Judge says ex-players must testify at Bonds' trial

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Judge says ex-players must testify at Bonds' trial

Jan. 21, 2011GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Some of BarryBonds' former teammates, along with other retired Major League Baseballplayers and perhaps current player Jason Giambi, will have to testifyat the slugger's upcoming perjury trial, a federal judge said Friday.Lawyers for Bonds argued at a hearingbefore U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston that the players shouldbe excluded because of their ties to Bonds' former trainer GregAnderson, who is refusing to testify against the slugger. REWIND: Lawyers seek to keep players from Bonds' trial
Illston previously barred much of theevidence relating to Anderson because of his willingness to go toprison on contempt charges rather than testify at the trial set tostart March 21.Without his testimony, it could beimpossible to prove that urine samples that purportedly tested positivefor steroids had been collected from Bonds by Anderson.Illston also said she would consideron a case-by-case basis whether to exclude other evidence seized fromAnderson's home and elsewhere that prosecutors want to show the jury.The judge said prosecutors could callthe athletes to testify about their relationships with Anderson, whosupplied many of them with steroids and whom the government claimssupplied Bonds with performance-enhancing drugs.Bonds, 46, has pleaded not guilty to10 counts of perjury and an obstruction charge after telling a grandjury in December 2003 that he never knowingly took steroids. Bondstestified that Anderson supplied him with all kinds of substances, buthe assumed they were all legal supplements.Some players were expected to testifythat Anderson supplied them with drugs and informed clients thesubstances were illegal steroids. Prosecutors hope the testimony willpersuade jurors that Bonds had to have known that Anderson was givinghim illicit performance enhancers."Anderson provided them with detailedinstructions and explained to them these were steroids," federalprosecutor Matt Parrella told the judge.One of Bonds' six attorneys, DennisRiordan, sought to bar the athletes' testimony. He arguedunsuccessfully that the government was attempting to win the case with"guilt by association."On the prosecution witness list areGiambi and retired players Marvin Benard, Jeremy Giambi (Jason'sbrother), Armando Rios, Benito Santiago, Bobby Estallela, Randy Velardeand retired football player Larry Izzo.The judge said she may stop the parade of players from taking the witness stand if their testimony begins to sound the same.The players' dealings with Andersondate back a decade or more, which legal experts said could furtherhobble prosecutors already set back by the exclusion of the tests tiedto Anderson."We all struggle with recalling whathappened a week ago," said Vermont Law School professor Michael McCann,a sports law expert. "It happened so long ago, and these witnesses areprobably going to have a difficult time recalling everything."The judge ordered Anderson to appearin court sometime before the trial starts to reiterate his refusal totestify. Anderson will be jailed for the length of the trial, whichcould last a month. Anderson already served a little more than a yearon contempt charged after he refused to testify before the grand juryinvestigating Bonds for perjury.Anderson pleaded guilty to steroidsdistribution and money laundering in 2005 and served three months inprison. His Los Angeles-based lawyer Mark Geragos didn't return a phonecall Friday.Both sides will return to court Feb.11 to wrangle over whether a secretly recorded conversation betweenAnderson and Bonds' former business partner Steve Hoskins should beplayed for the jury.Hoskins made the recording in front of the slugger's locker in San Francisco in March 2003.In that conversation, Andersondiscusses how he is helping Bonds avoid infections by injecting him indifferent parts of his buttocks rather than in one spot.Bonds testified before the grand jury that no one but his doctor ever injected him.

Sharks need to 'figure it out pretty soon' after another thrashing

Sharks need to 'figure it out pretty soon' after another thrashing

NASHVILLE – Apparently, one wake up call wasn’t good enough for the plummeting San Jose Sharks.
 
Just one day after suffering what was arguably their worst game under coach Pete DeBoer, Nashville put up a touchdown on the Sharks in a 7-2 win, giving San Jose its sixth straight defeat – all in regulation.
 
After getting outscored 13-3 the last two nights, including Friday’s 6-1 loss in Dallas, where do they go from here?
 
“In two years, last year and this year so far, we haven’t had one night like this almost. Now we have back-to-back nights,” Joe Pavelski said. “I think it’s just a reality check. A gut-check time.
 
“It’s on us as players. Bottom line is we haven’t put the effort in that we need to have right now, and it snowballed on us a little bit at times. I think we’ve got to take a deep breath and really take a look in the mirror, refocus a little bit and understand there’s hockey out there, but it’s not going to fix itself.”
 
What has to be fixed immediately is the defensive structure that has been so vital to the Sharks’ success in the Pete DeBoer era. Even when the club was going through stretches of struggling to score, as it was earlier in the season, it was still collecting points in the standings with its ability to limit the opposition’s scoring chances.
 
While the game against the Predators was actually a little better in that regard, believe it or not, it was still nowhere near the level it needs to be for the postseason. Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s absence was partly to blame for that, but the Brent Burns-Paul Martin pair has been a disaster lately. Both have a minus-nine rating during the six-game losing streak, and that number is indicative of how they’ve looked, too.
 
“We’re giving up some goals. It’s a combination of things,” DeBoer said. “Obviously it’s not good enough to win games, so we’ve got to figure it out. I don’t have an answer standing here for you, but I know our group. Every team I’ve ever coached has a tough part of the season. This is obviously ours. We’ll regroup, and figure it out.”
 
Burns, who admitted to a “bad read” on Nashville’s second goal when Roman Josi sped around him, said: “It’s a tough league when you’re not executing little things.”
 
The Sharks actually looked strong early, poised to put the Dallas disaster behind them. The first few shifts, they had the puck in the Nashville end.
 
But Tomas Hertl was outmuscled behind the net by Colin Wilson on Colton Sissons’ goal at 4:14, Burns got beat on the second, and the Sharks never recovered. Patrick Marleau’s second period power play goal offered life, but that was extinguished 24 seconds later when James Neal answered with a power play goal of his own. The Sharks never got closer than two goals after that.
 
“When things are going bad, those are the things that are happening,” Burns said of Neal’s response to Marleau’s marker. “So, you’ve just got work through it."
 
Will they be able to work through it with just seven games left in the regular season, though? That this cold spell is happening in late March doesn’t speak well to the Sharks’ chances in the postseason, which begins in just two-and-a-half weeks.
 
Burns said: “Right now we should be just tightening up everything. … We've got figure it out pretty soon.”

Sharks forward Haley could face supplemental discipline from NHL

Sharks forward Haley could face supplemental discipline from NHL

NASHVILLE – Sharks forward Micheal Haley could be in line for supplemental discipline from the league, after earning a match penalty in the third period of Saturday’s 7-2 loss in Nashville.
 
After absorbing a borderline hit from behind by Calle Jarnkrok, Haley tracked down the Predators forward and promptly delivered a left jab to Jarnkrok’s face at 12:56 of the final frame, with the Sharks trailing 5-2 at the time.
 
Naturally, there were differing opinions from the two head coaches on the play.
 
Pete DeBoer said: “When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth.”
 
Predators coach Peter Laviolette told reporters: "It's an ugly play. This isn't the wild, wild west. I mean, Calle hit him. We took a penalty. If we start doing that, we're in trouble, so hopefully it gets looked at."
 
Any player who earns a match penalty "shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the commissioner has ruled on the issue,” according to league rules.
 
In 54 games this season, Haley has two goals and nine assists for 11 points. His 110 penalty minutes is fifth in the league.
 
Jarnkrok did not return after the punch, but told reporters after the game he felt “OK.”
 
"I feel pretty good," Jarnkrok said. "Obviously, I saw him coming. There were a couple other guys coming, too. I didn't really know what to do. He got in a good punch on me.”