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Today is the 134th Kentucky Derby, the first without the late Dan Fogelberg and his "Run For the Roses."
A dead heat for two of his best lyrics: "It's training and it's breeding and it's something unknown," and, "It's the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance."
Eerie: A colt, whose trainer also worked with Barbaro, broke down at Churchill Downs on Friday.
Thirty years ago: Affirmed vs. Alydar in one of the best-ever Triple Crown campaigns.
For younger fans, Alydar is the Phoenix Suns to Affirmed's Spurs.
For Kings fans eight years ago, Affirmed is the Lakers.
When the Suns' Steve Kerr traded for Shaquille O'Neal, he said, "It it works, I'm a genius. If it doesn't, I'm a moron." Thus, Kerr is the first moron in NBA history to own five championship rings.
The bridge between the Lakers and the Spurs is ... quit reading, Kings ... Robert Horry.
St. Mary's College has inducted two familiar faces to its Hall of Fame: Tuolumne County resident (and ex-Gael football coach) Dick Mannini and former California League Manager of the Year Von Hayes (Modesto Athletics, 2004).
The world knows Ashley Force as the first woman to win a Funny Car race. We know her as the teammate of the late Eric Medlen of Oakdale.
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Fresno State defensive lineman Jason Shirley and all his baggage. He's a perfect fit.
The Diamondbacks (20-9) again are putting a smile on the face of CEO Jeffrey Moorad (Downey High, Modesto Junior College).
Amazing: Yankees catcher Jorge Posada went on the disabled list for the first time in 12 seasons.
Count Rockies shortstop and ex-Modesto Nut Troy Tulowitzki (.157 and injured) as the latest victim of the sophomore jinx.
If anyone can reinvent himself one more time, it's the Braves' John Smoltz, 40 (shoulder).
Former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson was hired as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks. He's happy. Cell phones no longer are no-no's.
LSU began the defense of its national title by sacking troubled quarterback Ryan Perriloux. No matter. The Cowboys and the Raiders already have inquired.
Typical Oakland Athletics: hard to identify them, even harder to beat them (18-13).
More exposure for Pat Hill's Bulldogs: Fresno State's game at UCLA Sept. 27 will be televised by ABC.
Jose Canseco has written "Juiced" and "Vindicated." Next up: "Homeless."
File under treasure-your-good-health: Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler (diabetes) and ex-Tennessee star Chris Lofton (cancer).
Kings fans watching the NBA playoffs wave goodbye to former hero Darius Songaila (Wizards) and Bobby Jackson (Rockets) but stay tuned with Hedo Turgoglu (Magic) and Peja Stojakovic (Hornets).
From Joe Namath to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart: No one minds if you win a few NFL games, then party with coeds.
Los Angeles seeks to be the host of the NFL Draft. It might try landing a team first.
The odds are with Big Brown until: Only three favorites have won the Kentucky Derby since 1980.
Weather prediction at the Derby: mud, with scattered mint juleps by post time.
Bee sports columnist Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2302.