Friday Sports Briefs

Clemens Indicted on Charges of Perjury

A federal grand jury indicted Roger Clemens for allegedly lying to Congress over his use of performance enhancing drugs.  Clemens, via Twitter, has denied the charges:

”I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.”

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports wrote an interesting article on Clemens and what lies ahead.  To read the federal indictment, click on the following link: Clemens Indictment

Michael McCann has also posted a great article on SI.com, detailing Clemens’ defense strategy.

Mets Could KO K-Rod’s Contract

Michael McCann answers the question of whether the New York Mets could void the contract of closer Francisco Rodriguez after he was injured in a post-game fight with his girlfriend’s father:

The answer is yes, although it would be a bold move and one likely to elicit a grievance filing by the Major League Baseball Players’ Association…

The Uniform Player Contract in Baseball contains at least two clauses that would empower the Mets to void Rodriguez’s deal. Paragraph 7(b)(1) authorizes a team to terminate a contract if a player “fails, refuses or neglects to conform his personal conduct to the standards of good citizenship and good sportsmanship or to keep himself in first-class physical condition or to obey the club’s training rules.” Paragraph 7(b)(3) similarly lets teams terminate a contract if a player “fails, refuses or neglect to render his services hereunder or in any manner materially breach this contract.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Hartford Whalers Make Splash

The Whalers’ Fanfest organized by Howard Baldwin and his Whalers Sports & Entertainment group was lauded as a success and received a great deal of press coverage.  Here are some highlights:

Whalers return – for a weekend, anyway (Jonathan Baum, Yahoo! Sports)

Whalers Sales: Long-Gone Team’s Merchandise Among The Hottest Sellers In NHL (Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant)

Whalers Reunion And Fan Fest A Day To Remember

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