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NCAA board approves athlete compensation for image, likeness

The NCAA Board of Governors took the first step Tuesday toward allowing amateur athletes to cash in on their fame, voting unanimously to permit them to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.” The United States’ largest governing body for college athletics realized that it “must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” ...

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Ole Miss does roughly $128,000 in first-game beer sales

By PARRISH ALFORD / Daily Journal OXFORD – The first day of beer sales at Ole Miss took in $128,000, interim athletics director Keith Carter said. The school sold 15,400 units at $8 and $9 per unit. Net sales numbers were not available. Ole Miss became the seventh SEC school to announce beer sales after conference presidents voted last May ...

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Tupelo announces naming rights agreement with BankPlus for local sports complex

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal The city of Tupelo on Monday announced a naming rights agreement with a local bank to rename one of its outdoor sports facilities. The city agreed to rename the sports facility located at Ballard Park the BankPlus SportsPlex, which will last for 10 years and apply to every sports field within the facility, according to ...

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Animal rights group wants mascot hit by player to retire

An animal rights group wants Mississippi State to retire its live bulldog mascot named Jak after he was crashed into by an Auburn University player making a mad dash through the end zone. News outlets report People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has sent a letter to the Mississippi college, saying it was sheer luck that Jak wasn’t severely ...

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Couples bond over hunting giant alligators

By ERNEST HERNDON / Enterprise-Journal MCCOMB — Some couples like wine and roses. Others prefer dinner and a movie. But in southwest Mississippi, some couples bond by hunting giant alligators in the swamp at night. During the recent alligator season, Jeff and Michelle Barnes of Walthall County brought in an 11-foot, 3-inch behemoth in the Old Homochitto River — and ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — ‘El boom Latino’ heard at the Sanderson Farms Championship

Welcome to Mississippi, Senor Munoz. Let’s expand that welcome to the whole country, because Sebastian Munoz truly arrived in the United States in a big way on Sunday. In Jackson, he won his first PGA golf tournament, opening the door to bigger and better things. His achievement was set up when he sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th ...

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Sanderson championship to strut its stuff as a free-range bird

By JACK WEATHERLY This week the Sanderson Farms Championship, whose trophy is in the form of a rooster, will strut its stuff as a full-fledged tournament on the PGA tour. The championship to be played again at the Country Club at Jackson will be able to compete for tour players for the first time without contending with another tournament, the ...

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Hunters bagged 918 alligators on Mississippi public waters

Great weather, high water and increasing expertise made for a good alligator season in Mississippi’s public waters, says state alligator program coordinator Ricky Flynt. Hunters took 918 alligators from Mississippi’s public waters this year, up 153 from last year’s harvest, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said. Paul Edwards of Okolona and five others tied a state record ...

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Ole Miss, Mississippi State ranked among cheapest tailgates in recent study

By DANNY McARTHUR / Daily Journal When it comes to cheapest towns to tailgate in, both Starkville and Oxford make the top ten, according to a recent study by Rent.com. The 2019 ranking looks at 57 cities representing 65 Power Five schools. The website said that for the article, they ranked each metropolitan area home to an NCAA Football Series. Schools ...

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Seventh grader is school’s first female football player

By NATHANIEL GABLER / Oxford Eagle OXFORD  Aniah Echols walks gingerly, shading her eyes with her right hand as she treads through the boys locker room at Oxford Middle School looking for her coach. Just a seventh grader, Echols doesn’t really know any different. But in a way, she’s forced herself to do a lot of growing up quickly in ...

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