With week to go, bids for 700 HR ball soar

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bidding for Barry Bonds' 700th home run
ball has been feverish with the top bid exceeding $700,000
Wednesday night with a week still remaining in the online auction.

The ball has been placed on an auction site at Overstock.com
through Oct. 27. Bids reached $728,424 by Wednesday night. There
had been 227 bids so far.

Steve Williams got the ball after a scramble in the left-center
field bleachers at SBC Park on Sept. 17. Timothy Murphy has sued
Williams, saying he should get the ball because he had it locked
behind his knees while at the bottom of a scrum before Williams
swiped it.

A judge refused to hold up the sale, freeing Williams to sell
it. Attorneys for Murphy said they are continuing with their suit.

Bonds became the first member of the 700-homer club in 31 years,
joining Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron. He now has 703 career home runs,
trailing only Ruth (714) and Aaron (755).