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Today's Sports

  • Toyota gets first cup win

    HAMPTON, Ga.—Kyle Busch drove a Toyota to victory in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 500 to give the Japanese auto maker its first Cup win after only 40 starts.

    Busch, who also won Friday’s night’s Craftsman Truck Series race, led 172 of the 325-lap race and finished nearly three-seconds ahead of his teammate, Tony Stewart, who also drove a Toyota.

  • Filling the big shoes

    As I write this column, former Beacon sports editor Doug Rutter is probably resting at home, waiting to begin his new job.

    Doug and Beacon publisher Scott Harrell hired me last March to help out with sports—to take some of the mundane tasks away from him so he could continue to produce what I always considered a well-rounded community sports section.

    I was told I had been chosen from the applicants while I was driving down I-95 to Florida to tend to personal family matters.

  • Redfish and trout provide good...

    Usually, anglers get the too-quick start on the fishing season, running around in early March trying to find fish that aren’t quite yet motivated to feed much in the cold. This year, however, the fish are responding nicely, with eager anglers being greeted with some eager fish. Redfish and speckled trout continue to hit in the shallows, great news for fishermen working out in water that hasn’t yet hit 60 degrees.

  • Nick Bradley School of Golf...

    A year ago, world famous golf coach and author Nick Bradley took on a daunting task: Take a bunch of kids who are just starting to play golf, coach them for a year and see what happens.

    Bradley is Justin Rose’s personal coach. Last year, Justin went from 126th on the PGA money list to sixth. Nick also wrote the best-selling book, “The Seven Laws of the Golf Swing.” He operates the Nick Bradley School of Golf at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Needless to say, lessons with Bradley do not come cheap.

  • Harper brings home championship...

    Harper brings home championship honors from Brierwood

    Dave Harper had a 36-hole total of 128 to claim the overall championship and Flight 2 honors in the Brierwood men’s Senior and Super Senior stroke play tournament March 6 and 8.

    Marty Waldron in Flight 1 with a 139 and Jim Bryant in Flight 2 with a 140 were the Senior Flight winners.

    Taking Flight 1 in the Super Senior was Reggie Fitz-Gerald at 138.

    Finishing behind Waldron in Senior Flight 1 were Jim Davis at 146, Wayne McGlothlin at 148 and John Beavers at 157.

  • BCC Dolphins come up short

    SHALLOTTE—There are two ways to look at Brunswick Community College’s baseball doubleheader last Thursday against the visiting Louisburg Hurricanes.

    A glass-half-full person might marvel at the fact a first-year club went toe-to-toe with a program that has won 25 conference titles and made 10 trips in the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.

    A glass-half-empty person might look at the two narrow defeats and think what might have been. BCC had chances to win both games but came up short, 3-1 and 5-3.

  • Bowling

    Decker one pin short of perfect game

    Terry Decker fell just a pin short of a perfect game as he rolled a 289 game as part of a 789 series in the McDonald’s Amusement Classic League at the Brunswick County Bowling Center March 3.

    It was one of two 700 series rolled in the league. Decker’s other games were 233 and 267.

    Mike Albert had the other 700 series, rolling a 711 on games of 234, 212 and 265.

    McDONALD’s AMUSEMENT

  • March Sadness: Dolphins denied...

    WILMINGTON—The pained expression on coach Walter Shaw’s face and the red eyes of his players told the story of the Carolinas Junior College Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game.

    The Brunswick Community College Dolphins led by 16 points in the first half and 10 in the second but couldn’t hold off scrappy Aiken (S.C.) Technical College in Sunday’s finale.

  • Edwards gets second win in a row

    LAS VEGAS—Carl Edwards got to victory lane for the second week in a row. He followed up last week’s win at California by finishing ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday’s UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    The win was the ninth of his career, and it moved him into the Sprint Cup points lead for the first time in his career.

    “This was a very special win,” Edwards said. “I was just trying to hold off Dale there at the end. This is an amazing couple of weeks.”

  • Vegas is the ultimate '...

    Some events on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series schedule are referred to as “destination races.”

    When fans visit venues such as Martinsville, Darlington or Talladega, the races and the events surrounding them can literally be the only game in town.

    Other areas offer a “Bright Lights, Big City” aspect, with many entertainment options often encouraging fans to transform their race weekend into a weeklong vacation.

    Infineon Raceway, for example, offers the opportunity to visit California’s scenic wine country during the month of June.