Sports Briefs

Clemens to appear in Washington for hearings

One of Brian McNamee’s lawyers said he believed the Justice Department will open a criminal investigation into Roger Clemens’ denials of doping.

Meantime, the chairman of a congressional committee said comments attributed to one of the pitcher’s lawyers could be interpreted as trying to intimidate a federal law enforcement official.

McNamee says he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times in 1998, 2000 and 2001, accusations Clemens has repeatedly denied.

Both are set to testify Wednesday on Capitol Hill in what figures to be a day of high drama.

A lawyer for Roger Clemens said Saturday the pitcher can prove he didn’t attend a June 1998 party at Jose Canseco’s home described by Brian McNamee in the Mitchell Report.

According to McNamee, Clemens first raised the subject of steroids not long after McNamee saw Canseco and Clemens meeting during the party.

Clemens’ side has turned over evidence to congressional investigators, including an affidavit from Canseco, to support that the pitcher wasn’t present at Canseco’s home that day.

Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Steve Lowery beat Vijay Singh in the first playoff hole to win the AT’T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, ending more than a seven year string and 199 tournaments without a victory.

Three shots behind when he stood on the 15th tee, Lowery made up quick ground when Singh made three straight bogeys to set up the playoff.

At 47, Lowery became the oldest winner in the 71-year history of tournament.

He closed with a 4-under 68 and won for the third time in his career, all of them in playoffs. Singh finished with a 71 to match Lowery at 10 under.

Pro-Bowl Highlights

Terrell Owens caught two touchdowns passes, including a 6-yarder from Tampa Bay’s Jeff Garcia for the winning points in the NFC’s comeback 42-30 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

Owens was aided by Offensive Rookie of the Year Adrian Peterson, whose 129 yards rushing was the first performance of more than 100 yards since Marshall Faulk had 180 and Chris Warren added 127 in 1995.

The Minnesota running back scored twice as the NFC rallied from a 24-7 deficit, earning himself MVP honors.