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Our corner of the world enjoyed the San Francisco Giants' Opening Day through the eyes of Oakdale superfan Jim Broedlow, who carried the World Series banner into AT&T Park.
The definition of baseball passion: A few years ago, Broedlow attended three Opening Days in one week San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Once a Bruin always a Bruin: Among those who attended Steve Alford's introductory press conference was former Merced High star Gerald Madkins, who starred for UCLA in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The Sacramento Kings are strengthening their bid vs. Seattle, which begs the question: If it's close to a 50-50 call, why move the franchise?
That's why beads of sweat are growing on the forehead of NBA Commissioner David Stern.
Pacific basketball fans remember Jim McCargo (1969-73), a 6-5 power forward who could bang in the paint with anyone. McCargo, who later became a member of the university's Board of Regents, passed away last weekend.
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The Cal women meet Louisville in today's NCAA Women's Final Four. Interest in Cal hoops this late in the year hasn't happened since Jason Kidd's Golden Bears beat Duke 20 years ago.
Louisville reached today by applying the kind of defense against Baylor's 6-8 Brittney Griner that, on the street, translates into felony assault.
Can't be more happy for Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb, an assistant while Ashley Walker (Grace Davis) starred for the Bears (2006-09).
Gottlieb grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y., with friend Hilary Heieck, former communications boss for the Northern California Golf Association.
Heieck was the former Hilary Howard, the point guard who guided Duke to San Jose for the NCAA final in 1999.
Heieck today: Senior marketing manager for Pac-12 Enterprises.
Bet there will be an appearance by Cal uber-fan Adam Duritz, the front man for Counting Crows.
Cal star Layshia Clarendon wears a Mohawk because, she says, how could she go there after graduation?
The Giants' Pablo Sandoval loses weight with each RBI.
The Raiders traded for a quarterback (Matt Flynn) who couldn't beat out rookie Russell Wilson in Seattle or JaMarcus Russell at LSU.
Raider Nation recalls another damaged-goods quarterback who turned out OK: Jim Plunkett.
On college hoops' slimy side: Rutgers' Mike Rice, the coach for three seasons, was fired only after the ugly video went public.
In a world gone mad, Part 2: Louisville's Rick Pitino is one win away from an NCAA title bonus that amounts to 70 percent of his president's pay.
An alert for high school baseball fans: Turlock (15-1) and slugger Adam Groesbeck.
To better understand Giants closer Sergio Romo, study his tough childhood in Brawley.
Broedlow fights cancer as he awaits more history: No National League team ever has captured three world titles in four years.
More work to do, Giants.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter @modbeesports.