements And David Vobora’s $2 Million Reputation

In the largest ruling of its kind, a federal judge has awarded St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora $5.4 million in his suit against a supplement manufacturer whose product was tainted with steroids. Vobora was suspended by the NFL for four games in 2009 after a positive test. He says the court case has restored his reputation, but Only A Game’s Karen Given explores whether that’s possible for Vobora and other athletes who’ve inadvertently run afoul of anti-doping measures.

Rhymes With Bill
May 26th, 2011

Lance Armstrong In Rhyme

Lance Armstrong is currently under investigation by a grand jury and his former teammates have accused the seven time Tour de France winner of using performance enhancing drugs. Bill Littlefield and Karen Given stage a doggerel that presents two views of Armstrong’s legacy.

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