McNamee questioned by Clemens prosecutors
Roger Clemens' former personal trainer Brian McNamee was questioned for five hours yesterday by federal prosecutors and investigators building a perjury case against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner. McNamee did not speak to reporters, only shaking his head when asked whether he would comment, when he arrived yesterday morning at the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington accompanied by his lawyers, Richard Emery and Earl Ward. McNamee has told federal agents, baseball investigator George Mitchell and a House of Representatives committee that he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and human growth hormone from 1998 to 2001. Emery would not say what was discussed and declined a request to interview McNamee. Emery said he has not been told when McNamee, a former New York police officer, will speak to the grand jury.
Stadiums: : The Yankees and Mets won their fight to get public backing for additional financing for their new ballparks that will save them hundreds of millions of dollars on interest payments. New York's Industrial Development Agency approved $370 million in additional public bond requests for the Yankees and $82.2 million for the Mets.
Et cetera: : Reliever Grant Balfour agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Rays, avoiding arbitration. The American League champions also agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Lance Cormier, a former Oriole. ... Tampa Bay senior adviser Don Zimmer, 78, is recovering from a small stroke suffered last month and hopes to join the Rays in spring training for what would be his 61st season in the game. ... Darren Oliver and the Angels avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,665,000. ... Greg Dobbs and the Phillies agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million contract that avoided arbitration for the pinch-hitting specialist.
Orioles ace Jeremy Guthrie will be named next week to the provisional 45-man roster of the American team in the World Baseball Classic. Twenty-eight players, including 13 pitchers, will be named to the final roster, which will be set by Feb. 24. It's probably unlikely that Guthrie makes the final roster with right-handed starters Jake Peavy, Roy Oswalt and John Lackey having already committed to the club. ... The Orioles continue to have talks with Page Odle, the representative for free-agent left-handed reliever Will Ohman. Odle said the Orioles have yet to make an offer for Ohman, who held left-handed hitters to a .200 average last season for the Atlanta Braves.
The Maryland men's lacrosse team added former Notre Dame standout Will Yeatman to its attack unit. Yeatman, 6 feet 6, 265 pounds, who led the Irish in scoring with 46 points on 21 goals and 25 assists in 2007 en route to being named the LaxPower Rookie of the Year, joined the team Wednesday, the Terps announced yesterday. Yeatman, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, served a season-long suspension last spring after he plead guilty to misdemeanor counts of drunken driving and criminal recklessness stemming from a Jan. 28 arrest. Yeatman, who also was a tight end for the football team, encountered more legal problems and another suspension in September after being arrested on a charge of underage drinking at an off-campus party. Seeking a fresh start, Yeatman asked to be released from his football scholarship last month and landed with the Terps. EDWARD LEE
Loyola women: : Coach Jen Adams announced that 2008 LaxPower Rookie of the Year Meg Decker has joined the program and will compete for the Greyhounds in 2010 after satisfying NCAA residency requirements. The Mount de Sales graduate had 63 goals and 13 assists for Navy last season and controlled 58 draws.
Woods to speak at inauguration event
Tiger Woods, who has tried to stay out of politics during his ascent to one of the world's most famous athletes, has accepted an invitation to speak at the Lincoln Memorial tomorrow as part of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration festivities. Woods posted a short statement on his Web site to say he would speak at "We Are One," a concert and celebration that will be broadcast live on HBO and feature entertainers such as Beyonce, U2, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks, along with appearances by Denzel Washington and Martin Luther King III.
More golf: : Tom Pernice Jr. eagled his final shot at the Sony Open in Honolulu, giving him a 7-under-par 63 and a share of the lead. Tadd Fujikawa, the 18-year-old who turned pro after his sophomore year in high school, secured his first PGA Tour paycheck by ripping two shots onto the green at the par-5 ninth for a birdie and a 69.
College football: : Navy's game at Hawaii, originally scheduled for Nov. 21, has been moved to Nov. 28. ... Penn State defensive end Maurice Evans has made himself eligible for the NFL draft.
Hockey: : The Continental Hockey League suspended five officials in connection with the death in October of Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov, 19. Avangard Omsk's president, general manager and one of its team doctors were suspended indefinitely from positions in the league. Another Avangard doctor was suspended for two years. Vityaz Chekhov's president also was suspended indefinitely. ... Penguins captain Sidney Crosby ruled himself out of last night's game against the Ducks because of an apparent left knee injury. Crosby will try to skate again during today's practice before the Penguins play the Rangers tomorrow. ... The Islanders agreed to play a preseason game against the Kings in September in Kansas City, Mo., raising questions about their future on Long Island.
College basketball: : A judge delayed the assault trial of Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy until April 20, after the NCAA tournament. Also yesterday, Mohamed Moctar Ould Jiddou, the cabdriver who accused Kennedy of hitting him and using ethnic slurs, filed a lawsuit against the coach in response to Kennedy's defamation lawsuit. The latest lawsuit seeks damages from Kennedy for the alleged assault and accuses the coach of filing a frivolous lawsuit.