Darting here and there ...

-- One day of boon from Tim Lincecum, and then it was back to the swoon.

-- Addie Joss is the only other pitcher to throw two no-hitters against the same team. But Christy Mathewson, who threw two for the Giants, might have had a half-dozen against these San Diego Padres. And Sandy Koufax? Too frightening to even think about.

-- We can't get over the symmetry of it, though: Christy, Addie, Sandy, Timmy.

-- With that in mind, Matt Cain may insist that we call him "Matty" any start now.

-- We're not sure what was more amazing, Lincecum throwing another no-hitter or reaching base three times with two hits and a walk. Actually, we are sure -- the latter.

-- We know the fright of something blue coming up fast behind us, so it's easy to understand Giants fans' anxiety right now. Flashing red lights and sirens not even required.

-- Adam Duvall's first career homer was like a right-handed version of the Kirk Gibson World Series shot — seemingly nothing behind the swing but it somehow went out. Giants need more of those, and pronto.

-- At least at AT&T Park, Joe Panik is starting to look like another Giants second baseman of yore — Joe Strain.

-- Meanwhile, Jean Machi's ERA soared from 0.29 to 0.84 in one inning. Could still take that to the bank, though.

-- The Giants' preplanned All-Brandon Weekend loses a little steam with Belt on rehab in San Jose and Hicks chained to the bench. Maybe they could borrow Brandon Moss from the A's?

-- We're definitely up for Yoenis Cespedes vs. Yasiel Puig at the All-Star Game — hitting, throwing, running, walk-up music, you name it. Let's get it on.

-- As if things hadn't gone horribly enough for Jim Johnson in an A's uniform, then came the Bartolo Colon single. Nowhere to go but up from that, right?

-- Rarely does something stop and grab us as we flip through the pages of the ESPN mag, but the Scott Kazmir comeback story in the latest issue is a gem. By the estimable Tim Keown, of course.

-- Ah, as soon as Bud Selig applauded the A's 10-year lease deal, we knew there'd be a hang-up.

-- If nothing else against Germany, the U.S. men's soccer team disproved the old cliché that you can't win for losing. Or maybe Ronaldo did.

-- Tim Howard played superbly in goal against the Germans. Alas, they probably needed Dwight Howard to stop that Thomas Mueller rebound shot.

-- It's tough to work up a good old American froth about Belgium other than that "iu or ui?" thing, which has irritated us for decades.

-- Besides, Belgian waffles are just too wonderful. Hope Clint Dempsey and Co. don't waffle thinking about that like we would.

-- For all the talk about Brazil's stadium issues before the World Cup, they still look a heck of a lot nicer than Candlestick or O.co on TV.

-- FIFA gave Luis Suarez quite the nasty suspension to chew on, but the folks in Liverpool have to be wondering, "First you rob us of the Beatles, and now this?"

-- Suarez's angry grandmother said FIFA "chucked him out of there like a dog." Right, granny, a Doberman pinscher.

-- Biting isn't isolated to soccer. Ice hockey, for example, has had several notorious incidents. The difference is half of those guys don't have front teeth.

-- Former NFL thug Conrad Dobler must be wondering, "What's the world coming to when you can't take a good chomp out of somebody every now and then?"

-- Sandy Barbour's athletic director legacy at Cal: A lot more good than bad. Unfortunately, when the bad manifested itself in the football program — graduation rates to match the dwindling win percentage — Barbour's clipping was inevitable.

-- Please retire from singles, Venus Williams. We prefer to remember you as the great champion who beat everybody at Wimbledon, even your sister.

-- Our Warriors draft grade: A. For absent.

-- Finally, we do commend the Warriors for not trying to force their way into the second round to take someone like Thanasis Antetokounmpo. We favor nice, short, easy-to-spell names. Kevin Love, for instance.

Contact Carl Steward at csteward@bayareanewsgroup.com. Twitter: @stewardsfolly.