Ron Agostini

Agostini: Giants, Dodgers compete to end of trading deadline

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▪ Got rolled by the tide at Kaanapali, was mesmerized by a sunset at Westwood and returned home to a heat wave. Amazingly, I survived the trading deadline.

▪ Giants to the Dodgers: I’ll see your Mat Latos and Alex Wood and raise you Mike Leake.

▪ The Dodgers completed a 13-player trade-a-paloosa. The Giants did a three-player deal. Two teams doing business their way.

▪ So begins a long and painful good-bye to Tim Lincecum.

▪ Will the Giants remember him? Put it this way: His No. 55 won’t be worn by anyone else. Ever.

▪ My first thought when I heard about AT&T’s purchase of DirecTV: Is the Pacific 12-DirecTV marriage finally going to happen? Sounds like the wheels are in motion.

▪ Donald Trump stepped off his helicopter at Turnberry while the Ricoh Women’s British Open requested, “Mind if we play through?”

▪ Beijing has landed the 2022 Winter Olympics. Now it can address a rather important need – snow.

▪ A must-read: “Wooden” by CBS Sports’ Seth Davis. It’s a thoroughly-researched opus on the life of John Wooden, and it blasts a few stereotypes. One of them: That Wooden was a kindly grandfatherly gentleman to his team and his opponents.

▪ The over-under on Ronda Rousey’s UFC championship bout tonight against Bethe Correia – 30 seconds. And Correia, after her tap-out, will be grateful her shoulder wasn’t yanked out of its socket.

▪ The Red Sox are concerned over Pablo Sandoval’s weight. Yes, the Giants have been there.

▪ Sandoval was pulled from a game this week because of dehydration, then struck out the next night on a ball that hit him. The difference between 2014 and 2015: Red Sox Nation will not give him the benefit of the doubt.

▪ At least Sandoval didn’t burn any bridges in San Franci ... oops, never mind.

▪ Nancy Lieberman, the newest member of the Sacramento Kings’ staff, can thank Becky Hammon (Spurs) for the chance.

▪ Say this much for the Kings, the NBA’s off-season pinata: vice president Vlade Divac knew the team was going nowhere and at least struck a new course.

▪ The Kings’ next goal: To keep owner Vivek Ranadive away from the basketball side of the business, lest he deploy his 4-on-5 idea.

▪ Modesto fans always have felt a kinship with ex-Nut Troy Tulowitzki, and now he’s north of the border (Toronto).

▪ Ex-Nuts outfielder Jordan Patterson, since his promotion to Double-A New Britain: .364, two home runs, six doubles, 11 RBIs.

▪ The A’s, at this time a year ago, may have been the best team in baseball. Today, they’re, well, not the best team in baseball.

▪ Billy Beane, a minority owner, knows the ground rules: The owners have money but will not invest in the team.

▪ The A’s only long-term hope: A new ballpark in Oakland. The new mayor, Libby Schaaf, appears to be onboard.

▪ Never trust anything they say for public consumption, ranked in order of degree: 1. Nick Saban. 2. Bill Belichick. 3. Tiger Woods.

▪ Woods shot 68-66 and is tied for fifth at the Quicken Loans. Can we actually believe, “I’m close”?

▪ Credit Belichick for replacing “It’s on to Cincinnati” with “It’s already been addressed.”

▪ The 49ers are trying to generate Hall of Fame momentum for John Brodie, one of the best QBs not to play in an NFL championship. Regardless: His comeback from a stroke in 2000 is remarkable.

▪ The march of time: Brodie turns 80 on Aug. 14.

▪ The one area where Patriot fans have an argument on “Deflategate:” Greg Hardy (domestic violence) and Tom Brady (messing with footballs) getting the same four-game penalty.

▪ Jose Canseco says he’ll become a woman to support Caitlyn Jenner. Not that Canseco enjoys the attention. Of course not.

▪ Typical of those stealthy Giants to play their Mike Leake card after the East Coast went to bed Thursday night.