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NCAA: No championships in states with confederate symbol

The NCAA’s Board of Governors put its clout behind a change in Mississippi’s state flag with a dramatic move on Friday morning. The NCAA panel expanded its “Confederate flag policy” to prevent any championship events from being played “in states where the symbol has a prominent presence.” As the statement from the Boad of Governors noted, “Mississippi is the only ...

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Robinson named FCS ADA president; first African-American to assume role

The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) has selected Ashley Robinson, vice president and director of athletics at Jackson State University (JSU), to serve as President for the 2020-21 membership year. “It’s an honor to serve as the President of the FCS ADA for the upcoming year,” said Robinson, who begins his second year at the ...

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Injuries could be more plentiful as workouts ramp up amid COVID-19

By NASH NUNNERY Will Ball is more than ready for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Since March 13, the director of sports medicine and development for Rush Hospital Systems has spent 14-hour days screening patients and guests before they enter the Meridian hospital. The affable Ball would rather be lending his vast expertise in sports medicine to the 30-plus ...

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NASCAR bans Confederate flag from its races and properties

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties on Wednesday, formally distancing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism that had been a familiar sight at stock car events for more than 70 years. The move comes amid social unrest around the globe following the death in police custody of George Floyd, an ...

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Mississippi betting revenue plummets in March

Mississippi’s sports betting revenue fell sharply in the past month, after the popular National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) basketball tournament was cancelled and the state’s casinos shut from March 16.  Revenue for the month dropped 86.8% year-on-year to $648,646.60 (or 69.2% month-on-month) after the March Madness tournament, which drove customer activity in the prior year, was cancelled as a result of ...

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MHSAA suspends all spring activities until March 29

The Mississippi High School Activities Association announced on Monday morning that it has suspended all spring sports and activities due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak until March 29 at the earliest. The suspension of activities includes all sanctioned contests and practices, no matter if a school is open or closed during that time. The announcement followed a teleconference of the ...

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SEC, Big Ten and American Athletic have canceled conference basketball tournaments

The Big Ten, SEC and American Athletic Conference have canceled their conference tournaments, the leagues announced Thursday. The decisions continue ongoing actions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which was labeled a pandemic Wednesday by the World Health Organizations. Also Wednesday, the NCAA announced that the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments would be played without fans. The Power 5 ...

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SWAC baseball tournament coming to Mississippi

SWAC baseball is coming to Jackson. Smith Wills Stadium will play host to the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship baseball tournament this spring. A three-year deal was signed for the stadium to host the SWAC championship, WLBT-TV reported. The tournament will be played May 13-17, with the championship game airing on an ESPN network. “This solidifies the decision made to welcome KSG-Overtime ...

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RICK CLEVELAND — The son of a Syracuse street cop, Ed Murphy left an indelible mark on Mississippi

Many Mississippians will remember colorful Ed Murphy from his basketball coaching days at Delta State (1983-1986) and Ole Miss (1986-1992). He was a tall, husky, friendly Irishman with a booming voice and a sharp, often self-deprecating wit. Murphy died Sunday in Carrollton, Georgia, after an extended illness. He was 78. Murphy’s impact on Mississippi was multi-faceted. He spent his first ...

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SEC announces average payout of $44.6 million per school

The Southeastern Conference schools each received more than $44.6 million in total revenue distributed by the league, a seven-figure increase from the previous fiscal year. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Thursday the league handed out just over $651.0 million of total revenue among the 14 members for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which ended August 31, 2019. That’s up from $627.1 ...

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