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  • USM nudges past South Alabama, 4-2

    USM nudges past South Alabama, 4-2

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 10:57 PM EDT2017-03-29 02:57:59 GMT
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    Taylor Braley turned in a third, consecutive quality mid-week pitching start as the 23rd-ranked University of Southern Mississippi downed the University of South Alabama 4-2 Tuesday night at Taylor Park.

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    Taylor Braley turned in a third, consecutive quality mid-week pitching start as the 23rd-ranked University of Southern Mississippi downed the University of South Alabama 4-2 Tuesday night at Taylor Park.

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  • JCJC's Bruce Stevens commits to Ole Miss

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 6:10 PM EDT2017-03-28 22:10:45 GMT
    JCJC sophomore forward Bruce Stevens announced his commitment to Ole Miss via Twitter on Monday. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC sophomore forward Bruce Stevens announced his commitment to Ole Miss via Twitter on Monday. Courtesy: WDAM

    Jones County Junior College sophomore Bruce Stevens announced his commitment to play basketball for the University of Mississippi on Monday.

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    Jones County Junior College sophomore Bruce Stevens announced his commitment to play basketball for the University of Mississippi on Monday.

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  • Big week ahead for Mississippi's D-I baseball teams

    Big week ahead for Mississippi's D-I baseball teams

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 5:37 PM EDT2017-03-28 21:37:53 GMT
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    The Golden Eagles face a five-game work week, while the Rebels and Bulldogs square off in Oxford this weekend. 

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    The Golden Eagles face a five-game work week, while the Rebels and Bulldogs square off in Oxford this weekend.

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  • 30 years later: A look back at USM's 1987 NIT title

    30 years later: A look back at USM's 1987 NIT title

    Monday, March 27 2017 1:13 AM EDT2017-03-27 05:13:47 GMT
    Southern Miss beat La Salle 84-80 to capture the 1987 NIT championship. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss beat La Salle 84-80 to capture the 1987 NIT championship. Courtesy: WDAM

    Sunday, March 26 marked the 30th anniversary that Southern Miss basketball won the 1987 NIT Tournament.

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    Sunday, March 26 marked the 30th anniversary that Southern Miss basketball won the 1987 NIT Tournament.

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  • Southern Miss takes baseball series from Marshall

    Southern Miss takes baseball series from Marshall

    Monday, March 27 2017 12:16 AM EDT2017-03-27 04:16:04 GMT
    Southern Miss senior Dylan Burdeaux (24) went 2-4 with 3 RBIs including a solo home run in the Golden Eagles' 13-3 win over Marshall on Sunday. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss senior Dylan Burdeaux (24) went 2-4 with 3 RBIs including a solo home run in the Golden Eagles' 13-3 win over Marshall on Sunday. Courtesy: WDAM

    Dylan Burdeaux and Daniel Keating led Sunday off with home runs and Hayden Roberts went 7 1/3 solid innings as the University of Southern Mississippi beat Marshall University 13-3 in eight innings at Taylor Park.

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    Dylan Burdeaux and Daniel Keating led Sunday off with home runs and Hayden Roberts went 7 1/3 solid innings as the University of Southern Mississippi beat Marshall University 13-3 in eight innings at Taylor Park.

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  • All-star of the week: JCJC's Kelsha Loftin

    All-star of the week: JCJC's Kelsha Loftin

    Friday, March 24 2017 11:49 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:49:23 GMT
    JCJC freshman Kelsha Loftin (23) crosses home plate after hitting one of her five home runs this season. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC freshman Kelsha Loftin (23) crosses home plate after hitting one of her five home runs this season. Courtesy: WDAM

    Freshman Kelsha Loftin is a chief reason JCJC softball is 28-0, leading the Lady Bobcats with a .521 batting average and 19 runs scored.

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    Freshman Kelsha Loftin is a chief reason JCJC softball is 28-0, leading the Lady Bobcats with a .521 batting average and 19 runs scored.

