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Clemens speaks, Clemens denies

Roger Clemens tried the silent treatment for more than a year and saw where that got him.

With many fans believing allegations that the seven-time Cy Young Award winner used performance-enhancing drugs, he’s now attempting a different strategy. Clemens hired a firm that guides high-profile figures through public relations crises, and Tuesday he broke his silence with a radio appearance.

Clemens, in a phone interview on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning,” again denied that former personal trainer Brian McNamee injected him with performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens said he chose to speak out because it was the release date of a book about his alleged drug use.


Cuban apologizes for remark

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has apologized to the mother of Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin.

Cuban made a crack after a Mavs loss in Dallas on Saturday in their NBA playoff series. Cuban said a fan called the Nuggets “thugs.” Cuban looked at Martin’s mother, Lydia Moore of Dallas, and said, “That includes your son.”

In a post on Cuban’s blog titled “An Apology to Kenyon Martin’s Mom,” Cuban wrote that he shouldn’t have said anything.


Holmgren sees quick return

Mike Holmgren expects to go back to work in 2010, he told Seattle’s KJR 950-AM.

Where that will be and what the job will be, however, remains totally uncertain.

“(I’ll) take the year off and after next season is over, I plan to go back to work,” Holmgren said in an interview with Dave Mahler. “But where and in what capacity, that is really pretty vague. I don’t know.

“But I know this: I want to do something. That is pretty much a given.”

The news is not a surprise. Holmgren said throughout 2008 that he planned to take the next year off, but he never referred to it as a retirement.

Holmgren coached the Seattle Seahawks for 10 years.


Sounders expand Qwest seating

Beginning June 28, there will be more seats available for Seattle Sounders FC fans at Qwest Field. The team says it will open up seating in the south end zone of Qwest Field starting with the game against Colorado, increasing capacity to about 32,000.

The Sounders say they are the first team in MLS history to have 28,000 or more fans at five consecutive matches. Seattle has sold out all its matches through June 28.

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