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Marion Jones has lived that old Frank Sinatra song "That's Life": "You're riding high in April, shot down in May."
Reminds me of the confident performer on "American Idol," seconds before he's verbally strafed by Simon Cowell.
Another person who knew Jones' pain: Richard Nixon.
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Jones' downfall is akin to Mia Hamm convicted of bank robbery or LaDainian Tomlinson jailed for embezzlement.
Jones' lesson as she ponders jail time: 1. Don't break the rules and 2. If you fail at No. 1, don't lie about it.
The SOS Club's 50th anniversary was last year, but the party continues with a golden-anniversary bash Feb. 2.
Modesto Christian's Reeves Nelson, the future UCLA Bruin, can get a head start on Ben Howland by upgrading his defense. Methinks he's mastered offense after going for
52 points vs. East Clovis.
Upgrade, Part 2: the new hardwood and improved lighting at Cal State Stanislaus' Warrior Arena. Well done.
Here's a gentle reminder after all the screaming and tumult about New England's 16-0: The Indianapolis Colts (13-3) are still the defending champions, and they still have Peyton Manning.
Cal's Jeff Tedford juggled his coaches this week and, more important, removed the king-sized playcard from his hands.
June Jones' switching from Hawaii to Southern "Death Penalty" Methodist seems like a below-parallel move. Worse: NCAA investigators already are booking hotels around Dallas.
Hawaii Athletic Director Herman Frazier failed to lock up Jones with a deserved contract, which is why he is the ex-athletic director.
Modesto's Ashley Walker (Davis High), one of the stars of the ninth-ranked Cal Bears, is a candidate for the Naismith Award, which honors the national player of the year. To be continued ...
The definition of a bad year: Atlanta Falcons' owner Arthur Blank is humbled by Michael Vick, humiliated by Bobby Petrino and, possibly, leveraged by USC's Pete Carroll.
Joe Gibbs stepped down for the second time as coach of the Redskins. If you're shopping, Pete, why Atlanta over the plum job in D.C.?
His answer: The Redskins' Daniel Snyder, trouble in pinstripes.
The weather in New England is expected to be decent for tonight's game. Great news for Tom Brady, not so good for Jacksonville.
If Terrell Owens isn't 100 percent, the New York Giants have a chance -- a slim chance -- against the Cowboys.
New offensive coordinator Mike Martz called the 49ers "an elite franchise." Yesterday's news, coach.
Mike Nolan is paired with Martz. The Raiders' Lane Kiffin is stuck with Rob Ryan. Odd couples, anyone?
Rick Majerus' St. Louis team made only 7 of 48 shots and scored only 20 points this week vs. George Washington. Was Majerus in uniform?
LSU's Les Miles rejects Michigan, then dumps Ohio State for the national championship. And to think the Wolverines almost had their kind of guy.
More thought fodder for athletic directors: Part-time coaches went 1-6 in bowl games.
When coaches chirp on and on about "climbing the mountain," they're actually praising the late
Sir Edmund Hillary.
Since Jones soon is prison-bound, a question: Is there a jail in Barry Bonds' future?
What everyone can learn from Jones: Make smart choices.
Bee sports columnist Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2302.