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  • Boyd's 2-run HR gives Southern Miss 5-3 win in 11 innings

    Boyd's 2-run HR gives Southern Miss 5-3 win in 11 innings

    Friday, March 24 2017 10:10 PM EDT2017-03-25 02:10:14 GMT
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    The dramatic is becoming the norm at Taylor Park this season for the University of Southern Mississippi. 

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    The dramatic is becoming the norm at Taylor Park this season for the University of Southern Mississippi. 

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  • No. 25 Southern Miss hangs on to down Mississippi State, 7-5

    No. 25 Southern Miss hangs on to down Mississippi State, 7-5

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 1:26 AM EDT2017-03-22 05:26:27 GMT
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    The University of Southern Mississippi jumped out to a six-run lead, then held off Mississippi State University to take a 7-5 victory Tuesday night at Trustmark Park. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi jumped out to a six-run lead, then held off Mississippi State University to take a 7-5 victory Tuesday night at Trustmark Park. 

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  • USM takes down State

    USM takes down State

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 11:54 PM EDT2017-03-22 03:54:35 GMT

    The winning vibes continued for Southern Miss baseball Tuesday. Fresh off breaking into the top twenty-five the Golden Eagles got a 7-5 win over Mississippi State in Pearl.

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    The winning vibes continued for Southern Miss baseball Tuesday. Fresh off breaking into the top twenty-five the Golden Eagles got a 7-5 win over Mississippi State in Pearl.

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  • USM's Keon Howard, Kwadra Griggs begin QB competition

    USM's Keon Howard, Kwadra Griggs begin QB competition

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 11:51 PM EDT2017-03-22 03:51:35 GMT
    Keon Howard (2) and Kwadra Griggs (7) are both expected to compete for the Southern Miss starting quarterback position this spring. Courtesy: WDAMKeon Howard (2) and Kwadra Griggs (7) are both expected to compete for the Southern Miss starting quarterback position this spring. Courtesy: WDAM

    Whistles blowing and coaches yelling, the sounds of football returned to Southern Miss on Friday afternoon as the Golden Eagles held their first day of spring practice.

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    Whistles blowing and coaches yelling, the sounds of football returned to Southern Miss on Friday afternoon as the Golden Eagles held their first day of spring practice.

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  • JCJC basketball teams advance to sweet 16

    JCJC basketball teams advance to sweet 16

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 12:01 AM EDT2017-03-21 04:01:23 GMT
    Jones County's Bruce Stevens leads the Bobcats (10-0) with 17.8 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. Courtesy: WDAMJones County's Bruce Stevens leads the Bobcats (10-0) with 17.8 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. Courtesy: WDAM

    Both Jones County Junior College basketball teams are headed to the sweet 16 of the NJCAA championships.

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    Both Jones County Junior College basketball teams are headed to the sweet 16 of the NJCAA championships.

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  • Hopson expects wide-open spring competition

    Hopson expects wide-open spring competition

    Monday, March 20 2017 10:38 PM EDT2017-03-21 02:38:21 GMT
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    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson use one word to sum up his expectations for the Golden Eagles’ spring practices. Competition.

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    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson use one word to sum up his expectations for the Golden Eagles’ spring practices. Competition.

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  • Southern Miss baseball moves into Top 25

    Southern Miss baseball moves into Top 25

    Monday, March 20 2017 7:32 PM EDT2017-03-20 23:32:32 GMT
    USM junior Taylor Braley rounds third after hitting his fifth home run of the season in the Golden Eagles' 13-9 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior Taylor Braley rounds third after hitting his fifth home run of the season in the Golden Eagles' 13-9 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAM

    After a sweep of a five-game slate last week, University of Southern Mississippi baseball earned some national recognition.

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    After a sweep of a five-game slate last week, University of Southern Mississippi baseball earned some national recognition.

