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 >>
The Petraeus scandal is pretty weird -- and getting weirder. But it's still got nothing on the scandal involving John McAfee, founder of the eponymous maker of antivirus software (now owned by Intel). McAfee is on the lam, accused of murder in Belize, where he was living as an expatriate. He denies ... 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 >>
Last month, SF Weekly published a cover story revealing that two candidates for Catholic sainthood -- including Mother Teresa, founder of the Missionaries of Charity order and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize -- had taken steps to protect convicted pedophile priest Donald McGuire after molestation al ... More >>
Cardinal William LevadaVictims of clergy sex abuse have named a top Vatican official with roots in San Francisco as part of a small group of Catholic Church officials who should be investigated for crimes against humanity in a formal complaint lodged this week with the International Criminal Cour ... More >>
A Menlo Park priest placed on leave following improper conduct with a 17-year-old parishioner has been relocated to a "private" location in San Francisco while an internal investigation of the incident moves forward, according to the Archdiocese of San Francisco.Father William Meyers, pastor of S ... 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 >>
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.
As long as the pedophile is online, Kamala Harris is there to protect youMatt Smith's column this week revealed how District Attorney Kamala Harris is essentially protecting Catholic pedophiles in her refusal to turn over the San Francisco Archdiocese files on clergy abuse. Oddly, she's also come ... More >>
District Attorney Kamala Harris is going too far in protecting Catholic pedophiles.
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 >>
When priests within the Salesian order based in San Francisco were accused of sex abuse, the leaders chose to keep quiet.
S.F. Archbishop William Levada styles himself as a leading advocate for openness among Catholic leaders on the clergy sex-abuse issue. So why doesn't he practice what he preaches?