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Deuce: In praise of his pal, Pierre Thomas


It’s a fact of life for NFL running backs, and Deuce McAllister knows it better than anyone. “One of two things eventually is going to get you as a running back in the NFL,” McAllister said Thursday morning. “Either injuries or the salary cap.” Injuries got Deuce, a Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer. The salary […]

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‘Most Interesting Golfer’ coming to Coast


  My favorite golfer? I grew up on Arnold Palmer. When Arnie faded, I latched on to Jack Nicklaus. When Jim Gallagher moved to Mississippi and was part of a victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team, I went with Jim. There was a while there when I was just mesmerized by Tiger Woods, who could do […]

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C Spire Gillom, Howell candidates abound


After a watershed Mississippi college football season, what in the world could our basketball teams provide for an encore? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Mississippi State’s women, nationally ranked at 24-4 (with two double overtime losses) lead the way. If the Big Dance started today, the Ole Miss men would surely be two-stepping […]

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Peyton doesn’t need everyone’s advice


Can someone please explain to me why so many people want Peyton Manning to quit playing football? Since Denver lost to Indianapolis in the NFL quarterfinals, many newspaper columnists, website bloggers, radio talk show hosts and TV commentators sound like a discordant chorus, saying Manning, a five-time MVP, is washed up. Google Peyton Manning and […]

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Happy birthday to my Mom, simply the best


The game was called baseball, but the scores were often in the 20s. In Hattiesburg, we called it the Morning League. It was, I suppose, a precursor to T-Ball, back before mankind made the startling discovery that little boys can’t throw strikes. The games began at 7 a.m., before the dew had dried and the […]

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Congrats — and some history — to all signees


Congratulations to all the athletes who signed scholarships on National Signing Day. Congratulations to their families and their coaches. But it’s like I told Jackson-area recruits this morning during a press conference at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum: Now, the real work starts. I don’t care if you were a five-star recruit […]

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Madden 15 is on the money; so, how about you?


How realistic is Madden 15, the Electronic Arts (EA) video game that mimicks the NFL? Scarily realistic is the answer. Madden 15 correctly predicted the score of last Sunday’s Super Bowl — on the nose. Better than Vegas. Perfect. Madden 15 will be on display in a big way Saturday at your Mississippi Sports Hall […]

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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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