Christian Thompson of Chattanooga won the Scenic City Scorcher two-mile road race Saturday morning in North Chattanooga with a time of 9 minutes, 41 seconds. That was 10 seconds faster than John Gilpin ran in winning the inaugural event last year. Rachel Mason of Hixson set the female standard with an 11:57 finish. Teenagers Richard Guiry, Chase Faudi and Jonathan Boyd were second through fourth overall in 9:59, 10:42 and 10:47, and Kevin Huwe and Brian Sydow also broke 11 minutes. Chase, 14, led three Faudis in the top nine, joined by Zachary, 16, and Marcus, 40. Sydow and Dianna Leun were the masters winners in 10:59 and 12:44, and 10th-place Tim Ensign in 11:16 and Jan Gautier in 13:07 were the grand masters winners. Thomas Starke in 12:59 and Connie Regal in 16:06 were the senior grand masters winners, and Sergio Bianchini and Sue Anne Brown, both in their 70s, won the veterans awards in 15:13 and 19:26.
- Grind Nation Promotions has set its second professional boxing card of the year for Aug. 6 at the Chattanooga Convention Center, exhibit hall A, starting at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6. According to Grind Nation founder and CEO DeMarcus Rogers, the company's first event on May 7 at Camp Jordan Arena drew 1,200 spectators "with very little advertisement." Rogers grew up in Chattanooga, attended Central High School and boxed with the Westside Knockouts, now the YCAP Boxing Club, with two junior national championships. He became a professional fighter while attending Tennessee State University, and last year he began Grind Nation Performance Training for working with local student-athletes. He will be in the main bout among "six to eight" in the Aug. 6 boxing card, which also will include 12-0 Tyler Howard from Crossville, Tenn. To reserve ringside tables or seats or floor seats or for more information, call 678-554-7697.
- The RBI Southeastern Regional tournament wraps up today with the softball championship game at 10 a.m. at Jim Frost Stadium and the baseball finals at 1 (junior division) and 3:30 (senior division) p.m. at AT&T Field. The competition involving 10 RBI leagues from as far away as Miami began Friday.