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Wake up, Quakes

SAT 6/26

Hard to believe of the two-time Major League Soccer Cup winners, but the San Jose Earthquakes are still under .500 as a franchise. Indeed, the reigning MLS champs are sporting an iffy 4-3-4 record in league play so far this season under coach Dominic Kinnear. That could change. Saturday (7 p.m.) at their Spartan Stadium home in San Jose, the Quakes, keyed by team scoring leader Brian Ching and Landon Donovan, meet conference mates the Kansas City Wizards, featuring Josh Wolff and Davy Arnaud. www.mlsnet.com/MLS/sje/ index.jsp for more details. -- Kelly Vance

6/26-7/4

Bats Across the Bay

East vs. West to see who's the best

Let the debates begin. No, we're not especially anticipating this fall's upcoming presidential mudslinging and eye-gouging festivities -- we're talking about something much more meaningful: who's better in Bay Area baseball. Are Hudson, Mulder, and Zito strong enough to handle San Francisco's own personal WMD, i.e. Barry Bonds? Will hyperactive Eric Byrnes of the A's go bananas like he did last year and hit for the cycle? Or will Jerome Williams stymie Oakland twice again? All those questions will be answered over the next two weekends when both the Athletics and Giants host three-game sets against their cross-bay rival. Though you'd think six games would be enough to answer the question of who's best, we may never know. After both teams went 3-3 last season against each other, the A's and Giants all-time head-to-head regular season record stands at 19-19. If the clubs split the upcoming games, we'll be back at square one.

The A's host the Giants June 26-27; SF hosts Oakland July 2-4. MLB.com -- A.J. Hayes

SUN 6/27

City Walkabout

When most people decide to take a hike, it involves traveling to a chunk of wilderness, or at least to a regional or state park somewhere away from the whoosh of automotive traffic. But there are other, more urban options. If you're in the mood for trekking within the city limits this Sunday, the Berkeley Hiking Club has a couple of choices for you. First is a minihike around Lake Merritt and the Oakland Museum, with a trip to the museum's rooftop gardens and a lunch break at the new Splash Pad park. The hike leaves at 9:30 a.m. The second choice is a seven-to-eight-mile jaunt along the trails of Tilden Park, leaving at 8:30 a.m. Both hikes convene at Shattuck Avenue and Berkeley Way in Berkeley. BerkeleyHikingClub.pair.com -- Kelly Vance

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