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Johnny Miller cites Mike Taylor as influence

Johnny Miller, who at the peak of his golf game, was among the greatest players ever, credits Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Mike Taylor for much of his success. The two were teammates at BYU, Miller from San Francisco and Taylor, who eventually won the Mississippi State Amateur championship 10 times, from Meridian. They were […]

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A female official in the NFL? Why not?

(Mississippi has produced the leading passer and receiver in NFL history, plus the second leading rusher. Brett Favre (Kiln), Jerry Rice (Crawford) and Walter Payton (Columbia) need no introduction. Now the state has produced pro footballs first full-time female official, Sarah Thomas. Here was my this week’s syndicated column about Sarah. At the end, there’s […]

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State’s college baseball teams must heat up

Notes, quotes and an opinion or two… As we move toward income tax deadline, our college baseball teams face pressing deadlines, as well. Ole Miss, State and USM must get hot in a hurry to be considered seriously for NCAA Tournament at-large berths. Southern Miss is the closest to being hot at present. Tuesday night’s […]

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Ten things about the NCAA Tournament…

Ten things about the NCAA Basketball Tournament… It’s still the most exciting event on the sports calendar, and Games like Wisconsin-Kentucky are what make it so, and I have said since Ole Miss had a shot to win in regulation at Kentucky on the opening week of the SEC schedule that I didn’t think Kentucky […]

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‘Frosty’ overcomes bad break to win on Coast

SAUCIER — David Frost, the wine-making golfer from South Africa, might have uncorked a fine bottle of champagne Sunday night. After all, he shot a final round 68 to win the Mississippi Gulf Resorts Classic for his first Champions Tour victory in nearly two years. Frost, 55, came from three shots behind to win his […]

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Jim Thorpe’s long, unlikely career nears end

SAUCIER — This is Jim Thorpe’s last rodeo. At age 66, and after 44 years of playing golf for a living, Thorpe knows the time has come. He still possesses an athlete’s build, a linebacker’s shoulders and a blacksmith’s forearms, but his creaky joints tell him how old he is on every swing. “The golf […]

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Coast wind is Montgomerie’s gentle breeze

SAUCIER, Miss. — Colin Montgomerie, the spectacularly accomplished Scottish golfer, was preparing to chip to the second green, his 11th of the day, at Fallen Oak on a windy, sun-kissed Friday afternoon. And then something — something big and blue, caught his eye. It was a sheriff’s deputy, walking in Montgomerie’s line of sight when […]

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Freeze, Mullen, birdies and snakes, oh my

BILOXI — So, I saw Hugh Freeze leave it in the sand trap on the par-5 first hole at Fallen Oak. I saw Dan Mullen leave it in the trap from the 18th fairway. Lots of sand flew out of both traps. No ball. Both took it like a man here in the Champions Tour […]

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Roy McAvoy has nothing on Jeff Maggert

BILOXI — Jeff Maggert, who does not resemble Kevin Costner, could have been excused Wednesday afternoon if he felt like he was playing Roy McAvoy in one of those trick shot scenes from the movie Tin Cup. There was Maggert Wednesday on the third floor pool deck at Harrah’s Casino on the inland side of […]

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These ‘Champions’ are STILL really good

Three years ago, Fred Couples won the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at picturesque Fallen Oak in Biloxi, and two weeks later led The Masters after two rounds. Couples, who has made the cut in 20 consecutive Masters, has finished no lower than 20th in his last five visits to Augusta. Obviously, at age […]

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