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  •    Annette MacNiven, on her return from the recent world cross triathlon championships held at The Hague in the Netherlands, said that the swim warmup in the North Sea had proved to be far harder than the swim-bike-run event itself.

  •    I have undergone a month of guests, and though they’re closely related, and thus conjure good feelings, I’ll be happy to have Mary all to myself again.
        It is enough to be able to talk to her, about any old thing, though inevitably, because she’s more generous of herself than anyone I know, we’ve rarely had the time to “hang out,” as they say, in the past few weeks.

  •    The weather was fine for the opening day of the Hampton Classic Horse Show, a day devoted largely to Long Island riders of all ages, and the trainers were at the fences, looking concerned and tossing out bits of advice as their charges and their mounts wove around the courses.
        One proud and somewhat nervous father, Mike Lupica, the sportswriter, columnist, and author of young-adult books, was spotted early at the edge of the second hunter ring.

  •    During a conversation at her parents’ house in Springs the other day, Khloe Goncalves, whose 14-and-under roller hockey travel team recently won a national championship, said she was a third or fourth grader when she took her friend Jackson Rafferty up on his suggestion that she try the sport.

  •    Amos Ryan, a former high school and collegiate basketball star from Union Island who is now a New York City police officer, received the Max Cure Foundation’s Roar Beyond Barriers Award from Ed Petrie, his former coach here, at the foundation’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament and carnival at the Ross School Saturday.

  •    Under an oil painting of the sanguine Charles Blair Macdonald, the United States’ first amateur champion and architect of the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, where the Walker Cup is to be played Sept. 7 and 8, Jim Holtgrieve, the U.S. team’s captain, said during a press conference last Thursday that while he had probably been overusing the word, the coming match there between the U.S. and Great Britain-Ireland teams was, indeed, “historic.”

  •    So there I was in One-Stop’s parking lot, depowered because of a dead starter motor, and, oddly, it was pretty much a replay of what had happened in November during the time of Hurricane Sandy, I told Bill Hall, who had come out with the screwdriver that a helpful coast guardsman had asked for, thinking there remained some hope that the car could be revived.
        “I think it was in this same parking spot that it happened the last time,” I said to Bill. “Your son Ben gave me a ride.”

  •     The Artists defeated the Writers 8-6 in the 65th Artists and Writers Softball Game played at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday, thus evening the series in the post-modern era at 12-12-1.
        Though the big news was that the Game, the work of whose participants over the years was featured in a Guild Hall show earlier this summer, raised an unprecedented $150,000 for its beneficiaries — the East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, the Retreat, the Phoenix House Adolescent Center in Wainscott, and East End Hospice.

  •    Two East Hampton teams, B&R, John Romero and Luis Barrera’s entry, and Hampton Football Club-Bill Miller Associates, which was put together by Duvan Castro, did battle Monday night in the final of the eight-team Simon Gavron memorial men’s soccer tournament on Shelter Island.
        And the winner was . . . B&R, by a score of 1-0, the result of a goal by Hector Marles, one of B&R’s defenders, who, near the end of the first half, slid in at the right post to convert Antonio Padilla’s chip from about 20 yards out.

  •    The 18th running of Ellen’s Run, a popular road race founded by Dr. Julie Ratner in memory of her late sister, Ellen P. Hermanson, whose death was caused by breast cancer, was won by Robert Beit, 19, one of three proteges Cliff Clark took to Southampton Sunday morning from Shelter Island.

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