Lawyers for Roger Clemens argued Wednesday in US District Court in Washington that the scope of potential testimony from Clemens’s former teammate Andy Pettitte would be “classic ‘guilt by association’ evidence.’’ Pettitte is expected to testify that Clemens acknowledged using human growth hormone in 1999 or 2000 and that he tried HGH himself a few years later. Prosecutors want Pettitte to be allowed to testify that the source of his HGH was Clemens’s former strength trainer, Brian McNamee, who says he injected Clemens with steroids and HGH . . . Catcher Ivan Rodriguez plans to announce his retirement Monday in Arlington, Texas, after a 21-year major league career, according to a person familiar with the arrangements . . . Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed the club is close to a new contract with shortstop Erick Aybar, with ESPNdeportes.com reporting that the deal is for four years, $35 million . . . Indians righty Jeanmar Gomez was suspended five games and fined for intentionally throwing at Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas last Saturday. He will appeal the suspension . . . Dr. James Andrews will perform Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Giants closer Brian Wilson Thursday in Pensacola, Fla. . . . The Twins cut infielder Luke Hughes to open a roster spot for pitcher Jason Marquis, who was recalled from Double A New Britain to start Wednesday against the Yankees . . . The Diamondbacks put outfielder Chris Young (right shoulder) and infielder Geoff Blum (strained left oblique) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder A.J. Pollock and infielder Cody Ransom from Triple A Reno . . . Former Mets and Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra was sentenced in Los Angeles to nine months in jail and three years’ probation after pleading no contest to one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and lewd conduct for exposing himself to women he met on Craigslist, assaulting one.
Silas, Thomas in locker room scuffle
Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins confirmed that there was an altercation Sunday night in the locker room between coach Paul Silas and forward Tyrus Thomas. The incident took place after Charlotte’s 94-82 loss to the Celtics. According to reports, Silas took exception with Thomas fraternizing with Celtics players and yelled at him after the game. Shouting ensued, and the 68-year-old Silas shoved Thomas toward his locker stall before the two were separated . . . Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler needs surgery to repair a labral tear in his left hip and is out for the season despite playing Monday against the Rockets after missing eight games . . . The NBA fined Mavericks guard Delonte West $25,000 for jabbing his finger into the ear of Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward during Utah’s win over Dallas Monday.
The NFL Players Association is suing the NFL Coaches Association in D.C. Superior Court for about $650,000, saying it loaned the coaches that amount “to cover payroll and other NFLCA expenses.’’ The players union is also asking the court to determine whether NFLCA executive director David Cornwell was “lawfully elected.’’ NFLPA spokesman George Atallah wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press Wednesday that the lawsuit is “about settling that debt, nothing more.’’ In a statement, Cornwell said “the lawsuit and the alleged debt is a smoke screen to prevent the NFLCA from breaking away from the NFLPA.’’ . . . Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said he has decided whom to take with the No. 1 pick in next week’s NFL draft, but will not say who it is yet.
Nadal, Djokovic move on in Monte Carlo
Seven-time defending champion Rafael Nadal topped Jarkko Nieminen, 6-4, 6-3, and top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Andreas Seppi, 6-1, 6-4, in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco . . . Freshman lefthander Conor LeBlanc struck out eight as UMass beat Harvard, 8-7, to claim the Beanpot baseball title at LeLacheur Park in Lowell . . . Franklin & Marshall College fired national championship-winning women’s lacrosse coach Lauren Paul and suspended a number of upperclass players following a complaint over a hazing incident last year, vice president of communications Cass Cliatt said . . . Forward C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State’s leading scorer at 14.7 points per game, is returning for his junior season . . . Running back Austin White, tight end Joe Sawicki, and receiver Daniel Harris were kicked off the Central Michigan football team after being charged with separate crimes . . . The Toledo men’s basketball team was banned from next year’s postseason for past academic problems after the NCAA denied the school’s appeal . . . Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown, 71, expressed interest in the vacant men’s job at Southern Methodist . . . Former Boston College guard Danielle O’Banion was hired as the women’s basketball coach at Kent State . . . In MLS action, Maicon Santos scored in the 72d minute to secure a 1-1 tie for D.C. United with Montreal in Washington . . . A Vancouver own goal, sandwiched by scores from Aurelien Collin and Kei Kamara, gave Sporting Kansas City a 3-1 win in Vancouver . . . Beth Bader shot a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke lead over Yani Tseng and three others after one round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii . . . Didier Drogba scored to give Chelsea a 1-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal in London.