Morning Jolt: Roger Clemens on the comeback trail?

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Clemens on the comeback trail?

Nearing 50, Roger Clemens is reportedly seeking to pitch again. According to Puerto Rico's El Nuevo Dia newspaper, Clemens "wants to pitch" for the same Indios de Mayaguez team that his son Koby is playing for this winter. But a source told the Daily News that although the 49-year-old Clemens threw a bullpen session recently in Puerto Rico, "it's pure gossip" that the Rocket will pitch for the team. The Nuevo Dia report quoted an unnamed Indios team member saying the elder Clemens "wants to pitch, that's 100% sure. I saw his desire to compete again. He was (at) the practice and said he wanted to play with his son." A photo of the Rocket wearing an Indios jersey ran with the report. (New York Daily News)Comment

Vikes stadium plans fall into limbo

Gov. Mark Dayton reportedly called off plans to hammer out a solution this month for a new Vikings stadium. Key Republicans countered that the issue is not an emergency, dismissing speculation that the team is prepared to leave the state if no resolution is reached. A frustrated Dayton emerged from a tense meeting with Republicans and said he was postponing his plan to announce on Monday a stadium-funding proposal. ... Dayton also said he was calling off a meeting Friday with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf. "The statement's pretty clear that they're opposed to this special session." The day's events signaled that Republican lawmakers, despite mounting political pressure from the Vikings, are not convinced that the February expiration of the team's lease at the Metrodome is sufficient reason to rush into special session. (Star Tribune)Comment

QB controversy at Oregon? Not according to Thomas

According to Darron Thomas, there is only one choice at starting QB. [Thomas] spoke to a throng of media members Wednesday following the Ducks closed practice (what, you thought they were open?) and seemed amused when asked if he was confident he was Oregon's starting quarterback. This continued a trend from Saturday's postgame, when Thomas was more quotable than usual, telling us "there ain't no competition at my position." I asked Darron [Wednesday] if he's amused or puzzled by some of the media and fan base writing and talking about a quarterback controversy and he nodded emphatically. "I'm very surprised, but it's the media," Thomas said with a shrug. (The Oregonian)Comment

Must-See Photo

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur gets a warm welcome as he returns to goal during the Devils' 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. It was Brodeur's first game since injuring his shoulder on Oct. 13. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

Must-See Video

Another thing we're missing during the NBA lockout: John Wall doing the Dougie.

Game To Watch

The Sharks (6-4-0) look to stay hot against the Eastern-Conference leading Penguins (8-3-2), 10:30 pm ET.

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SI Vault: More Bill Walton

This Day in Sports

  • 1989 -- Nineteen years after their inaugural home game, the Portland Trail Blazers retire Bill Walton's jersey No. 32.
  • 1995 -- Charlotte sends center Alonzo Mourning, guard Pete Myers and forward-center LeRon Ellis to Miami in exchange for swingman Glen Rice, point guard Khalid Reeves, center Matt Geiger and a 1996 first round draft pick.
  • 1996 -- Jerry Rice becomes the first NFL player with 1,000 career receptions.
  • 1997 -- Philadelphia third baseman Scott Rolen wins the National League Rookie of the Year award. Boston's Nomar Garciappara wins the honor for the American League.