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.

Joerger shakes things up, Cauley-Stein responds with big game


Joerger shakes things up, Cauley-Stein responds with big game

SACRAMENTO -- Faced with demotion, you have two options, sulk or come out swinging. Willie Cauley-Stein chose option two Friday evening at Golden 1 Center.

After starting all 14 games to begin the season, Cauley-Stein found himself relegated to the second unit against the Portland Trail Blazers. The 7-footer looked energized by the move and made one play after another as the Kings came away with the 86-82 victory.

“I felt free - period,” Cauley-Stein said following the win. “Both offensively, defensively. I’m quarterbacking on defense. I’m getting to make plays on offense. I just feel liberated. I feel like it’s unlocking.”

The third-year big began the 2017-18 campaign with back-to-back double-doubles, but hadn’t notched double-figures in rebounds since. Over his previous eight games, the Kings’ starting center was averaging just 4.3 boards per game.

Against Portland, Cauley-Stein played sparkling defense, hit 9-of-17 from the floor for a team-high 22 points and hit the glass for 10 boards. He skied above the Blazers bigs for a rebound with 3.4 seconds remaining and his second free throw attempt sealed the win for a Kings team in desperate need of a win.

“Willie’s a hell of a player, obviously,” veteran big Kosta Koufos said. “He’s really athletic, he’s a special talent.”

Koufos and Cauley-Stein made a devastating defensive duo for Sacramento. Both bigs showed on the high pick-and-roll and avoided fouling the Blazers high-powered guards.

“That’s a crazy defensive lineup right there, me and Kosta play really well together,” Cauley-Stein said. “I’ve been waiting for that lineup since we started.”

Damian Lillard scored 29 points, but he shot just 9-of-25 from the field and 5-for-14 from long range. C.J. McCollum knocked down 8-of-15 from the floor, but he missed all four of his 3-point attempts as Sacramento closed out and pressured the shooter all night long.

Cauley-Stein wasn’t the only starter to find himself on the bench to start the game. Dave Joerger turned to a dual point guard backcourt, using De’Aaron Fox and George Hill side-by-side, while bringing rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic in with the second unit.

Playing off the ball for long stretches, Hill responded to the move with 14 points and five assists in 27 minutes. Fox had a quiet offensive night, but his defense on both Lillard and McCollum was inspired.

“We can both attack and he’s a great shooter so that really helps me,” Fox said of Hill. “He’s a mentor on the court. It’s a lot easier to play with him then to watch him play.”

Sacramento held Portland to just 37 percent shooting overall and 28 percent from behind the arc. They pressured the Blazers in the backcourt and slowed the game to screeching halt.

With the win, the Kings snapped their three-game losing streak and improved to 4-11 on the season. They jumped a plane for Portland following the game where they’ll face the same Trail Blazer team Saturday in a rare back-to-back against the same team.

The Kings likely be without the services of shooting guard Buddy Hield, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle. Hield limped into the locker room on crutches following the victory and the initial indications point to him missing the rematch.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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