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Today's Sports

  • Fan favorite Kahne is all-star...

    CONCORD—Kasey Kahne won Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race after being voted in through a fan vote. Kahne failed to finish in one of the two transfer spots in a last-chance race for drivers who otherwise didn’t qualify for the big race, but he received an overwhelming vote from the fans to get a starting slot at the rear of the field.

    Kahne made the best of his chance, racing his way through the field in four 25-lap segments and taking the lead on the 84th lap, when Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 lost power.

  • In NASCAR, boos are an accurate...

    If you attend a NASCAR event to get a little peace and quiet, you’re in the wrong place.

    A particularly appropriate phrase comes to mind, but another Southern writer has already coined it. I’m not quite egomaniacal enough to compare myself to William Faulkner, but I am just brave enough to blatantly “borrow” from him, as NASCAR is the perfect contemporary definition of “The Sound and the Fury.”

  • My goodbyes to some good times

    All our revelries here are ended as my pinch-hitting days come to a close.

    It’s time to let the first string, also known as new sports editor Michael Paul, step to the plate.

    But before I abscond, let me please leave you with a few impressions.

    My neighbors will tell you I go off on a tirade every week or two about how maladjusted this country had become. So, to my immense delight, the West Brunswick student-athletes restored my faith in the younger generation.

  • When making your own '...

    You can’t beat the real thing, and right now water temperatures are stirring up all kinds of live critters in the sea for fish to eat.

    There are no sure things in fishing, but live bait is a pretty good way to go if you use a simple rig and know what your target fish is trying to eat.

  • Gulf Stream Mahi bite on fire;...

    History has shown May is the best month to catch Mahi–Mahi offshore our area in the Gulf Stream. Fortunately, it is May. And fortunately, history didn’t forget where it left off last year as the Mahi bite has started out great.

    As of last week, the Mahi, a.k.a. dolphin, started biting strong along the edge of the Gulf Stream some 50-60 miles offshore. Locations such as the 100/400, Black Jack and MacMarle’n hole areas have been producing lots of Mahi, averaging in the 10-15 pound range with some fish upward of 30 pounds.

  • Golf action

    Meadowlands Missfits

    The Missfits played Farmstead May 12. The game was take all Par 5’s back to par.

    Sally Davis was first with 56. Wilma Mowery was second with 58. Anna Hackathorn finished third with 60. Kaz Radtclife was fourth with 62. Penny Crawford took fifth with 66. Linda Jones, Sue Hobgood and Marlene Lidgard tied for sixth with 67.

    Birdies were recorded by Myriam LaConte (No. 6), Anna Hackathorn (Nos. 2 and 3) and Kaz Ratclife (Nos. 9 and 12).

    Chip-ins were recorded by Anna Hackathorn (No. 2) and Wilma Mowery (No. 13).

    Sea Trail Ladies

  • Renovation at Sandpiper Bay:...

    There’s good news all over the place these days. Eastport Golf Club has been sold and will probably reopen as a golf course instead of streets of condos and townhouses. Rumor has it part of Bay Tree may be saved from development.

  • NASCAR drivers need motherly...

    Both Mother’s Day and Memorial Day fall in the month of May, so our thoughts naturally turn toward home and loved ones and spending time with the family. Now, I don’t know about you, but my own family gatherings involve a fair amount of teasing and tattling, along with a few side trips down memory lane, invariably prefaced by the words, “Remember when ... ”

  • Busch's Darlington win...

    DARLINGTON, S.C.— Although he and “The Track Too Tough To Tame” exchanged blows, Kyle Busch and his No. 18 M&Ms Indiana Jones Toyota triumphed Saturday night, winning the Dodge Challenger 500 before a sellout crowd at historic Darlington Raceway.

    As the Victory Lane interview was broadcast over the public-address system, a chorus of boos rained down from the grandstands at Darlington Raceway.

    “These guys love it. They love the noise the fans make,” Busch said in retort. “So keep it up, everybody.”

  • There's no tough decision...

    When I was covering county government, I must have heard David Sandifer say this 50 times:

    “You can recreate, or you can incarcerate.”

    His point was young people who play recreational sports are far less likely to end up in prison.

    That’s why a few years ago the Brunswick County Commissioners approved building new sports and recreational parks in the Ocean Isle and Holden Beach areas.