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SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds may yet overturn his obstruction of justice conviction. Several members of an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals expressed skepticism Thursday over the sole count that baseballs career home run leader was found guilty of following a trial three years ago. Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher called the prosecutions definition of obstruction "alarming" because Bonds ultimately answered questions before a grand jury about whether he was given drugs to inject himself with, an assertion he denied. Fletcher compared it with lawyers who evaded questions in civil litigation with the intent to mislead, and asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Merry Jean Chan whether that would be criminal behaviour. Chan said she believed it would. "So how many San Francisco lawyers do you intend to put in jail?" Fletcher said. "That is common behaviour in civil litigation. Have you just criminalized half the bar here? ... I find your reading of the statute absolutely alarming, and half the bar, maybe three-quarters, maybe all of the bar is in big trouble." A decision is not expected until next year. During an hour-long hearing, Circuit Judge Susan P. Graber had similar skepticism for prosecutors arguments that Bonds intended to mislead the grand jury, saying she doesnt see "there is sufficient evidence" because Bonds was asked and answered similar questions about drug use later during his 2003 testimony. After a three-week trial in 2011, the jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts charging Bonds with making false statements when he denied receiving steroids and human growth hormone from trainer Greg Anderson and denied receiving injections from Anderson or his associates. Prosecutors later dismissed those three charges. Bonds was convicted for giving a rambling answer to a question about whether he received injectable substances. Bonds appellate lawyer, Dennis Riordan, argued that Bonds "unresponsive" answer did not constitute obstruction. He was immediately met with questions on his logic. "One can mislead with the truth," Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said. "One can mislead with irrelevant statements to lead a grand jury down a blind alley." Chan argued that Bonds had a "corrupt intent" to mislead the grand jury with the rambling answer. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit upheld Bonds obstruction conviction in a unanimous vote last year, but a majority of the courts 28 participating judges voted to set aside that decision and have the larger group rehear the appeal. Prosecutors asked Bonds during the grand jury appearance whether Anderson ever gave him "anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with?" Bonds referred to his father, former major leaguer Bobby Bonds, when he responded, "I was a celebrity child, not just in baseball by my own instincts. I became a celebrity child with a famous father. I just dont get into other peoples business because of my fathers situation, you see." Bonds answered "no" to similar questions later in his grand jury appearance, which Riordan argued was sufficient to cure any non-responsive answers. Some of the judges questioned whether Bonds had sufficient notice of what he was being charged with, since the third superseding indictment contained a broad obstruction charge and the specific statement was not included until the prosecution proposed jury instructions about a month ahead of the trial. The three-judge 9th Circuit panel ruled unanimously in September 2013 that Bonds testimony was "evasive" and capable of misleading investigators and hindering their probe into a performance-enhancing drug ring centred at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. "The statement served to divert the grand jurys attention away from the relevant inquiry of the investigation, which was Anderson and BALCOs distribution of steroids and PEDs," Senior Circuit Judge Mary M. Schroeder wrote. "The statement was therefore evasive." Barry Bonds has already served his sentence of 30 days of home confinement and paid a $4,000 fine. He was also placed on two years of probation and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service in youth-related activities. Cheap Luis Aparicio Jersey . -- Packers cornerback Tramon Williams has been fined $26,250 for contact with an official, per NFL guidelines. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic . It was the first game back in Columbus for Rangers star Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets franchise leader in goals, assists and games. 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"It was very emotional and very high-level. It felt like an NCAA tournament-type game. Two teams that were wanting to win really badly." Oklahoma State (7-0) again came out flat to start the second half, one day after the Cowboys saw a 23-point halftime lead dwindle to four with 3 minutes to play before beating Purdue 97-87. "Were not paying attention to details as much as we are in the first half," Ford said. With the Cowboys holding a 68-67 lead in the final minute, Smart missed three free throws, including the front end of a 1-and-1. Butlers Khyle Marshall was fouled with 8.4 seconds remaining, but missed both free throws. "Its always tough to lose," Butler coach Brandon Miller said. "When you lose, and its a one-point game or a two-point game, sometimes you can beat yourself up over one mistake here, one mistake there, especially at the end of the game. I think mistakes, or a lack of execution, or a missed shot at the end of the game sometimes gets highlighted more than what it should. "Basketball is a 40-minute game. We didnt execute very well at the beginning of the game. The first half of the game got us." LeBryan Nash made it 69-67 by hitting 1 of 2 from the line before Butlers Elijah Brown had his last second 3-point shot blocked by Michael Cobbins. Nash added 15 points for the Cowboys, who will face the winner of the other semifinal between No. 21 Memphis and LSU in Sunday nights chammpionship game.dddddddddddd "My first initial thought is Oklahoma State is a heck of a basketball team," Miller said. "Obviously, very talented. When you have one of the best players, if not the best player in the country in Marcus Smart and the way he fights and leads his team, he sets the standard for his team." Butler (5-1) got 15 points from Brown. Kellen Dunham, who set a tourney record with 32 points in Thursdays 76-69 victory over Washington State, finished with nine, while Marshall, coming off a 30-point performance Thursday, had eight. This was the first meeting between the teams since Butler beat Oklahoma State 49-26 on Feb. 12, 1934. Alex Barlow keyed Butlers initial surge by connecting on a pair of 3-pointers to get the Bulldogs within 48-41 five minutes into the second half. Phil Fotre made two long-range jumpers and Smart had a couple driving baskets as Oklahoma State responded and grabbed a 66-57 lead with 6 1/2 minutes to play. Dunham and the Bulldogs made a final run, pulling within 68-65 with three minutes remaining when the guard hit a 3 and then converted a three-point play. Smart had the ball stolen by Erik Fromm on Oklahoma States next possession and Marshall got a rebound basket at the other end to make it 68-67. "In the second half, we werent scoring quite as much. 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