Yankees’ Rivera Says Knee Surgery ‘went Perfectly’

ATLANTA (AP) — Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says the surgery on his injured right knee "went perfectly" and he is looking forward to beginning his rehabilitation. The 42-year-old Rivera tore his right ACL and damaged meniscus in the knee while shagging fly balls in batting practice May 3. A blood clot in … [Read more...]

Valverde Denies Throwing Spitball Against Reds

CHICAGO (AP) — Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde denies throwing spitball in the ninth inning of Sunday night's 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds. An internet video showed Valverde putting his glove to his mouth with the ball in it before delivering a 1-2 pitch to Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco … [Read more...]

Clemens Closing Arguments Focus On Key Witness

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens' lawyers tore into the prosecutors' case against the former pitching great during closing arguments Tuesday, attacking the government for bringing the matter to court in the first place and mounting one last assault against Clemens' chief accuser. "This is outrageous!" said … [Read more...]

CWS Will Use Video Review On Close Home-run Calls

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A home run wrongly ruled a double at last year's College World Series prompted the NCAA to implement instant replay this year. NCAA vice president for football and baseball Dennis Poppe (Pope) said Tuesday that Brian Johnson's deep ball for Florida last year pushed Division I baseball … [Read more...]

Jurors To Hear Closing Arguments In Clemens Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — After eight weeks, jurors will finally hear closing arguments in the Roger Clemens perjury trial Tuesday. They're expected to begin deliberations later in the day. Jurors will have to digest and process 26 days of testimony from 46 witnesses. On Monday, the defense made it official that … [Read more...]

Testimony Concludes Without Clemens Taking Stand

WASHINGTON (AP) — His large frame towering over the microphone, Roger Clemens leaned forward at the podium and declared to the judge in a deep voice with a Texas twang: "Yes sir, I am not testifying." Minutes earlier, four prosecutors representing the U.S. government huddled at their table and then declared: … [Read more...]

2-time Defending Champ South Carolina Back In CWS

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Ray Tanner gathered his players around him on the infield soon after clinching a spot in the College World Series. "We didn't start out exactly like we wanted," Tanner told them. But the two-time defending national champions always seem to end up where they … [Read more...]

Clemens Defense Rests Its Case In Perjury Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The defense in the Roger Clemens perjury case has rested, without the former pitcher testifying. After the defense said it had rested its case, the jury was cleared from the room and U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton asked Clemens if he was aware of his right not to testify. Clemens … [Read more...]

Stony Who? NY Team Heads To College World Series

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — The Stony Brook University baseball team is making a pit stop back on its New York campus before heading to its first College World Series in Nebraska. The unheralded Seawolves upset Louisiana State University, a six-time national champion, to earn a trip to Omaha later this week. The … [Read more...]

Ex-Yankee Official: McNamee Can’t Be Believed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former director of security for the New York Yankees testified Monday that Brian McNamee, the chief accuser in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, can't be believed. "I don't believe he could be believed under oath," said Gerald Laveroni, who was the team's security director from 2000-2010. … [Read more...]