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SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – US baseball’s all-time home run king Barry Bonds lost his appeal against a convicton for obstructing the course of justice on Friday.

A federal appeals court upheld the conviction which centred on Bonds’ testimony to a grand jury investigating the BALCO steroid scandal.

Bonds, a former slugger for the San Francisco Giants, owns the Major League Baseball record for most homers in a season with 73 in 2001 and the career mark with 762.

In 2011, he was charged with lying under oath and other violations when denying he had used performance-enhancing drugs before a grand jury hearing about the BALCO scandal in 2003.