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  • USM finishes huge baseball sweep of No. 23 La. Tech

    USM finishes huge baseball sweep of No. 23 La. Tech

    Monday, March 20 2017 8:10 AM EDT2017-03-20 12:10:35 GMT
    USM junior Taylor Braley rounds third after hitting his fifth home run of the season in the Golden Eagles' 13-9 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior Taylor Braley rounds third after hitting his fifth home run of the season in the Golden Eagles' 13-9 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAM

    One weekend series does not a Conference USA baseball season make.

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    One weekend series does not a Conference USA baseball season make.

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  • JCJC athletics a combined 100-2

    JCJC athletics a combined 100-2

    Monday, March 20 2017 12:30 AM EDT2017-03-20 04:30:05 GMT
    The defending national champion Jones County Junior College baseball team is off to a 20-0 start to the 2017 season. Courtesy: WDAMThe defending national champion Jones County Junior College baseball team is off to a 20-0 start to the 2017 season. Courtesy: WDAM

    Among the men’s basketball (28-1), women’s basketball (28-1), baseball (20-0) and softball (24-0) teams, JCJC is a combined 100-2.

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    Among the men’s basketball (28-1), women’s basketball (28-1), baseball (20-0) and softball (24-0) teams, JCJC is a combined 100-2.

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  • Hometown Hoopers: Local products leading JCJC hoops

    Hometown Hoopers: Local products leading JCJC hoops

    Sunday, March 19 2017 12:24 AM EDT2017-03-19 04:24:37 GMT

    David Davis and Rickey Holden form a dynamic backcourt for Jones County Junior College basketball. They're local kids and share similar stories. It all comes down to the doubts they heard coming out of Purvis and Laurel.

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    David Davis and Rickey Holden form a dynamic backcourt for Jones County Junior College basketball. They're local kids and share similar stories. It all comes down to the doubts they heard coming out of Purvis and Laurel.

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  • USM baseball clinches Louisiana Tech series

    USM baseball clinches Louisiana Tech series

    Sunday, March 19 2017 12:20 AM EDT2017-03-19 04:20:31 GMT
    USM junior Taylor Braley rounds third after hitting his fifth home run of the season in the Golden Eagles' 13-9 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior Taylor Braley rounds third after hitting his fifth home run of the season in the Golden Eagles' 13-9 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss baseball is off to a hot start in Conference USA play, clinching a series win over No. 23 Louisiana Tech with a 13-9 win on Saturday.

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    Southern Miss baseball is off to a hot start in Conference USA play, clinching a series win over No. 23 Louisiana Tech with a 13-9 win on Saturday.

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  • JCJC, WCU softball stay undefeated in conference

    JCJC, WCU softball stay undefeated in conference

    Saturday, March 18 2017 12:16 AM EDT2017-03-18 04:16:02 GMT

    No. 1 Jones County Junior College softball continued its undefeated season with a doubleheader sweep of Northwest on Friday afternoon.

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    No. 1 Jones County Junior College softball continued its undefeated season with a doubleheader sweep of Northwest on Friday afternoon.

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  • USM's Hopson looks for next step forward this spring

    USM's Hopson looks for next step forward this spring

    Friday, March 17 2017 5:34 PM EDT2017-03-17 21:34:17 GMT
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    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson found much to like about his first season at the helm of the Golden Eagles. 

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    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson found much to like about his first season at the helm of the Golden Eagles. 

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  • Lady Bobcats on historical run

    Lady Bobcats on historical run

    Friday, March 17 2017 4:10 PM EDT2017-03-17 20:10:47 GMT

    One day before they embarked on their Texas journey for the NJCAA Division I tournament, the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats were visited by a legendary figure.

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    One day before they embarked on their Texas journey for the NJCAA Division I tournament, the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats were visited by a legendary figure.

