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Today's Sports

  • Let's dump these Olympic...

    With the summer Olympics in full swing, I figured I’d kick in my two cents. As many of you already know, this will be the last Olympics (at least for the foreseeable future) that include baseball and softball.

  • Big Island Legion squad is state...

    The number 13’s reputation as a harbinger of bad luck was dampened by the efforts of the Big Island Post 217 at this year’s Legion baseball state tournament.

    The Islanders put on quite the performance, earning runner-up status to South Richmond.

    “We just ran out of pitching,” said Coach Kelly Russell.

    A variety of reasons, including the start of football season, reduced the number of players on the team. When it rolled into Stuarts Draft for the start of the tournament, it was down to that dreadful 13 number.

  • SRHS Alum Sigmon on Salem fight...

    An eight-bout boxing card this Friday evening will feature some local talent, as Scott Sigmon will take to the ring in a light heavyweight bout.

    Sigmon, a graduate of Staunton River High School, will go up against Daniel Shull in a fight on the undercard of the Andrew Farmer-Cesar Vega light welterweight fight.

    This will be Sigmon’s third pro bout, having split his first two fights. Shull will be battling for the fifth time.

  • Commentary: NFL shooting self...

    Meet the new NFL. It is the old NBA.

    The National Football League seems destined to wind up as the NBA did a decade ago: unloved because of coddled bad characters. Let’s take a little peek at history. The NBA thrived during the Magic-Larry-Michael years. It had rich, national television contracts with the likes of NBC.

  • Love and golf - comentary

    I was thrilled to see Padraig Harrington win the British Open last weekend.

    The fact that Harrington is an Irishman was only partially responsible for my happiness.

    Chiefly, I was happy because Harrington was able to overtake Greg Norman, and ruin the story-within-a-story of Norman's honeymoon.

    For those of you who haven't heard about this, I offer the Cliffs Notes version of the tale, forthwith: Norman gets married and honeymoons in Scotland. While there, he plays in the British Open, nearly winning it.

  • Future Eagle booters in camp

    Last week's camp showed that soccer is becoming a more popular pursuit in the southern part of Bedford County, and that the feeder pipe into Staunton River High School is filled with promising players.

    The week-long camp placed an emphasis on fundamentals but seemed to do so in a way that made the learning fun for the 40 campers that attended the camp, which was held at the high school. The instruction was aimed at the 6-11 year old range of players.

  • HOOPS Kids keeps basketball...

    While the sounds that punctuate summertime are typically those of the "ping" of bat on a ball or the "punt" of shoe leather on a soccer ball, another sound resonated in Bedford last week: The "boing?"of a basketball on pavement.

    Players of varying ages and talent showed up at the HOOPS Kids camp, at the Edmund Street Park in Bedford City. "Idle time is the biggest problem we have for our kids," said Camp Director Jerome Battle. "The purpose of the camp is to get the kids something to do, first and foremost."

  • Moneta couple heads to World...

    ?The (Revolutionary) War was won by pitchers of horse hardware.?

    ?The Duke of Wellington, after England?s defeat

    While pitchers of horse hardware, also known as horseshoes, haven?t won anything as big as the Revolutionary War lately, Amy and Rick Hall of Moneta are certainly giving it their best effort.

  • 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?