June 21, 2012 |
Baseball's fabulous era of flagrant steroids abuse, which was accompanied during its heyday with loud cracks of the bat and perhaps a little extra pop in the catcher's mitt, came to a much quieter end Monday in a federal courtroom in Washington. As demonstrated by Freddy Galvis, who was busted for having a trace amount of a banned steroid metabolite in his system, there is still cheating going on, but the Wild West days are over. Whether Galvis is red-handed guilty or the unwitting victim of a juiced supplement doesn't matter.
December 15, 2011 |
Barring an appeal, the sentencing of Barry Bonds on Friday in a San Francisco courtroom will bring the federal government's nearly decade-long investigation of a Northern California-based steroids ring to an anticlimactic end. Federal guidelines suggest a prison sentence of 15 to 21 months and prosecutors want the home-run record holder to serve time - but federal probation officers have recommended probation and a period of house arrest....
March 19, 2011 |
An anti-doping arbitration panel has suspended agent and coach Mark Block for 10 years after finding he trafficked in drugs supplied by BALCO and gave them to his wife, sprinter Zhanna Block. In hearings last December, the arbitration panel heard testimony from Jeff Novitzky, a key investigator into the doping scandal at the Bay Area Lab Co-Operative that landed a number of athletes in trouble, including Barry Bonds, who goes on trial next week for perjury. The arbitrators' ruling, announced yesterday by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said Block tried to mislead them about his involvement with BALCO and its founder, Victor Conte.
June 4, 2009 |
Bank of America will walk away from its sponsorship with the U.S. Olympic Committee unless the federation finds a way to provide more bang for the 12 million bucks it spends supporting American athletes. USOC chief marketing officer Lisa Baird told the Associated Press she received that unexpected message from the bank last Friday, putting the future of one of its most important sponsorship deals in jeopardy. Home Depot and General Motors already have declined to renew long-term sponsorships with the USOC, and Bank of America could be next.
April 24, 2009 |
Marion Jones could not bear to have her children visit in prison. The partings, she knew, would be too painful. But even on those nights when she missed her two young sons the most, the jailed track star knew there were some in that Texas women's prison who hurt more. "All I had to do was look at my neighbor and see that she had been in 15 years," said Jones, who wept at that memory last night during a talk sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Africana Studies, "and know that her kids hadn't seen her in 15 years.
November 27, 2008 |
Thousands of pages of grand jury testimony related to the long-running steroids investigation of Barry Bonds and other athletes were unsealed yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco. Illston signed an order that allows prosecutors to share grand jury transcripts, medical lab reports and search warrant affidavits with Bonds' lawyers. The documents will not be made public, according to Jack Gillund, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello. Roger Clemens has been asked to end his involvement with a charity golf tournament in Houston he has hosted for four years as the fallout from the Mitchell Report continues to haunt the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, the New York Daily News reported yesterday.
May 30, 2008 |
A San Francisco jury yesterday convicted track coach Trevor Graham on one count of lying to federal investigators about his relationship to an admitted steroids dealer but deadlocked on two other charges when at least one juror had doubts about the credibility of the prosecution's star witness. Graham was charged with three counts of lying to federal agents. This marked the first significant setback at trial for the federal government in its nearly five-year investigation stemming from the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative doping scandal.
January 12, 2008 |
Sprinter Marion Jones, who lost her credibility and her Olympic medals when she admitted to lying about her use of performance-enhancing substances, yesterday lost her freedom. A federal judge in New York sentenced Jones, once America's brightest track star, to six months in prison for lying to a grand jury about her steroid use and for check fraud. Jones' sentence, the harshest U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas could administer under her plea bargain's terms, is to begin March 11, nearly eight years after she won three gold and two bronze medals in the Sydney Olympics.
December 11, 2007 |
BALCO founder Victor Conte is ready to meet with the World Anti-Doping Agency chairman to "provide detailed information involving a history of rampant drug use at the elite level of sport. " Conte, who pleaded guilty to operating a steroids distribution ring at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, said yesterday in an e-mail that he plans to meet with Dick Pound tomorrow in New York. "Ironically, I feel it's some of the poor decisions and past mistakes I've made that uniquely qualifies me to make a contribution," Conte said.
July 13, 2007 |
An attorney who admitted leaking the confidential grand jury testimony of Barry Bonds and other athletes to a reporter was sentenced yesterday to 2 1/2 years in prison. Troy Ellerman, 44, pleaded guilty in February to allowing a San Francisco Chronicle reporter to view transcripts of testimony by Bonds, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and other athletes embroiled in the steroids investigation. Giambi admitted taking steroids while Sheffield and Bonds testified if they did take performance enhancing drugs, they did so unwittingly.