In Brief: House won't hear Clemens quite yet

Congress wants to be prepared when Roger Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, head to Capitol Hill. The House hearing involving Clemens, McNamee and Andy Pettitte was postponed Wednesday from Jan. 16 until Feb. 13, giving lawmakers more time to gather evidence, to take depositions from the witnesses and to coordinate their investigation with the Justice Department.

Plans are still in place for the Jan. 15 hearing before the same committee about the Mitchell Report on baseball's Steroids Era. Witnesses that day will be commissioner Bud Selig, union leader Donald Fehr and former Senate majority leader George Mitchell, the report's author.

Questioned by federal prosecutors last year, McNamee said he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Prosecutors had him repeat those charges to Mitchell, and since the report was issued last month, Clemens has repeatedly vehemently denied the allegations. A lawyer for McNamee said his client wants immunity from the House committee. Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said Clemens will not request immunity. ...

Reliever Justin Duchscherer avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Oakland A's. The right-hander missed most of last season with a strained right hip but was an All-Star in 2005, going 7-4 with a 2.21 ERA in 65 games. In 17 games last season he was 3-3 with a 4.96 ERA.

Track and Field

Craig Masback has resigned as head of USA Track & Field to become director of business affairs for Nike's Global Sports Marketing Division. Nike is a major sponsor of USA Track & Field. He said his transition will take place over the next few months. No replacement has been selected.

The former distance runner took over as chief executive officer of a troubled USATF in July of 1997. Since then, the federation's annual budget has grown from $6.7 million to more than $17 million. ...

Prosecutors and defense lawyers told a federal judge Wednesday that former Olympic champ Marion Jones shouldn't be sentenced to more than the six-month maximum they've already agreed upon for lying about steroid use and a check-fraud scheme.

College Basketball

Tyler Smith hit a layup with 4.2 seconds to play and No. 8 Tennessee (13-1) handed No. 16 Mississippi (13-1) its first loss of the season, 85-83, on Wednesday night in a Southeastern Conference opener in Knoxville. ... Tyler Hansbrough's 23 points led No. 1 North Carolina (16-0) past visiting North Carolina-Asheville (11-4) 93-81.... Brian Roberts scored 23 points and No. 17 Dayton (13-1) withstood a furious second-half rally by No. 22 Rhode Island (14-2) in a 92-83 victory in an Atlantic 10 opener in Dayton, Ohio. ... Leemire Goldwire scored 21 points to lead Charlotte (9-5) to a 82-72 win over host No. 18 Clemson (12-3). Charlotte outscored the Tigers 13-3 in the final 4:23. ... Taylor King's 15 points led No. 9 Duke (12-1) to a 74-64 win over host Temple (6-7) as Mike Krzyzewski earned his 787th victory and moved into sixth on the career list. He was tied with Lefty Driesell. ...

Maya Moore scored 25 points and No 1 and host Connecticut (14-0, 2-0 Big East) won 84-48 over No. 16 West Virginia (11-3, 1-1). ... Freshman Danielle Robinson's career-high 23 points led No. 6 Oklahoma (10-2, 1-0 Big 12) to a 67-64 win over Iowa State (11-3, 0-1). Oklahoma junior and former Modesto Christian star Courtney Paris had a poor shooting night (4 for 11) and spent most of the second half on the bench in foul trouble, but still finished with 12 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. ... Kelsey Griffin had 13 points and 10 rebounds and host Nebraska (11-3, 1-0 Big 12) was a 56-45 winner over No. 15 Texas (12-3, 0-1).


Tadd Fujikawa, a 5-foot high school junior, has one tough act to follow in the Sony Open that begins today in Honolulu. Last year as an amateur he holed a 15-foot eagle putt to shoot 66 in the second round and become the youngest player in 50 years to make the cut on the PGA Tour. This year he returns as a pro.


Peter de Villiers was hired as rugby coach of World Cup champion South Africa, the first black to hold the job in a nation intent on making the sport more racially inclusive.