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Through the use of my own sports machine …

On a summer night like tonight, when I was much younger, I was lucky enough to stay up past 10:30, just in time to watch “The George Michael Sports Machine.” It was basically a 30-minute national and world sports roundup hosted by the late Washington, D.C., sportscaster — no, not the pop singer — designed for homes like mine that didn’t have access to “SportsCenter.” It aired Sunday nights from 1984-2007 in syndication.

PB Western reaches title game

PIGGOTT — A three-run home run by Charlie King and a 14-strikeout performance from Tink Hence on Monday night pushed Pine Bluff Western into the championship game of the Little League state tournament.

Still Rising

The Arkansas Rising Stars third-grade team won the fourth-grade division of the Hoop Play Nationals played this past weekend in Conway. The team will play next in the AAU Nationals, which will take place July 23-28 in Orlando, Florida. The team is pictured; front row (from left), Chauncey Haynes, Jayden Miller, Billy Reddick, Jayden Shelton and Kaden Higgins; second row (from left), Dylan Parks, Tyler, Williams, Charleston Collins, Tommy Reddick, Austyn Dendy, Courtney Crutchfield and Achillies Ringo; and back row (from left), coach Steven “Jay” Barnett and coach Bobby Miller. (Special to The Commercial)

Preseason all-SEC misses by media

LITTLE ROCK — Perturbed that Arkansas is not represented on the media’s All-SEC first team, Razorback fans need only note the plight of these pairs: T.J. Yeldon and Todd Gurley, Mike Davis and Alex Collins, Corey Grant and Keith Marshall.