Leading Off

All eyes on Bonds

Former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds could be playing across the bay with the Oakland A's next season. Or, he could be sitting at home when baseball returns in April. What his future holds is still in the air. One thing is certain: Fans of his former team believe Bonds should be punished heavily if it's discovered he lied about using performance enhancers. Page C-6

Central Catholic's Galas heading north

Central Catholic offensive lineman Dominic Galas has verbally committed to play football next season at Oregon State, Raiders coach Mike Glines told The Bee. Galas, a two-year starter who helps pave the way for running back Louis Bland, will play center for the Beavers. Galas, who also received offers from Colorado, Boise State, Nevada and UNLV, impressed recruiters this past summer at the Stanford football camp.

Goynes among best freshmen in WCC

Santa Clara defender Maxine Goynes, a former soccer standout at Johansen High, has been named to the West Coast Conference's 11-player all-freshman team.

Cup leader Johnson wins pole for finale

Reigning Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who holds an 86-point lead over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon heading into the season-ending Ford 400, got off to a great start Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning his fourth pole of the season and the 13th of his career. Johnson qualified at 176.788 mph on the 1.5-mile oval.

Chavez undergoes yet another surgery

Oakland A's third baseman Eric Chavez had his third operation in two months, a procedure Friday to remove damaged tissue from his left shoulder. He is expected to begin physical therapy in about a week. The six-time Gold Glove winner had right shoulder surgery Sept. 5 for a torn labrum and to repair a damaged biceps tendon and remove a loose body from the joint. Chavez had surgery on his back Oct. 9. Chavez, who hit .240 with 15 home runs in an injury-shortened 2007 season, has struggled with back and arm problems for two years. The A's are hopeful he will be healthy come February for the start of spring training.