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Regular readers might remember this. Back in August, back when sports betting first became legal in Mississippi, your dutiful reporter went down to the Gulf Coast to write about it.

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Justin Henry starred in baseball a Vicksburg High before moving on to Ole Miss, where he played alongside his brother Jordan. Both were ridiculously talented athletes, but it was Justin who knew the game of baseball more than any other person I have met.

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Today (Saturday) is the last game of the 2018 college football season as Army takes on Navy at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 2 p.m. on CBS in the 119th meeting between the two service academies.

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HATTIESBURG — West Jones’ first appearance in the Class 5A state football championship, a 27-12 loss to West Point, can be summed up by close calls and missed opportunities.

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Mr. Football will be on the sidelines this afternoon (Saturday) and a freshman will be under center when the Taylorsville Tartars aim for their second straight Class 2A state football championship at M.M. Roberts Stadium at Southern Miss.

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North Carolina fired former Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora Sunday. But shed no tears for Fedora. The Tar Heels will pay Fedora $12.2 million over the next four years — not to coach.

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There’s a really good football movie about a high school football team that overcomes many adversities on its way to winning a state title called “Facing the Giants.” 

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TAYLORSVILLE — While the sophomore superstar gets most of the headlines, it was a senior running back and a freshman backup QB who stole the show Friday night.

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PICAYUNE — Some West Jones fans weren’t there for kickoff because of a big wreck on I-59, but they were there for the celebration. And what a celebration it was. The Mustangs beat Picayune 21-13 for the Class 5A South State championship to punch their ticket to the state title game at The Rock.

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The balance beam is Emma DeSantis’ favorite event in gymnastics. That’s no surprise, considering how she has been able to balance things in her life to achieve her goal of signing with the perennial national power University of Alabama.

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After beatdown of top-ranked Hattiesburg, Mustangs hope sixth time is the charm

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NEJ star rises from Russian orphanage and death bed to take next step toward dream

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When I was 9 years young, I met Willie McCovey in the lobby of the grand, old Rice Hotel in Houston where his San Francisco Giants were staying.

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HATTIESBURG —  The West Jones Mustangs have been bridesmaids five times in Scott Pierson’s tenure as the school’s head football coach.

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Earlier this week, I was talking with my boys’ friend Preston and we were discussing college basketball. I looked at the TV lineup and saw that Duke was on and he wanted to watch it, but I won’t write what I said about Duke.

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Older fans will remember this. Back in the old days, when John Vaught was the Ole Miss football coach and the Rebels were ranked in the Top 10 nearly every year, the Rebels would play an annual game with Chattanooga.

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Laurel High football coach Todd Breland is optimistic that the playing surface at Watkins Stadium will be in fine condition come Friday night.

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Walker Thompson booted a 35-yard field goal with 3 minutes, 32 seconds to play Friday night to cap a dramatic 25-23 West Jones victory over Stone in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

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Most astute football historians can tell you Greenville’s Wilbert Montgomery played at Abilene Christian before he went on to NFL stardom as a remarkably productive Philadelphia Eagles running back.

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All signs pointed to a close game between No. 6 Jones and No. 5 Northwest in the MACJC semifinals.

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The most difficult position in all of team sports is quarterback. Almost every expert, ex-player and beer-swilling ex-jock who now coaches and referees from a recliner can agree on that. After all, there are only 32 starting QBs in the NFL.

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The two best teams in Region 5-2A will host playoff games Friday night when Taylorsville takes on Perry Central, while Bay Springs will host North Forrest.

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The four teams that will be competing in the Class 5A playoffs from Region 3-5A are finalized, but the seeding for three of those remains in doubt.

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Laurel captured the Region 3-5A championship Friday night with its sixth straight victory, a 40-9 thumping of North Pike.