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Today's Sports

  • Thaxton woman raises champion...

    There’s a Bedford-born soon-to-be millionaire who doesn’t give a hoot about money, other than the cost of oats.

    Tidewaterdragonfly, a four-year-old pacing mare, recently won the $400,000 Roses Are Red Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario, Canada. The win pushed “Fly’s” lifetime earnings close to $900,000 with nine wins. The winning horse, or more accurately its owners, collects half of the booty at a stakes race.

  • Commentary--There's...

    I feel sorry for myself. I feel sorrier for Aaron Rodgers.

    Last Friday, I wrote this week's column on how the media was being cruel to the fans of Green Bay and to Brett Favre by continuing to run with rumors. This weekend, Favre basically verified every single rumor about him, causing me to go to re-write. I hate that.

    But not as much as Rodgers must hate the specter of Favre hanging around.

    Favre ended speculation when he reportedly told his management team, "Give me my helmet, or give me my release." What is he, Patrick Henry?

  • Less than stellar - commentary

    With baseball?s All-Star game upon us, please allow me to rant a bit on how the selection of starting players takes place.

    In essence, my case is that you, the fan, should lose your right to vote.

    Look at the situation in the American League. Boston Red Sox players were in the top four in popularity at every single position. Some of this is justified. I?d certainly vote for Big Pappy and Jason Varitek.

    But, Julio Lugo?

  • DC United's Carroll hits...

    Jedd Zaring has one major goal, among others, for his annual Blue Ridge Soccer Academy summer camp. ?I like to bring in guys who can demonstrate what a good player looks like,? said the head coach of the Jefferson Forest boys? program.

    This year, the coach?s wish came through in spades with the appearance of Jeff Carroll at the camp, held last week at Sweet Briar College.

    Carroll is a member of the Major Soccer League?s DC United, one of the premier teams at the nation?s highest level of soccer.

  • A diamond is forever

    I don?t mind growing old.

    I?m just not used to it.

    ?Victor Borge, pianist (1909-2000)

    The ballplayers on the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department?s 50-plus year-old softball team are doing what they can to avoid getting used to entering their autumn years.

    The team, which consists of 25 players, can be found smacking the ball, diving for line drives and snagging long fly balls during their games on Tuesday evenings at the county fields.

  • Summer's bummers: beach...

    While Mike and I were sitting on our balcony at Virginia Beach last week, watching the breakers and some really poorly-played volleyball, it occurred to me that time spent at the ocean brings a bumper crop o’ bummers. Since Mike was all sad about the less-than-impressive response to my plea for guest writers, once again, I am rescuing him (and me) from the resultant bad mood. Please, PLEASE help me!

  • Wanted: rec league umpires

    Wondering how you might be able to stay connected to a sport you love beyond lying on the couch while watching Baseball Night on ESPN? Feel you’re not quite ready to go all-in for beer-league softball?

    Perhaps umpiring is the ticket.

    “I would like to have more umpires,” stated Harry “H Tee” Thompson, who is in charge of athletic programming for Bedford City Parks and Recreation. “You cannot have too many of them.”

  • Commentary: Food fight

    Let’s suppose you’re a farmer, if you already aren’t.

    Let’s further suppose that you are having difficulty getting water for your farm. Because the creek that ran past your land was diverted or the water table dropped, you are not able to get that precious H2O anymore. Trucking it in is cost prohibitive.

    You are reduced to watching helplessly as your crops wither in the fields. Even your livestock are threatened.

  • Commentary: I'm not...

    Are you having as hard a time getting excited about the upcoming summer Olympics as I am? What’s worse, I doubt that when the games kick off on August 8, I will have shed my cloak of disinterest.

    If you’re in the same boat as I am, I’d like to share with you the three reasons for my Olympic-sized doldrums.

    First, there is no villain here to root against. Many of you recall the good old days of cheering against the Russians or, as they were known back then, the Soviets.

  • River alum LaBrie taken by...

    While many new college graduates are finding themselves starting out in a cubicle, a laboratory or a hospital, one local college grad will start out his new career in a place where many of us dream: third base.

    Ronnie LaBrie, a recent graduate of Lynchburg College, hopes to make his mark in the ranks of professional baseball following his being selected by the Washington Nationals in this spring's draft.