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Agents found files ID'ing specific athletes

SAN FRANCISCO -- The federal agent who spent a late summer
afternoon tracking a Chevy Tahoe with license plate "W8 GURU"
followed it first to a nutritional supplements lab, and then to a
baseball park.

Newly released federal documents claim the driver of that
vehicle was Barry Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, one of
four men charged last week in a steroid-distribution ring that
allegedly supplied dozens of professional athletes with banned
substances.

The documents released Tuesday say a federal agent followed
Anderson on Sept. 11, 2002, as he made a quick visit to the Bay
Area Laboratory Co-Operative -- the lab allegedly at the center of
the steroid ring.

"Anderson returned to his vehicle and proceeded to drive
directly, without stopping, to Pacific Bell Park, a professional
baseball stadium," the documents say. "Anderson was followed
until he entered the players' parking lot area of the professional
baseball stadium, past a gate and guarded entrance."

The San Francisco Giants played a home game at Pac Bell Park
against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 11, 2002. Bonds went
2-for-4 with an RBI double, but the Giants lost 7-3.

According to the documents released Tuesday, Anderson told
federal agents he gave steroids to several professional baseball
players. It was unclear whether Anderson provided specific names to
the federal agents.

No players were identified in the documents released at a news
conference at the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco, and the
only time a player's name was used in the 24 pages of documents it
was blacked out.

But at least two newspapers around the country were e-mailed
versions of the documents, and that player's name mistakenly was
not blacked out. The New York Times and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
reported that Gary Sheffield was listed as having sent a package to
BALCO on Feb. 17, 2003.

Sheffield, who signed with the New York Yankees as a free agent
in December after two seasons with the Atlanta Braves, was one of
several baseball players who testified before the grand jury in the
BALCO case.

The material inadvertently sent to the newspapers does not
allege that Sheffield used steroids, and does not specify what was
in the package.

Sheffield said Wednesday he was surprised to see his name
mentioned in connection with BALCO.

"Yeah, of course, but I have no comment otherwise. There is
nothing I need to worry about," he said at the Yankees' spring
training camp in Tampa, Fla.

Sheffield's manager, Joe Torre, said Wednesday he expected to
talk with Sheffield and first baseman Jason Giambi, who also
testified before the grand jury.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said he hoped his players
weren't on steroids.

"I don't like players using steroids because of what can happen
to them later in life," Steinbrenner said. "I hope we're moving
in the right direction."

Anderson and the three other men charged last week have pleaded
innocent. No athletes have been charged.

Federal officials released two affidavits Tuesday that supported
search warrants used in raids on Anderson's home in September.

"Inside Anderson's residence, agents found steroids, syringes
and other paraphernalia associated with steroid distribution
activities," the documents say. "In addition, agents found files
identifying specific athletes. These files contained calendars,
which appear to contain references to daily doses of steroids and
growth hormones."

The indictment announced last week said federal agents found
about $63,920 in cash in a locked safe at Anderson's residence
during the first raid.

"Some of the money was broken up into separate envelopes with
the first names of known athlete clients written on them," the
documents released Tuesday say.

The new documents say Anderson initially denied distributing
steroids in discussions with federal agents but later said he
sometimes "gave" steroids to people he knew.

"Upon further questioning, Anderson admitted that he had given
steroids to several professional baseball players," the documents
say.

Anderson was not immediately available for comment. A
spokeswoman for Bonds said he wouldn't have any comment Tuesday.

The newly released documents also say BALCO founder Victor Conte
admitted giving steroids to Anderson.

"Conte acknowledged that he knew Greg Anderson and stated that
he gave Greg Anderson steroids to give to professional baseball
players," the documents say. "Conte stated that he knew it was
illegal to do this and that he 'assumed' Anderson knew it was
illegal."

Conte and his attorneys were not immediately available for
comment.