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Roger Clemens still dogged by defamation lawsuit

NEW YORK — Despite Roger Clemens’s victory last year in his perjury case, a defamation lawsuit filed against the former Yankees ace more than four years ago in federal court in Brooklyn is threatening to keep alive allegations that he used steroids and cheated on his wife.

A magistrate judge in the civil case last week ordered lawyers for Clemens to turn over government documents to the plaintiff, former strength coach Brian McNamee, including 22 FBI reports and notes from an Internal Revenue Service agent that refer to Clemens’s alleged affairs. The lawyers had argued the material, some based on FBI interviews of various women, was made up of ‘‘inadmissible rumors.’’

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