Ron Agostini

College hoops is nearing the end

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Bring on the Final Four, also known as Billy Packer's last weekend of work until November.

UCLA star Kevin Love pipelines good vibrations to his Bruins through uncle Mike Love.

A bogus case: any Final Four team or coach whining about "getting no respect."

Not bogus: the feud between UConn's Geno Auriemma and Tennessee's Pat Summitt.

ESPN's Bobby Knight graduated into official media-dom when he was wrong about Pittsburgh.

The NCAA Tournament's best performance: Stanford's Candice Wiggins, 85 points in her last two games.

The Pac-10 affirmed its quality by advancing three teams to the Sweet 16. Just like last year.

About the Stanford women, clipped by Maryland for the No. 1 seed, ripping the Terrapins to reach the Final Four: Don't Mess With Tara (VanDerveer).

Ashley Walker's excellent season at Cal ranks her with other locals who starred as collegians: Claude Terry (Stanford) and Chuck Hayes (Kentucky).

Action has begun to permanently honor the late Relays lifeforce Tom Moore at Modesto Junior College Stadium. A wonderful idea.

Makes no sense: Doug Severe coaching at any other school besides Beyer.

The NASCAR safety wall saved Michael McDowell's life Friday. It would have saved Dale Earnhardt's life.

Matching 74s and 71s and making money this weekend in Livermore: Modesto's Matt Bettencourt and Atwater's Matt Hansen on the Nationwide Tour.

Send all available runs to the Giants and Athletics. They need them.

The over-under on total wins by the Giants and A's -- 140. And dropping.

Relievers as starters, shortstops at first base and No. 7 hitters batting cleanup. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2008 Giants.

This time, spring training didn't lie: The Giants went 8-23 with MLB's lowest batting average and highest ERA.

The rumors are not true that AT&T Park has replaced the "Splash Hits" sign with an "Extra-Base Hits" sign.

The Brett Favre Watch: still retired. Next update in 10 minutes.

Major League Soccer paid dearly for that goal by David Beckham.

Canadian Tour officials have arrived for next week's Spring International at Del Rio CC. Call us Baja British Columbia.

Modesto Nuts shortstop Hector Gomez committed two errors in his first game. Maybe we shouldn't tell him Modesto launched the careers of shortstops Miguel Tejada and Troy Tulowitzki.

The Nuts' Anthony Jackson is the first Modesto native to start as a position player for the local team since Bruce Amador in 1983. Twenty-five years was too long.

Relying too much on Stephen Jackson may cost the Warriors a playoff berth.

If you listen to the alums, Cal fired Ben Braun about three years too late.

Mike Montgomery reportedly will accept the Cal job where -- unlike Golden State -- his players will listen to him.

Larry Brown says, "I'm so bored," which is the way he looks after one year on his next job.

Four No. 1 seeds at the Final Four means Cinderella took the year off.

Cutting down the net Monday night: North Carolina.

And on Tuesday night: Stanford.

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