One More Tri 

Are you tough enough? Thought so

SUN 8/24

When priorities shift and habits change, that once beloved microbrew becomes a fruit smoothie, the smokes are replaced by Balance bars, and the long wild nights are shut down early to make way for bushy-tailed mornings. Whether you are new to this transformation or a longtime athlete, you can't deny the appeal of tackling a formidable triathlon -- the ultimate physical challenge. The run, the ride and, let's not forget, the swim in the unforgiving, cold, choppy waters of the bay (salt spray, anyone?) clearly announce: I'm alive, damn it! It's a twisted but very real way of testifying to a life well lived -- pulls, bruises, scrapes, and all. At the second annual TriOne race, launching from Harbor Bay Business Park in Alameda this Sunday, three competition levels are available to just about anyone who can get there by 7 a.m. All proceeds go to the Bay Area ALS Association to help find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease. To register or for more info, contact -- Justine Nicole

SUN 8/24

Goose on the Loose

Goose on the Loose

Summer international soccer play is just about finished, so the San Jose Earthquakes should be at full team strength this weekend to resume their quest for first place in the MLS Western Conference. The team's stars are forward Landon Donovan and midfielder Richard Mulrooney, but lurking in the backfield, ready to pounce on intruding attackers and also to take corner kicks, is veteran defender Jeff Agoos (above). The 35-year-old Swiss-born US national team stalwart injured his calf in World Cup 2002, but is now fit and no doubt eager to face his former team, DC United, when it visits Spartan Stadium this Sunday (3 p.m.). Keep your eye on the wily, much-capped Agoos, who always magically appears where the ball is. Tickets, from $12 to $45, are available from -- Kelly Vance

SUN 8/24

Red and Gold?

Black and Blue

There is no truth to the rumor that the San Francisco 49ers will take the field in ambulances on Sunday to face the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park at 6 p.m. On crutches, maybe. Despite the questionable status of running back Garrison Hearst, wide receiver Terrell Owens, and center Jeremy Newberry, coach Dennis Erickson's 49ers continue their pre-season tune-up against the pesky Saints. Although they finished about five miles behind the Tampa Bay Bucs last season, the Saints have always held nasty surprises for the Niners -- and pre-season should be no different. -- Kelly Vance


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