NEW YORK -- Former major league All-Star Tony Clark was promoted Tuesday to deputy executive director of the baseball players union, giving ailing head Michael Weiner a No. 2 official who would take over if his health worsens. The 41-year-old Clark joined the union staff as director of player relations in March 2010 following a 15-year big league career. Easily recognizable at 6-foot-8, Clark assisted in collective bargaining the following year and was most recently director of player services. "Michael is my mentor," Clark said in a telephone interview. "He was and is the guy that I lean on for advice personally and professionally. In coming on board, all I had wanted to be was an extension of him in whatever capacity I could be. Thats not going to change." Weiner took over from Donald Fehr in December 2009 to become the fourth head of the union since 1966. Weiner said last August that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and said last week his symptoms increased in June. He must use a wheelchair and cannot move his right side or right arm. "Tonys rise within the union will come as no surprise to those who know him," Weiner said in a statement. "It was clear from the moment Tony joined the MLBPA that his on-field experience and passion for the fraternity of players would make him a tremendous advocate for all who play the game." Clarks appointment was approved 26-0 by the unions executive board, which will address the situation during its annual meeting in December at La Jolla, Calif. If Weiner cant serve between now and the board meeting, Clark would become interim executive director. "I came aboard a few years ago in large part because Michael shared with me what his vision was and is for the players association going forward," Clark said. 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Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay is entered in this weeks USA Bobsled National Push Championships, making him the latest track star to give sledding a try.The push championships start Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta, and are the first step toward a potential spot on this seasons national team.Gay has competed in each of the past three Summer Olympics. He was part of a team that won a silver medal in the 4x100-meter relay at the London Games in 2012, though that medal was ultimately stripped after Gay tested positive for steroids at the U.S. championships in 2013 and served a one-year suspension. He also had all results annulled going back to July 15, 2012, a period that included that years Olympic competition.One runner who lost his London silver medal because of Gays positive test was Ryan Bailey, another bobsled rookie who is scheduled to compete in the push championships.Im still not over it, Bailey said last month, referring to having his medal taken away.Now they could be teammates once again.Bailey has impressed coaches so far, especially after winning the preliminary push championships on dry land in Lake Placid, New York, last month. This competition takes place on ice and Gay has been practicing sled-pushing for only a few days, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton.But Gays speed figures to give him a chance to make a huge splash. His all-time best in the 100 meters is 9.69 seconds, a time bettered only by three-time reigning Olympic 100 champion and world-record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica.Gay won world championship gold medals in 2007 in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as part of the 4x100-meter relay.His 2008 Olympics were troubled by a bad hamstring that hurt his chances of medaling individuallyy, and a bad handoff in the 4x100 knocked the U.ddddddddddddS. out of the mix in that event. His 2012 Olympics were erased by the positive test, and what could have been a bronze medal in the relay at Rio last month was lost when the Americans were found to have made a bad handoff and were disqualified again.The Rio relay debacle was the ninth time since 1995 that the U.S. men were disqualified or failed to get the baton around at the Olympics or world championships. That doesnt include the medal that was lost in London after Gays doping ban.It has to be the worst luck for this country ever, Gay said in Rio. Its always something weird, stupid, simple mistakes that always cost us, and I dont understand.He might have a shot at joining a different sort of four-man team, one that runs together for a few seconds and then hops into a sled for a thrill ride down an icy mountainside chute.Gay follows a long line of speedsters who will try to push a sled, a list that includes Lauryn Williams -- a medalist in both the Summer and Winter Games -- as well as longtime U.S. hurdles star Lolo Jones, Rio Games double gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta and former mens competitors Edwin Moses, Willie Davenport and Renaldo Nehemiah.Jones, a 2014 Sochi Olympian, will be in the womens push competition, as will 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Aja Evans.In all, 56 competitors are entered in the championships, which start with solo events Wednesday and combination events Friday and Saturday. Drivers will analyze results before selecting their team for national team trials, which begin in Lake Placid next month. ' ' '