Barry Bonds, perhaps the greatest baseball player of all time, will not be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Not even close. Just 36.2 percent of baseball writers named him on their ballot. Bonds' misery, however, will have company. In a resounding, all-encompassing rejection of t ... More >>
In each of his six years of Hall of Fame eligibility, Mark McGwire received less than 24 percent of the vote. With McGwire's case, the baseball writers who cast the ballots indicated that players who took steroids should not have a Cooperstown bust. This year's eligible class will test that stance ... More >>
While he never raced against Jim Thorpe in the decathlon and never competed against the color barrier, American swimmer Michael Phelps can nonetheless lay claim to the title of greatest Olympian. His 22 medals won over three separate Games allow him this.Judo practitioner Nicholas Delpopolo is no Mi ... More >>
Nonito Donaire, the 29-year-old super bantamweight champion from San Leandro, became the one of the first professional boxers to agree to year-round drug testing when he enrolled in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association this week. There's a bunch of reasons why this is a good move. It's cheaper tha ... More >>
Among the Drug War's finer ironies is the treatment of marijuana by the world of sport, which has taken a deliciously schizophrenic view on the miracle/devil plant: It's a gateway drug that dooms its users to a lifetime of apathy, ignorance, and nonproduction. It's also a performance-enhancer, in th ... More >>
Matt SmithIt's hard to stop a leak.Attorneys for Lance Armstrong pivoted from demanding an apology for purported inaccuracies in a recent 60 Minutes doping exposé to lambasting the "leakers" who proved that the report was true. Last month, Armstrong hired a San Francisco law firm famed ... More >>
Is used to winning No sooner had Lance Armstrong juiced his legal team last week by adding the San Francisco firm famed for helping ballplayers battle leaks in the BALCO drugs case, than Keker & Van Nest came out swinging, making a public demand that CBS apologize for doping allegat ... More >>
It's about the EPO.CBS' 60 Minutes shook the sporting world Sunday with extraordinary doping accusations involving the seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. According to Armstrong's former teammate Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong dosed his own teammates post-race with droppers-full of st ... More >>
Laddish's put in hard training miles, only to be beat in 2008 by a doper.Earlier this month we told you about how antidoping authorities penalized Oakland journalist and amateur cyclist Andrew Tilin after he released The Doper Next Door: My Strange and Scandalous Year on Performance-Enhancing Dru ... More >>
If aging duffers want to get caught doping, they must publish books like this one.The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has announced a two-year athletic competition ban for Andrew Tilin after the 46-year-old Oakland journalist and amateur cyclist released a book titled The Doper Next Door: My Strange and ... More >>
Will this photo find its way into evidence as well? Four years ago, just one of Barry Bonds' balls sold for $752,467. Well that was then and this is now. These days, the focus is on both of Bonds' balls -- and their diminished state. Exhibits Nos. 1 and 2 at the Bonds perjury trial will be the sl ... More >>
Look what you've done!! I'm melting, melting. Jeff Novitzky, the USDA investigator famed for pursuing Barry Bonds in the BALCO steroids case, was in Lyon, France this week chasing evidence that cycling star Lance Armstrong doped in violation of multimillion dollar sponsorship agreements with the ... More >>
ICE Fucking Took ItThe federal government is not your friend. Barry Bonds knows this -- the home run king will be in federal court next year not for using steroids, but for allegedly lying to a federal grand jury about using them (this after a federal agent rooted through BALCO kingpin Victor Con ... More >>
What, Lance worry?Lance Armstrong's whirlwind publicity tour of San Francisco this week was a textbook example of a damage control strategy in which a public figure faced with scandal strenuously seeks to act as if there aren't any problems, according to PR experts quoted by the Associated Press. ... More >>
What's in the cup, Lance? The criminal investigation into the U.S. Postal Service-sponsored team of cycling champion Lance Armstrong took a vast leap forward today with reports that former teammate Tyler Hamilton has agreed to speak with federal investigators. Hamilton, an Olympic gold medal ... More >>
Back in 2008, professional cyclist Tammy Thomas was found guilty of perjury for lying to a grand jury about using steroids. Today, San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling. Although Thomas has long denied that she used steroids -- urine samples beg to differ. In 2003, T ... More >>
No, no, not that way. This way...At this point, who isn't investigating Lance Armstrong? The World Anti-Doping Agency has joined the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney's office to look into allegations that directors of Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team conducted ... More >>
Might this affect Lance's concentration?The Wall Street Journal, which for a week has been rumored to be preparing a Game of Shadows-style story detailing doping allegations against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, announced in Friday's paper that it plans to release just such ... More >>
Feds Losing Their HeadsThe quest to incarcerate home run champion Barry Lamar Bonds took a perhaps fatal twist on Friday, when a judge ruled that prosecutors cannot use key evidence in their case to prove the 45-year old slugger lied about using steroids.
Hometown papers are ardently defending Levi Leiphimer from accusations of drug use. But those accusations may not be so far-fetched.When disgraced 2006 Tour de France champion Floyd Landis last week confessed to doping and fingered other cyclists, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat was quick to jump t ... More >>
Dennis BuddLance Armstrong and two other Tour of California participants have been accused of being dope-usersSigh of relief for race sponsor Amgen: Drugs Lance Armstrong accused of using made by competing company.The Amgen Tour of California bicycle race was rocked Thursday by accusations from 2 ... More >>
Officially speaking, the Tour de France -- which finished Sunday in Paris -- was brought to you by sponsors Carrefour supermarkets, Skoda cars and Vittel bottled water. Behind the scenes however, the physiology-defying, mountaintop-finish action of the race through the Pyrenees and the Alps may h ... More >>
Since 2003, Marin writer Jonathan Littman has intimately covered the government's investigation and prosecution of Barry Bonds and other athletes ensnared in the BALCO scandal. He's shown up at nearly every court hearing and sifted through thousands of pages of court documents. And he's confident in ... More >>
Barry Bonds in his new home uniformThe sight of Barry Bonds, in uniform, performing in front of packed crowds is not a new one. These days, however, the uniform appears to be a dark suit and striped tie. And the crowds are gathered at his ongoing perjury and obstruction of justice trial.Certainly, a ... More >>
DiFi's husband and the Giants' owner should resolve to do better in the coming year
Greg Anderson has given up his freedom rather than testify about Barry Bonds. But one man has learned the deepest secrets of the trainer behind baseball's new home run king.
A close, unflattering look at San Francisco's prospective Olympic Games dance partner
If only baseball would deal with the drug problem instead of cowering in fear
Is baseball star Barry Bonds a juiced-up deceiver or just the greatest and most maligned player in baseball history? Find out where you stand!
Only this one has to do with a doctor who tried to stop athletes from using performance-enhancing drugs
If Lance Armstrong were found to have been on drugs, and his S.F. handlers knew it, sponsors could demand their money back, and perhaps change sports in the U.S. forever
Lance Armstrong, Thom Weisel, and questions about anti-doping efforts in American cycling
The first account of baseball's steroid scandal leaves too many questions unanswered
A guide to television coverage of the enhanced drama and athleticism of the 2004 Alternolympics
Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
Two macho men and the bitchy bodybuilding world that surrounds -- and, perhaps, spawned -- the BALCO steroids case
You may be an unwitting Barry Bonds apologist. Take our quiz and find out!
Memo to Ashcroft: Why aren't you pursuing Barry Bonds the way you did Martha Stewart?
State Sen. Don Perata's bill on drug testing for pro athletes isn't nearly tough enough on doped-up athletes or their enablers