AGOSTINI: Advice to trust no one still true

August 2, 2013 

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FILE - In this June 9, 2011 file photo, Green Bay Packers NFL football quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun speak during batting practice before a baseball game between the Brewers and the New York Mets,, in Milwaukee. Rodgers says he was "shocked" when his friend Ryan Braun admitted he violated baseball's rules against using performance-enhancing substances. (AP Photo/ Jeffrey Phelps, File)

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Reading time, two minutes:

• A two-week break later, I return to athletes still looking you square in the eye and lying to your face.

• Ryan Braun, welcome to the neighborhood inhabited by Pete Rose, Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones and Rafael Palmeiro.

• Athletes climb mountains, break records, slug home runs and about 1,000 other incredible things. Yet so many struggle with two simple words: "I'm sorry."

• And along those lines: Still waiting for Braun's apology to the sample collector he trashed.

• Braun was suspended for 65 games, from a forgettable Brewers season, and lost $3.2 million of a $150 million contract. Sounds like an extended vacation.

• Ex-Giant Melky Cabrera received a 50-game suspension last year but found work this season (with the Blue Jays) in about five minutes, and he received a World Series share. #softpenalites.

• Track and field's woes have been well-documented, but its two-year suspension for first-time doping offenders — read: Tyson Gay — is right on the mark.

• Conclusion: Baseball won't clean itself up until the the guilty parties pay dearly.

• How dearly? Try this one: 100-game suspension for the first-time offense, a lifetime ban after the second.

• Thirty-three days before Week 0, the kickoff to the 2013 high school football season.

• It feels like state champion Central Catholic and finalist Oakdale just returned from their title games in Carson.

• Modesto Junior College, anxious to atone from its 4-6 2012 season, will open at Merced Sept. 7.

• A good early sign for the Pirates: An anticipated huge turnout for preseason drills.

• Phil Mickelson is today's Arnold Palmer. Both played to the crowd, took chances and worried about the consequences later. Maybe that's why both are through-the-roof popular.

• Tiger Woods has recovered from his physical ailments. It's the problems between his ears, however, that hold him back in the majors.

• Memo to the Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes: Nothing good happens after midnight. Ditto after you take part (and win) the Home Run Derby.

• The A's won the AL West last year and are again in first place. Those who keep dismissing them as small-market overachievers aren't paying attention.

• The Warriors' Stephen Curry tied for fourth at the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe. Current athletes aren't supposed to finish that high.

• The Giants' Bruce Bochy held Buster Posey out of the lineup Wednesday against the Reds, which meant one thing: The Giants would lose.

• Andres Torres, Gregor Blanco, Kensuke Tanaka and Jeff Francouer have taken turns in left field. Translation: The Giants have no left fielder.

• The Giants visit the White House Monday, and President O'Bama is a big sports fan. Therefore, the president's first question: What have you done for me lately?

• 49er cornerback Tarell Brown fired his agent, for good reason, after he forfeited $2 million for not working out at 49er headquarters. For that chunk of change, Brown also should have been aware.

• Somewhat similar: Golfers who blame caddies for pulling the wrong club. The buck stops with the player. Always.

• For no other reason other than the resulting low-grade anxiety: Mick Jagger has turned 70.

• USC athletic director Pat Haden says coach Lane Kiffin is not on the hot-seat. So why are Kiffin's slacks smoldering?

• The Packers' Aaron Rodgers defended Braun until the end.

Trust no one, folks.

Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at ragostini@modbee.com or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter @modbeesports.

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