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Stanislaus is host to two doubleheaders

Cal State Stanislaus will be host to San Francisco State today and Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday in California Collegiate Athletic Association basketball doubleheaders. The women will play at 5:30 p.m. each day, followed by the men at 7:30. Both Stanislaus teams are 2-6 overall. The men are 1-1 in the CCAA and the women 0-2. The men lost at Nevada on New Year's Eve. The women haven't played since Dec. 11. Heath Colvin leads the men in scoring at 15.4 points per game. Shristy Kumar leads the women at 10.9 points per game.

Clemens says shots not steroids or HGH

Roger Clemens says former trainer Brian McNamee injected him with the painkiller lidocaine and the vitamin B-12 -- not performance-enhancing drugs. In the first excerpts released from the pitcher's interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," which is to be broadcast Sunday night, Clemens maintained the denials he has issued since McNamee implicated him in the Mitchell Report on doping in baseball, which was released Dec. 13. McNamee, a former strength coach for the Blue Jays and Yankees, told Mitchell he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998 while they were with Toronto, and with steroids and human growth hormone in 2000 and 2001 while with New York. Clemens issued a video statement Dec. 23 denying McNamee's accusations and plans to hold a news conference Monday.

NFL once again sets mark for attendance

NFL fans came out in record numbers this season. The league set a regular-season attendance mark for the fifth year in a row, drawing 17,341,012 fans and averaging more than 67,000 at its 256 games for the second consecutive year. The total paid attendance topped last season's mark of 17,340,879, and the average of 67,738 fans per game matched the record. The NFL has set records for average attendance every season since 2003. "Our teams and players are most appreciative of the large and fervent crowds that make NFL games so unique," commissioner Roger Goodell said. "We again thank the most dedicated fans in sports for their continued support."

USBL will not tip off

The U.S. Basketball League canceled its 2008 season before it began. The 23-year-old league, which has helped develop such NBA players as Spud Webb and Raja Bell, plans to reorganize and hopes to return in 2009, spokesman Jacob Gordon said Thursday. "The approach is, let's suspend things until we get them corrected, get them right and before we move forward with another season," Gordon said.

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