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  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama seem to agree that joy springs through suffering, and so, I suppose, it’s appropriate that I’m reading “The Book of Joy” at the moment, while in the throes of a wretched cold.
  • The late boys basketball coach Roger Golden, when I asked what it was he loved about basketball, said, “The gyms are warm.”
  • Sportswise, hope’s flames continued to be fanned here in 2016, which is to say that the news having to do with East Hampton’s young basketball, baseball, swimming, and girls volleyball teams in particular was pretty much all good.
  • Bridgehampton High School’s Killer Bees improved their record to 3-2 by defeating Port Jefferson 70-51 at the Beehive on Dec. 21, and the following night East Hampton dropped to 1-5 as the result of a 59-52 loss here to Hampton Bays.
  • Wonderful to tell, the East Hampton High School boys basketball team cruised to a 77-39 nonleague win over McGann-Mercy Saturday evening, the first win of his career here for Dan White, a new hire who has coached in Sag Harbor for the past seven years and whose new charges had been 0-3 going in.
  • Asked during a conversation the other day at The Star if he thought this were a “make or break year” for him in his professional baseball career, Kyle McGowin, who turned 25 on Nov. 27, said that while it would definitely be a big year for him, he would rather think of it as “a new opportunity.”
  • The East Hampton High School boys swimming team improved its record to 3-0 with an easy league-opening win here over North Babylon on Dec. 13, and the indoor boys’ and girls’ track seasons are underway.
  • My sister, who has agreed that she was “a basket case” not so long ago, has made a complete turnaround, thanks to an Egyptian-born psychiatrist who utterly revamped her medications with what I would call miraculous results, “and, ultimately, God.”
  • It was shoulda-coulda-woulda Monday night as the East Hampton High School boys basketball team shot itself in the foot, drawing several technical calls down the stretch that aided the cause of the home team, Mount Sinai, which came away with a 70-57 victory.
  • It was Tuesday night when it occurred to me that I hadn’t — because I was flying back from having spent the weekend in Pittsburgh — seen the first half of the Steelers’ delightful 24-14 win that Sunday over the Giants.

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