Clemens' Defamation Suit Against McNamee Dismissed

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HOUSTON (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed most of Roger
Clemens' defamation lawsuit against his former personal trainer, saying statements made in the Mitchell Report on doping in baseball are protected.

Brian McNamee has told federal agents, baseball investigator
George Mitchell and a House of Representatives committee that he
injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and HGH from

Clemens has repeatedly denied McNamee's accusations and sued
last year.

McNamee's attorneys said Clemens' lawsuit should be thrown out
because McNamee was compelled to cooperate by federal

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison agreed Thursday, but he left
in McNamee's statements to Andy Pettitte, Clemens' former New York
Yankees teammate.

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