A new and bigger PopStars: Best of MSPreps


Today, The Clarion-Ledger published news of a Best of MSPreps program, a massive investment to honor the top Mississippi high school athletes. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fames’s annual PopStars awards, which has for 13 years honored the state’s top high school athletes in every sport, will fold into the newspaper’s program. A portion of […]

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Summers bails Rebels out of a big jam


OXFORD — Mississippi State shot a scalding 55.6 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point land, and out-rebounded Ole Miss 34-31. And State lost. Bulldog Craig Sword hit a career high five 3-pointers and scored 27 points. And State lost. In what was probably the last State-Ole Miss game ever at Tad Smith Coliseum, […]

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Patriots’ Jamie Collins: The photo says it all


Malcolm Smith of the Seattle Seahawks last year became only the third linebacker in Super Bowl history to win MVP honors. He followed Chuck Howley of the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V and Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. But the Las Vegas odds against Smith winning again are 100 […]

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Thirty-two years ago: ‘Bear Bryant has died’


It was about this time of day 32 years ago when the news flashed across my computer screen at The Clarion-Ledger: “Bear Bryant has died. Details to come.” I was stunned. At first, I just flat didn’t believe it. I had covered his last game as a coach in the Liberty Bowl about a month […]

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Davey Whitney remembers Ernie Banks


Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Dave Whitney well remembers Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. After all, Whitney was supposed to be the “next Ernie Banks.” Indeed, Whitney took Banks’ place at shortstop in the Kansas City Monarchs lineup when the Chicago Cubs signed Banks away from the Negro League Monarchs. Banks, who died Friday, […]

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Bailey Howell will be celebrated Saturday


Special from Mississippi State STARKVILLE, Miss. — More than just basketball will be on display Saturday when Georgia invades Humphrey Coliseum for a 2 p.m. SEC tilt against Mississippi State. At the final media timeout of the first half, MSU President Mark E. Keenum will lead the crowd in a celebration of the renaming earlier […]

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RIP: Doug Cunningham and Jimmy Lear


Today, services were held for two Mississippi Sports Hall of Famers, two great athletes and two great people, Jimmy Lear and Doug Cunningham. They were also two treasured Ole Miss Rebels, both as athletes and students. A measure of the respect people had for them is that both were elected Colonel Rebel, the equivalent of […]

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RIP: The great Doug Cunningham (Class of ’14)


The great Doug Cunningham, inducted last summer into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, died this morning. He was 69. Cunningham, who played at Ole Miss and in the NFL, was one of the great open field runners in Mississippi football history. Said Deuce McAllister, who was inducted into the MSHoF with Cunningham, “What impressed […]

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Ole Miss great Jimmy Lear has died


Hall of Famer Jimmy Lear led Ole Miss to one of the great victories in school history. Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Jimmy Lear, an Ole Miss football All American in 1952, has died. He was 82. Lear quarterbacked the 1952 Rebels to a 21-14 victory over No. 3 ranked Maryland in 1952, which was […]

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The art of covering a frigid marathon


(The Mississippi Blues Marathon, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, will be run Saturday morning in Jackson, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The projected temperature is 24 with a 5 mph north wind. Brrrrrr! Thirty years ago, I had planned to do a column […]

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