BONDS 'SINGLED OUT'? Barry Bonds thinks he has been unfairly targeted for whatever problems baseball has had with the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
"I truly believe I have been singled out. Definitely," he said during an interview aired Friday by MSNBC.
Seeking a new team after 15 seasons with his hometown San Francisco Giants, the 43-year-old left fielder said he wouldn't be a problem for any team that chooses to sign him.
"I don't bring baggage to a team," he said. "I've never brought any baggage to a team. I've brought my baseball bag, but I don't bring any baggage. I go on the field and I play."San Francisco chose not to make an effort to re-sign the home-run king, who with 762 homers has topped Hank Aaron's old mark of 755. The seven-time NL MVP hit .276 with 28 homers and 66 RBIs.
LEADERS' STORIES VARY: Scott Verplank and Tag Ridings are separated by one shot atop the leaderboard at Disney and by more than $2.76 million in season earnings. One is playing out the season and enjoying time with his family, the other is fighting for a job.
That could be one difference that separates a bunched leaderboard of haves and have-nots going into the weekend at the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Verplank made enough birdies on his first nine holes Friday on the Magnolia Course that he wasn't too bothered by closing with nine straight pars, giving him a second straight 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead over Ridings, Stephen Ames and Ryan Armour.Not so for Ridings, who also had a 66 at Magnolia. He has split time playing the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour this year and came into the final event of the season at No. 210 on the money list. The only way to keep his card is to win, something he has never done.
DOCTORS SENTENCED: Two doctors who doled out illegal steroids and human growth hormone prescriptions to perhaps thousands of people were sentenced Friday, one to two years in prison and the other to a year's home confinement.
Ana Maria Santi and Victor Mariani, both of New York, pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to charges they were paid by New Jersey businessman Daniel McGlone to write medically unnecessary prescriptions for customers they had never met or examined.Santi was given two years in prison. Mariani avoided jail time, with a prosecutor and judge describing him as far less culpable.
EDWARDS IN POSITION: Carl Edwards has a good starting spot for the race that can clinch his NASCAR Busch Series title.
Edwards had a fast lap of 190.745 mph Friday night in Fort Worth, Texas, to qualify third for the O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Edwards only has to finish today's race 36th or better to clinch the season title with two races still left after that.
Edwards has 19 top-10 finishes this season and has finished below 36th only once. He was third at Texas in April.