Webb, who died Thursday at the age of 72, was an accomplished teacher, a fine player in his own right and, most importantly, a second father to scores of golfers who proudly called themselves "Robbie's boys." Webb was a huge, broad-shouldered, balding man with Popeye forearms, a fierce stare that demanded discipline without any vocal support, and a smile as soft as a teddy bear. Long-time PGA Tour rules official Ben Nelson was one of the first of "Robbie's boys." "I think we all thought Robbie was teaching us how...

Maholm happy to be a Brave

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Talk about sudden life change: Ex-Mississippi State baseball standout and Hattiesburg resident Paul Maholm's world has turned up-side down in the last couple days. Maholm, you should know, has landed sunny-side up. Two days ago, Maholm was a red-hot pitcher for one of the worst teams in the Major Leagues, the Chicago Cubs. Saturday, he will start for the Atlanta Braves, who are in the middle of a pennant race. "It's exciting," Maholm said by cell phone. "It's like being called up to the Big Leagues for the first time...

Rubenstein family makes largest private donation

Nearly 500 banquet attendees stood Friday night and applauded as Ted Rubenstein handed Boo Ferriss the first ever "The Rube," an award named in honor of Ted's brother, the late Michael Rubenstein. Moments later, the same 500 attendees stood and applauded again when it was announced that the Rubenstein family has given a $150,000 gift to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The donation, $25,000 per year over six years, is the largest private donation in the museum's 16-year history. "Nobody knew better than Michael how much that...

USM Great McElroy Passes

Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Bucky McElroy, one of Southern Miss's all-time football greats, died Wednesday in his hometown of Monroe, La., after a long battle with cancer. He was 83. McElroy, inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, was a standout running back at both Hinds Community College and USM. He was inducted into both of those schools' halls of fame. "When Bucky had the ball in his hands, he was pure dynamite," said Hamp Cook, a USM teammate and also a member of the Mississippi...

Ferriss Chosen for First Rube Award

Boo Ferriss, one of Mississippi's most beloved citizens, will receive the first The Rube award at the BancorpSouth Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies July 27 at the Downtown Marriott in Jackson. The Rube is named for the late Michael Rubenstein, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum's first and only executive director until his death Dec. 1, 2011. The award will go annually to a person whose love and passion for — and contributions to — Mississippi sports have made a meaningful difference. Ferriss fits the bill....

Record Field for Farm Bureau Insurance Watermelon Classic

Josh Heird, 32, of Louisville, Ky., and Meggan Franks, 28, of Starkville were the overall winners of the five-kilometer Farm Bureau Insurance Watermelon Classic Wednesday morning. A record 1,772 participants celebrated Independence Day in the 30th annual event held in sunny, warm and humid weather. Heird finished the 3.1 mile run in 16 minutes, 31 seconds, three seconds ahead of second place William Kazery of Jackson. Curt Knight of Jackson finished third with a time of 16:40. Among females, Franks finished a minute and three seconds ahead of second place...