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No questioning who's 'the boss' when baseball rolls around

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George Steinbrenner insists he's still "The Boss." Must be time for baseball season.

Another harbinger of Opening Day: The Oakland Athletics already filling up the disabled list with Mark Kotsay and Dan Johnson.

Barry Bonds hit five home runs in only 37 at-bats during spring training, while Commissioner Bud Selig cringed.

Now or never: Giants outfielder Todd Linden batted .382, numbers he must bring with him into April.

Mike Piazza will do just fine as the A's DH. Just don't expect a 39-home run, 114-RBI Frank Thomas-like season.

Check out the 2007 Modesto Nuts and the new scoreboard at Thurman Field, to be unveiled Thursday night.

Not often do you see a summit meeting of classy big men, but it happens today: Greg Oden (Ohio State) vs. Roy Hibbert (Georgetown) in the Final Four.

Remember Duke's revenge on UNLV? UCLA plans the same scheme against Florida.

Just a thought for Kentucky: Throwing money at the Gators' Billy Donovan, while he's coaching in the Final Four, borders on the offensive.

If Florida wins two in a row, since when is the Kentucky job more attractive?

To whomever it concerns: Please let Pat Tillman rest in peace.

Stanford's Jim Harbaugh says Pete Carroll will coach only one more season at USC. Is this wishful thinking or a strategy?

Carroll will give his answer Oct. 6 when the Cardinal comes to the Coliseum. Could be ugly for Stanford.

West Virginia's NIT championship shirts misspelled "West Virgin(i)a," which supplies rivals with five more years of Mountaineer jokes.

The Celtics Paul Pierce says he's a great player on a bad team. Got the second part right.

North Carolina State coach Kay Yow (breast cancer) needed help to stand up after timeouts. Without question, these were the most dramatic moments of March Madness.

Everyone is humbled sooner or later: UConn coach Geno Auriemma, helpless while LSU and its interim coach smoked the Huskies to reach the Final Four.

And when it's over: The Florida men and Tennessee women will celebrate.

The Clippers lost 17 in a row at Arco Arena until Friday night. One word for the Kings: finished.

A good reason to attend the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship this weekend: Nineteen in the field have competed in the Masters.

About Sergio Garcia spitting into the cup: He's talented, charismatic and successful, but he won't even scare Tiger Woods until he grows up.

The deeper meaning by what's taking place at the Kraft Nabisco Championship: Out goes Annika Sorenstam, No. 1 in the world since 2001, replaced by Lorena Ochoa if she wins.

Washington State has locked up coach Tony Bennett, so he'll keep his heart in Pullman.

The Raiders' Lane Kiffin appeared to be starting well until he offered a halfway defense of Randy Moss' tank job last year. Bad idea.

Longtime Giants trainer Stan Conte has bolted to the Dodgers. Why he put up with Bonds' posse so long was the major surprise.

The over-under on wins this season: 90 for the Athletics (if they ever get healthy) and 75 for the Giants.

Look at it this way: one more season of Bonds Fatigue.

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