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Tuesday's Sports In Brief

Tuesday's Sports In Brief

Brian McNamee's meeting with federal prosecutors investigating whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress has been delayed.
The pitcher's former personal trainer had been set to meet Tuesday in Washington with prosecutors preparing the grand jury case against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, who denied under oath last year that he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
McNamee's meeting likely will prepare him for giving grand jury testimony, where McNamee will likely repeat his allegations that he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and HGH from 1998-01.
McNamee and convicted steroids distributor Kirk Radomski figure to be among the primary witnesses against Clemens. McNamee last year provided government agents with syringes his lawyers said would link Clemens to drug use.
Clemens repeatedly has denied using illegal performance enhancers.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Change you can believe in: A minor league team is swapping its name in tribute to President-elect Barack Obama.
The Brooklyn Cyclones will change their name to the "Baracklyn Cyclones" for June 23 and give away Obama bobbleheads to the first 2,500 fans.
Special red-white-and-blue jerseys will be worn by players and auctioned during the game, with proceeds going to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The team, a Class A affiliate of the New York Mets, will have an "Economic Stimulus Package" from Jan. 20 _ Inauguration Day _ until Jan. 23, selling tickets at $5-$10, matching the levels of its inaugural season in 2001. Regular prices are $8-15.
In addition, the first 1,000 fans get free Band-Aids as part of "Universal Health Care," all fans named Barack get in for free, fans named McCain or Palin get free bleacher seats ("a bipartisan consolation prize") and any plumber named Joe gets two free tickets.
PRO FOOTBALL
LEBANON, Pennsylvania (AP) _ Plaxico Burress is in court again.
A civil trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Pennsylvania to determine how much the New York Giants wide receiver will have to pay in damages over a car he leased that ended up being impounded by New York City police.
New York police said that they impounded the car in August 2005 in connection with a shooting. Arrests were made, but the records were sealed and police provided no other details.
Court papers in Pennsylvania say a Lebanon County car dealer allowed Burress to borrow a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche worth more than $36,000 in exchange for Burress agreeing to sign autographs at promotional events.
But about a month after Burress received the car, Laurenzo said he received a call from police in New York, who told him they had impounded it in connection with a crime. So he called Burress and told him to call police _ but the police never heard from Burress and Burress never returned another one of Laurenzo's calls, the dealer said.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
PLANO, Texas (AP) _ Two-time All-American receiver Michael Crabtree is leaving Texas Tech to catch passes in the NFL next season.
Crabtree announced his decision at a news conference, with teammate and Big 12 sack leader Brandon Williams also announcing his plans to turn pro.
Crabtree, expected to be a top 10 draft pick, redshirted while making the conversion from high school quarterback to college receiver. That extra year means he's three years removed from high school and, thus, eligible for the draft.
He averaged 120.3 yards receiving and 1.6 touchdowns per game. His career totals of 231 catches for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns would be remarkable over three or four years, but he compiled them in two.
Crabtree received the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver as a freshman and sophomore. He was fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy this past season.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) _ Utah coach Kyle Whittingham may have been the only coach to cast a No. 1 vote for his team. His fellow coaches gave him a consolation prize by naming him the American Football Coaches Association's Coach of the Year in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Whittingham's Utes went 13-0 and beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl for the best record in the school's 115-year history. Utah also has the longest current bowl winning streak at eight with Whittingham winning the last four. But Utah finished No. 2 in The Associated Press poll and fourth in the coaches' final poll.
Coaches voted for the top coach in each division during the AFCA convention, and the winners were announced before the AFCA's annual awards dinner.
The other coaches of the year included Mike London of Richmond in the Football Championship Subdivision, Mel Tjeerdsma of Northwest Missouri State in Division II, Larry Kehres of Mount Union in Division III and Kalen DeBoer of Sioux Falls in NAIA.


Updated : 2021-07-24 01:20 GMT+08:00