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Today's Sports

  • McCumbee back on beat in Music...

    After starting the season with six top-10 runs in 10 events, Chad McCumbee and MRD Motorsports appeared to have the right momentum as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entered into a tough stretch of races during the summer months.

    But this string of races posed some challenges. The team had an unexpected 26th- place average finish that was not indicative of how the team performed during those races. A series of on-track incidents outside of the team’s control left it even more eager to head to the Music City to get back on beat.

  • Milliken wins Late Model race

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—In Late Models racing Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Ryan Hall beat points leader Sam Yarbrough in the first race. Justin Milliken was third, Barry Andrews fourth and Ed Williams fifth.

    Milliken, of Shallotte, won for the second straight week when he finished first in the second race. Hall was second, Andrews third, Gregg Hardee fourth and Rick Smith fifth.

    Yarbrough leads defending champion Smith by 44 points for the season championship.

  • The readers always write

    Readers have their opinions about my opinions.

    In response to my July 17 column, “My mighty, majestic home run*,” Joe Small elaborated on the sound of hitting a home run:

    “I hit a few of those in my (distant) youth,” he wrote. “I was also fortunate enough to hit a few legitimate home runs. There is no sound in ANY sport that resonates like the sound of a baseball being hit solidly (right on the sweet spot) by a wooden bat. Forget the ping of aluminum bats. Doesn’t come close.

  • For a change of pace, take a...

    There is probably no more enjoyable fishing trip for a veteran angler than one which involves taking a kid fishing. In this age of virtual reality and game systems that seem to tie kids to the computers and TVs with an umbilical cord, it is almost a duty for those of us who love the sport to pass it on.

    If you want to introduce a youngster to fishing, however, there are some important tips that can help make the experience enjoyable for you both and perhaps hook a kid for life.

    1. Use natural bait.

  • Spanish mackerel mania ensues

    If there is one thing that comes to life in the month of August, it is the Spanish mackerel fishing. You can travel to almost any reef or live bottom in the 45- to 60-foot depth range and catch lots of large Spanish mackerel from 2-4 pounds or more. Spanish are one of the best eating fish in the sea, and when they are schooling, they don’t mind biting a hook.

  • Courtesy and understanding help...

    The golf-course superintendent is the golfer’s best friend.

    He or she (because there are more and more female superintendents each year) works like a dog to keep the greens slick, the fairways lush and the tees level. The crew rakes and edges the bunkers, tames the rough, cultivates the flower beds and mulches under the trees. They blow the debris from the cart paths and they trim the edges of lakes and ponds.

  • Golf action

    The Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association game Aug. 4 was Chicago, as a team effort: one point for bogey, two points for par, three points for birdie and five points for all others. Add quotas for team quota.

    Piper-Bay flight: First place with 27 points over quota was the team of Bob Nicoletti, Vince Niland, Marvin Pethal and Doug Williams. Second place with 23 points was the team of Dan Alsup, Mike Matlock, Charles Richardson and Jim Wiseman. Third place with 21 points was the team of Lou Zotter, Bill Lester and Tom Ioven.

  • The First Tee of Brunswick...

    Jennifer Weiler, senior director of Network Service and New Directions of The First Tee, and Tony Powell, director of the Central Atlantic Region of The First Tee, visited the Brunswick County chapter last week. Both praised the staff and the board of directors for a truly excellent operation.

    The two directors visited The First Tee Summer Leadership Academy at St. James and then spoke with local volunteers and board members at a dinner in their honor at Cinghiale Creek, home of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

  • Brunswick finishes 1-2 in World...

    BLUFFTON, S.C.— Brunswick County won its first game but lost its next two and was eliminated Monday night from the Junior Dixie Boys Baseball World Series.

    Representing North Carolina in the national tournament for 13-year-olds, Brunswick County opened the World Series by routing Arkansas 16-4 in 90-degree heat Saturday afternoon at Oscar J. Frazier Park.

    Starter Tyler Lewis gave up two hits and one run in three innings. He struck out two and walked no one. A.J. Jones gave up three hits and three runs in the final two innings. He struck out one and walked no one.

  • McCumbee finishes strongly in...

    POCONO, Pa.—Chad McCumbee and the No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge team finished 17th Sunday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway.

    The finish is the highest of McCumbee’s Sprint Cup career.

    For the second year in a row, rain disrupted a race at Pocono. The 2007 spring race was shortened because of inclement weather.