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Roger Clemens acquitted of all charges in perjury case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs to extend his long career as one of the greatest and most-decorated pitchers in baseball history.

Fierce on the pitching mound in his playing days, Clemens was quietly emotional after the verdict was announced. ‘‘I'm very thankful,’’ he said, choking up as he spoke. ‘‘It’s been a hard five years,’’ said the pitcher, who was retried after an earlier prosecution ended in a mistrial.

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