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E MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Seven ordered to
testify next weeli
NEW YORK (AP) - Major league
baseball responded with outrage to con-
gressional subpoenas for Jose Canseco,
Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi and other
top stars, vowing to fight them all the way
Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Rafael
Palmeiro and Frank Thomas also were
summoned yesterday to testify at the
March 17 hearing of the House Gov-
ernment Reform Committee. Also
called were players' association head
Donald Fehr, baseball executive vice
presidents Rob Manfred and Sandy
Alderson and San Diego general man-
ager Kevin Towers.
The committee, which has no inter-
est in hearing from Barry Bonds, also
demanded a variety of documents and
records of baseball's drug tests.
Stanley Brand, a lawyer for the base-
ball commissioner's office, said the
committee had no jurisdiction and was
interfering with the federal grand jury by
trying to force testimony from Giambi
and others. He said the committee want-
ed to violate baseball's first amendment
privacy rights and was attempting to
"satisfy their prurient interest into who
may and may not have engaged in this
"The audacity, the legal audacity of
subpoenaing someone who's been a
grand jury witness before there's been a
trial in the case in California is just an
absolutely excessive and unprecedented
misuse of congressional power," Brand
"Not even the Iran-contra committee
attempted to do that, and when it did,
it tainted irreparably the prosecutions
that came out of that investigation. Now
if that's what Congress wants to do to
advance what it says is the public interest
in combating a very serious problem that
baseball has confronted, then in my judg-
ment they've torn loose from their legis-
lative moorings and they're marauding in
an area of the law that has very serious
consequences for the judicial system."
Gene Orza, the union's chief operating
officer, declined comment.
Canseco, Fehr and Manfred have agreed
to testify, with Manfred speaking on behalf
of baseball commissioner Bud Selig. Before
the subpoenas were issued, Brand told the
committee the other players were declining
invitations to appear. Thomas said Monday
that he would testify.
It remained unclear whether the hear-
ing will take place as scheduled.
"It's impossible to predict the exact
course that this is going to take," Man-
fred said. "Players have individual deci-
sions they're going to have to make, the
union has decisions it's going to have to
David Marin, a spokesman for com-
mittee chairman Rep. Tom Davis, skid
the committee has no plans to contact
Bonds, who also testified before the
Bob Cohen, McGwire's agent, ques-
tioned "what's the ultimate purpose pf
Brand and Manfred said baseball will
attempt to fight the subpoenas. If they are
not complied with, the committee could
vote contempt citations, which would
have to be approved by the full House~of
Representatives and certified by a U:S.
Attorney. If that happened, Brand said
the fight over the subpoenas would head
to U.S. District Court.
"It is important the American people
know the facts on baseball's steroid scan-
dal,",Davis and Rep. Henry Waxmansfthe
ranking Democrat, said in a statement.
"Consistent with our committee's juris-
diction over the nation's drug policy,we
need to better understand the steps MLB
is taking to get a handle on the steroid
issue, and whether news of those steps
- and the public health danger posed
by steroid use - is reaching America~'s
Marin maintained the committee had
proper jurisdiction over steroids and
"We can't fathom that they will aivo-
cate noncompliance with a congressio4dl
subpoena," he said. "What kind of rns-
sage does that send?"
Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative
founder Victor Conte was indicted last
year on charges of distributing illegal ste-
roids that eventually made their way to as
many as 30 baseball, football and track
and field stars. Also indicted were GrJg
Anderson, Bonds's weight trainer; Janes
Valente, BALCO's vice president; and
Remy Korechemny, a track coach. Z
A trial date has not been set, and Brad
said testimony from players would be whip-
ping up a torrent of pretrial publicity." K
Another congressional hearing an
steroids is scheduled for today, when the
House Energy and Commerce subcom-
mittee is to hear from witnesses, includig
labor lawyers from the commissioner's
office and the NFL, and representatives
of the NCAA and the U.S. Anti-Doping
Rep. Cliff Stearns, chairman of the
House Commerce, Trade and Consuner
Protection subcommittee, said Selig
was invited to speak at the hearing but
" NCAA iAKEToALL
Irish in trouble after loss
NEW YORK (AP) - Ricky Shields
had never played beyond the first round
of the Big East Tournament. The senior
guard from Rutgers finally got that win
last night and may have ended the NCAA
hopes of Notre Dame.
"That was one of the goals I wanted to
achieve before I left here," he said. "I did
not want it to end without that."
Shields scored 21 points, including the
first four of Rutgers's game-closing 8-0
run, and the Scarlet Knights beat Notre
The win advanced 1th-seeded Rutgers
(10-18) to a matchup with third-seeded
and 16th-ranked Syracuse (24-6) in the
quarterfinals on Thursday night at Madi-
son Square Garden.
"Now we get a chance to match up with
Syracuse again," Shields said referring to
an 86-84 loss to the Orange in which the
Scarlet Knights blew an 18-point half-
time lead. "It feels good to have all five
guys clicking like we did early in the year
and maybe we can keep clicking here for
some more wins."
The loss may have ended the NCAA
tournament at-large hopes for Notre
Dame (17-11), which has lost four of five.
"We'll find out our fate on Sunday,"
Irish coach Mike Brey said in ending talk
about an at-large bid.
Shields scored on a drive with 1:15 left
to give the Scarlet Knights the lead for
good at 66-65. He then stole the ball from
Colin Falls and went the ength of the
court for a layup with 57 seconds left.
Notre Dame, which took its last lead
at 65-64 on a 3-pointer by Russell Carter
with 1:37 to play, missed its last seven
shots and had the turnover by Falls.
Rutgers closed the game by going 4-
for-5 from the free-throw line.
"We needed two stops at the end. We
just needed to make two stops," Notre
Dame guard Chris Thomas said.
Shields said it came down to Rutgers
making the plays in the final minutes.
"I think our composure was supreme
today," Shields said. "We knew where
we wanted to get the ball. I think in other
games we were kind of second-guessing