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  • Southern Miss opens C-USA at Louisiana Tech

    Southern Miss opens C-USA at Louisiana Tech

    Friday, March 17 2017 11:02 AM EDT2017-03-17 15:02:30 GMT
    USM's Hunter Slater (21) went 1-4 with one RBI in the Golden Eagles' 5-4 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Courtesy: WDAMUSM's Hunter Slater (21) went 1-4 with one RBI in the Golden Eagles' 5-4 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Courtesy: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team will take a tough, first step into the so-called second season, when it opens Conference USA play on the road against the league’s most winning ballclub. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team will take a tough, first step into the so-called second season, when it opens Conference USA play on the road against the league’s most winning ballclub. 

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  • Lady Eagles run out of steam in WNIT loss

    Lady Eagles run out of steam in WNIT loss

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-03-16 02:39:57 GMT
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    University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis was succinct in assessing her Lady Eagles’ performance Wednesday night in the opening round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. 

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    University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis was succinct in assessing her Lady Eagles’ performance Wednesday night in the opening round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. 

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  • USM bats finish off sweep of Columbia

    USM bats finish off sweep of Columbia

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 8:09 PM EDT2017-03-16 00:09:57 GMT
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    University of Southern Mississippi second baseman Casey Maack drove in four runs, three on his third home run of the season, as the Golden Eagles knocked off Columbia University 20-5 Wednesday at Taylor Park. 

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    University of Southern Mississippi second baseman Casey Maack drove in four runs, three on his third home run of the season, as the Golden Eagles knocked off Columbia University 20-5 Wednesday at Taylor Park. 

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  • USM rallies for 3rd, walk-off win of season

    USM rallies for 3rd, walk-off win of season

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 10:54 PM EDT2017-03-15 02:54:37 GMT
    USM's Hunter Slater (21) went 1-4 with one RBI in the Golden Eagles' 5-4 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Courtesy: WDAMUSM's Hunter Slater (21) went 1-4 with one RBI in the Golden Eagles' 5-4 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Courtesy: WDAM

    For the third time this season, Taylor Park worked its ninth-inning magic. 

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    For the third time this season, Taylor Park worked its ninth-inning magic. 

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  • Lady Eagles open WNIT play Wednesday

    Lady Eagles open WNIT play Wednesday

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 9:24 PM EDT2017-03-15 01:24:24 GMT
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    The University of Southern Mississippi will take women’s basketball’s center stage Wednesday. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi will take women’s basketball’s center stage Wednesday. 

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  • Remarkable week in Mississippi college baseball

    Remarkable week in Mississippi college baseball

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 6:04 PM EDT2017-03-14 22:04:10 GMT
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    We likely have just witnessed one of the most remarkable weeks in the history of Division I collegiate baseball in Mississippi. 

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    We likely have just witnessed one of the most remarkable weeks in the history of Division I collegiate baseball in Mississippi.

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  • JCJC, William Carey head to national tournaments

    JCJC, William Carey head to national tournaments

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 12:04 AM EDT2017-03-14 04:04:52 GMT
    WCU head coach Steve Knight celebrates his 600th win at the school. Photo by Daniel Brown.WCU head coach Steve Knight celebrates his 600th win at the school. Photo by Daniel Brown.

    Jones County Junior College has two basketball teams represented in the NJCAA championships starting Monday, March 20.

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    Jones County Junior College has two basketball teams represented in the NJCAA championships starting Monday, March 20.

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  • Lady Eagles to host WNIT opening round

    Lady Eagles to host WNIT opening round

    Monday, March 13 2017 11:51 PM EDT2017-03-14 03:51:42 GMT
    USM senior Brittanny Dinkins leads the Lady Eagles with 18.2 points per game. Courtesy: WDAMUSM senior Brittanny Dinkins leads the Lady Eagles with 18.2 points per game. Courtesy: WDAM

    For the third time in four seasons, Southern Miss women’s basketball earned a berth in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

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    For the third time in four seasons, Southern Miss women’s basketball earned a berth in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

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  • USM moves forward with New Orleans Bowl victory

    USM moves forward with New Orleans Bowl victory

    Monday, March 13 2017 11:03 AM EDT2017-03-13 15:03:58 GMT
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    In the weeks leading up to the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, senior defensive tackle Dylan Bradley revealed that he had come to the University of Southern Mississippi to help revive the Golden Eagles’ football fortunes. 

