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Sessions move is a risky one

Joe Santoro
For the Nevada Appeal

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . On the surface it may appear that former Nevada Wolf Pack point guard Ramon Sessions is committing career suicide by giving up $4.55 million in the 2012-13 season to become a free agent this summer, especially after his awful playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But Sessions is doing the right thing. The Los Angeles Lakers want him back and Sessions will get a multiple-year deal from somebody this summer. The ex-Pack guard is just 26 years old. He averaged 12.7 points and 6.2 assists after joining the Lakers last year, so he’s earned at least a three-year deal. It would have been silly for him to play this coming season at a bargain rate of $4.5 million and without any security past 2012-13.

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It shouldn’t surprise anybody that a jury let Roger Clemens walk this week. Who are you going to believe? One of the greatest pitchers in the history of the sport or some shady steroid dealing trainer like Brian McNamee who keeps his DNA samples in a beer can? That jury was never going to send Clemens to jail, no matter how much money the government spent trying to convict Clemens (at last count it was $120 million). The only people who care anymore that athletes use performance enhancing drugs are holier-than-thou sports writers. Fans (and juries) could not care less. They just want the athlete’s autograph.

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Next year’s baseball Hall of Fame voting sure is going to be interesting. Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Curt Schilling are all going to be on the ballot for the first time. Here’s hoping that Biggio is the only one that gets in. He shouldn’t have to share the stage in Cooperstown with any of those steroid users (Bonds, Clemens and Sosa) or over-hyped ESPN media creations (Schilling, Piazza) that also probably used PEDs.

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