Sports briefs 11/13/03

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Baseball

With thoughts of an Olympic medal now gone, Roger Clemens insisted Wednesday that his retirement will go forward as planned. The future Hall of Famer acknowledged that he had thoughts of pitching for the U.S. Olympic baseball team before it was eliminated from a qualifying tournament in Panama last week.

Football

Rich Gannon, last year's NFL MVP, will miss the rest of the season and have surgery on his throwing shoulder. The Oakland Raiders placed the quarterback on injured reserve Wednesday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed receiver Kevin Johnson a day after he was released by the Cleveland Browns. Johnson led the Browns in receiving since 1999. To make room, Jacksonville cut J.J. Stokes, who was once viewed as a possible answer, but was a disappointment with only 13 catches.

High schools

Appeals to overturn nine forfeits by the Clayton High School football team were denied in federal court, effectively eliminating the Greyhounds from the Class 4 state playoffs. A judge on Wednesday refused to issue temporary restraining orders that would have put the Greyhounds in the playoffs or delayed the game until allegations of using an illegal player were settled.

Obituary

Lloyd Pettit, longtime announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, died at 76. Pettit, former co-owner of the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, died Tuesday, team spokesman Mike Wojciechowski said.

Olympics

Four American track and field athletes have tested positive for the steroid THG after backup B samples confirmed positive A tests. The International Association of Athletics Federations, the sport's world governing body, confirmed the results but said it did not know the identity of the four. The samples were taken in June at the U.S. national championships at Stanford, Calif. The four are entitled to a hearing before the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and face a possible two-year ban.

Tennis

Wimbledon champion Roger Federer emphatically ended his five-match pro losing streak against David Nalbandian with a 6-3, 6-0 victory at the Tennis Masters Cup. He improved to 2-0 in the round-robin portion of the season-closing championship. Nalbandian is 1-1.

-- From wire reports

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