From Comcast SportsNetThe specific charges against Roger Clemens in U.S. District Court relating to his sworn deposition to the staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Feb. 5, 2008, and his testimony before the committee on Feb. 13, 2008:Count 1) Obstructed Congress when he:(1) Said in his deposition he never used human growth hormone.(2) Said in his deposition he never spoke to Brian McNamee about using HGH.(3) Said in his deposition of HGH "I couldn't tell you the first thing about it."(4) Testified at the hearing he had never taken HGH.(5) Said in his deposition he had never used steroids.(6) Testified at the hearing he had never taken steroids.(7) Said in his deposition McNamee injected him with vitamin B12.(8) Said in his deposition "four or five needles" of B12 would be "already lined up ready to go" in the trainers' room after games.(9) Testified at the hearing McNamee injected him with vitamin B12.(10) Said in his deposition McNamee injected him with lidocaine.(11) Testified at the hearing McNamee injected him with lidocaine.(12) Testified at the hearing Andy Pettitte "misheard" or "misremember(ed)" that Clemens told Pettitte in 1999 or 2000 that Clemens had taken HGH.(13) Said in his deposition McNamee injected Clemens' wife Debbie inside Clemens' home in Houston without Clemens' prior knowledge or approval.(14) Said in his deposition he had "no idea" George Mitchell wanted to talk with him for his steroids investigation.(15) Said in his deposition he was not at Jose Canseco's house on or about June 9, 1998.Count 2) Made false statements in his deposition when he denied using HGH.Count 3) Made false statements in his deposition when he denied using steroids.Count 4) Made false statements in his deposition when he said McNamee injected him with vitamin B12 four-to-six times in 1998 in Toronto and in New York.Count 5) Committed perjury when he testified at the hearing he had never received HGH from McNamee.Count 6) Committed perjury when he testified at the hearing he had never taken steroids.
According to a story by Sporting News NBA writer Sean Deveney, the Bulls may be looking for help in the form of one of the NBA’s better two-way players.
The Chicago Bulls would have interest in Jrue Holiday if he were to become available. (Via @SeanDeveney)— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) April 20, 2019
In the post, Deveny goes over the most salient points made by brand new New Orleans Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin. This included the fact that Griffin stated that Pels head coach Alvin Gentry will be back and that Jrue Holiday is considered “a franchise building block”.
This could be a bit of gamesmanship from Griffin, hoping to drive up the asking price for an All-Star caliber player such as Holiday.
But Deveney suggests that New Orleans may indeed be serious about their efforts to keep building with Holiday on the roster. Deveney stated, “if the Pelicans don't trade Holiday, it will set up the team for an attempt at a fast turnaround rather than a long, slogging rebuild......It will also frustrate teams looking for a versatile point guard in his prime, hoping that Holiday would be on the block.”
Phoenix was mentioned as the “top contender” for Holiday’s services should he be made available, as the Suns are one of the few teams with an obvious hole at PG. Along with the Suns, Chicago and Orlando were the other teams listed as having interest in Holiday. The Magic completed a low-risk trade during the 2018-19 season that landed them 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, so they may not be inclined to give up solid assets in a deal.
As far as the Bulls are concerned, any serious inquires on Holiday are likely to come after the May 14 NBA Draft lottery.
Depending on where the Bulls lottery pick ends up, the Pelicans could be much more inclined to make a deal with the Chicago front office. The Pelicans ended the season tied with Memphis and Dallas for the 7th spot in the draft lottery odds, and their specific organizational goals could make moving up in the draft order worth losing a valuable player like Jrue Holiday. And for the Bulls, nabbing a player like Holiday helps build onto the positive team culture that Jim Boylen wants to establish and gives the Bulls a perfect guard to pair in the backcourt with Zach LaVine.
Yu Darvish accomplished something Saturday he has never done in a Cubs uniform — he pitched at least 5 innings in three straight starts for the first time since signing that $126 million deal more than 14 months ago.
That's not exactly an indicator that Darvish will be contending for the National League Cy Young this season, but it's certainly a step in the right direction from his previous 10 starts in Chicago.
Darvish lasted just 5 innings in Saturday's 6-0 loss to the Diamondbacks, needing 88 pitches to get through those frames before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning.
He retired 12 of the final 14 batters he faced, including a pair of strikeouts to end his last inning.
Does he feel like he's still moving forward?
"I think so, especially that last inning," Darvish said. "The fifth inning — mentally — was very good. It's good for next start."
The end line Saturday wasn't great — 5 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts, 2 homers — but he kept his team in the ballgame after giving up back-to-back homers to the second and third hitters of the afternoon.
He was still hitting 96 mph in the fifth inning and acknowledged he could've easily gone another inning if the Cubs weren't trailing 3-0 when his spot in the batting order came up.
"The fastball velocity came up as the game was going on, the breaking ball got sharper," Joe Maddon said. "...They got him quickly and then [Zack] Greinke pitched so well. I thought keeping it at 3, which Yu did do, and that's really not a bad thing after the beginning of that game. We just could not get to Greinke.
"Had we been able to get back into the game, I think Yu's performance would've been looked on more favorably, because he actually did settle down and do a pretty good job."
Still, the Cubs need more than moral victories every time Darvish takes the ball.
Theo Epstein said earlier this month he doesn't think it's fair to issue a "start-to-start referendum" on Darvish, but this is 5 starts into the season now for the 32-year-old right-hander, who's walked 18 batters and served up 6 homers in 22.2 innings so far.
Forget the salary or the big free agent deal. This is a four-time All-Star who has twice finished in the Top 10 in Cy Young voting, yet fell to 2-6 with a 5.31 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 13 starts in a Cubs uniform.
In those 13 starts, Darvish has walked multiple batters in 11 of them and allowed at least 3 earned runs in 8 outings. He's also averaged less than 5 innings a start overall, and that number is down to just 4.5 innings per outing in 2019.
Darvish said he wants to pitch into the seventh inning (something he's never done as a Cub) and believes that would be great for his confidence that's been building — slowly but surely — since the start of the season. But he still has to get over that hump.
"His stuff's nasty — plain and simple," Jason Heyward said. "Any time I pitch with Yu in a video game, guarantee at least a 1-hitter. I feel like his confidence is just another thing he'll have to keep building on for himself.
"Every game is different. Today was — I guess you could say — a step back or whatever. Last start was pretty good and next start, I know he's gonna come out and be hungry again. ... Today was one day. We got a long season. Hopefully next time we can scratch a few runs across."Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Cubs easily on your device.