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Pitchers and catchers reported this week. Can spring be far behind?

Barry Zito unveiled a new windup at the Giants camp. No problem, Barry, as long as that 12-to-6 curve dances like Emmitt Smith.

Queen Elizabeth may attend the Kentucky Derby. Didn't she do The Wave at Dodger Stadium during "The Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad"?

Reggie Jackson in the same movie as a robot: "I must...kill...the queen!"

Yes, Reggie wore an Angels uniform in Dodger Stadium.

Once saw the late Eddie Feigner of "The King And His Court" strike out a batter at Thurman Field while his defense took a nap.

Crew chiefs are still needed for Sunday's Daytona 500.

Michael Waltrip was docked 100 points when he was caught with jet fuel in his car. Way back when in NASCAR, jet fuel was moonshine.

The Celtics officially became the joke of the NBA when their fans chanted "MVP! MVP!" to Kobe Bryant.

I don't remember what they used to chant to Magic Johnson, but I know I can't print it.

About Tim "I hate gay people" Hardaway: Homophobes can be found everywhere.

Hardaway said "I shouldn't have said, 'I hate gay people' or anything like that," which, when you break it down, is a non-apology.

Charles Barkley will walk-race against 67-year-old NBA referee Dick Bavetta for charity. Bet Barkley's money is on Bavetta.

One thing you'll never see in Vegas this weekend: an NBA player at a Wayne Newton show.

Scottie Pippen, 41, plans a comeback. Is Bill Cartwright next?

Welcome back, 49ers, to Norv Turner's hamster wheel.

Turner's decision regarding the Chargers can be condensed to this: Does he like Alex Smith or Philip Rivers?

Sunday's NBA All-Star Game is brought to you by the Maloof brothers.

Watched Friday's Rookie Challenge which looked a lot like a pickup game at the YMCA.

Illinois' keeping the Illini nickname while dumping Chief Illiniwek is big-time lame. Keep the chief.

The NCAA has reversed timing rules that shortened football games last season. Good idea.

Enjoyed Jim Nantz's take on PGA Tour players who skip the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am because of the long rounds: "Get a real job."

Touchdown, 49ers: Harris Barton, a 12-handicapper, placed third at the AT&T pro-am.

Jim Lampley, charged with violating a temporary restraining order filed by a beauty queen, faces a $1,000 fine or being forced to watch his old boxing shows for a year.

Michael Irvin may be finished at ESPN. Reason: too much baggage, even for ESPN's standards.

Coming to the Modesto Rotary Club on March 27: 49er and Cal radio voice Joe Starkey. Think "The Play."

Another Modesto product making good: Greg Uhrik, a ticket sales rep for the Golden State Warriors.

Many Giants fans wish Armando Benitez would be a closer, as in closing his career.

Barry Bonds finally signed for $15.8 million. A 50-50 call on what's next: Hank Aaron's record or a federal indictment.

The two Chronicle reporters who investigated Barry Bonds will not do jail time. One word: justice.

Ad signs will co-mingle with the ivy at Wrigley Field, and I'm sure the end of the world is near.

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