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A busy, busy week

KENNEWICK — Now that I’ve finished putting the motorsports calendar together for our Super Bowl Sunday edition, I’ve caught my breath and am ready for this week’sbuffet of sports.

Here are some of the week’s upcoming highlights:

The Winter Olympics begin Friday in Vancouver with the Opening Ceremonies,and then run every day through the end of February. We’ll have dailycoverage in the paper, plenty of coverage on and daily breakers on

Jeff Bender, a long-time golf professional in the Mid-Columbia first at Black Rock Creek in Sunnyside and now at Canyon Lakes, begins a golf column for usthat attacks the many mental and physical problems we (especially me) have.

His column will run three to four times each month through the rest of the year.

— I’m heading to the Seattle Golf Show on Friday to see the latestequipment and check out the 200 exhibitors’ booths at the Qwest FieldEvent Center.

The event runs Friday (noon to 6 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 5p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Admission is $12 for adults, $5 forkids 7-11.

High school basketball begins its postseason this week. It actuallystarted Monday night when the Tri-Cities Prep girls defeated Kahlotus in adistrict play-in game.

Altogether, we’ve entered what I call "The 34 days ofpostseason madness." This week’s main draw is Saturday night’s first round ofthe Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A district tournaments for boys and girls, set at various sites. Check the Herald for the schedule.

The 4A regional wrestling tournament begins at 10 a.m. at Richland HighSchool. The championships begin at 4 p.m. Our Kevin Anthony will be therecovering it.

The Tri-City Americans have a lot of home games coming up in the next fewweeks — thanks to basketball tournaments taking the Toyota Center floor thelast week of February and first week of March. This week, the Ams are athome Friday (Chilliwack) and Sunday (Kamloops).

— Annie Fowler is putting together the 22nd annual WHL's Best of the Westpoll, set to run in Sunday’s paper. It’s always interesting to see whothe players in the Western Conference think are the best in severaldifferent categories.

The Daytona 500, NASCAR’s Super Bowl, will be shown at 9 a.m. Sunday onFOX. A number of sports bars in the Tri-Cities have their own parties, inwhich for one price you can eat breakfast and have drinks. Call aheadbecause they usually sell out fast.

— Speaking of racing, if you haven’t had the chance to check out HBO’s 24/7Jimmie Johnson, do so. I watched most of the first episode and wasmesmerized from the start. The behind-the-scenes look at HendrickMotorsports was incredible. The workouts that pit crew members mustgo through are tough.

That’s it for now.....