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    In the weeks leading up to the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, senior defensive tackle Dylan Bradley revealed that he had come to the University of Southern Mississippi to help revive the Golden Eagles’ football fortunes. 

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  • USM shuts out Xavier twice in doubleheader sweep

    USM shuts out Xavier twice in doubleheader sweep

    Sunday, March 12 2017 8:04 PM EDT2017-03-13 00:04:57 GMT
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    Friday night, Xavier University shut out the University of Southern Miss in a 2-0 victory at Taylor Park. Saturday afternoon, the Golden Eagles repaid the favor, sixfold. USM’s pitching blanked the Musketeers over 18 innings Saturday, as the Golden Eagles claimed 2-0 and 10-0 victories. The teams played a pair of games Saturday to avoid expected inclement weather that had been forecast for Saturday night and Sunday morning. After Xavier (7-9) scored a run each in of the firs...

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    Friday night, Xavier University shut out the University of Southern Miss in a 2-0 victory at Taylor Park. Saturday afternoon, the Golden Eagles repaid the favor, sixfold. USM’s pitching blanked the Musketeers over 18 innings Saturday, as the Golden Eagles claimed 2-0 and 10-0 victories. The teams played a pair of games Saturday to avoid expected inclement weather that had been forecast for Saturday night and Sunday morning. After Xavier (7-9) scored a run each in of the firs...

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  • Lady Eagles fall in C-USA title game

    Lady Eagles fall in C-USA title game

    Saturday, March 11 2017 11:52 PM EST2017-03-12 04:52:10 GMT

    The Southern Miss Lady Eagles fell just short of winning a Conference USA title Saturday in Birmingham, losing to Western Kentucky 67-56.

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    The Southern Miss Lady Eagles fell just short of winning a Conference USA title Saturday in Birmingham, losing to Western Kentucky 67-56.

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  • End of an era: Brittany Dinkins reflects on USM career

    End of an era: Brittany Dinkins reflects on USM career

    End of an era: Brittany Dinkins reflects on USM career

    Saturday, March 11 2017 11:41 PM EST2017-03-12 04:41:52 GMT

    For Brittany Dinkins, the end is near. The Conference USA tournament this week marked the beginning of the final stretch run of her Southern Miss career In a moment of reflection, the Miami native said her time in Hattiesburg was crucial in her development on and off the court. "When I think about it I reminisce," Dinkins said. "The four years that I had and how I fell and the times where I rose. This place has really molded me into the young lady and the women that I...

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    For Brittany Dinkins, the end is near. The Conference USA tournament this week marked the beginning of the final stretch run of her Southern Miss career In a moment of reflection, the Miami native said her time in Hattiesburg was crucial in her development on and off the court. "When I think about it I reminisce," Dinkins said. "The four years that I had and how I fell and the times where I rose. This place has really molded me into the young lady and the women that I...

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  • Both JCJC basketball teams headed to nationals

    Both JCJC basketball teams headed to nationals

    Saturday, March 11 2017 6:31 PM EST2017-03-11 23:31:19 GMT
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    From Jones County Junior College Sports Information Jones County Junior College's basketball programs accomplished a feat not seen in nearly two decades. With both the Bobcats and Lady Bobcats capturing Region 23 Tournament titles, JCJC will become the first program since 1997-98 to send its men’s and women’s basketball teams to their respective National Junior College Athletic Association national basketball tournaments. The eighth-ranked Bobcats (28-1) survived a last...More >>
    From Jones County Junior College Sports Information Jones County Junior College's basketball programs accomplished a feat not seen in nearly two decades. With both the Bobcats and Lady Bobcats capturing Region 23 Tournament titles, JCJC will become the first program since 1997-98 to send its men’s and women’s basketball teams to their respective National Junior College Athletic Association national basketball tournaments. The eighth-ranked Bobcats (28-1) survived a last...More >>
  • Laurel wins 5A State title

    Laurel wins 5A State title

    Saturday, March 11 2017 1:33 AM EST2017-03-11 06:33:01 GMT
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    Laurel High School captured its second state championship in as many years after defeating Neshoba Central 85-76 on Friday night. 

