Is Canseco up to no good?

NEW YORK -- Jose Canseco offered to keep Magglio Ordonez "clear" in his upcoming book if the Detroit Tigers outfielder invested in a movie project promoted by Canseco, The New York Times reported Wednesday night.

The newspaper cited "a person in baseball with knowledge of the situation" in a report on its Web site and said four people in baseball said Major League Baseball referred the matter to the FBI. Ordonez decided not to go forward with a complaint, so the FBI didn't open a formal investigation, the newspaper said. Ordonez spoke to Tigers president Dave Dombrowski, who contacted MLB.

"I didn't want to press charges against him," Ordonez was quoted as saying. "I don't want any problems. He is probably desperate for money. I don't understand why he is trying to put people down."

Ordonez, teammates with Canseco on the 2001 White Sox, said Canseco didn't specifically ask him for cash: "One of Jose's friends was leaving me messages. I told Dombrowski because I didn't know why he was calling me."

Canseco told the paper that neither he nor any associate asked Ordonez for money in exchange for avoiding mention in "Vindicated," which is scheduled for publication March 31.

Figure Skating

Reigning junior world champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker edged former champions Rena Inoue and John Baldwin Jr. to win the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, Minn.


Missael Espinoza, a member of Mexico's 1994 World Cup national team, will play for the Turlock Express of the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) this Friday at 6 p.m. at Turlock Indoor Soccer, 500 S. Center Street. He'll play alongside Bernie Lilavois -- coach of Stockton's California Cougars of the Major Indoor Soccer League -- for the Express in an exhibition match against the Turlock Indoor Soccer All-Stars. Admission is $5 for ages 6 and up.

On Saturday, Espinoza will play for both the Stockton Pumas and the Estadio Azteca All-Stars of the PASL in an 8 p.m. game at Sacramento's Estadio Azteca. Admission is $5. ...

Fulham signed Eddie Johnson, making him the fifth American at the Premier League club.


Joe Calzaghe faces Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas on April 19. The long-awaited matchup at Thomas & Mack Center will bring together two fighters with a combined 40 world title defenses.

Motor Sports

ARCA star Michael McDowell was tabbed to drive a Sprint Cup car for Michael Waltrip Racing after Dale Jarrett's retirement. McDowell, 23, will get his Cup car when Jarrett steps out of his ride after the fifth race of this season. David Reutimann replaces Jarrett in the No. 44 Camry; McDowell will get Reutimann's No. 00 Camry.


Scott Macartney was released from a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, four days after he suffered a concussion and was placed in a medically induced coma following a crash in a World Cup downhill. Macartney flew home to Salt Lake City where he is to undergo follow-up tests.