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  • I applauded James Clapper, the former C.I.A. director, the other night when I heard him say he thought Russia had won the election.
  • East Hampton High’s boys tennis team, which shared the league championship with Westhampton Beach, made it to the semifinals of the county team tournament this past week, defeating Sachem, the 12th seed, and Half Hollow Hills West, the fourth, before being “smoked,” in its coach Kevin McConville’s words, by top-seeded Half Hollow Hills East.
  • Neal Feinberg, who’s leasing the four Har-Tru tennis courts on the Napeague stretch that Doug De Groot owns, said at 27Tennis the other day that he got into the real estate business “at the worst time in the history of humanity.”
  • Ben Turnbull, who coaches East Hampton High School’s boys track team, said earlier this week that he expected that Ryan Fowkes, in the 800 and 1,600-meter races, Robert Weiss, in the 100 and 200, and Matt Maya, in the pentathlon, should earn berths in the state qualifier meet that is to take place at Comsewogue High School tomorrow and Saturday.
  • Doug Milano, an East Hampton Middle School math teacher who recently ran his first marathon, “dying” after having moved up to fifth place in the Newsday race by the 18-mile mark, had a much easier time of it in the Bonac on Board to Wellness 5K on May 23, crossing the Main Beach finish line ahead of 637 fellow participants, a number of them students or former students of his, in 17 minutes and 51 seconds.
  • At the end of a scary article about freelance genetic engineering, raising the possibility that someone might one day not all that far in the future release a killer virus that would wipe out a lot of us, Lawrence O. Gostin, an adviser on pandemic influenza preparedness for the World Health Organization, said, “There are really only two things that could wipe 30 million people off of the planet: a nuclear weapon, or a biological one.”
  • Noah Avallone, a young snowboarder from Montauk who turned 11 on May 16, continues shredding in Shaun White’s gnarly wake, the latest feather in his cap being a runner-up finish at the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association’s national championships in Colorado in April.
  • Despite the rain, about 30 long-distance runners turned out for Saturday’s Hither Hills Half-Marathon, a double-looped trail run in the environs of Ed Ecker County Park at the end of Montauk’s Navy Road.
  • Men’s slow-pitch, in the form of a 10-team league divided into two divisions, has returned to the Terry King ball field in Amagansett following an absence of five years.
  • ‘If I ever get arrested,” I said to Tom McMorrow, who was about to leave us for The Independent, “please say, ‘A 78-year-old man from Springs. . . .’ ”

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