- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 13, 2017


NEW YORK (AP) - Another Rocket is headed to Toronto.

The Blue Jays selected University of Texas first baseman Kacy Clemens - son of Roger - in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday.

The younger Clemens hit .305 for the Longhorns this season, along with a team-leading 12 home runs and 49 RBIs. There could be another Clemens taken Wednesday when the draft wraps up with rounds 11-40: Kacy’s younger brother Kody, a redshirt-sophomore shortstop who hit .241 with five homers and 23 RBIs for Texas.

Roger Clemens was the No. 19 overall pick by Boston in 1983 and later pitched two seasons for the Blue Jays. Another of his sons, Koby, was an eighth-round selection of Houston in 2005 and is currently a coach in the Astros organization.

Rounds 3-10 were held Tuesday via conference calls with teams. The first two rounds were Monday night at MLB Network studios, leading off with Minnesota taking California high school shortstop Royce Lewis at No. 1.


Olympic bobsledding champion Steven Holcomb had prescription sleeping pills and alcohol in his system when he was found dead last month, according to toxicology report provided to his family and USA Bobsled and Skeleton.

Holcomb’s blood-alcohol level was found to be 0.188, well above the threshold for intoxication. He also had more than the typical dosage of the sleeping aid Lunesta in his system, and the report indicated that combination was fatal for the bobsledder who was found in his bed at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, on May 6.

An initial autopsy last month showed that fluid in Holcomb’s lungs was a significant factor in his death, but no precise cause of death was revealed pending the toxicology report.

“We hold our memories of him close and are so proud of him, not only as an athlete but also as a person,” the Holcomb family said in a statement to USA Bobsled and Skeleton, a copy of which was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

The investigation by Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw is now complete, according to U.S. bobsled officials. But it remains unclear if Whitelaw will ever release a final report, or if his process of putting that together was even completed. Whitelaw told The AP on Monday that he was prohibited from saying anything new pertaining to the slider’s death because Holcomb’s family threatened to sue.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.

The NFL’s Man of the Year winner and a 10-time Pro Bowler and 2008 All-Pro, Fitzgerald is the franchise leader in nearly every receiving category. But he earned this award Tuesday “for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs.”

Former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, who will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, received the honor in 2008.

Last month, Fitzgerald was awarded the Arizona Chamber of Commerce’s Heritage Award for accomplishments and commitment to Arizona that are recognized not only statewide but also nationally and internationally. Following the 2014 season, won the inaugural Art Rooney NFL Sportsmanship Award, presented to a player who demonstrates on-field qualities of great sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for opponents and integrity in competition.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Former Redskins quarterback Doug Williams has been named Washington’s senior vice president of player personnel.

Team president Bruce Allen announced the move Tuesday morning at a news conference. Williams got a promotion from senior personnel executive but did not want the general manager title.

Williams has been in Washington’s front office since February 2014 and won the head personnel job over more than a dozen internal and external candidates. Williams said he’ll work in concert with Eric Schaffer, who was promoted to VP of football operations, Kyle Smith, who was promoted to director of college scouting, and coach Jay Gruden.

Allen said Williams “fits the role perfectly.”

The 61-year-old Williams previously worked for Allen with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has scouted for the Jacksonville Jaguars and coached at the college level at Grambling State.

During his playing career, Williams was the first black quarterback to lead a team to victory in the Super Bowl and earned MVP honors in the title game after the 1987 season.

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