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Bonds case reconfigured

May 14, 2008|Sam Farmer; Lance Pugmire; Barry Stavro | From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Barry Bonds was charged in a new indictment Tuesday with 15 felony counts alleging he lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs and that he hampered the federal government's doping investigation.

The career home run leader originally was indicted in November by a federal grand jury on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice.

Following a motion by Bonds' lawyers to dismiss the case, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in February ordered prosecutors to rewrite the indictment because multiple alleged lies were lumped into single charges.

On Tuesday, a grand jury handed up a superseding indictment charging Bonds with 14 counts of making false declarations to a grand jury in 2003 and one count of obstruction of justice. No new lies were alleged.

"It's exactly the same," Golden Gate University law professor Peter Keane said. "It's two ways of saying it's lying, and there's really no substantial difference between what he was charged with then and what he is charged with now."

The case against Bonds remains built on whether he lied when he told the grand jury that his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, never supplied him with steroids and human growth hormone.

PRO FOOTBALL

No more penalties in Spygate

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated that he and the league are ready to move on from Spygate.

Goodell spent more than three hours at the league's New York headquarters interviewing former Patriots employee Matt Walsh, who provided eight videotapes showing secret footage of opposing coaches using hand signals to communicate with their players on the field. The commissioner said the clips didn't show any previously undisclosed rules violations.

"There was no bugging of locker rooms," Goodell said. "There was no manipulation of communications systems. There was no crowd noise violations anywhere that he was aware of. No miking of players to pick up opposing signals or audibles."

-- Sam Farmer

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Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu, formerly of USC, was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of drunk driving.

Police in Kirkland, Wash., the suburban home of the Seahawks' headquarters and practice facility, reported Tatupu registered blood-alcohol levels of .155 and .158 in breath test readings -- nearly twice the legal limit in Washington.

Those tests came almost 90 minutes after the 25-year-old cornerstone of Seattle's defense was handcuffed and driven to the police station.

MISCELLANY

Cotto to fight Margarito on July 26

World Boxing Assn. welterweight champion Miguel Cotto will fight in Las Vegas for the first time in nearly four years with a title unification bout against International Boxing Federation champion Antonio Margarito at MGM Grand on July 26, promoter Bob Arum said.

The unbeaten Cotto (32-0, 26 knockouts) has fought 10 consecutive bouts in his native Puerto or on the East Coast, including his five-round dismantling of Alfonso Gomez in April.

Margarito (36-5, 26 KOs), from Tijuana, won his belt by sixth-round KO over Kermit Cintron on the undercard of Cotto's victory in Atlantic City, N.J.

-- Lance Pugmire

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David Beckham had an assist, but the Galaxy lost to the Vancouver Whitecaps, 4-1, in a friendly at Edmonton, Canada.

The Galaxy was without Landon Donovan, who had a strained calf and did not make the trip. This was the teams' second exhibition match in six months. They played to a scoreless draw in November at Vancouver.

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The Clippers' Al Thornton was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team, the league announced. Thornton, a 6-foot-8 forward from Florida State, was the 14th pick in the NBA draft last summer and averaged 12.7 points and 4.5 rebounds a game.

-- Barry Stavro

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Two part owners of Curlin, last year's Preakness winner, went on trial in Covington, Ky., on charges they defrauded clients out of millions in a case being watched closely by the thoroughbred industry because the men could lose their share of the horse.

Shirley Cunningham Jr., 52, and William Gallion, 56, are accused of keeping money that prosecutors say should have gone to plaintiffs in a $200-million settlement from the maker of the diet drug fen-phen.

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Nikolay Davydenko cruised into the third round of the Hamburg Masters by defeating Ivan Ljubicic, 6-4, 6-1, at Hamburg, Germany.

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