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Witness list set in Roger Clemens case

Among those who might be called are Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco and Commissioner Bud Selig.

April 16, 2012|Staff and wire reports

Prosecutors said they might call former baseball players Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco, current baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman as witnesses in the Roger Clemens perjury case. The defense said it might call former Clemens teammates Paul O'Neill, Jorge Posada and Mike Stanton, and baseball writer Peter Gammons.

Those were among the more than 100 potential witnesses read Monday on the first day of jury selection in Clemens' new trial in Washington, with a larger prosecution team taking on the famed pitcher following last year's embarrassing mistrial. The government will again try to prove Clemens lied to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.


Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a $35.56-million, six-year contract through the 2017 season, locking up the left-hander through arbitration and his first year of free agency.

The deal includes this year and options for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The move keeps San Francisco's top three starters — Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Bumgarner — under contract at least through next season.

The 22-year-old Bumgarner, squeezed between Lincecum and Cain in the rotation, helped form the starting pitching trio that carried the Giants to the 2010 World Series title. He has a 3.12 earned-run average and a 21-20 record in three-plus seasons in San Francisco.


Manning has first workout with Broncos

Quarterback Peyton Manning said he was pleased with the first day of his off-season workouts with his new teammates on the Denver Broncos.

The four-time most valuable player, who signed with the Broncos after he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts, said he was glad to throw the ball around at team headquarters rather than sneaking around to Denver-area high school fields to play catch with receiver Eric Decker and good friend Brandon Stokley as they have done for the last month.

Manning declined to talk about his health or the progress he has made as he works to regain his arm strength following a series of neck operations that sidelined him for all of last season and led to his departure from Indianapolis.

The Ducks' Teemu Selanne, who is pondering retirement, has opted to skip the world championships in his native Finland next month. Also, Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman had surgery on Monday to repair the meniscus of his left knee.  Recovery time is expected to be about four weeks.

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The NBA awarded New Orleans the 2014 All-Star game now that Saints owner Tom Benson has agreed to buy the Hornets and sign a lease extension at New Orleans Arena. NBA Commissioner David Stern, who made the announcement in New Orleans with Benson and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, said the All-Star game is a reward to the city and state for efforts to secure the Hornets' long-term future in Louisiana.

The Texas prosecutor who brokered a plea deal with former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf filed a motion to revoke his probation and will press for prison time.

Randall County Dist. Atty. James Farren said his motion probably will be amended as he gets additional details about Leaf's latest legal problem. Leaf faces four felony charges in Montana after allegedly breaking into a home to steal prescription painkillers, then robbing a second home after being released from jail.


The crystal football Alabama won for beating Louisiana State in the Bowl Championship Series title game in January was shattered when it was accidentally knocked off a display by the father of a current player.

Athletic department spokesman Jeff Purinton said the Waterford Crystal trophy, valued at $30,000, was on display as part of the festivities for the Crimson Tide's spring football game Saturday in Tuscaloosa. He says the man stumbled on a rug that was under the trophy display.

Purinton said the school is working with the American Football Coaches Assn., which owns the trophy, on getting a replacement.


Former Florida basketball star Dwayne Schintzius, who also played in the NBA, died after a two-year battle against cancer. He was 43.

Relatives said that Schintzius died Sunday at a Tampa, Fla., hospital following complications from a failed bone marrow transplant. Schintzius began treatment for leukemia in 2010.

The 7-foot-2 center played for the Gators from 1987 to 1990, helping Florida to its first three NCAA tournament appearances. He is Florida's sixth-highest scorer. Schintzius was drafted 24th overall in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs in 1990.

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