- - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

BASEBALL

Prosecution rests case in Bonds perjury trial

SAN FRANCISCO | Prosecutors rested their case against Barry Bonds on Tuesday as the judge turned down their late bid to get a newly discovered audiotape of two key witnesses heard by the jury.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston refused to let the panel listen to a tape recording of a conversation between Bonds‘ orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Ting, and his former business partner, Steve Hoskins.

Prosecutors had hoped to use the recording to win back some of the momentum they lost last week when Ting directly contradicted Hoskins, who was a star witness and claimed the pair had repeatedly discussed the home run king and steroids. Illston, however, said much of the tape was inaudible, and what could be heard was irrelevant and inadmissible.

SOCCER

D.C. United’s Najar to play for Honduras

Reigning MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar of D.C. United will represent Honduras - instead of the United States - in international play.

The 18-year-old midfielder announced his decision during a news conference Tuesday at RFK Stadium, where United’s home games are.

Najar is from Honduras. He went to high school in Virginia, has a green card and eventually will be eligible for U.S. citizenship.

BASKETBALL

Hornets sign Ewing Jr. for remainder of season

NEW ORLEANS | The New Orleans Hornets said Tuesday that forward Patrick Ewing Jr. has been signed for the remainder of the season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Ewing signed a 10-day contract with the Hornets on March 26 after David West suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Ewing is a former Georgetown standout and the 26-year-old son of Hall of Fame center and current Orlando assistant coach Patrick Ewing. He spent much of this season in the NBA Development League with Reno and Sioux Falls.

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