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Spring, summer are peak seasons for sports injuries

For many people spring and summer mean one thing—time to get off of the couch and enjoy the sunshine. Many of us like to spend that time actively, whether hitting the beach for a game of volleyball, lacing up the running shoes  for a jog, or cleats for a game of softball.  We love to humble ourselves on one of our many golf courses, or challenge a friend in a tennis match for bragging rights. ... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Doing the right thing pays in racing circles

Every Tuesday, my email gets clogged up with NASCAR press releases. Tuesday is the day that the team publicists send out things like driver stats for the upcoming race, a brief recap of the previous weekends race, and maybe a quote or two. No offense to the hard-working team folks, but these releases are normally the sort of the thing you glance over for half a second – just in case — and... 

Cubs fans hoping next year is finally here

The opening day of baseball comes with high hopes for fans of the Chicago Cubs, which is nothing new for those of us who are used to losing with the Lovable Losers. For the past 108 years we have welcomed April with unseasonably warm optimism, convinced that “next year” is finally here and the baseball gods that have cursed us are about to smile on Wrigley Field. But this year is different.... 

Don’t let shoulder pain put a pinch in your lifestyle

Have you ever paid attention to how much you do with your shoulders on a daily basis? From putting on a shirt, doing your hair, playing fetch with your dog, lifting groceries out of the cart or reaching a book on the top shelf you are routinely and unconsciously using your arms and shoulders at a moments notice. It’s habit and it is our biological instinct – if you need to reach, lift, push,... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Racing’s March Madness comes in the fall

At the time of this writing, the four teams left standing are the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, the Orange of Syracuse, the Villanova Wildcats, and whatever that fourth team is … oh yeah, the Oklahoma Sooners, which many bracketology “experts” predict will be changing their name to the Laters, despite the fact that they started the tournament as a number two seed. By the time some... 

LaRoche still the same kid he was with the Pelicans

The big news story in baseball this week was the sudden retirement of Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche over the team’s request that he not bring his 14-year-old son, Drake, to the ballpark so often. It was a big story to me for a different reason. It was only 16 years ago that La Roche showed up as a fresh-faced rookie to the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and I was covering... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Superheroes on the superspeedways

I like a good trend as much as the next girl, but this superhero thing is starting to confuse me. When did there get to be so many? Batman and Superman are usually the first names that come to mind, along with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk … and that’s just for starters. Wonder Woman is an obvious favorite because, well, she’s Wonder Woman. When admirers compliment her on her... 

My Brain on NASCAR: High expectations for the unexpected

It certainly isn’t famous faces in Victory Lane. In the six races so far this season, we have seen Winner’s Circle celebrations for Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson (twice). Flags have flown, crowds have cheered, and confetti has drifted down like rain. All of these 2016 race winners are NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, with the exception of Hamlin,... 

Making nonsense of the ‘What the heck is going on?’ 400

The first week in March marked the 112th anniversary of the birth of Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known by his pen name of Dr. Seuss, and the 19th running of the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. What do Dr. Seuss and NASCAR have in common? Maybe nothing. But when you think about it in a certain way, stock car races and many other sporting events are like little microcosms of life in the... 

Greatest QB ever is Peyton’s place in history

Many will remember Peyton Manning for his record-setting numbers and mind-blowing stats. But watching the five-time NFL MVP tearfully announce his retirement Monday, a couple of smaller figures came to mind that I will always remember him for, starting with the No. 16. That’s the jersey number the scrawny, acne-plagued quarterback was wearing the first time I saw him in action. My beloved... 
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