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In brief: ESPN networks plan to televise several Gonzaga games

Men’s basketball: Gonzaga will appear on the ESPN networks a minimum of 17 times throughout the 2012-13 season as the West Coast Conference and ESPN announced the WCC television schedule Wednesday.   As part of their long-term relationship, the WCC and ESPN will have a minimum of 43 games involving WCC schools air nationally.

Hamilton’s book claims Armstrong gave him blood booster

Tyler Hamilton says Lance Armstrong gave him an illegal blood booster at his house before the 1999 Tour de France and the two teammates compared notes on using performance-enhancing drugs as far back as 1998. Hamilton (pictured right) makes the allegations in his book, “The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs,” set to be published Wednesday. Hamilton and Armstrong rode together on the U.S. Postal Service team. Armstrong has long denied doping but last week chose not to fight drug charges made by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. USADA has erased 14 years of Armstrong’s competitive results, including his seven Tour de France titles. Associated Press

Cycling union denies covering up positive Armstrong drug tests

GENEVA – The International Cycling Union “categorically rejects” Tyler Hamilton’s allegations that it helped cover up a positive drug test by Lance Armstrong at the 2001 Tour de Suisse. The UCI insisted Monday that it had “never altered or hidden the results of a positive test,” and that seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong had never been notified of a positive finding.

Former teammate supports Armstrong, calls Hamilton a ‘liar’

ROME – Viatcheslav Ekimov stands to receive his third Olympic gold medal in the wake of Tyler Hamilton’s doping admission. The Russian is in no mood to celebrate, though. A former teammate of Hamilton’s with the U.S. Postal squad, Ekimov was extremely irritated by Hamilton’s detailed allegations on “60 Minutes” that Lance Armstrong and other team leaders encouraged, promoted and took part in a doping program on the way to winning the Tour de France a record seven times.

Ex-teammate: Armstrong pushed doping

Lance Armstrong’s former teammate, Tyler Hamilton, says Armstrong and other team leaders encouraged, promoted and took part in a doping program in an effort to win the Tour de France in 1999 and beyond, according to a report aired Sunday night on “60 Minutes.” Hamilton said he saw Armstrong take performance-enhancing drugs, EPO and testosterone and also saw him receive a banned blood transfusion.