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Amend Mike Nolan's nickname as "The Suit." He's "The Empty Suit."
If dumb challenges were touchdowns, Nolan's 49ers would be division leaders.
One would have to go back decades the last time the 49ers led by nine points in the fourth quarter and lost by 14.
If he fights in the hospital as hard as he fought on the golf course, he'll recover: Seve Ballesteros, the Arnold Palmer of Europe.
Wonderful in high school, snakebit in college: Basketball star Jacki Gemelos (St. Mary's) at USC and Nate Costa (Hilmar) at Oregon.
Why 42-point underdog Washington State vs. USC is worth watching: Cougar true freshman linebacker Louis Bland (Central Catholic), who returned an interception for a touchdown last week.
UC Merced unveiled its athletics logo this week. Next task: fielding some teams.
They've been billed the Oaks, Cubs, Stars, White Sox, Mets, Rockies, Redlegs and A's. Next spring, they'll be the Visalia Rawhide.
If I'm UCLA, I'm not too pleased about the football injury incurred by Modesto Christian hoops recruit Reeves Nelson.
The Dodgers' post-mortem: Perhaps we shouldn't have thrown at Shane Victorino's head.
About all those college football upsets on Thursday night: The short preparation week is a factor.
He'll inject the World Series with some fresh fun: The Phillie Phanatic.
The Giants' response to the Rays' come-from-ahead loss in Game 5: I'll see your Game 5 and raise you Game 6 of the 2002 World Series.
Midnight Madness welcomed back Mike Montgomery at Cal and Johnny Dawkins at Stanford.
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Her final Madness: Cal senior and All-American candidate Ashley Walker (Grace Davis) for a team ranked second in the nation in Athlon's preseason poll.
Both could be true: The MLB owners colluded against Barry Bonds but no one wanted him and his baggage anyway.
Brigham Young's loss opens the BCS door for Utah. By the way, it's BYU at Utah on Nov. 22.
Sorry, I'll just have another party: The face-value ticket for the Super Bowl has reached $1,000 for the first time.
Yes, Red Sox-Dodgers in the World Series would have been too much drama.
Hide your chairs and protect your necks. Bob Knight ponders another comeback.
The Cowboys will align Roy Williams on one side and Terrell Owens on the other -- a perfect setup for tight end Jason Witten and Patrick Crayton.
The Giants' loss to Cleveland means bad timing Sunday for the 49ers.
Nolan reminds me of "48 Hours" and the exchange between Nick Nolte, the cop, and Eddie Murphy, the furloughed inmate. Nolte checking out the suit worn by Murphy: "You're still a convict." Murphy: "Yeah, but I look good."
Bee sports columnist Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2302.