Leading Off

Pettitte to corroborate McNamee's story?

A lawyer for Andy Pettitte's former personal trainer said Tuesday he believes the pitcher will tell Congress he discussed human growth hormone with Roger Clemens between the 2001 and 2002 seasons. The lawyer, Earl Ward, said Pettitte talked about HGH with trainer Brian McNamee following a conversation with Clemens, who has denied that he used HGH or steroids. McNamee worked with both Clemens and Pettitte. "We're hopeful based on Andy's reputation that he will corroborate Brian's statements with regard to Roger," Ward said in a telephone interview. Pettitte's meeting with a congressional committee investigating drug use in baseball was postponed until Monday. He originally was slated to appear for a deposition or transcribed interview today but the date was changed Tuesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Mayors bet chowder

A friendly Super Bowl wager between the mayors of New York and Boston is pitting Manhattan clam chowder against New England clam chowder. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino are doing more than rooting for their hometown teams in the game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots on Sunday. In the bet placed Tuesday, the loser will donate local foods to charity in the other mayor's city. If the Patriots win, that means Bloomberg will send a delivery to Boston that includes Manhattan clam chowder, pastrami sandwiches, New York pizzas, black and white cookies, New York steaks and a few gallons of lemon ice. And if the Giants prevail, Menino will send New England clam chowder, Dunkin' Donuts coffee, Boston cream pies, chicken sausages and Brigham's ice cream.

Wariner splits with longtime coach

Defending Olympic 400 meters champion Jeremy Wariner and his longtime coach have split over a contract dispute with the Beijing Games just seven months away. Clyde Hart, who has coached Wariner for five years beginning with their days at Baylor University, said Wariner wanted to pay him less than his previous contracts. Hart declined to say if Wariner has lined up a new coach.

Honoring Barbaro

Barbaro will be buried at the site of his greatest triumph. The 2006 Kentucky Derby champion, who was euthanized Jan. 29, 2007 from complications of a breakdown suffered at the Preakness, will have his ashes interred at Churchill Downs. "(The Derby) was for us the greatest race that Barbaro ran," owner Gretchen Jackson said. "When we think about Barbaro, we think about him running around the track out there. We'll always have that joyous memory."