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Small-town Mississippi rocks sports world


What is it about small-town Mississippi? Last night, Amory’s Mitch Moreland hit two home runs for the Texas Rangers and now has 12 for the season. He is hitting .300. In Cincinnati, Taylorsville’s Billy Hamilton swiped four more bases and now has 40. In the same game, Brian Dozier of Fulton launched his 16th home […]

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What a Father’s Day gift from Wilson Furr!


So, Dads, what did you do on your Father’s Day? Here’s what Bill Furr did. He rode in the golf cart with his 16-year-old son, Wilson, who became the youngest champion in the 100-year history of the Mississippi State Amateur. “That was a blast!” Bill Furr said. Had to be. It was fun to watch […]

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A Father’s Day story: Here’s to all dads


(My father, Ace Cleveland, died 20 years ago, and, still, nearly every day, I want to pick up the phone and call him. It might be to tell him something that just happened in the Braves game. It might be about something I just read. I might need help with the New York Times crossword […]

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Here’s to 100 years of rich State Am history


This week, Mississippi’s top amateur golfers will converge at Country Club of Jackson to compete for the State Amateur Championship, the 100th in the event’s history. That’s a lot of history. Today, hopefully we will learn some. At times our State Am has seemed like the Queen City Open. Meridian golfers have won a whopping […]

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Could a player on losing team win MVP?


One guy’s opinion on the NBA playoffs, which the Warriors now lead three games to two: Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who shoots as if the basket is four feet wide, won the NBA MVP for the season, and that’s all well and good. The best player on the planet remains LeBron James, and he showed […]

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RIP, Farley Salmon: an Ole Miss legend


Five feet, eight inches tall and 145 pounds was tiny for a big-time college football quarterback, even back in 1948 when Farley Salmon quarterbacked the Ole Miss Rebels to eight victories and one defeat. Salmon, who died Sunday at the age of 88, made up for his size with speed, quickness, smarts and no small […]

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Hey, Mississippi, we did it and we got it right


(Today, I am cleaning out my home office and just found my column from the Oct. 13, 1992, Clarion-Ledger. Your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame opened its doors on July 4, 1996.) ••• Much-maligned Mississippi has given so much to the world. From Elvis, to B.B., to Muddy Waters, to Leontyne Price. From William Faulkner, […]

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Perian Conerly: The original Backseat QB


(Billy Watkins of The Clarion-Ledger has written splendidly in recent days about former female sports writers Sue Dabbs and Beth Wickenberg, both of whom were trailblazers as full-time sports writers for the Ledger. But did you know Perian Conerly, wife of the late, great Charlie Conerly, was the first member of the Football Writers Association […]

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Whitney to be honored at Alcorn Saturday


(The remarkable life of Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Davey Whitney will be celebrated Saturday, June 6, at Alcorn State with a memorial service beginning at noon in the building that bears his name. Details of the event can be found below. But first, I was honored to speak at Whitney’s funeral held in Gulfport […]

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More memorable tales from The Ranch


(My syndicated column this week dealt with the greatest golf shot I ever saw on my favorite golf course I ever played, the one named for Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer B.O. Van Hook. The golf course no longer exists, but the memories will last a lifetime. What follows is the column I wrote in […]

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