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December 30, 1996

TORONTO (AP) _ Roger Clemens’ contract with the Toronto Blue Jays remains unsigned as the pitcher’s representatives negotiate deferred payments, The Toronto Globe and Mail reported today.

The newspaper said the deal also has not been filed with the players association or the player-relations committee. Clemens, 34, agreed to terms with Toronto on Dec. 13 after 13 seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

The contract includes a $2 million signing bonus, $5.5 million in 1997, $7.5 million in 1998 and $8 million in 1999. Toronto has an option for 1999 at $8.1 million with a $1.75 million buyout, which if exercised would raise total total package to $31.1 million over four seasons. The fourth year would become guaranteed if Clemens pitches regularly.


DENVER (AP) _ Colorado Avalanche center Peter Forsberg, who underwent surgery Saturday to remove fluid from the quad muscle in his left leg, will not be available until after the Jan. 18 NHL All-Star game.

``The minor surgery was very successful,″ Avalanche physician Andrew Parker said Sunday. ``Peter will begin an aggressive rehabilitation program including practices within one week.″

Forsberg, 23, injured in a Dec. 14 game at Calgary, has 12 goals and 31 assists in 31 games this season. The Swedish star had 30 goals and 86 assists last season for the Stanley Cup champion Avalanche.


AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) _ First-round matches in the New Zealand Classic tennis tournament were postponed today because of heavy rain.

The tournament has been hampered since Sunday by torrential rain, poor light and strong wind caused by the remnants of Cyclone Fergus.

Top-seeded Anke Huber of Germany is scheduled to play her first-round match Tuesday against Italy’s Francesca Lubiani.


ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Hidden Lake edged Belle’s Flag by a length Sunday in the $130,900 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Chris McCarron, Hidden Lake covered 7 furlongs in 1:22 and paid $15.20, $5.80 and $3.80. She has three victories in 13 lifetime starts.

Belle’s Flag, the 2-1 second betting choice ridden by Corey Nakatani, returned $3.80 and $3.60. Tiffany Diamond paid $5 to show.


ATLANTA (AP) _ Teresa Edwards had 22 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds Sunday as the Atlanta Glory beat the Richmond Rage 89-86 in the American Basketball League.

Niesa Johnson led the Glory (10-12) with 25 points and Stacey Lovelace added 22. Adrienne Goodson led the Rage (12-13) with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Dawn Staley had 17 points.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ The game between the San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks scheduled for Sunday was postponed because of the worst snowstorm to hit British Columbia in decades.

A makeup date has yet to be determined.


GUELPH, Ontario (AP) _ Brian Wesenberg scored five goals as the Guelph Storm routed Owen Sound 10-1 in the Ontario Hockey League on Sunday.

Wesenberg, 19, was selected 29th overall by Anaheim in 1995, and traded to Philadelphia last season for Anatoli Semenov and Mike Crowley.

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