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Happy 97th to Hunter George Weddington

Happy 97th birthday today to our oldest living Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer, Hunter George Weddington of Meridian. Weddington, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983, won three State Amateur golf championships, the first in 1939 and the last in 1948, nearly 66 years ago. He first played in the State Am in 1936. [...]

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Inkster returning to 2nd home, Old Waverly

WEST POINT – Hall of Famer and 31-time LPGA Tour winner Juli Inkster will return to Old Waverly Golf Club this fall for the Legends Tour’s 2014 ISPS Handa Cup. Inkster won the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open at Old Waverly for one of her seven major championship titles. The ninth ISPS Handa Cup will be [...]

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From Mississippi to Jim Kelly: Best wishes

(What follows is my syndicated column from last week. Jim Kelly has been open about the challenges he faces with cancer. Last week, he completed his first round of chemotherapy and radiation. He will have two more rounds of chemo in the next six weeks, along with daily radiation treatments. Kelly’s doctor has described his [...]

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Sanderson Farms tournament moving to CCJ

The 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship will move to the Country Club of Jackson, tournament officials have announced. The move from Annandale in Madison, the tournament’s 20-year home, to the northeast Jackson club was made to enhance the tournament’s ability to raise money for Friends of Children’s Hospital, tournament officials announced. The move requires approval from [...]

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Jack’s majors record looks safer all the time

Now comes the news Tiger Woods will miss The Masters with a back injury. And now — for the first time since Tiger won The Masters by 12 shots as a 21-year-old (17 years ago) — I seriously doubt Tiger will break Jack Nicklaus’s career record of 18 major championships. Tiger has 14. He has [...]

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Kent Hull Tournament set for April 24

Limited playing spots remain available for the Kent Hull Memorial Golf Tournament, set for Thursday, April 24th at Live Oaks Golf Club. The tournament, which has a four-man scramble format, has individual spots open at $200 or team sponsorships available  at $800. To reserve a spot, call Terry Godfrey at 601-898-1017 or email him at [...]

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Ladner-led Jones makes Mississippi history

  How do you celebrate the first national junior college men’s basketball championship in the long, storied history of the Mississippi junior college system? Jones Junior College coach Jay Ladner, one of the best coaches 99.99 percent of the country never heard of, answered his cell phone Sunday morning and answered that question. “We’re pulled [...]

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Johnny Stroud, John’s dad, could play…

Jones Junior College this past weekend became the first Mississippi two-year school to win the juco Division I National Championship. The Jones Bobcats won five games in five days to claim the title. Back in 1951, Northeast Community College in Booneville played for the national championship at Hutchinson, Kan. The story is worth retelling… Northeast [...]

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RIP: Indianola basketball great Sam Lacey

Indianola native Sam Lacey, regarded as one of the most versatile big men in NBA history, died Saturday in his adopted hometown of Kansas City of natural causes. He would have turned 66 on March 28. Former Delta State and Ole Miss coach Ed Murphy helped recruit the 6-foot, 10-inch Lacey out of Gentry High [...]

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Free tax filing program featured at MSHoF

A Free File program that allows low-to-moderate-income Mississippi residents to prepare and file their taxes at no charge will be featured at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Tuesday. State Department of Revenue Commissioner Ed Morgan will join other state officials to showcase the program that is a partnership between the IRS and [...]

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