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    Laurel High School captured its second state championship in as many years after defeating Neshoba Central 85-76 on Friday night. 

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  • Laurel repeats at Class 5A champions

    Laurel repeats at Class 5A champions

    Friday, March 10 2017 11:47 PM EST2017-03-11 04:47:53 GMT

    The Laurel High boys basketball squad did something Friday night few teams are able to do, on any level. That's repeat as champions. The Tornadoes got an 85-76 win over Neshoba Central.

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    The Laurel High boys basketball squad did something Friday night few teams are able to do, on any level. That's repeat as champions. The Tornadoes got an 85-76 win over Neshoba Central.

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  • Lady Eagles advance to C-USA title game

    Lady Eagles advance to C-USA title game

    Friday, March 10 2017 10:57 PM EST2017-03-11 03:57:42 GMT
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    For the second consecutive game at the 2017 Conference USA Women’s Basketball Tournament, the University of Southern Mississippi used a finishing run to finish off an opponent.

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    For the second consecutive game at the 2017 Conference USA Women’s Basketball Tournament, the University of Southern Mississippi used a finishing run to finish off an opponent.

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  • USM drops 2-0 decision to Xavier

    USM drops 2-0 decision to Xavier

    Friday, March 10 2017 10:39 PM EST2017-03-11 03:39:11 GMT
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    If you can’t score, you can’t win Xavier left-hander Zac Lowther allowed just one hit and four baserunners in six innings, and two relievers combined to polish off a 2-0 victory over The University of Southern Mississippi Friday night at Taylor Park. 

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    If you can’t score, you can’t win Xavier left-hander Zac Lowther allowed just one hit and four baserunners in six innings, and two relievers combined to polish off a 2-0 victory over The University of Southern Mississippi Friday night at Taylor Park. 

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  • Programming

    WDAM 7 Bounce to carry high school basketball championships

    WDAM 7 Bounce to carry high school basketball championships

    Friday, March 10 2017 11:38 AM EST2017-03-10 16:38:46 GMT
    The tournaments will air live on WDAM 7 Bounce. Source: WDAMThe tournaments will air live on WDAM 7 Bounce. Source: WDAM

    What time is it? GAMETIME! WDAM 7 Bounce will carry both the girls and boys basketball championships over the air and on channel 7.3 or on Comcast on channel 216 Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

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    What time is it? GAMETIME! WDAM 7 Bounce will carry both the girls and boys basketball championships over the air and on channel 7.3 or on Comcast on channel 216 Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

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  • USM has won big by going small

    USM has won big by going small

    Friday, March 10 2017 11:07 AM EST2017-03-10 16:07:17 GMT
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    Not much.

    That’s about what was expected of the University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagles this basketball season.

    Not much.

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    Not much.

    That’s about what was expected of the University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagles this basketball season.

    Not much.

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  • Southern Miss moves into Conference USA semifinals

    Southern Miss moves into Conference USA semifinals

    Friday, March 10 2017 8:16 AM EST2017-03-10 13:16:48 GMT
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    Forward Lashyra Cotton’s jumper with 34 seconds to play broke a tie and the University of Southern Mississippi defeated Old Dominion University 80-74 victory Thursday night at Bartow Arena in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Conference USA Women’s Basketball Tournament. 

