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Clemens' pre-hearing meeting with committee moved to Feb. 5

WASHINGTON -- Roger Clemens' meeting with a congressional
committee investigating steroids in baseball was pushed back until
Feb. 5.

Clemens originally was asked to appear Saturday for a deposition
or transcribed interview with staff members from the House
Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That panel has called a
Feb. 13 hearing, where Clemens and his former personal trainer,
Brian McNamee, are among five witnesses slated to appear.

The committee announced a new schedule Thursday of pre-hearing
meetings with those witnesses.

Chuck Knoblauch, a former teammate of Clemens' with the Yankees,
was subpoenaed to appear for a deposition or transcribed interview
on Tuesday, although the committee said he has yet to be served.

Andy Pettitte, a longtime teammate and workout partner of
Clemens', has been asked to appear Jan. 30, with McNamee down for
Feb. 7.

The fifth witness, former New York Mets clubhouse employee Kirk
Radomski, originally was invited to meet with committee staff on
Feb. 1, but his deposition or interview was listed Thursday as
"TBD" -- to be determined.

Lawyers for Clemens and McNamee have said their clients will
appear.

Joe Householder, a spokesman for Rusty Hardin, Clemens' primary
lawyer, said the pitcher's legal team would defer all comment on
scheduling to the committee.

The committee is reviewing transcripts of three conversations in
which McNamee participated, The New York Times reported on its Web
site Thursday, citing a congressional staff person with direct
knowledge of the matter who was granted anonymity because the
committee work had not been made public.

According to the newspaper, the transcripts were provided by
Clemens' lawyer and include a Dec. 5 telephone call with an
employee of Clemens' agent, a Dec. 12 interview with investigators
for Clemens' lawyer, and a Jan. 4 telephone call with Clemens.

The committee's ranking minority member, Virginia Republican Tom
Davis, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Jan. 15
that the committee had in its possession a Jan. 4 telephone
conversation between Clemens and McNamee, secretly recorded at the
player's end and played during Clemens' news conference Jan. 7.

The congressman also said at the time the committee was working
to get a recording of the conversation between McNamee and
investigators who work for Clemens' law firm on Dec. 12, a day
before the Mitchell Report was released.

In the Mitchell report on doping in baseball, McNamee said he
injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone,
accusations the pitcher with the eighth-most wins in major league
history has denied repeatedly. Pettitte acknowledged McNamee
injected him twice with HGH while the left-hander was recovering
from an injury.

McNamee also told Mitchell he acquired HGH from Radomski for
Knoblauch in 2001 and injected Knoblauch with HGH.

Radomski pleaded guilty to distributing steroids and laundering
money. His sentencing is Feb. 8.