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Confess? Lance Armstrong may not have much to gain

2011 Pan-Massachusetts Challenge

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Lance Armstrong attends the 2011 Pan-Massachusetts Challenge on August 6, 2011 in Bourne, Massachusetts.

Lance Armstrong may be considering a change in course, dropping his years of denials and admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs — though whether such a move would help him is uncertain.

The New York Times, citing anonymous sources, reported late Friday that Armstrong has told associates he is thinking about the move.

However, Armstrong attorney Tim Herman says that the cyclist hasn't reached out to USADA chief executive Travis Tygart and David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

A USADA spokeswoman declined comment on Saturday, while Howman was quoted by the Sunday Star-Times in New Zealand, where he is vacationing, saying Armstrong has not approached his group.

USADA stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles last year and issued a report portraying the cyclist as the leader of a sophisticated doping operation on his winning teams.

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David Beckham to leave LA Galaxy after MLS cup; Snoop Dogg sniffs at Celtic FC (Updated)

Los Angeles Galaxy v Seattle Sounders - Western Conference Championship - Leg 2

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David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy battles Brad Evans #3 of the Seattle Sounders FC during Leg 2 of the Western Conference Championship at CenturyLink Field on November 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Galaxy defeated the Sounders 2-1, winning the aggregate playoff 4-2.

Los Angeles Galaxy v Seattle Sounders - Western Conference Championship - Leg 2

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Members of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrate after defeating the Seattle Sounders 2-1, winning the aggregate playoff 4-2 during Leg 2 of the Western Conference Championship at CenturyLink Field on November 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.

Los Angeles Galaxy v Seattle Sounders - Western Conference Championship - Leg 2

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Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy hoists the Western Conference Championship trophy after defeating the Seattle Sounders FC 2-1, winning the aggregate playoff 4-2 during Leg 2 of the Western Conference Championship at CenturyLink Field on November 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.

"Reincarnated" Premiere - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

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Rapper Snoop Lion attends "Reincarnated" premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

adidas Originals By Originals David Beckham By James Bond Collection Launch

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Musician Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) attends the adidas Originals By Originals David Beckham By James Bond Collection Launch on September 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Scottish Premier League - Celtic v Dundee

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Celtic fans display a banner during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Dundee on September 22, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premier League - Celtic v Dundee

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Celtic fans display a banner during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Dundee on September 22, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.


As the L.A. Galaxy heads to the MLS Cup for the second year in a row, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) tells a Scottish newspaper that he's interested in Celtic F.C. investment opportunities and would look to sign his pal David Beckham.

First, the final. The Galaxy lost a Sunday night showdown in Seattle but won the aggregate victory over the Sounders in the Western Conference Finals. The L.A. team will defend its title when it faces Houston again.

KPCC's Ashley Bailey spoke with the voice of the L.A. Galaxy — broadcaster Joe Tutino — who said he expects the rematch to be a challenge, and that he wouldn't be surprised if tickets for the Dec. 1 MLS cup are sold out by Thanksgiving. 

"I don't think this is going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. You know, Landon Donovan has been dealing with a hamstring, Edson Buddel’s had some knee issues, David [Beckham] has been dealing with some ankle issues so this team is walking wounded right now, so hopefully they’ll be all healed and ready to go.”

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UPDATE: Lance Armstrong stripped of 7 Tour de France titles, banned from cycling for life

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Lance Armstrong arrives at a training session during a rest day of the 2010 Tour de France.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles Friday, erasing one of the most incredible achievements in sports after deciding he had used performance-enhancing drugs to do it.

Armstrong, who retired a year ago, was also hit with a lifetime ban from cycling. An athlete who became a hero to thousands for overcoming cancer and for his foundation's fight against the disease is now officially a drug cheat in the eyes of his nation's doping agency.

In a news release, USADA said Armstrong's decision not to take the charges against him to arbitration triggers the lifetime ineligibility and forfeiture of all results from Aug. 1, 1998, through the present, which would include the Tour de France titles he won from 1999 through 2005.

Armstrong has strongly denied doping and contends USADA was on a "witch hunt" without any physical evidence against him.

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Be a sport: Photos from the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre LA Live

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Sportscaster Chris Berman (R) and Bailey the Los Angeles Kings Mascot arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: A general view of the finale is seen onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp and Actress Cody Horn arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) NHL players Matt Greene, Dustin Brown and Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings eith award for Best Upset posing in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA player Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Clippers (L) and actress Hayden Panettiere arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) NBA player Steve Nash and Nascar driver Danica Patrick present award for Best Team onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Blake Griffin (L) and Kevin Love speak via satellite during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional skiier Lindsey Vonn walks onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA New Orleans Hornets player Anthony Davis arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Host Rob Riggle speaks onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Actor Rob Lowe with award recipient Eric LeGrand onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Demaryius Thomas arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: UFC fighters Jon Jones and Anderson Silva arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Rappers NAS (L) and Swizz Beatz perform onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Lehigh Basketball team Coach Murray Goodman, Gabe Knutson, John Adams, Jordan Hamilton, Coach Antoni Wyche and CJ McCollum arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Matthew Stafford of the Detriot Lions wins award Best Comeback Athlete poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Backstage & Audience

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson poses backstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA players Juwan Howard (L) and Mike Miller (R) of the Miami Heat accept the Best Team award from NBA player Steve Nash and Nascar driver Danica Patrick onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional surfer Maya Gabeira and actor Jesse Spencer arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional skier Maya Turski arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Backstage & Audience

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA players Juwan Howard (L) and Mike Miller of the Miami Heat, winners of the Best Team Award pose onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos and Professional skiier Lindsey Vonn onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Tennis player Daniela Hantuchova and NFL player Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Soccer player Carlos Bocanegra arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers (L) and actress Zooey Deschanel speak onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Cleveland Browns player Josh Cribbs arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Brothers Dan Gronkowski, Gordie Gronkowski, Rob Gronkowski and Glenn Gronkowski arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA New Orleans Hornets player Anthony Davis arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Green Bay Packers player Desmond Bishop (ring detail) arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) UFC fighters Anderson Silva and Jon Jones arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL players Victor Cruz and Eli Manning of the New York Giants with Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional snowboarder Shaun White (L) and actress Olivia Munn speak onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: TV Personality Holly Robsinson Peete and kids arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Professional surfer Maya Gabeira and actor Jesse Spencer arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Demaryius Thomas accepts award for Best Moment poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Christian Watford wins award for Best Play poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Alpine Skiier Bode Miller (L) and guest arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: College Basketball player Pendarvis Williams (R) and guest arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NHL players Matt Greene, Dustin Brown, and Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings accept the Best Upset award onstage during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NFL player Eli Manning of the New York Giants arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Press Room

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actress Jessica Biel poses in the press room during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: NBA player Steve Nash (L) of the Los Angeles Lakers and former Los Angeles Lakers coach, current head coach for the Texas Legends Del Harris arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Former NBA player Julius Erving and guest arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: The Sasquatch (L) and actor Joel McHale arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Arrivals

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Bailey The Los Angeles Kings Mascot arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Musician Nas and Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The 2012 ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: US Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner (L) and NBA player Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Clippers arrive at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


Relive the glory and the rug burn of the red carpet and ceremony with a slideshow sampling of winning photos from Wednesday night's 2012 Espy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. 

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