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Plenty to do besides mourning NFL Europa

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If you're coasting easily into the summer, you're not a high school athlete.

School's out, which means basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball, all happening at the same time.

The NFL said it folded its European league so it could expand globally. Am I missing something here?

The real dollars and sense: NFL Europa was losing $30 million a year. Do the math.

Modesto's Suzy Powell on her sixth-place finish this week in the Czech Republic (195-4): "On paper, it wasn't as bad as the meet played out. I had a good throw (at least 60 meters) go out-of-bounds and I was making adjustments. It was a long trip and a difficult destination."

Next up for Powell: the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro late next month.

For local horse racing fans, Russell Baze's two wins in four rides at the San Joaquin County Fair meeting brought refreshing news. So did improved attendance at the races.

No event screams "Something is wrong here" louder than the tragedy surrounding wrestler Chris Benoit.

Fans enjoy "over the top" and "outrageous." They draw the line, however, at "catastrophic."

Modesto-raised Jeff Moorad, CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, will dedicate a baseball exhibit today at McHenry Museum. And then it's a quick return trip to AT&T Park for Diamondbacks-Giants tonight.

Whenever Greg Maddux needs a mood-fixer, he thinks "Giants" (28-14 lifetime, 4-0 since 2003).

Suns draft pick D.J. Strawberry (ex-Mater Dei) was called a "tough kid" Thursday by draft experts. Modesto Christian fans will agree after he drew a controversial and game-changing offensive foul vs. David Paris in the 2001 Division I state final.

Memories of Rod Beck: Always a pro even after tough losses and the pitcher responsible for the best double play I've ever seen (September, 1997, Dodgers, 4-2-3, bedlam at Candlestick Park).

Don Nelson said he won't decide to coach the Warriors for another season until July 15, but wait a minute. No one can coach this team except Nelson.

Life is not fair, volume 3,252: ex-Warrior Jason Richardson, the exciting and always accountable star during the team's most dismal days, shipped to Charlotte.

From another angle: The Warriors won't make further progress until they can defend the Jazz's Carlos Boozer. Enter Brandan Wright.

Greg Oden keys a major facelift in Portland. Guess we can dump that JailBlazers headline.

Nearly half their roster on the disabled list finally has caught up to the Athletics.

The Tour de France starts July 7. Gentlemen, fill your syringes.

Before Ty Murray, there was the late 16-time world champion Jim Shoulders, who did it by riding bulls and broncs.

Any long-term slump figured to be ugly for the White Sox. Manager Ozzie Guillen is not wired for slumps.

Worse than Michelle Wie's scoring par or worse in 21 straight rounds: She doesn't seem to be happy.

Adding to Wie's disappointment: Alexis Thompson, 12, beat Wie by six strokes at the U.S. Women's Open.

Want to rest, teenagers? Take a nap between passing league and Legion baseball.

Bee sports columnist Ron Agostini can be reached at www.ragostini@modbee.com">www.ragostini@modbee.com or 578-2302.

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