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  • August 7, 1986
        This season, Howard Wood, who does his own salary negotiating now, and who has “played every position except guard,” returns to Spain’s “A” professional basketball league, with Valencia.

  •     The poem from which Robert Lipsyte, a Shelter Islander who began an all-star reporting, writing, and broadcasting career with The New York Times a half-century ago, borrows the last two lines to serve as an epigraph for his memoir, “An Accidental Sportswriter,” is Dylan Thomas’s “Should Lanterns Shine,” a poem that while despairing of the heart or the head’s ability to transcend our dreary past, sites hope for new possibilities and reinvention in the quickened pulse.

  •     My wife got up to take communion at Tom Bergmann’s funeral at Most Holy Trinity Church the other day, and I must admit I, unshriven as usual, was a bit surprised.
        But she reminded me later that she thought of the rite differently, that it had to do for her with bounteous nature and our humble place in it rather than with any pastoral proscriptions or learned behavior.

  •     This past season, Maggie Pizzo, a pert but tough lacrosse midfielder who is about to enter her sophomore year at East Hampton High School, was the leading scorer on Bonac’s lacrosse team, which barely missed the playoffs, was named to the all-county team, and was subsequently picked to try out for the Yellow Jackets, a select Long Island all-star squad coached by Northport’s Carol Rose.

  •     The summer’s athletic pace picks up this weekend, what with open water swims in Gardiner’s Bay, road races in Southampton and Amagansett, and a softball tournament at the Terry King ball field on tap, to be followed, on Aug. 20 and 21, by the Artists and Writers Softball Game, an ancient (frequently madcap) tilt that has been surprisingly well played in the recent past, and the popular Ellen’s (5K) Run, which is in its 16th year.

  •     It may be summer here, but it’s winter in New Zealand, a country to which Joe Mensch, whose father, Mark, is a former East Hampton High School assistant football coach and trainer, headed this week for a month of professional snowboarding competition.

  •     Jacob Siwicki, a part-time Sagaponack resident who in the past two years has played football for two nationally ranked high schools, Upper Saint Clair in suburban Pittsburgh and DeMatha in Hyattsville, Md., outside of Washington, D.C., has decided to take a postgrad year at the Northfield-Mount Hermon preparatory school in Northfield, Mass., in order to broaden his college prospects.

  •     Amar Kuchinad, the former Harvard miler who the week before won the Giant Steps 5K, made it two in a row with his win at Saturday’s 10K Run for Ron at Amagansett’s Fresh Pond Park.
        The 37-year-old New York City resident, who crossed the line near Gardiner’s Bay in 39 minutes and 36 seconds, has a chance for a trifecta should he enter — as he said he was planning to do — the Miss Amelia’s Cottage 2-miler in Amagansett this Sunday, a race that he hopes to run in 11 to 11-and-a-half minutes.

  •     The final series in the East Hampton Town men’s and women’s slow-pitch softball leagues were to have begun this week, with Men at Work challenging undefeated Bostwick’s in a best-of-three showdown, and with Stephen Hand’s Equipment going up against the men’s pennant-winner, Schenck Fuels, in a best-of-five set.

  • Thomas H. Bergmann, 59, died unexpectedly following a brief illness in Cancun on July 27.

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