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The new title is the "California Invitational Relays," presented by Coca Cola. I like the throwback idea, especially if it calls attention to Tyson Gay in the 100 meters.
Pitcher Brodie Downs (ex-Modesto Junior College), 28, was shipped down to the Seattle Mariners' minors, but his story remains too good to be true: Mexican-American League a year ago, on the Mariners' 40-man roster to begin spring training.
- Add another title to the résumé of Cal State Stanislaus product Joel Stallworth: World indoors gold medalist (4-by-400 relay).
Former MJC coach Dave Ashleigh, an OAA Hall of Fame inductee earlier this month, has moved to Catalina Island and is surrounded by water. For him, perfect.
It's been renamed "Candlestick Park," which is what real fans always called it.
Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn combined for America's first sweep of the overall World Cup titles in 25 years. Bet Miller throws the better party.
Happy 60th, Billy Crystal. Here's your pink slip from the Yankees.
Happy 36th, Trent Dilfer. Here's your pink slip from the 49ers.
Dilfer's epitaph: I won a Super Bowl. Crystal's epitaph: I went 0 for 1.
Please don't tell me the Yankees and Rays (sans the Devil) duked it out in mid-March.
The next basket by D.J. Seeley (Modesto Christian) will be scored as a California Golden Bear -- with or without Ben Braun.
The decision by Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour: Keep a man who's won more than he's lost and run a clean program, or raise the bar.
If Cal axes Braun, it should have a better coach in mind. Or don't fire him.
A note to the NCAA Tournament women's selection committee: Stanford will be kept at Maples Pavilion for the Regional, of course, but so should Pac-10 runner-up Cal.
About Noah Lowry's "exertional compartment syndrome:" What happened to the term "sore arm?"
Connected facts: The Yao-less Rockets won their 21st in a row, with help from the ultimate winner Chuck Hayes (Modesto Christian).
By the way, Hayes' teams won 26 consecutive games at Kentucky in 2002-03, and 25 in a row at MC in 1997-98.
Congratulations to Oakdale's Daniel Green, who edged Trevor Brazile to win his second Wrangler Timed Event Championship, rodeo's iron-man event.
Modesto bull rider Ted Bert, fifth in the world last year, says he's not worried about his slow start. "I didn't get hot last year until June. I'll get going," he promised.
That new Indy driver comes equipped with the perfect name: Will Power.
And the dominoes keep falling post-Franklin: Joe Martin, Stockton Unified athletic director, fired.
Take your pick on who had the worse week: Elliot Spitzer or John Daly.
I choose Daly. He dissed Arnold Palmer.
It was said David Carr (ex-Fresno State) was finished. Today, he's a member of the New York Giants and holder of one of life's best jobs: backup quarterback in the NFL.
The panic in the Seattle streets has ended: Ichiro ended his 0-for-21 slump.
Isaac Bruce will not wear Jerry Rice's No. 80, but: Why haven't the 49ers retired No. 80?
Remember this: It's still the Relays, to be staged May 10 for the 67th time, at Modesto Junior College Stadium.
It's even outlasted Tom Moore, the man who loved it more than life.Bee sports columnist Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2302.