Sports briefs

October 25, 2013

Parks and Rec basketball

registration begins Monday

LAURINBURG — Registration begins Monday for Scotland County Parks and Recreation basketball. Registration is open to those ages 6-15 and will be available from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2. The cost is $15 per player.

Interested players can register at three different locations or online. Scotland Place on Turnpike Road will accept registrations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Wagram Recreation Center will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. t 5 p.m. Finally, players can register at the Laurel Hill Community Center Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5:30. First-time players must bring a birth certificate to verify their age.

Online registration is available at

NASCAR may change

qualifying for 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR told its competitors Thursday it is considering eliminating single-car qualifying next season in an overhaul to how the field is set.

Drivers from all three national series met with top NASCAR officials for almost two hours at the R&D Center in Concord to discuss several things under consideration for 2014.

Among the ideas being considered is a group qualifying format similar to what was used on road courses this year.

NASCAR is considering using that qualifying procedure everywhere except Daytona at Talladega. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp says the field would likely be set at Daytona and Talladega with an “open qualifying session” that would allow for a 60-minute drafting session.

NASCAR will also hold a Dec. 9 test at Charlotte to continue work on its intermediate track package.

AAC team to play bowl

game at Marlins Park

MIAMI (AP) — Marlins Ballpark will host a team from the American Athletic Conference in the annual new bowl game beginning in December 2014. The opponent will usually come from the Mid-American Conference, the Sun Belt Conference or Conference USA, and the deal with Marlins officials runs six years, through the 2019 season.

Football hasn’t been played on the site since the Orange Bowl was torn down in 2008. Marlins Park opened early last year.

“These are hallowed grounds,” Marlins president David Samson said. “This is where the Orange Bowl was. The tradition of college football here should continue.”

C-USA is slotted to provide an opponent for the AAC in the Miami Beach Bowl in 2014 and 2015. The MAC will play in the game in 2016 and 2018. A television partner and title sponsor for the Miami Beach Bowl are still to be determined.