Posted December 13, 2011 on AP on Fox
Barry_bonds_watches_c3e8
The largest federal criminal investigation into sports doping began more than nine years ago with a tax agent digging through the trash of the now notorious Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. Barring an appeal, the government's work comes to an anti-climactic end Friday when Barry Bonds - the probe's highest-profile catch - is sentenced for obstruction of justice. In between, the federal government spent millions of dollars and untold staff hours obtaining the convictions of 11 people. Six of them, including track star Marion Jones, were ensnared for lying to grand jurors, federal investigators or the court. Five men, including Bonds' personal trainer Greg Anderson, pleaded guilty to steroid distribution charges stemming from their BALCO connections. The investigation in general - and the pursuit of Bonds in particular - ignited a debate over whether the government's long involvement was the best use of public resources. More than seven years after he testified bef...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Column: Bonds sentencing doesn't end steroid era

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Barry Bonds will find out Friday whether he will go to prison for his conviction in the BALCO steroids case. The feeling in legal circles is he won't, though prosecutors still hope a federal judge will see things their way and put him behind bars for up to 15 months. That Bonds is a convicted felon should be victory...

Barry Bonds' sentencing brings BALCO saga near a close

SAN FRANCISCO - The largest federal criminal investigation into sports doping began more than nine years ago with...

Judge could send Barry Bonds to jail Friday

Bicycle racer Tammy Thomas lied to a grand jury about her use of steroids, then fought perjury charges in court. Convicted, she was sentenced to house arrest. It was the same story for elite track coach Trevor Graham,...

On this date in Giants history — Dec. 12

2007: Free agent Aaron Rowland (.309, 27 HR, 89 RBI) and the Giants agree to a five year, $60 million deal. The 30-year old Gold Glove center fielder is expected to bat fifth and will help fill the void in the outfield created by the departure of Barry Bonds. 1986: The Mets trade Kevin Mitchell‚ a rookie who played six positions for the eventual world champs, along with prospects...

Barring appeal, BALCO case to end with Bonds' sentencing

The largest federal criminal investigation into sports doping began more than nine years ago with a tax agent digging through the trash of the now notorious Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. Barring an appeal, the government's work comes to an anti-climactic end Friday when Barry Bonds -- the probe's highest-profile catch -- is sentenced for obstruction of justice.

Bonds sentencing brings BALCO saga near a close

Barring an appeal, the sentencing of Barry Bonds will bring the federal government's nearly decade-long investigation of a Northern California-based steroids ring to an anti-climactic end.

Bonds' sentencing brings BALCO saga near a close

The largest federal criminal investigation into sports doping began more than nine years ago with a tax agent digging through the trash of the now notorious Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. Barring an appeal, the government's work comes to an anti-climactic end Friday when Barry Bonds - the probe's highest-profile catch - is sentenced for obstruction of justice.

Barry Bonds sentencing expected Friday in federal perjury trial

Sentencing will end nearly decade-long investigation into Bonds, performance-enhancing drug use

Column: Bonds sentencing doesn't end steroid era

Barry Bonds will find out Friday whether he will go to prison for his conviction in the BALCO steroids case. The feeling in legal circles is he won't, though prosecutors still hope a federal judge will see things their way and put him behind bars for up to 15 months.

On this date in Giants history — Dec. 13

2007: The Mitchell Report, a document of 409 pages as well as a paper trial of 115,000 copies of receipts, canceled checks, telephone records and e-mail messages, is released. The much anticipated investigative missive, the work of former Senator George Mitchell and his committee, calls the steroid era in the sport “a collective failure” and names 89 former and present big league...

Manny Ramirez Comments

Manny Ramirez was officially reinstated from the retirement list by MLB on Saturday, though he must serve a 50-game suspension if signed.  Ramirez recently spoke to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, here are a few highlights. On his abrupt April retirement: "I was badly advised, I took a decision I should not have taken. I should have said something to my fans.  I was surrounded...
Giants News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.