Bryant, Dunbar on Shrine Bowl roster
Two area standouts will play in this season's Shrine Bowl, pitting some of the best seniors from South Carolina against those from North Carolina.
De'Angelo Bryant, the quarterback at Silver Bluff, and Jerome Dunbar, an offensive lineman from South Aiken, will play for South Carolina in the Dec. 21 game in Rock Hill, S.C.
The 16-member executive committee of the South Carolina High School League heard appeals and asked questions of officials from both schools before deciding to keep the probation in place. Twenty players were disciplined, 16 of them from Marlboro County, for the postgame fight. Videotape showed one player swinging a helmet as a weapon.
Martin loses points for breaking rules
Mark Martin's championship hopes received a setback when NASCAR penalized his team 25 points for a rules violation at North Carolina Speedway. Martin finished second in Sunday's race in Rockingham, but the No. 6 Ford failed post-race inspection because the left-front springs did not meet the minimum number of coils.
Martin was docked 25 championship points, Jack Roush was docked 25 car owner points and crew chief Ben Leslie was fined $5,000. Martin is in second place in the standings, and the penalty drops him 112 points behind series leader Tony Stewart with just two races remaining.
Record number hits finish line in NYC
A total of 31,824 people finished the New York City Marathon, the race's highest tally ever and a 34 percent increase from last year. Nearly 98 percent of those who started Sunday's race crossed the finish line in Central Park, organizers said.
Last year's unusually low count of 23,664 was attributed by race officials to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath, including the anthrax scare.
The previous record number of those completing the 26.2 miles in New York was 31,786, in 1999. The first NYC Marathon, in 1970, drew 127 participants, of whom 55 finished.
Senior Slam hastily moved to Arizona
The Senior Slam, the first of four unofficial money events that complete the Senior PGA Tour schedule, will be played in Arizona this weekend in a last-minute switch made with little fanfare.
The $600,000 event for the winners of this year's four major championships will be held Saturday and Sunday on the Lost Gold Course at Superstition Mountain. It was supposed to have been held at the Our Lucaya resort in Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.
Prince Albert wants football in Monaco
Good ol' smashmouth football in Monte Carlo? It could happen. Prince Albert of Monaco has approached the NFL about putting a franchise in the Mediterranean principality, best known as a playground for Europe's rich.
"It would appear there is a door open there," said David Tossell, spokesman for NFL Europe.
Tossell said any expansion in the NFL's six-team development league was probably several years away, with 2005 a possible target. He said Monte Carlo was among the candidates, along with Madrid, Spain; Lyon, France; and perhaps another city in Germany.
Prince Albert, the heir to the throne held by his father Prince Ranier III, is a member of the International Olympic Committee and has competed five times in the Winter Olympics in bobsled.