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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – When new teammate Tony Pedregon beat him in the final round of the 1996 Southern Nationals at Atlanta, ending a three-race winning streak in the most productive season of his career, an obviously surprised John Force told the media, “I think I’ve hired my own assassin.”

Kilgore High School tight end Jacobe Weick (left) hits a tackling dummy, as tight ends coach and former Bulldog standout Colby Rosen looks on. The Ragin’ Red, like programs across the state except 6A and 5A, began practice for the 2020 season on Monday. The Bulldogs will have their first day…

Big 12 schools agreed Monday night to play one nonconference football game this year to go along with their nine league contests as plans for the pandemic-altered 2020 season continued to fall into place.

Lindale’s Bob Staton and his son, Robert, are no strangers to adventure.

While they have traveled around the country hunting a myriad of animals their latest trip was homegrown on the Sabine River where the duo took an 11-foot, 400-pound alligator.

Former Kilgore College football player Lane Johnson – now one of the top offensive linemen in pro football with the Philadelphia Eagles – has announced he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson (65), a former Kilgore College player from Groveton, has announced on social media that he has tested positive for COVID-19. (Courtesy photo)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James keeps hearing the same questions. How's it going? How's the bubble?

He now has a one-size-fits-all answer.

"I just say it's 2020," James said. "Nothing is normal in 2020."

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After dominating the E3 Spark Plugs Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway the week before, two-time reigning Mello Yello champion Steve Torrence and his dad Billy could not have anticipated the result of Sunday’s Lucas Oil Summernationals contested on the very same track under similar conditions.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A week after his dad beat him in the semifinals of the E3 Spark Plugs Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, reigning world champion Steve Torrence of Kilgore returns to the same track with a chance to restore the balance of family power and, at the same time, close the gap on current point leader Doug Kalitta.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Billy Torrence beat son Steve in an all-Capco Contractors semifinal and then took out point leader Doug Kalitta in the money round Sunday to win the E3 Spark Plugs Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, the first NHRA Mello Yello tour event in more than four months.

Both Torrences, of course, are from Kilgore.

Legendary East Texas golfer Roy Pace looked on from afar, as his former First Tee student Joel Thelen sank a big putt on hole four Sunday afternoon as a part of the 83rd playing of the Energy Weldfab Meadowbrook Classic.

“That was big,” Pace whispered, to those nearby. “Really big. That puts him two up (on competitor Sam Fidone).”

In a move that’s both shocking – from the sports side – and not, given recent world events, the National Junior College Athletics Association voted Monday to postpone fall sports until spring 2021, meaning Kilgore College won’t be playing football, basketball or fall softball this calendar year.

2018 Energy Weldfab Meadowbrook Classic champion Alan Clark (second from left) is a part of four generations of the Clark family at this year’s event. Charles “Bubba” Clark, Scott Clark (second from right) and Austin “Ace” Clark (far right) are all playing in the event again this year; Alan …

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After a four-and-a-half-month hiatus during which he got married, celebrated a birthday, reconnected with friends and family and focused his energy on Torrence Land and Cattle Co., the business to which he likely will gravitate once his racing career is done, Steve Torrence climbs back into the cockpit of his Capco Contractors dragster this weekend as the Top Fuel favorite in the E3 Spark Plugs Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Congratulations to the 14-and-under Texas Bulldogs for winning the USSSA Global World Series for their age division a couple of weeks ago in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Members of the team are Tate Truman and Todd House of Kilgore, Will Woodruff of Atlanta, Austin Bonner of Spring Hill, Blake Merr…

ARLINGTON (AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the outfielder who is asymptomatic to miss the start of summer camp for the Texas Rangers after being among teammates who had worked out at their new ballpark for several weeks before that.

Former Cy Young Award winner Félix Hernández has joined the list of major leaguers opting out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, at least temporarily ending the 34-year-old’s bid to revive his career.

Yoán Moncada has spent the past couple of months working out in what he called a "controlled and limited environment" in Florida, where the Chicago White Sox slugger could continue to get at-bats while protecting himself from the coronavirus.

The University Interscholastic League recommended Wednesday that schools hosting voluntary summer workouts close for the week following July 4 to curb the potential spread of COVID-19.

It's nowhere near basketball season yet, but there are a couple of dates that involve the Kilgore College men’s basketball program that are of interest, and coming up pretty soon.

PHOENIX (AP) — A small group of players, including Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman and Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond, have announced they plan to sit out this season. The Minnesota Twins have shuffled their on-field staff to protect the health of some of their older coaches.

Sarah Matthews and Jada Hood, who helped lead the Kilgore College Lady Rangers to a fourth straight 20-plus win season, have been selected as 2020 NJCAA Women's Basketball All-Star Members.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players' association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic.

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there might be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players' union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NHRA drag racing – including Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence, from Kilgore – will resume the 2020 season in July with back-to-back events at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis with limited spectators allowed.

Maybe this might get Mike Trout back into the playoffs.

Major League Baseball is tossing around plenty of ideas these days to start up a shortened season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic — a DH in the National League, neutral-site games, personal rosin bags for pitchers.