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Ochocinco 86ed by New England Patriots

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have released wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.

The former Chad Johnson spent one unproductive season with the team, even though the Patriots went to the Super Bowl. He had 15 receptions for an 18.4-yard average and one touchdown, but rarely was a key part of the offence.

Ochocinco, who played 10 seasons for Cincinnati before joining the Patriots. In seven seasons, he had seven 1,000-yard receiving years and a high of 97 catches.

Ochocinco tweeted Thursday: "Thoroughly enjoyed the oppurtunity to play for the "Patriot" organization... fans were ... wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best..."

His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says he is "in the process of gauging interest from potential teams."

Former Tennessee

Titan comes out as gay

NEW YORK -- A cornerback who spent four pre-seasons with three NFL teams and also played in NFL Europe has come out as gay, joining a small but growing number of former athletes who are publicly acknowledging they are gays or lesbians.

Wade Davis, who spent the 2000 and 2002 pre-seasons with the Tennessee Titans, said he didn't tell his teammates he was gay because he feared the impact it would have in the locker-room. Jevon Kearse and Samari Rolle were among his closest friends on the Titans, and he would later be invited to Rolle's wedding.

Clemens' prosecutor

points out disparity

WASHINGTON -- A prosecutor highlighted discrepancies on Thursday between Eileen McNamee's testimony in the Roger Clemens trial this week and what she told the FBI three years ago.

Eileen McNamee, the estranged wife of Clemens' chief accuser, Brian McNamee, had testified Wednesday that when she asked her husband about a FedEx box she discovered in their home, he told her it was for his protection and wasn't any of her concern. She also said he didn't mention Clemens or any other players.

But on cross-examination, prosecutor Courtney Saleski asked her about a 2009 FBI interview in which Eileen McNamee said her husband told her the contents of the box were from players.

"I don't recall," replied Eileen McNamee, a witness for the defence.

Brian McNamee testified last month that he used the FedEx box to store medical waste from an injection of Clemens in 2001.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 8, 2012 C4

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