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The Ringmaster Rolls On

He has been sent to prison and blamed for sports' biggest scandal, so why is Victor Conte still smiling?

Updated: January 17, 2008, 5:08 PM ET
By Patrick Hruby | ESPN.com

ictor Conte strolls across the lobby, hand extended, eyes squinting from below a hairline deep into its winter of discontent and above a mustache borrowed from Howard Hughes. He wears a sleek sport coat and a Cheshire grin that only Harold Hill's mother could love. He comes bearing gifts -- a bright yellow bag stuffed with bright blue shirts emblazoned with the bright white suspension bridge logo of the now-defunct Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. BALCO, for short. An acronym as infamous as KGB, ...

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