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He leaves the stage as one of the most winning and popular performers in his sport: Uno the beagle.
Brett Favre retired, too.
Why Favre was so compelling: Win or lose, you couldn't take your eyes off him.
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Why I now worry about Favre: What will replace football in his life? No one played the game with more passion and sheer joy.
My favorite Favre memory: 399 passing yards and four touchdowns vs. the Raiders the day after his father died.
We've already learned something about new Central Catholic football coach Roger Canepa: He's not afraid to succeed a prolific winner (Mike Glines).
Classy quartet of winners this week at the Outstanding Athletes Awards Banquet: Tom Brandstater (Turlock), Ashley Walker (Grace Davis), Karlee Bispo (Downey) and German Fernandez (Riverbank).
Walker owns a consolation prize after her Cal team failed to win the Pac-10 title: Second-team All-America status by Sports Illustrated magazine.
That fourth-place finish by Joel Stallworth at the U.S.A. Indoors (46.98 in the 400 meters) will go down as one of the best-ever performances by a Cal State Stanislaus product.
While we're on the Stanislaus beat: The resurgent baseball team (15-4, 8-1), ranked 23rd in NCAA Division II going into today's home doubleheader vs. Chico State.
Meanwhile, more of the same from the Warrior golf team: Ranked fifth with a win over UCLA.
There is something wrong with Noah Lowry's arm, and the Giants are relieved. Why? Two words: Rick Ankiel.
Someone tell pro golfer Tripp Isenhour to chase birdies and eagles. Not protected hawks.
The Raiders signed offensive lineman Kwame Harris, whose 49er career can be summarized thus: "Holding, 77, offense."
John Wooden, 97, survived a fall because that's what you do when you're the author of the "Pyramid of Success."
General manager Scot McCloughan says the 49er offense will be twice as good this fall. Question: Are Steve Young and Jerry Rice coming out of retirement?
About the last-second foul that preserved UCLA's Pac-10 title over Stanford: If that's a foul, good defense is history.
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are thinking about another fight. This is not a joke.
Hoping the NCAA Tournament bubble doesn't pop: Michael Porter (Modesto Christian) and Kentucky.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell proposes unannounced inspections of locker rooms because he senses that people are cheating. Wonder how he got that idea.
The Suns' Steve Nash looks for a teammate cutting to the basket but all he sees is Shaquille O'Neal -- in the key, standing there, taking up space.
The Lakers (44-18) are the team to beat according to those with short memory spans. A humble reminder: The Spurs (43-18), the defending champions with three titles since 2003.
Never believe a traded player when he says the rematch is "just another game:" Jason Richardson, 42 points vs. the Warriors.
Marion Jones began a six-month prison sentence Friday. Sad.
After 23 draft picks and three years: It's finally your turn, Aaron Rodgers (Packers).
Favre's last pass was an interception. Uno finished by winning best of show at Westminster.
The beagle rocks.
Bee sports columnist Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2302.