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August 26, 2011 8:10 PM

The Score: From Barry Bonds to Ric Flair

Posted by Brian Baxter

While those of our readers on the East Coast hunker down to wait for the full force of Hurricane Irene, former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds waits for a federal judge to render a decision on whether he'll be retried on perjury charges.

After a hearing on Thursday, Bonds and his legal team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Berkeley-based Arguedas, Cassman & Headley are also awaiting U.S. district court judge Susan Illston's ruling on whether their client's obstruction-of-justice conviction will stand, according to sibling publication The Recorder.

A federal jury in San Francisco found Bonds guilty in April on one obstruction count, but failed to reach a verdict on three perjury charges. Prosecutors are asking Illston to let the obstruction conviction stand, Reuters reports.

One of Bonds's baseball contemporaries, retired star pitcher Roger Clemens, was accused of seeking an "unwarranted windfall" by federal prosecutors last week after his legal team requested a court order barring a retrial of their client on perjury charges, according to sibling publication The National Law Journal.

U.S. district court judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial in July after prosecutors presented evidence against Clemens that had previously been deemed inadmissible.

Around the Horn

Tiger Stadium, the former home of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers, finally surrendered to the wrecking ball two years ago. But the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, an organization headed by Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone chairman emeritus Thomas Linn, has won approval for a $3.8 million federal earmark for redevelopment of the 9.4-acre property where the former stadium once stood.

Bracing for a possible court battle with the Tampa Bay Rays, St. Petersburg, Florida, where the baseball team plays its home games, has retained Brown Rudnick in case the team attempts to file for bankruptcy as a means of voiding its lease at Tropicana Field, according to The Tampa Tribune. Others firms that St. Petersburg reached out to, including Carlton Fields and Greenberg Traurig, found themselves conflicted out of representing the city because of their work for MLB.

One week after Covington & Burling advised the Ultimate Fighting Championship on a new television deal with Fox, the mixed martial arts promotion company has retained Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider as antitrust counsel for an ongoing probe by the Federal Trade Commission into its acquisition earlier this year of competitor Strikeforce.

Davis Polk & Wardwell is representing cable giant Comcast on a minority investment in Comcast SportsNet New England by the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the regional sports network will continue to distribute and broadcast Celtics games. Davis Polk had a smaller role in July advising Comcast on the sale of the Philadelphia 76ers to a private equity group.

Gilbert Arenas is not a fan of VH1's reality series Basketball Wives. Represented by Gordon & Rees, Arenas filed suit in June against production company Shed Media and the mother of his four children, Laura Govan, to prevent her from appearing on the program. Arenas and Gordon & Rees, which filed a similar suit on behalf of fellow NBA star Chris Bosh in May, claim that the show exploits his likeness without his permission. On Wednesday, U.S. district court judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles ruled in favor of Shed Media and its lawyers from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, blocking Arenas from preventing his former fiancee from appearing on VH1.

New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress and his criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman sat down with HBO's Real Sports this month to discuss his nearly two-year prison sentence after accidentally shooting himself in a Manhattan nightclub. One tidbit that was new to us: Burress's wife, Tiffany, is an attorney at New Jersey plaintiffs' firm Dario, Yacker, Suarez & Albert.

Finally, ESPN's Grantland.com published a story this week on the downward spiral of pro wrestler Ric Flair, also known in court records as Richard Fliehr. Among Fliehr's myriad legal problems: a suit filed against him earlier this year by his former lawyers at Katten Muchin Rosenman, in which the firm accuses the 62-year-old wrestler, nicknamed The Nature Boy, of refusing to pay $88,000 in legal fees.

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