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Clemens apologizes for 'mistakes'
On the eighth day, Roger Clemens apologized. Following a week in which the Daily News reported his affairs with several women, Clemens released a statement Sunday night apologizing for "mistakes in his personal life," while again denying he ever used performance-enhancing drugs. "I have apologized to my family and apologize to my fans," Clemens said. "Like everyone, I have flaws. I have sometimes made choices which have not been right." Clemens made it clear he is not admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs.
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Benson on thin ice with Bears
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo was conveniently out of town and did not return phone calls. No doubt he needs to gather more information, as well. Sadly, it's a bit late for that. There's a big enough pile of evidence for the Bears to cut ties with Cedric Benson without another thought. Maybe that's the real positive of his water-logged weekend. Benson has one leg out the door and another on a banana peel anyway after the draft last weekend, when the Bears effectively replaced him by using a second-round pick on Matt Forte.
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Report: D'Antonio can talk with teams
Suns coach Mike D'Antoni has been granted permission to speak with NBA teams, including the Bulls and Knicks, according to KTAR-AM 620 in Phoenix. D'Antoni was previously denied permission to speak with any team, Suns GM Steve Kerr told the radio station last week.
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Secret to Notre Dame offense?
The Charlie Weis offense has a fondness for tight ends. Thanks to suspensions, graduation and attrition, there are a limited number on hand. So the Irish need Kyle Rudolph to be big, and so Kyle Rudolph needs to be actually big, to refine his ample raw material into a finished product fairly quickly.
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Busch defends wrecking Junior
Kyle Busch said he would not be a true race car driver if he changed his driving style based on who he was competing against. Busch was already hearing it from fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr. after the two wrecked while racing for the lead on Lap 398. And the displeasure is likely only to grow. Busch also received a post-race pit road visit from an angry Rick Pigeon, who works Earnhardt Jr.'s team and used to work with Busch's team when he was with Hendrick Motorsports last season. "The fact that he came down and confronted me saying, 'Why did I do that?' thinking I did it deliberately, was beyond insane," Busch said.
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What's behind British Open changes?
Using carefully chosen phrases like "challenge to the modern-day player" and "increased player capability," R&A's chief executive, Peter Dawson, not for the first time, disguised the fact that the current "program of significant change" that is well under way at every British Open venue has virtually nothing whatsoever to do with the players themselves and virtually everything to do with the collective and joint abrogation of responsibility by the R&A and the United States Golf Association when it comes to their (lack of) legislation on the modern golf ball. Had today's equipment been properly regulated over the last decade and a half, it is a safe bet that the likes of Augusta National and the Old Course at St Andrews, to name but two classic courses that have been forced to endure unnecessary change, would not have had to be screwed up to the extent they have been.
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Jagr promises to play somewhere
As he emerged from the New York Rangers dressing room, Jaromir Jagr's bizarre playoff beard was gone. How long before he is, too? As he stood in front of reporters after the Rangers' season-ending 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Mellon Arena yesterday, a misty-eyed Jagr was asked if this had been his final game as a Ranger, perhaps his final game in the NHL? Jagr would not commit to his future, other than to vow that he will play next season. Exactly where that will be, only he knows for certain. "I don't think this will be my last year," Jagr said. Jagr becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and is said to be mulling over the possibility of going to Russia next season.
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Mentor pitches Avery to Knicks
If Avery Johnson listens to his longtime mentor, legendary black-college coach Ben Jobe, he will be beating down Donnie Walsh's door to coach the Knicks. If Walsh listens to his longtime friend and confidant, Jobe, Walsh will be beating down Johnson's door. Jobe, Avery's college coach at Southern University and the main character in Dan Klores' "Black Magic" documentary, told The Post he had been in Walsh's ear Thursday and Friday, singing Avery's praises.
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