College basketball

LUTE OLSON'S SUCCESSOR NAMED: Kevin O'Neill will succeed Lute Olson as Arizona's basketball coach when the Hall of Famer retires.

O'Neill, hired as an assistant last May, has served as the 19th-ranked Wildcats' interim coach since the 73-year-old Olson went on a personal leave of absence Nov. 4 — a leave he recently extended through the end of the season.


CLEMENS DENIES ALLEGATIONS: Roger Clemens denied allegations by his former trainer that he took performance-enhancing drugs, calling them "a dangerous and destructive shortcut that no athlete should ever take."

"I want to state clearly and without qualification: I did not take steroids, human growth hormone or any other banned substances at any time in my baseball career or, in fact, my entire life," Clemens said Tuesday in a statement issued through his agent, Randy Hendricks.

STEROIDS ADMISSION: Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has acknowledged using steroids but insists he only tried it once before realizing he had made a "terrible decision." Roberts was named in former Sen. George Mitchell's report on steroid use in major league baseball. The report came out last Thursday, but Roberts did not immediately respond. In a statement issued Tuesday to The Associated Press, Roberts said he tried steroids four years ago.

ROSE SPEAKS OUT ON STEROIDS: Pete Rose thinks players who use steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs are "making a mockery" of baseball.

The career hits leader, banned by the sport for gambling, weighed in on the Mitchell Report in an interview with Dennis Miller that was slated to air tonight on VERSUS.

MARLINS STADIUM APPROVED: Miami-Dade County commissioners Tuesday approved a public works project that includes a new stadium for the Florida Marlins.

The ballpark would be built on the site of the Orange Bowl. The agreement also includes a performing arts center, port tunnel project and soccer stadium.

The project calls for a 37,000-seat retractable-roof ballpark. According to a revised county proposal, the stadium would be funded, in part, by hotel bed tax dollars and a large, upfront contribution from the Marlins.

A-ROD ADDS NEW MANAGER: A-Rod is adding some Hollywood glitz to his management team. Alex Rodriguez hired Guy Oseary, who has worked with Madonna and Lenny Kravitz, to be his manager. Oseary is not a registered baseball agent, and Scott Boras remains A-Rod's representative on baseball matters.

Rodriguez said last week he had spoken just once with Boras since the agent notified the New York Yankees that A-Rod was opting out of his contract.

Auto racing

HEARING CANCELED: The governing body of world motorsports called off its spy scandal hearing with Formula One team McLaren on Tuesday. The hearing before FIA's World Motor Sport Council, to decide whether McLaren illegally used confidential Ferrari data to design its 2008 car, had been scheduled for Feb. 14. But last week McLaren apologized for its role in the spy scandal, with chief operating officer Martin Whitmarsh writing a letter to the WMSC to express his embarrassment that the secret Ferrari documents were widely spread through his team.

MAN FILES SUIT AGAINST KAHNE: A security guard filed suit against Kasey Kahne seeking damages for "severe physical injuries" when the NASCAR driver allegedly shoved him to the ground at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Archibald Hutchinson is seeking unspecified damages in excess of $15,000 in the suit filed Tuesday in the 11th Circuit Court.


HOME INVASION ROBBERY: Russian tennis star Anna Chakvetadze was tied up by masked robbers who broke into her home Tuesday and stole money and goods worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, her father said.

Six assailants approached the home outside Moscow before dawn, tied up a maid in another building and forced her to hand over a remote control enabling them to enter the house through the garage, Dzhamal Chakvetadze told NTV television.

FED CUP PARTICIPANT: Lindsay Davenport's comeback will include representing the United States in the Fed Cup. The three-time Grand Slam singles champion agreed to play for the U.S. team that faces Germany in the Fed Cup quarterfinals at La Jolla, Calif., on Feb. 2-3.