McNamee's lawyers granted motion to move suit to federal court

HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens' defamation lawsuit against his former
trainer, Brian McNamee, over his claims of injecting the seven-time
Cy Young Award winner with performance-enhancing drugs has been
moved to federal court.

Clemens filed the suit last month in Harris County District
Court in Houston.

But Monday, McNamee's attorneys had it moved to Houston federal
court. In their motion, his attorneys wrote the court has
jurisdiction because the case is between residents of two states
and that Clemens likely will seek more than $75,000 in damages --
two criteria needed for a transfer to federal court.

The initial pretrial conference is set for April 4.

In the Mitchell report, McNamee claimed he injected Clemens with
steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times in 1998, 2000
and 2001. Clemens claimed in his suit that the statements McNamee
made were "untrue and defamatory."

McNamee's attorneys have not filed their response to Clemens'

Clemens and McNamee are set to testify before a congressional
hearing Wednesday on the Mitchell report, which looked at the use
of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.