Pete Rose turned 73 years old on Monday, still nowhere closer to being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame than he was on Aug. 24, 1989, the day he was banned from the game by then-Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

For the eighth consecutive season, the Kings will stagger across the regular-season finish line Wednesday, clutching airline tickets long ago punched for summer vacation instead of a trip to the playoffs.

Until Tiger, Phil or Rory prove otherwise, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson has become the golfer to watch on the PGA Tour.

The Arizona Diamondbacks outlasted the Giants 6-5 in 10 innings Thursday in a game that took 4 hours and 10 minutes, but how many of you stuck it out until the final out?

Dusty Baker played 19 major-league seasons. He was an All-Star, won a World Series with the Dodgers in 1981 and went on to become a three-time Manager of the Year, including with the Giants.

One of the biggest issues facing the Kings in the offseason isn’t even in their control.

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari doesn't wear a black hat and greasy, handle-bar mustache. But as for being college basketball's villain, nobody wears the reputation better.

Jerry Reynolds and Grant Napear have been broadcasting Kings games on TV together for more than 20 years, so why do some fans think it’s time for a change?

Only the NFL can captivate a former president and NBA greats in other sports. In a workout.

Be honest, how many of you picked Kentucky to reach the Final Four in your NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket? Though the Wildcats opened the season as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press’ Top 25, they lost four of seven games entering the tournament and were seeded eighth in the Midwest Regional.

If you’re not a winning team, you should add players who are used to winning, right?

When the Eagles cut wide receiver DeSean Jackson on Friday, was your first thought that he would be a good fit with the Raiders?

Raiders fans should lower their Raider Nation flags to half staff this week and toast the memory of Ralph Wilson.

Steve Masiello, who’s had a successful run as men’s basketball coach at Manhattan College that included a near-upset of Louisville last week in the NCAA Tournament, reportedly agreed Tuesday to a five-year contract worth more than $1 million per year to coach at South Florida.

Shaquille O’Neal – part-owner of the Kings, NBA studio analyst for TNT and 15-time All-Star – is being investigated by Atlanta police in connection with an alleged assault of a co-worker at Turner Studios.

A’s owner Lew Wolff wants to relocate the team to San Jose, but he realizes this may never happen with the Giants holding tight onto their South Bay territorial rights.

The Kings have finished in last place five times since their most recent playoff appearance in 2006, so it’s been rare when they can look at another team below them in the Pacific Division standings this late in the season.

The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the NBA, so why is everyone focused on the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder when talking about which team will win the NBA title?

Reggie Christiansen is here, there and everywhere.

When the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament kicks off this morning – yes, there were games Tuesday and Wednesday, but they were play-in games – 64 teams will have a chance to win it all.

You either love or hate the fact that Cal Poly or Texas Southern will be in the field of 64 when the NCAA Tournament begins first-round play Thursday and Friday.

Just for experimental reasons only, we wonder what would happen if the black jerseys worn by the Miami Heat were pulled off and switched for a Kings uniform, and the NBA’s two-time world champs were moved to Sleep Train Arena.

As soon as the NCAA announces the 68 teams today for this season’s men’s basketball tournament, fans will begin scrambling to fill out brackets for pools at the office, at the bar and/or with friends – and likely one or more of the numerous online contests, including The Bee’s (www.sacbee.com/hoops).

Point guard Isaiah Thomas is having his most impressive season, averaging more than 20 points and six assists, but does anyone think the Kings will reward him with a lucrative multiyear contract?

What are Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks thinking? The former coach who won 11 NBA titles with the Lakers and Bulls reportedly has agreed to become president of basketball operations for the Knicks, an underachieving team led by Carmelo Anthony.

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