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▪ The CIF State Track and Field Championships formally ended the high school athletic year. Heard more than once at Clovis: “The fastest time in the nation this year!”
▪ Downey grad Aaron Zwahlen kicked a field goal to win the Lions All-Star Game two years ago. That was his last football game before he soon joins the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
▪ Pacific named Cal State Stanislaus’ John Cook as its new golf coach. The last time the Tigers went coach-searching at Stanislaus, they walked away happy: Bob Thomason.
▪ Modesto Nuts third baseman Ryan McMahon is on schedule – until he checks out the Rockies’ third baseman (Nolan Arenado).
▪ Michigan and Florida talked a lot about the changing of the guard at the NCAA Women’s World Series. One caveat: Their rosters still featured 10 California products.
▪ 49ers safety Eric Reid has pondered retirement. Must be a new clause in all 49ers contracts: “I must retire or at least consider it.”
▪ The 49ers’ chances have been all but dismissed. Then again, the Miami Marlins (25-36) were supposed to be unbeatable.
▪ And the Warriors were supposed to own the Cavaliers after Kyrie Irving’s injury.
▪ Why are the 49ers suddenly a pack-runner? There are only seven remaining starters from their Super Bowl team two years ago.
▪ Meanwhile, Jim Harbaugh goes shirtless at Michigan while social media hyperventilates.
▪ A must-watch, if you missed it, was NBC’s Larry Collmus and his classic call of the Belmont: “And here it is! The 37-year wait is over! American Pharoah is finally the one!”
▪ It doesn’t matter that American Pharoah would have finished 2.6 seconds behind Secretariat. We’ve waited long enough.
▪ Modesto Junior College’s Daniel Roberts swept the hammer throw, shot put and discus at the State Meet. Better still: The Pirate from South Dakota will return for his sophomore year.
▪ After Tiger Woods’ 85 last week, a thought: Could he be golf’s Humpty Dumpty, who can’t be put back together again?
▪ Woods is ranked 181st in the world. Let that sink in for a moment.
▪ The Raiders have hope. It starts with a legit quarterback in Derek Carr.
▪ The Warriors have enjoyed one of the most low-stress seasons by any great team, which may enhance the anxiety they’re feeling this week.
▪ The Giants’ no-hitter-per-season pace trumps their world-title-every-other-season pace.
▪ Chris Heston knows the drill: Throw a no-hitter, hug Buster.
▪ Amazing: Five Giants no-hitters since they drafted Madison Bumgarner, and he has none of them.
▪ Encouraging news: Matt Cain reaching 94 mph.
▪ The recent Modesto Memorial Classic featured a husband-and-wife tandem formerly of Cal State Stanislaus: men’s champion Dawson Vorderbruegge and women’s champion (and sixth overall) Marina Vorderbruegge.
▪ Nothing more than a friendly, but: Team USA 2, Germany 1. At Cologne.
▪ That result no doubt swelled the ego of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who must have thought: “Countrymen! Remember me?”
▪ Fresno State has recovered from a death in the family in March. Introducing Victor E. Bulldog III.
▪ Just because: Former Fresno State quarterback (and Cal coach) Jeff Tedford, the head coach of the BC Lions.
▪ Drafted in the 20th round this week by the Chicago White Sox: MJC catcher Jacob Cooper (.286, 20 RBIs for the Pirates).
▪ Former GM Pete D’Alessandro has left the Kings, and their revolving door is getting a workout.
▪ Vlade Divac will make the basketball decisions for the Kings. May he be as good in the front office as he was on the court.
▪ The preps take a rest – until Week Zero on Aug. 28.