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Feds may interview Clemens' women
Although any extramarital relationships involving Roger Clemens have no direct bearing on his denials of drug use, it is possible that federal authorities will try and question the women cited in the newspaper reports to see what knowledge they may have about Clemens and performance-enhancing drugs. As part of the government's investigation into whether Barry Bonds committed perjury about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, the authorities questioned Kimberly Bell, who said she was his former girlfriend. It is unclear if Clemens's acknowledgment of "mistakes" will have any impact on a defamation lawsuit he filed against Brian McNamee.
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D'Antoni wants to coach Bulls
Mike D'Antoni has told John Paxson he wants to be the Bulls' next coach, according to sources. Whether Paxson has the same wish remains to be seen after the Bulls' general manager spent parts of Sunday and Monday with the Suns' coach in Phoenix.
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1,581 days in a Favre jersey
David Witthoft finally shunned his Brett Favre jersey for a red shirt for the first time in 1,581 days. The 12-year-old Ridgefield, Conn., boy wore the No. 4 jersey every day since receiving it as a Christmas gift in 2003. David's father, Chuck Witthoft, said that his son's last day wearing the jersey was April 23 on his 12th birthday. Witthoft conceded his son started to become concerned about his appearance after the jersey barely came down to his belt line.
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Junior, Busch want to talk it out
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch said they look forward to a chance to talk about their Lap 398 incident in Saturday night's race at Richmond, Va."I hope we can talk about it and put it behind us," Busch said. "I've reached out to Dale Jr. -- I called him earlier this morning and got his voicemail. Hopefully we'll either see each other in the garage or he'll get back to me later. Maybe even tonight. It's Cinco de Mayo, maybe we'll go party it up a little bit." Busch said again he felt the contact, which came as the two battled for the lead and wound up with Earnhardt Jr. spinning out of contention for a win, was simply a racing incident. Earnhardt Jr. said he didn't feel he could be more vocal or angrier about what happened because he wound up hitting and knocking Busch out of a Chase for the Cup race last year at Kansas.
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Avery: I was writing my will
Sean Avery is thinking of the future now, but last Wednesday while lying in a bed in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Vincent's Hospital suffering internal bleeding from a lacerated spleen he'd sustained at the Garden hours earlier in Game 3 against the Penguins, the Rangers' winger had no such luxury. "I was writing my will that first night," Avery told The Post by phone yesterday. "I was in bad shape. I was nervous. I was trying not to think about it. I thought I was done." Avery, who is expected to make a full recovery, was released from St. Vincent's on Sunday. He'll report for the Rangers' break-up meetings today in the wake of the second-round five-game elimination by Pittsburgh that was sealed by Marian Hossa's offside-enabled OT goal Sunday afternoon.
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Cuban denies yelling at Avery
Mark Cuban has been eerily quiet since the Mavs' season ended, but he finally let his fingers do the talking. He avoided discussing the Avery divorce in any detail, but Cuban gave readers a glimpse of the franchise's future as he sees it. Conventional wisdom is that the Mavs' championship window has closed. Much to the surprise of nobody, Cuban contends that conventional wisdom in this case is a bunch of bull. "And one last word on something. I have never, ever raised my voice to any coach or player on this team. Ever. I've been screamed at. which I have no problem with. I have no problem with someone venting at me or to me, even about me. In fact, if its necessary, I prefer it be to me. Its a sign of passion." C'mon, Mark. Folks in the West End heard you hollering at Avery after the loss to the Lakers. And they heard Avery give as good as he got.
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Aggies reel in coveted recruit
College Station isn't a hop, skip and a jump away from Hyattsville, Md. But for 6-6 guard Naji Hibbert, Aggieland apparently felt like home. The talented shooter, who could play any guard position, said Monday he chose A&M over a host of ACC schools because he liked the family atmosphere at A&M. Hibbert said he also choose A&M because coach Mark Turgeon and his assistant, Scott Spinelli, were just relentless. Hibbert, rated 47th nationally by ESPN.com, averaged 17.1 points, 6.3 rebound and 4.0 assists per game last season. He's the first player Turgeon has landed for the 2009 recruiting class. But he's also the third player Turgeon has landed that has been ranked among the nation's top 75.
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Travelers luring pros with amentities
The Travelers Championship, stuck on this PGA Tour calendar immediately following the U.S. Open this summer, is doing everything it can to convince the tour's big names not take that week off. On Monday, the tournament opened its new $4.5 million, 23-acre practice facility, addressing a major concern that pros had about playing at the TPC River Highlands. The opening of the center is the centerpiece to the tournament's push to attract a top field, a push that includes lots of freebies. Each golfer on tour has received an iPod and high-end Bose headphones from the tournament, pre-loaded with a video about the Travelers Championship. New Nationwide Tour graduates also received GPS systems, with directions to every PGA Tour event preloaded. The tournament also is offering a free plane ride to every player and two family members on a charter flight that will take them from the U.S. Open in San Diego to Hartford. Once they are in Connecticut, their wives will find flowers in their hotel rooms, their caddies will get free laundry service, and their children will be given video games, movie tickets and outings to a museum and local amusement park.
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