McNamee still on hot seat
WASHINGTON (AP) — The key prosecution witness in the Roger Clemens perjury trial returns to the stand for his fourth day of testimony.
Brian McNamee (MAK'-nuh-mee) was a longtime strength coach and former friend of the seven-time Cy Young award winner. He testified this week that he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs in 1998, 2000 and 2001. The former pitching star is accused of lying to Congress when he denied using steroids and human growth hormone.
Clemens' lawyer has spent a little over two hours cross-examining McNamee. Rusty Hardin is trying to portray him as a liar with a bad memory.
The trial is in its fifth week.
Indians and M's are first up on full baseball schedule
UNDATED (AP) — The Indians put their three-game winning streak on the line this afternoon against visiting Seattle (12:05 p.m. Eastern). Cleveland sits atop the AL Central, three games better than defending division champion Detroit. The Tigers are home to the major league-worst Twins this afternoon (1:05 p.m. Eastern). Minnesota beat Detroit 11-7 last night.
Also this afternoon in the AL, East co-leader Baltimore will be chasing a third straight win when it takes the field at Kansas City, and the L.A. Angels will be hunting a third straight W when they entertain the Chicago White Sox.
Tonight in the junior circuit, Toronto is home to New York and East co-leader Tampa Bay shoots for a fifth straight victory when it hosts Boston.
National League play gets started this afternoon in New York with the Mets hosting Cincinnati. The home team sends 5-1 knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to the mound to face 2-2 Mat Latos of the Reds.
There are also senior circuit matinees in Denver and San Francisco. The Colorado Rockies take aim on a third consecutive win when they host Arizona, and the Giants will be out to avoid a third straight loss when they entertain a St. Louis club looking to notch a third straight win.
Tonight in the NL, Atlanta is home to Miami, Pittsburgh plays at Washington, Houston hosts Milwaukee, Philadelphia is at Chicago and San Diego entertains Los Angeles.
The first round of 2012 interleague play begins tomorrow.
Pacers and Spurs at home tonight
UNDATED (AP) —The Indiana Pacers will be fighting to retain the home-court advantage they stole with a Game 2 win in Miami when they host the Heat tonight for Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal.
Somebody on the Heat roster other than LeBron James and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade is going to have to step it up with Chris Bosh missing a second straight game due to an abdominal injury and likely out for the rest of the series. James scored 28 points and Wade had 24 in Tuesday's 78-75 loss that evened the best-of-seven matchup at a game apiece. The rest of the Heat combined for 23.
Also tonight, the Spurs will be looking to extend a 15-game winning streak when they host the L.A. Clippers for Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal. San Antonio won Tuesday night's opener 108-92 on its home floor.
The banged-up Clippers will be playing their seventh game in 13 days. The Spurs had a week off before facing L.A.
Last night in the NBA playoffs, the Thunder came from seven-points down with two minutes to play and beat the Lakers 77-75. The two teams combined to score just 59 points in the second half. Oklahoma City takes a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series into Friday night's game in L.A.
Meanwhile, Kevin Garnett and the Celtics are back in control of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series with the 76ers.
Garnett poured in 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Celtics hammered the Sixers 107-91 in Philadelphia. Game 4 is Friday in Philly.
Kings can put choke hold on Coyotes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Kings are two wins away from the team's first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1993 with Wayne Gretzky.
Los Angeles brings a 2-0 lead over the Coyotes in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals into tonight's outing on home ice following back-to-back victories in Phoenix.
Making matters worse for the Coyotes, one of their top forwards is being forced to sit out tonight. Martin Hanzal will serve a one-game suspension for a hit on Dustin Brown in Game 2 that drew a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding midway through the third period.
The Kings bring a franchise-record seven-game playoff winning streak into Game 3, having outscored Phoenix 8-2 so far in the series.
Last night, the Devils slipped past the Rangers 3-2 in New York to even the Eastern Conference final at a game apiece headed into Game 3 on Saturday afternoon in New Jersey.
Bills first rounder signs
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed their top draft pick. Former South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore gets a four-year contract that's worth about $12 million after being selected No. 10 overall.
The deal was announced less than a week after Gilmore took part in the Bills rookie minicamp
Gilmore was a three-year starter for the Gamecocks and is expected to step in and compete for a starting job in Buffalo.
The Bills released veteran starter Drayton Florence last week.
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Rees fighting charges
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a May 3 incident in which police used pepper spray to subdue him after an off-campus party.
Rees is charged with one count of battery, two counts of resisting law enforcement and one count of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Rees didn't speak during Thursday's court hearing, which lasted less than a minute. The pleas were entered on his behalf.
Rees is due back in court July 17.
Linebacker Carlo Calabrese faces a misdemeanor count of intimidation for the same incident. He is scheduled to be in court June 21.
Reversal of fortunes
BALTIMORE (AP) —Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister (BOH'-dee-my-stur) is the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's Preakness.
Run for the Roses champion I'll Have Another is the second favorite in the 11-horse field at 5-2.
The second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown series will be up for grabs Saturday at Pimlico in Baltimore.
No. 1 safely through after a hiccup
ROME (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) overcame a slow start and windy conditions to beat Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 today at the Rome Masters tournament. The defending champion rallied after smashing a racquet to bits during an outburst at the end of the first set.
The victory puts Djokovic into the quarterfinals of the French Open tuneup.