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Big League World Series more than just baseball in Easley

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EASLEY — The 2014 Big League World Series will be about high caliber baseball on an international level, but there is far more meaning to Easley and Pickens County than that.“This is our 14th year hosting but this goes back 16 years when I was on city council,” Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell said on the history of the tournament. “We were approached about hosting it by Little League and were asked to put up a $50,000 investment. Council was glad to do it and now this is the 14th year with Easley on the international stage.”The honor of being the host city for such a prestigious international championship is certainly a feather in the city’s cap, but beyond the baseball what does it mean for the community?

 

Smith chasing Nationwide’s Dash 4 Cash Million Dollars

Jackpot! JR Motorsport’s driver Regan Smith won the first round of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash program at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, banking $100,000 – and qualifying himself for the chance to win $1 million. If Smith can win the first three legs of the Dash 4 Cash and the Iowa race outright, Nationwide Insurance will award him an extra $600,000 - totaling one million dollars.Smith and the top-three finishing NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contend...

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Dale Jr., Keselowski lock up Chase spots

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s storybook season that began with a second victory in the Daytona 500 reached another level on Sunday, a vital one in the ultimate goal of winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.He is now a member of the 16-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Assuming he attempts to qualify for the remaining seven races in the regular season, Earnhardt’s name will be on the Chase Grid at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 14 for the Chase’s first race (...

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Rookie Elliott nabs third win of the season at Chicagoland

JOLIET, Ill. – Third time’s a charm. But so was the first and the second.Accomplishing feats uncharacteristic for a rookie, Chase Elliott won again, leading 85 of 200 laps en route to his third win of the season in Saturday’s EnjoyIllinois.com 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.Elliott took the lead for the fourth and final time on Lap 177 and held on for the final 23 laps, winning by 1.7 seconds. The NNS Sunoco Rookie of the Year...

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Helton: We will ‘build NASCAR collectively’

LOUDON, N.H. – Emphasizing that NASCAR respects the needs, rights and opinions of all stakeholders in the sport, NASCAR president Mike Helton said Friday that the formation of the Race Team Alliance by nine leading owners will not significantly alter the way the sport conducts business.“We’re going to stay our course,” said Helton, who warned against public misconceptions and indicated that stock car owners and the sport’s governing body have much in c...

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Sunday New Hampshire Notebook

LOUDON, N.H. – Perhaps the only driver with a chance to prevent Brad Keselowski from winning Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano.Logano was one of nine drivers to lead the race and was running second when his quest was ended by a crash on Lap 213 with Morgan Shepherd.It was the kind of incident that occurs all the time in NASCAR, one car getting into the back of another. But this one came ...

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Keselowski completes New Hampshire weekend sweep

LOUDON, N.H. – For Brad Keselowski, it’s beginning to look an awful lot like 2012 when everything went right on the way to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.Keselowski led 138 of the last 232 laps to win Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 for his third Sprint Cup victory of the season. He held off Kyle Busch on the final restart and pulled away to win by three-quarters of a second in a green-white-checker finish.“I’m not thinking of anything...

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Keselowski dominates Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. – Taking a deep breath at the winner’s podium, Brad Keselowski took a second to savor his dominant Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.Keselowski captured the pole, then led 152 of 200 laps to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200. In addition, he posted the fastest times in both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions in preparation for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301.

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Easley’s Goodman wins Medalist award in Junior Golf Tourney

NEWBERRY — Savanah Goodman of Easley shot a round of one over par 73 to win the medalist award in the stroke play qualifying of the 37th S.C. Junior Match Play Championship.Goodman, a rising high school junior, was seeded number one for match play that began on Wednesday on the Country Club of Newberry course.Sisters Maddy Cox and Morgan Cox from Easley are also competing.

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Abraham Balawi of Liberty High School won the 1600 meter run in the AA state meet. He was also All-Region I-AA in the 800 meter, 1600 meter and 3200 meter run. He is shown with LHS Assistant Track Coach Mary Helen Calhoun.

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Brian France gives midseason state of the sport at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France could change one thing about 2014 it might be the lousy weather that’s haunted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.With it raining again at Daytona hours before the scheduled start of the Coke Zero 400, France addressed the national media for the first time since the implementation of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying format and rules package. He said the sport is pleased with the results ...

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Kahne’s able with come-from-behind win at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kasey Kahne and Ryan Sieg were non-factors for much of Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.Kahne, sitting 12th for a restart with three laps remaining, hadn’t won a NASCAR Nationwide Series race since August 2007. Sieg, a rookie running 14th, had never finished better than ninth in 19 previous Nationwide starts.But when it came to the final push, there they were – Kahne charging from eighth...

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