Small-town Mississippi rocks sports world


What is it about small-town Mississippi? Last night, Amory’s Mitch Moreland hit two home runs for the Texas Rangers and now has 12 for the season. He is hitting .300. In Cincinnati, Taylorsville’s Billy Hamilton swiped four more bases and now has 40. In the same game, Brian Dozier of Fulton launched his 16th home […]

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George Bryan to receive fourth Rube Award


West Point native George Bryan, who brought the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open golf championship to the nationally renowned golf course he built in his hometown, will receive the Rube Award for his lifetime of contributions to Mississippi sports. The Rube Award is named in honor of the late Michael Rubenstein, long-time TV sportscaster and executive […]

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What a Father’s Day gift from Wilson Furr!


So, Dads, what did you do on your Father’s Day? Here’s what Bill Furr did. He rode in the golf cart with his 16-year-old son, Wilson, who became the youngest champion in the 100-year history of the Mississippi State Amateur. “That was a blast!” Bill Furr said. Had to be. It was fun to watch […]

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A Father’s Day story: Here’s to all dads


(My father, Ace Cleveland, died 20 years ago, and, still, nearly every day, I want to pick up the phone and call him. It might be to tell him something that just happened in the Braves game. It might be about something I just read. I might need help with the New York Times crossword […]

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Here’s to 100 years of rich State Am history


This week, Mississippi’s top amateur golfers will converge at Country Club of Jackson to compete for the State Amateur Championship, the 100th in the event’s history. That’s a lot of history. Today, hopefully we will learn some. At times our State Am has seemed like the Queen City Open. Meridian golfers have won a whopping […]

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Hutton among 5 to enter MAC Hall of Fame


CLINTON — Doug Hutton, a 1995 inductee to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, is among five who will be inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame on June 26. The MAC Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes:  RONNIE CUEVAS, championship football coach at Gulfport, Starkville, and Harrison Central, who is […]

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Could a player on losing team win MVP?


One guy’s opinion on the NBA playoffs, which the Warriors now lead three games to two: Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who shoots as if the basket is four feet wide, won the NBA MVP for the season, and that’s all well and good. The best player on the planet remains LeBron James, and he showed […]

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Calvin Smith will start Watermelon Classic


Bolton native Calvin Smith, the world’s fastest human for more than four years, will be the official starter for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame’s Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic 5K road race on July 4. That will be 22 years and one day after Smith dazzled the track and field world when he ran 100 […]

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RIP, Farley Salmon: an Ole Miss legend


Five feet, eight inches tall and 145 pounds was tiny for a big-time college football quarterback, even back in 1948 when Farley Salmon quarterbacked the Ole Miss Rebels to eight victories and one defeat. Salmon, who died Sunday at the age of 88, made up for his size with speed, quickness, smarts and no small […]

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Hey, Mississippi, we did it and we got it right


(Today, I am cleaning out my home office and just found my column from the Oct. 13, 1992, Clarion-Ledger. Your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame opened its doors on July 4, 1996.) ••• Much-maligned Mississippi has given so much to the world. From Elvis, to B.B., to Muddy Waters, to Leontyne Price. From William Faulkner, […]

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