No Olympics? That's it for Clemens
With thoughts of an Olympic medal now gone, Roger Clemens insists his retirement will go forward as planned. "No scenario," Clemens said when asked what might entice him to pitch next season. "I'm retired." The future Hall of Famer acknowledged that he had thoughts of pitching for the US Olympic baseball team before the defending champions were eliminated from a qualifying tournament in Panama last week. "I'm shaking my head just like everyone else that they're going to have an Olympics and we, the United States, are not going to be represented there," Clemens said. "That's kind of a shame." . . . The Colorado Rockies gave manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Dan O'Dowd two-year extensions through 2006 . . . Catcher-first baseman Alan Zinter agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks . . . Mike Hargrove, fired as Orioles manager in September, may return to the Cleveland Indians -- but not to manage. Hargrove, the second-winningest manager in Cleveland history, had preliminary talks with general manager Mark Shapiro about an advisory job with the Indians . . . The Cleveland Cavaliers activated center Bruno Sundov off the injured list. Sundov had been bothered by right Achilles' tendinitis and did not play in Cleveland's first seven games . . . The Golden State Warriors activated rookie Mickael Pietrus, the 11th overall pick in last summer's draft, from the injured list. Pietrus sprained an ankle in the Warriors' season opener Oct. 29. The Warriors placed forward Popeye Jones on the injured list with a left knee injury . . . The San Jose Sharks recalled center Pat Rissmiller from Cleveland of the AHL and returned former University of Maine right wing Niko Dimitrakos to the AHL team . . . Lloyd Pettit, longtime announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, died in Milwaukee. He was 76 . . . Wimbledon champion Roger Federer beat David Nalbandian for the first time in their pro careers, ending a five-match, head-to-head losing streak with a 6-3, 6-0 victory at the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. Federer improved to 2-0 in the round-robin portion of the tournament. Nalbandian fell to 1-1.
Wickenheiser quits all-male league
Canadian female Olympic star Hayley Wickenheiser quit Finland's all-male hockey league, saying she wasn't given a chance to show her skills. In a statement released by her Salamat team, Wickenheiser said she also missed her family and was returning to Canada to decide where she will continue her career. Last month, Wickenheiser made her debut in the country's second-highest league. Salamat advanced to the second-highest division, or Mestis, in Finnish hockey in the spring, and Wickenheiser signed a one-year contract last month as the team moved to the upper-level league. Coach Matti Hagman said Wickenheiser played about 10 minutes in 10 of the team's 16 games this season. "I don't want to be mealy-mouthed about it: the level of play in this league was very tough for Hayley," Hagman said. "It was an enormous step up from the previous season." . . . A consumer group known for criticizing the fat in things like movie theater popcorn, fast food and pizza has a new target: alcohol advertising in college sports. The Center for Science in the Public Interest kicked off a campaign aimed at getting colleges and universities, athletic conferences and the NCAA to stop taking money from alcohol advertisers . . . Former heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner is suing actor Sylvester Stallone for a share of the profits from the "Rocky" movies, claiming the series was based on Wepner's career . . . The University of Massachusetts received basketball letters of intent from Olivier Lamoureux, a 6-foot-9-inch forward from Montreal, and Jeff Salovski, a 6-11, 325-pound center from Bristol, Conn . . . A federal judge in Philadelphia ordered West Chester University to revive its women's gymnastics team after concluding the college violated gender-equity laws when it dismantled the program last spring . . . North Korea , leading 1-0, walked off the field during its Asian Cup soccer qualifier against Iran in Tehran after a firecracker was thrown from the stands, injuring a North Korean player.