Senior citizen still shooting

Ken Mink scored two points in a college basketball game Monday.

Big deal, you say?

It is when Mink is 73 years old and last played collegiately 52 years ago.

Mink, a 6-foot guard, who is going to school full time at Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn., made a couple of free throws in his team’s 93-42 win over King College’s junior varsity. He last played in 1956 at Lees College in Kentucky, where he was kicked off the team and expelled after allegedly being involved in a prank.

Mink decided he wanted to play again a year ago while shooting baskets at a neighbor’s house.

He wrote to several schools, and Roane State coach Randy Nesbit agreed to give him a chance. On Monday, Mink got on the floor and ended up on the foul line.

"I said, ‘Just relax and shoot it like you know how to all day long,’ " Mink told The Associated Press. "I just floated the shots in there.

"I’m in the books now. I can relax a little bit."

PIG OUT — Taking a cue from some baseball teams, several NHL teams are running an "All You Can Eat" promotion in an attempt to move tickets.

In Columbus, Ohio, fans get a seat upstairs and all the hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, ice cream and soda they can handle for $39. In Atlanta, that same $39 ticket entitles the buyer to unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, pretzels and soft drinks.

The Los Angeles Kings are offering a $27 seat upstairs at the Staples Center that includes the same menu as the Thrashers. A blog in the Los Angeles Times cynically asked, "How about an ‘All You Can Win Night?’ "

ON THE BUBBLE — As the PGA Tour season winds down, Jeff Overton is looking to keep his tour card for 2009.

The top 125 players retain their playing privileges on the tour, and Overton is 125th with $840,809 entering the Children’s Miracle Network Open in Florida. He has a $37,737 lead over No. 126 Martin Laird.

Overton’s season and exempt status appeared to be in jeopardy when he underwent an appendectomy Oct. 21, two days after finishing 69th at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

He was forced to miss the Open, but he finished tied for 18th last week at the Ginn sur Mer Classic. The finish was worth $52,133 and moved him from No. 126 to 125.

ON THE ROCKS, PLEASE — Guess she likes a lot of ice with her vodka.

A 34-year-old Zamboni driver at Kingsville (Ontario) Arena has been charged with impaired driving after witnesses said she bumped into the boards, missed large patches of ice and slumped over the wheel, the Windsor Star reported. Police say she had a flask of vodka in her pocket.

Now comes the tough part: smoothing it over with her bosses.

CRIMINAL INTENT — Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, on Daunte Culpepper coming out of retirement to quarterback the Detroit Lions: "Isn’t that sort of like breaking back into prison?"


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