Leading Off

Bonds asks judge to throw out his case

Barry Bonds asked a federal judge to dismiss perjury charges against him Wednesday, arguing the indictment is "scattershot" and noted for its "striking inartfulness." Bonds was charged in November with lying to a grand jury about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. In the motion filed in San Francisco federal court, Bonds argues the questions asked by prosecutors during a December 2003 grand jury appearance were vague, ambiguous and confusing. Bonds was asked several times whether trainer Greg Anderson supplied him with steroids and other drugs beginning in 2000. Bonds answered "no" or "not at all," but his lawyers argued the questions were not clear.

Tulowitzki inks deal

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and the National League-champion Colorado Rockies finalized a $31-million, six-year contract that includes a club option for 2014. Tulowitzki, who began his pro career in Modesto in 2005, batted .291 with 24 home runs and 99 RBIs last season. He led all qualifying shortstops in fielding percentage by committing only 11 errors in 834 chances. He was second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, two points behind Milwaukee's Ryan Braun.

ESPN suspends anchor over roast

Dana Jacobson, co-host of the "ESPN First Take" morning show, was disciplined by the network after an expletive-

laden speech during a charity dinner Jan. 11 in Atlantic City to celebrate the eighth anniversary of "Mike & Mike in the Morning" with co-hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg. Jacobson's speech included obscenities aimed at Notre Dame, with football coach Charlie Weis in attendance. The Chicago Tribune reported she was suspended for one week. Jacobson worked at KXTV Channel 10 in Sacramento from 1998-2002.

Yankees spent most

While their streak of AL East titles ended at nine, the New York Yankees wound up with a record payroll of $218.3 million. The World Series champion Boston Red Sox were second ($155.4 million). For a complete list, see Page C-5.

Cougar MISL's best

Midfielder Craig Scheer of the Major Indoor Soccer League's Stockton-based California Cougars was named MISL Offensive Player of the Week after producing 11 points, including an assist, two two-point goals and two three-point goals.