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...