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Smith: Barry Bonds and a matter of black or white

  • SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 07: Barry Bonds #25 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after hitting career home run #756 against Mike Bacsik of the Washington Nationals on August 7, 2007 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. With his 756th career home run, Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron to become Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

As cyclist Jeff Crouch fills his water bottle and shoots the breeze Sunday at Santa Rosa's NorCal Bike Sport, in rolls Barry Bonds.

The ex-Giants star, now a serious two-wheeler, is resplendent alongside his new, ultra-elite Specialized bike. Soon, he's trying to choose between two S-Works Evade helmets, one black and one white.

Bonds notices Crouch and asks his opinion: which color does he like better? So Crouch reaches up and taps his own, white helmet.

He tells the African-American sports star, "Well, white is faster, you know."

Bonds chuckles and replies, "Not in the Olympics."

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<strong>RUNNING FOR KYLEE:</strong> Petaluma police officer and Marine Corps veteran Paul Gilman makes no bones about it.

"I hate running," he said. Despite that, he has done well in three 100-mile benefit runs and he's training for a fourth.

Gilman and fellow Marine vets run to raise money to help injured or suffering fellow vets, or to assist families of Marines killed in action.


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