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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.
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.”
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.”