Lawyers seek to keep players from Bonds' trial


Lawyers seek to keep players from Bonds' trial


SANFRANCISCO (AP) Lawyers for Barry Bonds want to bar slugger Jason Giambiand other former pro athletes from testifying at his perjury trialscheduled to begin March 21.
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Bonds was charged with 11 counts ofperjury and obstruction after telling a federal grand jury that henever knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs. Baseball's careerhome run leader has pleaded not guilty.Bonds' lawyers filed papers infederal court late Friday asking U.S. District Court Judge SusanIllston to prohibit the athletes' testimony and other key evidence theysay is tied to Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson.Illston already has ruled off-limitsany evidence connected to Anderson because of his refusal to testify.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that ruling.The former players with connectionsto Anderson they are hoping to exclude from the trial are MarvinBenard, Jeremy Giambi, Armando Rios, Benito Santiago, Randy Velarde andretired football player Larry Izzo.
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In addition, the Bonds' legal teamwants to know why the fraud investigation of the player's formerbusiness partner and key prosecution witness, Stevie Hoskins, wasdropped. In separate court papers filed Friday, Bonds' lawyers askedthe judge to order prosecutors to tell them why Hoskins wasn't chargedin an investigation after Bonds complained to the FBI on July 24, 2003,that Hoskins was allegedly selling Bonds-related memorabilia withoutthe player's knowledge.Five months later, Bonds testified in front of a federal grand jury about performance-enhancing drugs.Hoskins is a key prosecution witnessbecause he recorded a conversation he had with Anderson whereprosecutors allege they are discussing Bonds' steroids use.On Nov. 5, 2005, prosecutors informedHoskins they were dropping the investigation after "an evaluation ofthe evidence" related to Hoskins' business dealings with Bonds. Theletter was written by a prosecutor in the Seattle U.S. Attorney'soffice, which handled the case because of a conflict the San Franciscooffice had because of the steroids investigation.Bonds attorneys want to know if Hoskins was shown leniency in exchange for his testimony against Bonds.A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

DeMarcus Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls. He also leads the league in scowls and he’s even kicked over a few garbage cans following the Kings' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. But that’s just a small portion of who he is.

According to a source that travels with the team, Cousins went out of his way Sunday morning to make an impact in the lives of a couple of local youth in Chicago.

Kids were selling chocolate bars outside the team’s hotel trying to earn money for charity. Plenty of people walked by, avoiding the youth, but Cousins stopped, reached into his pocket and purchased all of the boxes they had to sell.

Later on in the day, Cousins donated the candy to the flight service staff for use on the flight to Detroit.

Cousins gets plenty of negative press for his antics on the floor, but off the court, he is extremely generous. He plays Santa-Cuz during the holidays, buying gifts for underprivileged children in Sacramento and his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He has also purchased a new scoreboard for a local high school and even paid for the funeral of a local high school football player who lost his life in a drive-by shooting.

No one is perfect, Cousins included, but he also has a genuinely good side that he often doesn’t seek or receive press for.


Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.