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National briefs: Closing arguments wrap up in Bonds trial

April 8, 2011

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San Francisco — The eight women and four men sat in the jury box for more than 41⁄2 hours, listening to angry arguments from federal prosecutors and Barry Bonds’ attorneys at the end of a 12-day trial that exposed the dark world of baseball’s Steroids Era.

Now, Bonds’ fate is up to them.

After listening to tawdry accusations of drug use, theft and body parts that grew (Bonds’ head) and shrank (his testicles), the 12-member panel gets to decide whether the home run king will become a convicted felon.

Bonds’ trial on charges he lied to a grand jury more than seven years ago when he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs ended Thursday with closing arguments from both sides that were filled with virulence and self-righteousness.

The jury’s first order of business when it starts deliberations today — the day the World Series flag is raised at nearby AT&T Park, home of Bonds’ San Francisco Giants — is to elect a foreman. Then it must sort through the testimony of 25 witnesses and hundreds of exhibits that include syringes, vials and dizzying computer graphs of drug tests.

MLB

Twins’ Nishioka breaks fibula

New York — The Twins’ heralded Japanese import, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, broke his left fibula after the Yankees’ Nick Swisher slid into him at second base while breaking up a double play in Minnesota’s 4-3 loss on Thursday afternoon.

Nishioka was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and he will be examined by Dr. John Steubs today in Minnesota as the Twins determine how long he will be out.

Closer Lidge targeting midseason

Philadelphia — Phillies closer Brad Lidge says he’s still hoping to return by the All-Star break.

Lidge has been sidelined since spring training due to a strained right rotator cuff. When Lidge was shut down last month, the team said he wouldn’t pick up a baseball for three to six weeks. That meant once he returned, he’d have to work his arm into throwing shape.

Lidge said Thursday that if there are no serious setbacks, he plans to rejoin Philadelphia by midseason.

High School Baseball

50-run rout in Texas prompts change

Dallas — Last month, Richardson Lake Highlands High School in Texas beat another prep baseball team by more than 50 runs.

Highlands and Dallas Samuell play again tonight.

The first game ended either 53-0 or 57-0, like the winning coach tallied it up. Either way, it was the most lopsided game in state history.

It has already led to a change in the mercy rules in the local school district. Games can now be called if there’s a 15-run margin after three innings.

College Basketball

Huggins will square off vs. K-State

Manhattan — Bob Huggins is coming back to Kansas.

Huggins’ West Virginia team will meet Kansas State in the Wichita Wildcat Classic on Dec. 8 at INTRUST Bank Arena. The Wildcats announced the details Thursday.

Huggins coached Kansas State in the 2006-07 season but resigned after one year to return to West Virginia, his alma mater.

The school said courtside tickets would cost $153.

Fresno State hires Terry as coach

Fresno, Calif. — Fresno State hired Rodney Terry as its new men’s basketball coach. Athletic director Thomas Boeh announced the move Thursday. The hire comes just weeks after Steve Cleveland stepped down to take a job in the athletic department.

Football

NFL, players disagree on mediator

Washington — A day after the judge handling the NFL lockout lawsuit urged the sides to go “back to the table,” the players and owners both expressed a willingness to do so. The hitch: Each offered to meet for talks in a setting the other finds unpalatable.

Big Ben confirms wedding

Pittsburgh — Ben Roethlisberger will marry a 26-year-old physician’s assistant whom he said he met during training camp in 2005 and has been friends with ever since, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Roethlisberger confirmed his July 23 wedding plans to Ashley Harlan, who lives in New Castle, Pa.

MSU cancer survivor joins practice

East Lansing, Mich. — Michigan State offensive lineman Arthur Ray Jr. practiced with the Spartans on Thursday, four years after being diagnosed with leg cancer.

The school said Ray was granted a waiver by the NCAA that enabled him to participate. He had been medically disqualified so as not to count against the team’s scholarship limit. Ray said he found out he was cleared to practice from coach Mark Dantonio.

NBA

Howard, Richardson suspended

New York — Magic center Dwight Howard was suspended one game by the NBA for receiving his 18th technical foul of the season, and Orlando guard Quentin Richardson received a two-game suspension for shoving Charlotte’s Gerald Henderson in the face.

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