Leading Off

Islanders' Simon banned 30 games

New York Islanders forward Chris Simon was banned for 30 games Wednesday, drawing the longest suspension in NHL history again. Simon's latest infraction was stepping on Pittsburgh's Jarkko Ruutu with his skate during a game last weekend. The 35-year-old player went on a leave of absence Monday to receive counseling, then met with league disciplinarian Colin Campbell on Tuesday. Campbell said Simon also will receive drug and alcohol treatment. Campbell said Simon's six prior suspensions have not been a deterrent. Simon missed the first five games of this season while completing a 25-game ban handed out in March, which had been the previous record for an NHL suspension.

Schilling admonishes Rocket to come clean

Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling (pictured) called on Roger Clemens to give up the four Cy Young Awards he's won since 1997 if he can't clear his name from allegations that he used steroids to prolong and enhance his career. "If he doesn't do that then there aren't many options as a fan for me other than to believe his career 192 wins and three Cy Youngs he won prior to 1997 were the end," Schilling wrote Wednesday in his blog, "From that point on the numbers were attained through using (performance-enhancing drugs). Just like I stated about Jose (Canseco), if that is the case with Roger, the four Cy Youngs should go to the rightful winners, and the numbers should go away if he cannot refute the accusations." Schilling noted that he was a fan of the seven-time Cy Young winner who owed much of his success to a stern talking-to he received from Clemens when Schilling was a prospect in the Boston system. But, having called on Canseco to give up his 1988 AL MVP award, and noting also the unrefuted evidence against Barry Bonds, Schilling acknowledged he could not avoid questioning Clemens' accomplishments, as well. "Can you separate what Barry is accused of from what Roger is accused of?" Schilling said. "The greatest pitcher and greatest hitter of all time are currently both being implicated, one is being prosecuted, for events surrounding and involving the use of performance enhancing drugs. That (stinks). ... The sport needs fixing."

College pick 'em

It's time to play The Bee's college football bowl game. The winner will receive a $150 gasoline card. Go to the home page at and click the bowl game logo. Deadline to enter is 1 p.m. today.