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CLEMENS TELLS CONGRESS THAT HE'S CLEAN

MAKING NEWS

A day after former teammate Andy Pettitte spoke under oath to congressional lawyers, then stayed mum about it, Roger Clemens, above,met for five hours with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and emerged defiant. "It was great to be able to tell them what I've been saying all along: that I've never used steroids or growth hormone," the seven-time Cy Young Award winner said in a brief statement. Next up for Clemens and Pettitte: a Feb.13 public hearing expected to focus on allegations made in the Mitchell report by trainer Brian McNamee that he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs. Details, 3C.

Apparently, he is his father's son

Pat Knight was too busy preparing for his opening game tonight as Texas Tech coach to show up for his first news conference since replacing his father, the notoriously combative Bob Knight. Like father, like son? Still, his players say they are in good hands. "Pat's doing a good job already," guard John Roberson said. "We're going to have the same preparations." School officials said Knight was attending meetings and preparing for tonight's game against Baylor.

Out of bounds

Next: people who put team in Tampa

The Rays are definitely not the same by any name. To remind people that they dropped the Devil and now are known just as the Rays, the team is "fining" them for using the old name. Violators get a letter from team president Matt Silverman revisiting the history of the change, acknowledging that "old habits often die hard" and requesting a $1 donation to the team's charitable foundation for the indiscretion, with the addendum that "repeat violations may carry a steeper penalty." There is a similar program in the team offices, with employees who use the old name required to put $1 in "Drop the Devil" boxes. "Though costly for a forgetful few," Silverman wrote, "it has been both fun and instructive, while also benefiting a worthy cause."

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

QUOTABLE

"I told her: 'I'm not going to take up painting and gardening. I want you to know that.'"

Bob Knight, joking about what he told his wife, Karen, after he resigned from Texas Tech

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