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My Brain on NASCAR: Keselowski a true hometown hero

I snapped to attention recently when I heard a TV news anchor reporting a small but public war of words between a couple of high-profile celebrities. It wasn’t the story of yet another back-and-forth sniping session that piqued my interest, however. It was the unlikely parties involved: Brad Keselowski and Madonna. When was the last time you heard those two names in the same sentence? Actually, there... 

Health & Fitness: IT Band Syndrome a major pain for runners

lliotibial (IT) band syndrome is a common overuse injury experienced by runners and active adults. It typically presents as a painful area on the outside of the knee that can be tender to touch and often increases in pain with activity. The IT band begins along the hip crest where the tensor fasciae latae and gluteus maximus muscles join to form this tendinous band. The band then tracks over the hip,... 

Sky is the limit for ‘new and improved’ Johnson

Dustin Johnson’s roller coaster career reached an apex with Sunday’s win at Doral. For Grand Strand golf fans who have been rooting for him through his high and low points, let’s hope it’s all uphill from here. The former Coastal Carolina University two-time All-American and Myrtle Beach resident recently returned to the PGA Tour after a six-month hiatus. Just five events into... 

Brian Vickers: Out of the Tunnel and Back on Track

Watching Brian Vickers go about his business at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8 was, for me, the happiest NASCAR moment of the season so far. Over the past few years and even the past several weeks we have talked a lot about NASCAR’s various recovery and reinstatement guidelines and programs, most notably in the cases of AJ Allmendinger and Kurt Busch. Allmendinger is a success story and I personally... 

Spring weather signals start of sports injury season

As we head away from the chilly embrace of winter (I know a good SC winter is brutal), for many people it means one thing – time to get off of the couch and enjoy the sunshine. Many of uslike 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... 

NCAA “bubble” talk now a reality for Clemson basketball

Don’t look now but Clemson has quietly played its way onto the proverbial March Madness “bubble” and into the conversation for a possible postseason bid. After outlasting Florida State in Tallahassee last night 62-56, the Tigers have now won four-straight games (tied for longest in the ACC this season) and six of their last eight. Clemson is now 14-8 overall and 6-4 in the ACC (6th place, since... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Logano living up to ‘Sliced Bread’ moniker

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s time to start taking Joey Logano seriously. After claiming the lead with nine laps remaining in the 2015 Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, Logano managed to survive an end-of-race caution and then held on to win NASCAR’s most famous and prestigious event. When asked what went through his mind when he saw that late caution flag come out, Logano said, “Once you get over... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Betting on Brett

Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that some friends put together a race pool for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1; not that I would ever be interested in anything like that, of course. As long as we are wildly conjecturing, let’s say one successful participant in this hypothetical race pool could win some cash. Naturally... 

It’s time to give college athletes a small slice of the pie

Everyone from university presidents to network executives, and from ticket scalpers to bookies, seem to be getting rich on college athletics – except the athletes themselves. The ones who put their health and hard work on the line to fuel the money-making machine are the same kids who have to bum rides from friends and eat Ramon Noodles after the cafeteria closes – far from the glamorous... 

I broke the story? Really? Here’s how the Felton story went down

My day started out fairly normal. As I was preparing for the first TV broadcast of the day at the Beach Ball Classic, I began researching the two teams scheduled to play, Mullins and Northland. Mullins featured Jalek Felton, the nephew of Raymond Felton. Jalek is a top 10 nationally ranked sophomore and is an offensive beast on the court. Normally, I’ll speak to each head coach about their team as... 
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