Roger Clemens was everywhere at Legends Field – in George Steinbrenner’s suite, in the broadcast booth, in the stands. Everywhere, except in pinstripes. Clemens created quite a stir at the ballpark in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday night when he showed up to watch good friend Andy Pettitte pitch for the New York Yankees against Cincinnati. The 44-year-old Rocket has been discounting any talk that he’ll play in the majors this season. But he at least acknowledged a time frame for making his choice. When his agents “give me a call in early May, I’ll have another decision to make,” Clemens said. Sammy slammin’ again: Sammy Sosa is finding a groove in his comeback with the Texas Rangers. Sosa homered for the second time in spring training, going 2 for 3 in the Rangers’ 9-8 victory over Arizona in Surprise, Ariz. The 38-year-old Sosa, who didn’t play in the major leagues last season, hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run third off former World Series MVP Livan Hernandez. “The more games I play, the better I feel,” Sosa said. “The confidence is here, and I know I can hit. I believe in myself, and just keep working every day.” O no? Kris Benson is experiencing increased soreness in his right shoulder, a development that means the Baltimore Orioles pitcher may need surgery on his torn rotator cuff. Working on the advice of two doctors, Benson is attempting to rehabilitate the injury at spring training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. If his bid is unsuccessful, the operation would force the right-hander to miss the 2007 season. Feller unhurt in accident: Bob Feller, at 88 the second-oldest living member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, was unhurt in a minor car accident at the Cleveland Indians’ spring training complex in Winter Haven, Fla. Dr. Nilesh Shah, physician for the Indians’ Class A Carolina League farm team at Kinston, N.C., backed his car out of its parking spot and into Feller’s vehicle. Piazza recovering: Mike Piazza was held out of the Oakland Athletics’ exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs, a day after being hit by a pitch. Piazza was hit by a pitch from Kansas City’s Brian Bannister in the third inning of Oakland’s 3-2 loss to the Royals. After a restless night, Piazza reported to work with stiffness in his left arm. Ex-Phillies coach Vukovich in grave condition: Longtime Philadelphia Phillies coach John Vukovich, 59, is in grave condition in a Philadelphia-area hospital due to complications caused by an inoperable brain tumor, the team said. Klesko ailing: San Francisco Giants first baseman Ryan Klesko will miss the next week of spring training with a strained muscle in his left side. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clemens said he spoke with Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ owner. As to what they talked about, he said, “I’ll pass on that.” Clemens repeated that if he played, it would for with either Houston, Boston or the Yankees.. Martinez throws: Pedro Martinez threw a baseball for the first time since rotator cuff surgery last October. The New York Mets ace lightly tossed a ball for about 10 minutes from a distance of about 45 feet at the Mets’ minor league complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Martinez is not expected to rejoin the Mets’ rotation until the second half of the season.
Mumbai, May 14 (PTI) All set to spearhead Indias campaign in the upcoming Sudirman Cup world mixed team badminton championships slated to be held in Australia, ace shuttler P V Sindhu is confident of a good show by the team.”I think we have a good chance, its a mixed team event so girls and boys both have to perform well. We are playing Indonesia and Denmark, so I hope we can win,” Sindhu said here last night after being conferred with the honorary life membership of the Cricket Club India.India, ranked no. 9, is placed in Group 1D with Denmark and Indonesia in the preliminary stage of the competition, scheduled from May 21-28. The team had finished 9th in the previous edition of the championships.India will depend a lot on the world no. 4-ranked Rio Olympic Games silver medallist in the event, from which another top woman shuttler and London Games bronze medal winner Saina Nehwal has pulled out due to family reasons.Since only one woman could play as its a mixed team event, Sindhu said Sainas absence should not be an issue.”Yes, Saina isnt playing, but when it comes to one singles and doubles only one player is required, so that shouldnt be any issue,” said the 21-year-old shuttler after having interacted with the CCI badminton-playing children at the clubs courts earlier.Sindhu has slipped down from the world no. 2 ranking she achieved after winning the Indian Open, and is eager to move up the ladder.advertisement”Currently Im on fourth (rank) and I expect to see myself in top three by the end of the year.”But I have already been in top two so I would definitely like to see myself as world number one, but before that I think you have to play well and if you do that ranking will automatically come,” she said.On current no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese-Taipei whom she had beaten on way to the silver medal in Rio, Sindhu said, “We havent played much recently. The last was Rio and All England. So I havent faced her recently.””But she is winning a lot of matches and doing well for herself. But when it comes to me playing against her, I feel its going to be a good match,” she said.Asked about the high points for her after winning the silver in Rio, the lanky shuttler said, “Winning China Open and Indian Open. I had always wanted to win a Super Series (event) and by fulfilling that I feel very happy and it gives me a lot of confidence.””After the Olympics Ive seen a lot of change, kids picking up badminton and also then a lot of academies have come up.”So, its a good sign and badminton as a sport is getting much more encouragement,” she said when asked about the changes she had seen in the shuttle game after her historic silver medal winning effort at Rio.Earlier during her interaction with the younger lot of club players, Sindhu evoked admiration when she said that she trained daily for 7-8 hours.She also said that players can learn a lot after losing a game by thinking back to the match and pinning down the errors they had made.”When I lose a point I dont think about it (at that stage) as thinking over it would make you lose the next 2-3 points,” Sindhu said. PTI SSR GK JMF