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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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Looking back: A win for working mothers


(This was my column in The Clarion-Ledger, the day after Juli Inkster won the U.S. Open at Old Waverly in 1999.) WEST POINT – Not another working mother in these United States swings a golf club like record-setting U.S. Women’s Open champion Juli Inkster. But every working mother alive can identify with what Inkster goes [...]

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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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Rebels’ Anderson still can’t believe it . . .


There’s an old baseball adage that goes something like this: Every time you go to the ballpark, there’s always a chance you’ll see something you’ve never seen before. At Swayze Field in Oxford last Friday night, more than 9,000 folks — or at least those who hung around until the 13th inning — saw something [...]

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State marvelous Final Four run remembered


We are in the 75th year of so-called March Madness, which means we are, in Super Bowl terms, about to watch Final Four LXXV. Do the math and you know that 300 (CCC) teams will have taken part in the Final Four — only one (I) from Mississippi. In 1996, Richard Williams, a former volunteer [...]

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The remarkable legacy of Chucky Mullins …


(At Ole Miss, Deterrian “D.T.” Shackelford has been selected the winner of the 2014 Chucky Mullins Courage Award, becoming the first two-time recipient of the honor. What follows is the column I wrote in 1989 on the 20th anniversary of the injury that eventually caused Chucky’s death.) • RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. — Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins’ [...]

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Thanks, Willie: A Prayer for Little Leaguers


Every evening when I pull out of the museum parking lot, I see Little Leaguers warming up for the night’s games across Lakeland Avenue. It brings back so many memories — of playing ball myself and then of watching my kids play. It also reminds me of my late friend Willie Morris and his ineffable [...]

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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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Tony Dungy at ECCC: class personified


PHILADEPHIA — I am here at a sold-out Neshoba County Coliseum where tonight Super Bowl-winning football Tony Dungy is the keynote speaker at a fund-raiser for East Central Community College’s football program. Dungy’s connection to East Central, located in tiny Decatur? Dungy and ECCC second-year coach Ken Karcher are long-time friends who share not only [...]

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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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