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  •    Peter Kazickas, a Hamilton College junior (and captain of its basketball team) who lives in Amagansett, recently returned from his second visit in three years to Hoops 4 Hope’s center in Harare, Zimbabwe, having brought with him 80 basketballs and money he’d raised to fill the many potholes in that area’s basketball courts, which are the focal point of the nonprofit organization’s work with at-risk children.

  •    Dahlia Aman, who had, because of the heat in one case and an injury in another, never won a national tennis title at the biannual Senior Games, did so last week in Cleveland, Ohio, sweeping through her opponents in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals.
        Last year at this time, Aman, whose husband, George, is a master bridge player and head of East Hampton’s board of education, said her goal was to win at Cleveland this year, “and then stop.”

  •     No one has run away with the East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league’s regular season, and so there is no particular favorite going into the playoffs, which are to begin at the Terry King ball field Tuesday.

  •    I know it’s after the fact and thus irrelevant to the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen whom Mr. Zimmerman, an armed neighborhood watch volunteer, had pursued while the youth was returning to the condo his father’s fiancée rented in a gated Florida community, but one wonders why on earth a neighborhood watch volunteer was carrying a gun in the first place.
        Thinking on that reminded me that armed “auxiliaries” were once proposed here.

  •    The water was calm, the setup by Eric Bramoff, chief of East Hampton Village’s lifeguards, was said by John Ryan Sr. to be ideal, and, as usual, Smith Point’s A team won the Main Beach invitational lifeguard tournament last Thursday.
        The tournament drew eight men’s teams and five women’s teams — the most ever inasmuch as the women were concerned, said Ryan. And the good news for East Hampton was that its town team, captained by Katie Osiecki, “easily” topped the other female entries.

  •    Duvan Castro said after Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller’s 4-3 victory over Tortorella Pools in the Wednesday evening 7-on-7 league’s final on July 17 that for two years he had wanted to enter a team in the league, and that he had seized on East Hampton-Bayberry’s withdrawal this spring to do so.
        Most of his players, he said, following the exciting win — it was as hotly contested a final as this writer can remember — had not played in the league before.

  •    A showdown in the Montauk slow-pitch softball league on July 16 between the two division leaders, the Montauk Fire Department and Sloppy Tuna, an all-Dominican team whose player-manager is Jerry Uribe, resulted in a 6-1 win for the Fire Department.
        Uribe said afterward that he was missing a few of his better players, promising a better game next time. Indeed, the play in Sloppy Tuna’s outfield that night was rather sloppy.

  •    Tom Eickelberg, a 24-year-old pro who is now the assistant swim coach at the State University at Cortland, three-peated at the Montauk Point Lighthouse’s sprint triathlon Sunday, besting 430 other competitors in 1 hour, 5 minutes, and 16 seconds.
        He did the half-mile swim in 12:58, the 14-mile bike leg in 33:12, and the 5K run in 18:10, leading all the way.

  •    Sartre was right: Hell is other people, I think,s as I try to navigate as calmly as possible through the throbbing, siren-wailing traffic here.
        Well, perhaps not other people, but other drivers, for sure. In the aggregate, they and I could pass for a pretty fair approximation of hell, which if by hell you mean torment.
        Yes, it’s pretty safe to say that we who drive here in the summertime are tormented — a fact music, however serene, or talk radio, however demented, will not allay.

  •    John Romero, whose Maidstone Market team has been the perennial champion here in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 men’s soccer games for the better part of the past decade, and Corey DeRosa, a Sag Harborite who recently returned to the game as the Market’s goalkeeper, announced this week that open tryouts will be held at the Ross School fields on Aug. 6 and 8 for a team to be known as the Hampton United Football Club, which is to compete in the fall in the Long Island Soccer Football League’s third division.

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