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    Forward Lashyra Cotton’s jumper with 34 seconds to play broke a tie and the University of Southern Mississippi defeated Old Dominion University 80-74 victory Thursday night at Bartow Arena in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Conference USA Women’s Basketball Tournament. 

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  • Laurel one win away from back-to-back state titles

    Laurel one win away from back-to-back state titles

    Friday, March 10 2017 12:51 AM EST2017-03-10 05:51:57 GMT
    Laurel faces Neshoba Central in the 5A state finals on Friday at 8 p.m. Courtesy: WDAMLaurel faces Neshoba Central in the 5A state finals on Friday at 8 p.m. Courtesy: WDAM

    Since their first practice in October 2016, the Golden Tornadoes have been waiting to put up the notice on the board outside of their high school: Laurel vs. Neshoba Central in the 5A state title on Friday at 8 p.m.

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    Since their first practice in October 2016, the Golden Tornadoes have been waiting to put up the notice on the board outside of their high school: Laurel vs. Neshoba Central in the 5A state title on Friday at 8 p.m.

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  • March means more than basketball for Lady Eagles

    March means more than basketball for Lady Eagles

    Thursday, March 9 2017 10:37 PM EST2017-03-10 03:37:31 GMT

    It's Conference USA tournament week for the Southern Miss Lady Eagles. That should be motivating enough. But should they lose that drive there is a constant presence along the sidelines for added fuel.

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    It's Conference USA tournament week for the Southern Miss Lady Eagles. That should be motivating enough. But should they lose that drive there is a constant presence along the sidelines for added fuel.

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  • USM men lose in opening round of C-USA tourney

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 5:54 PM EST2017-03-08 22:54:31 GMT

    The Southern Miss men's basketball team saw it's season come to an end Wednesday with an 86-75 loss to Rice in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament in Birmingham.

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    The Southern Miss men's basketball team saw it's season come to an end Wednesday with an 86-75 loss to Rice in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament in Birmingham.

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  • USM whips Evansville, 18-2, to sweep Purple Aces

    USM whips Evansville, 18-2, to sweep Purple Aces

    Sunday, February 26 2017 10:29 PM EST2017-02-27 03:29:52 GMT
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    For the better part of four innings, the University of Southern Mississippi had a dickens of a time trying to counteract the pitching patterns University of Evansville right-hander Justin Hayden was using so effectively against them. Then came the fifth inning, when the Golden Eagles cracked the code and broke through against the Purple Aces. USM collected season-highs in both hits and runs in routing Evansville 18-2 Sunday afternoon at Taylor Park. In sweeping the three-game serie...More >>
    For the better part of four innings, the University of Southern Mississippi had a dickens of a time trying to counteract the pitching patterns University of Evansville right-hander Justin Hayden was using so effectively against them. Then came the fifth inning, when the Golden Eagles cracked the code and broke through against the Purple Aces. USM collected season-highs in both hits and runs in routing Evansville 18-2 Sunday afternoon at Taylor Park. In sweeping the three-game serie...More >>
  • Three boys basketball teams headed to state quarterfinals

    Three boys basketball teams headed to state quarterfinals

    Saturday, February 25 2017 11:56 PM EST2017-02-26 04:56:59 GMT
    The Bay Springs Bulldogs are headed to Jackson for the MHSAA state quarterfinals. Courtesy: WDAMThe Bay Springs Bulldogs are headed to Jackson for the MHSAA state quarterfinals. Courtesy: WDAM

    Three Pine Belt area teams are headed to the Jackson State quarterfinals.

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    Three Pine Belt area teams are headed to the Jackson State quarterfinals.

