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Chanticleers’ next best destiny? My thoughts

On the eve of the Big South Football Media gathering in Atlanta this week, an eye-catching headline, “Sun Belt Conference reaches out to Coastal Carolina,” appeared in The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana, and calls in to question the future of Chanticleer athletics and the very conference they help found thirty years ago. It was confirmed by Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson and CCU... 

Spurrier gets a dose of his own medicine

From our “Things that make you go Hmmm…” department, what was up with South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier’s impromptu press conference the other day? You know, the one where he denied that he was getting old and cranky by acting old and cranky. “I got some enemies out there, I got some guys talking and writing and it’s all part of the game,” said... 

How to reduce back pain caused by age, golf

One of the most common complaints I see clinically in the aging golfer is either back pain during golf, or immediately following, accompanied by loss of driving distance off the tee. Guess what, they are probably related. There are many factors that can cause a loss in driving distance with golf, but the most common is loss of swing velocity. As most golf fanatics know, golf is a game of angular... 

Strength in numbers when training for half marathon

Have you been thinking about running a half marathon but not sure how to train? Is running a half marathon on your bucket list? Do you enjoy training with a group? Do you want to improve your half marathon race time from last year? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Grand Strand Running Club has an answer for you. Join us for our half marathon training program beginning... 

My 2015 preseason SEC predicted order of finish

With the SEC’s preseason poll expected to be released anytime now, I thought I’d take a shot in providing my “vote” and picks that we talked about on “Straight Up With Sturg” this week. It’s not easy this year, especially in trying to sort out the SEC West because of the quality and depth going into the season. But as of today, here’s how I think the final standings turn out… SEC... 

Warming up and cooling down key to a healthy run

How many of you go out for a run without warming up? It’s important to give your muscles time to warm up prior to your workout. It only takes a few minutes and can mean the difference between an injury and a great workout. Once your workout is complete, take a few minutes for recovery and cool down stretching. I like to begin by warming up my joints. I begin with neck circles and progress to... 

New treatments offer relief from osteoarthritis

So you’ve been dealing with that pesky shoulder on and off for years, that smarts when you get to that certain point when you reach overhead.  That knee pain that you chalk up to your old running days. Or that hip that bugs you when you’re putting on your shoes and socks.  Some days are better than others. You often feel stiff after long bouts of inactivity, until you “get moving.” You... 

My Top 5 storylines this week at SEC Media Days

The annual football “circus” at The Wynfrey Hotel in mid-July always brings its share of excitement for college football fans around the country. Why? Well, for starters it means we’re finally talking college football again after a long (and still continuing) summer. The media list-making, “best of’s”, speculation and off-the-field news or non-news depending on which beat you’re lucky... 

Smokedog takes his clubs and goes home

The world of golf has lost another character. Tarn “Smokedog” Hunter of Myrtle Beach announced his retirement from golf today via a Facebook post live from the course. Hunter is apparently going to focus more on “his fishing career and mini-golf”. Although Hunter only played occasionally, he’s decided that the endless whiffs, lost balls, and trips across ‘cart path only’ holes... 

Five tips for new and unmotivated runners

Have you decided to get fit this summer? Is running on your agenda today? There are few things more fulfilling than setting a goal and reaching it. Whether you are running your first mile, first 5K, or first marathon, we all can use some sound advice. If you are serious about your running, check out these helpful tips: One of the most important pieces of equipment you can purchase is a good pair... 
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