Koby Clemens, one of Roger Clemens' sons, is expected to be banned from international play this winter after abandoning his Puerto Rican team, according to a report from a Puerto Rico newspaper. The Astros minor leaguer apparently left the Mayaguez Indians last Wednesday without providing a reason. The team filed paperwork that bans Clemens from playing for any other winter league team in the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, which includes Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

FOXBORO -- With team owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft looking on, Jay Heaps was named the sixth coach of the Revolution Wednesday in a news conference at Gillette Stadium, taking over for Steve Nicol, who was not brought back following a dismal 5-16-13 season. 

Two years after stepping away from the playing field following his 11-year Major League Soccer career, the 35-year-old former defender assumed his duties immediately after being introduced in Foxboro. 

Roger Clemens' lawyers submitted a filing Tuesday insisting the court should make the government pay for Clemens' personal legal expenses incurred preparing for what turned out to be a mistrial due to prosecutorial errors in July. Clemens' defense team originally submitted the request in October. After prosecutors responded by citing sovereign immunity, Clemens' team came back Tuesday and insisted the government "is not above the law." Clemens, who made more than $150 million in salary during his 24-year major league career, is scheduled to go on trial again April 17.

Jerry Sandusky spoke with Bob Costas in a telephone interview on NBC's "Rock Center" on Monday night. Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator at Penn State, is charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse against children.

"I say that I am innocent of those charges," Sandusky told Costas. 

Costas asked if that meant he was "completely innocent" of all charges.

Rex Ryan was caught on video shouting an obscenity at a Patriots fan who was taunting the Jets coach after Sunday night's game at MetLife Stadium. After the Jets' 37-16 loss, the fan yelled, "Hey, Rex, [Bill] Belichick is better than you." Responded Ryan: "Shut the [expletive] up."

On Monday, Ryan apologized. An NFL spokesman said the league is looking at the situation, and there is speculation that Ryan will face a fine.

A week after troubled former baseball player Lenny Dykstra pulled out of a boxing match against Jose Canseco (and then fired off a bunch of anti-semitic tweets), former Celtic Shaquille O'Neal indicated he wants to take's Dykstra's spot. Tweeted Shaq at UFC boss Dana White: What up Dana white I wanna fight Jose conseco hook it up. There was no immediate response from White or Canseco.

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Former NHL star Theo Fleury, a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a Canadian junior hockey coach when he was a teenager, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to discuss his recovery and offer some insight into how the alleged victims of the Penn State situation are feeling.

Fleury is now a motivational speaker and author of the 2009 autobiography "Playing with Fire," in which he made public the abuse he faced by Graham James, who served time in prison for abusing other players.

A 25-year-old man was stabbed during a fight in a Qualcomm Stadium parking lot at Thursday night's Raiders-Chargers game in San Diego, according to an Associated Press report. The victim, who was not cooperating with police, was treated for a stab wound to the abdomen. It's the second violent incident after a Raiders road game this season, following the shooting of a 24-year-old man after a preseason game between the Raiders and 49ers in San Francisco.

In the end, all Joe Paterno cared about was Joe Paterno.



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