The Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association is having second thoughts about inviting Roger Clemens to its annual session next month, following allegations in the Mitchell Report that the seven-time Cy Young Award winner used steroids.

Jim Long, president of the association, said his group plans to hold an executive meeting today to decide if Clemens will remain as one of the presenters in Waco.

Clemens had been scheduled for the last eight months to talk about pitching and "what he did on a daily basis that kept him in shape," Long said.

"A dark cloud has been put over Roger's head, and 99.9 percent of the media says he's guilty even though he says he's innocent," said Long. "That presents a problem for our association."

Clemens' agent, Randy Hendricks, did not immediately return a telephone call Monday from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Elsewhere:

Former major league infielder Fernando Vina, now an ESPN analyst, admitted using human growth hormone in 2003 but not steroids as the Mitchell Report claimed, as he attempted to heal from injuries. ... Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Byrd, who acknowledged during the ALCS in October taking HGH, met with baseball officials Monday. ... Backup catcher Gary Bennett signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers less than a week after he was named in the Mitchell Report. A .242 lifetime hitter in 12 seasons, he told the The Washington Post: "As far as the report is concerned to me, it's accurate." ... Mariano Rivera completed his $45 million, three-year contract with the New York Yankees. ... Catcher Javy Lopez, out of the majors in 2007 after being cut by Colorado, is trying a comeback with his former team, agreeing to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves. ... The final regular-season game at Yankee Stadium will be Sept.21 against Baltimore. The team plans to move in 2009 into a new ballpark.

HOCKEY

Jeremy Roenick (knee) returned to the ice Monday for practice but isn't expected to play tonight when the San Jose Sharks take on the Anaheim Ducks at HP Pavilion. Jonathan Cheechoo, on the injured reserve list with a groin injury, is not yet skating.

Chris Simon took a leave from the New York Islanders, agreeing with the team that he needed time away following his latest penalty. Simon began this season completing a 25-game ban that carried over from last season. He could be in line for his seventh NHL suspension after he took down and stepped on Pittsburgh's Jarkko Ruutu.

Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler scored in the shootout to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals. ... Ryan Smyth and Jaroslav Hlinka scored 62 seconds apart early in the first period, and the Colorado Avalanche went on to beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 for their third straight victory.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

New Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said he doesn't expect to coach West Virginia when it plays Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. "My focus is going to be on the University of Michigan," he said. "I don't think it best serves West Virginia if I'm thinking about the Big House."

Florida State released offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher's contract data after the West Virginia native was mentioned in published reports as a potential candidate to take over for Rodriguez as Mountaineers coach: FSU must pay him $2.5 million if he isn't hired to replace Bobby Bowden as head coach in three years, but Fisher would have to pay an equal amount to leave before then.

Another West Virginia native, Terry Bowden, the former Auburn coach, let it be known Monday he's interested in the West Virginia vacancy.

Washington coach Tyrone Willingham let two members of his staff go, including defensive coordinator Kent Baer, 56, who had been an assistant with Willingham for 13 years, dating to their days at Stanford. In 2002, Willingham's first season at Notre Dame, Baer, a former Cal assistant, won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant.

SKIING

Olympic combined champion Ted Ligety completed his first slalom of the World Cup season and came in third in Alta Badia, Italy. The American finished behind France's Jean-Baptiste Grange and Germany's Felix Neureuther.

SOCCER

Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear of Fremont, who has led his team to back-to-back MLS championships, received a contract extension through 2010. Kinnear was named head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes in 2004; he has a 53-30-41 record, including a 15-8-7 mark this past season.

Argentina finished No.1 Monday in soccer's men's world rankings in 2007, being named FIFA's Team of the Year in the process. Brazil was No.2, followed by world champion Italy. The United States remained at No.19.

Also, Brazil midfielder Kaka was named FIFA's World Player of the Year. The Milan playmaker beat out Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. On the women's side, Marta of Brazil captured the award.

GOLF

The final world golf ranking of 2007 was published Monday, and 11 players who were not previously eligible were added to the Masters field — bringing the field of qualified players to 82.