Tennis defeated at Lumberton
LUMBERTON — The Scotland tennis team fell to 1-3 on the season Tuesday night after suffering an 8-1 defeat at Lumberton. Scotland’s sole victory came in the No. 1 doubles match that featured Leslie Floyd and Sallie Wegner, who won 8-4.
Scotland had picked up its first win of the season last week when they hosted Hoke County at home and won 9-0. The Scots host Richmond this afternoon at the Scotland County tennis center in Laurinburg.
Registration open for chairty golf event
LAURINBURG — The 25th annual Lassiter/Ollis Memorial golf tournament has been scheduled for Oct. 23. The tournament raises funds for the American Red Cross and the Southeast Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers. It will be held at Scotch Meadows Country Club in Laurinburg and will be a captain’s choice tournament.
Registration is $60 per person. Ages 62 and older or retired can register for $50. Registration cost includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, lunch from Domino’s Pizza, soft drinks, snacks, dinner from General McArthur’s, goodie bags and a Pinehurst golf shirt of your choice.
Additionally, prizes will be awarded for the top two teams and there will be a putting contest for $10,000. The tournament begins at 1 p.m. More information can be obtained by calling Tommy Brigman at 910-610-2337.
Johnson denies any wrongdoing in Chase controversy
CHARLOTTE — Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson denied any wrongdoing the Chase field-deciding race at Richmond International Raceway over the weekend that has been marred by controversy.
Johnson defended himself one day after fellow driver Clint Bowyer said his spinout at Richmond was no different than when a Johnson mishap brought out a caution earlier in the race.
“Clint brought it up from what I’ve been able to see and read,” Johnson said Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “I think he was just having a bad day. And as things kept piling on, he just tried to suck someone else into the mix with him.”
Bowyer’s spin ended Ryan Newman’s bid to win the race and make the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field and instead helped Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. land a berth. NASCAR, however, determined that MWR had manipulated the race and replaced Truex with Newman in addition to punishing MWR.
The implication by Bowyer was that Johnson spun intentionally with 55 laps remaining to assist the Chase chances of Jeff Gordon, Johnson’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson blamed a flat tire for his caution and pointed out correctly that Gordon already was on pit road when it occurred.