NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens posted a video Sunday repeating his denials of the steroids use alleged against him in the Mitchell Report and plans to be interviewed for a future episode of "60 Minutes."
The seven-time Cy Young Award winner was accused in the report of using steroids, an allegation made by his former trainer.
In October last year, the Los Angeles Times reported Clemens was linked to steroids in the May 2006 sworn statement of a federal agent who cited former big league pitcher Jason Grimsley. At the time, the names of players in the public version had been blacked out. When the full affidavit was unsealed Thursday, Clemens' name was not in it, and the paper issued a correction and an apology.
"I faced this last year when the L.A. Times reported that I used steroids. I said it was not true then, and now the whole world knows it's not true, now that that's come out," Clemens said in the video, which was posted Sunday on the Web site of his foundation and on You Tube.
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George Mitchell, a director of the Boston Red Sox and a former Senate majority leader, wrote in his report that former Toronto and New York Yankees strength coach Brian McNamee said he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998 while with the Blue Jays, and in 2000 and 2001 while with the Yankees. McNamee also claimed he injected Clemens with Human Growth Hormone in 2000.
"Let me be clear, the answer is no. I did not use steroids, or human growth hormone and I've never done so," Clemens said. "I did not provide Brian McNamee with any drugs to inject in to my body. Brian McNamee did not inject steroids or Human Growth Hormones into my body either when I played in Toronto for the Blue Jays or the New York Yankees. This report is simply not true."
Baseball players and owners did not jointly ban steroids until September 2002. They did not ban HGH until January 2005.
"After Christmas, I'm going to sit down with Mike Wallace of '60 Minutes,' and I'll do an interview, and he'll ask me a ton of questions on this subject, and I'll answer them right there in front of him, and we'll do all of this again," Clemens said.
CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco said the interview is scheduled to air Jan. 6.
• NHL -- It was hardly a Willis Reed moment, but the New York Rangers and the early arriving Madison Square Garden crowd got a lift night when forward Sean Avery hopped onto the ice for the first time in a month.
Just hours after the New York Knicks, Reed's former team, lost for the 19th time in 27 games, Avery and the Rangers gave the arena a much-needed jolt when he came onto the ice for warmups before the team faced the Ottawa Senators.
The Rangers' main agitator and key spark plug returned to action after missing 11 games following wrist surgery. His return couldn't have come at a better time as New York was trying to break out of a funk in which it went 1-2-2 in its previous five and 4-5-2 since Avery last played.
• NFL -- Detroit's Kevin Jones, Baltimore's Willis McGahee, Indianapolis' Joseph Addai, the Giants' Brandon Jacobs and New Orleans backup Jamaal Branch all were banged up.
Jones' knee injury during the Lions' 25-20 win over Kansas City was the most severe. He caught a pass in the first half and after being tackled, immediately grabbed his right knee.
Jones has been sidelined by injuries in each of his four seasons since Detroit drafted him in the first round of the 2004 draft. He was limited to 12 games last year with a foot injury, which led to him being on the physically unable to perform list during training camp and missing the first two games of this season.
McGahee broke two ribs on a hit in the first quarter of the Ravens' 27-6 loss to Seattle.
Mike Anderson took over for McGahee, but was slowed by a hamstring injury in the second half. After having just seven carries all season, Anderson had 44 yards on eight touches.
Ravens reserve tight end Quinn Sypniewski, filling in for Todd Heap and Daniel Wilcox, sustained a concussion and bruised sternum.