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  • USM clinches spot in Conference USA men's basketball tournament

    USM clinches spot in Conference USA men's basketball tournament

    Saturday, February 25 2017 8:37 PM EST2017-02-26 01:37:31 GMT
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    The University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team is back in the Conference USA postseason for the first time since 2014. Senior forward Quinton Campbell posted his third double-double of the season with 24 points and 13 rebounds and senior guard Michael Ramey knocked down six, 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 19 points as the Golden Eagles routed North Texas University 76-53 to earn their first road win of the year. The victory clinched a spot for the Golden ...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team is back in the Conference USA postseason for the first time since 2014. Senior forward Quinton Campbell posted his third double-double of the season with 24 points and 13 rebounds and senior guard Michael Ramey knocked down six, 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 19 points as the Golden Eagles routed North Texas University 76-53 to earn their first road win of the year. The victory clinched a spot for the Golden ...More >>
  • USM clinches baseball series with 9-2 win

    USM clinches baseball series with 9-2 win

    Saturday, February 25 2017 8:35 PM EST2017-02-26 01:35:40 GMT
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    Kirk McCarty turned in yet another workman-like performance on the pitching mound and freshman Matt Wallner crossed another milestone off the list Saturday afternoon at Taylor Park as the University of Southern Mississippi took a 9-2 victory over the University of Evansville. USM (5-1) scored in each of the first four innings and Wallner hit the first home run of his collegiate career in the sixth inning as the Golden Eagles clinched a second, consecutive weekend series with their se...More >>
    Kirk McCarty turned in yet another workman-like performance on the pitching mound and freshman Matt Wallner crossed another milestone off the list Saturday afternoon at Taylor Park as the University of Southern Mississippi took a 9-2 victory over the University of Evansville. USM (5-1) scored in each of the first four innings and Wallner hit the first home run of his collegiate career in the sixth inning as the Golden Eagles clinched a second, consecutive weekend series with their se...More >>
  • Seven Pine Belt girls basketball teams headed to Jackson

    Saturday, February 25 2017 12:16 AM EST2017-02-25 05:16:30 GMT
    West Jones girls basketball is headed to the state quarterfinals after a 59-28 win over Brookhaven. Courtesy: WDAMWest Jones girls basketball is headed to the state quarterfinals after a 59-28 win over Brookhaven. Courtesy: WDAM

    Seven area girls basketball teams advanced to the state quarterfinals on Friday night.

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    Seven area girls basketball teams advanced to the state quarterfinals on Friday night.

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  • USM outlasts Evansville, 14-10, in series opener

    USM outlasts Evansville, 14-10, in series opener

    Friday, February 24 2017 11:59 PM EST2017-02-25 04:59:36 GMT
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    University of Southern Miss coach Scott Berry preaches the importance of being able to produce runs in a baseball game’s quiet hours, that midgame lull before the storm of the last inning. 

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    University of Southern Miss coach Scott Berry preaches the importance of being able to produce runs in a baseball game’s quiet hours, that midgame lull before the storm of the last inning. 

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  • Bay Springs basketball staying alive in 2A playoffs

    Bay Springs basketball staying alive in 2A playoffs

    Friday, February 24 2017 12:03 AM EST2017-02-24 05:03:00 GMT
    The Bay Springs visit East Marion on Saturday while the Lady Bulldogs travel to Taylorsville on Friday. Courtesy: WDAMThe Bay Springs visit East Marion on Saturday while the Lady Bulldogs travel to Taylorsville on Friday. Courtesy: WDAM

    "We have a motto now, 32 to play 32 more,” said Bay Springs boys basketball coach Corey Mackey.

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    "We have a motto now, 32 to play 32 more,” said Bay Springs boys basketball coach Corey Mackey.

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  • Southern Miss women win fifth consecutive game

    Southern Miss women win fifth consecutive game

    Thursday, February 23 2017 10:45 PM EST2017-02-24 03:45:47 GMT
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    Revenge, some say, is a dish best served cold. The University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagles decided they would prefer their Thursday night portion piping hot. 

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    Revenge, some say, is a dish best served cold. The University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagles decided they would prefer their Thursday night portion piping hot. 

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  • Jackson dreams for Lady Tornadoes

    Jackson dreams for Lady Tornadoes

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 11:48 PM EST2017-02-23 04:48:14 GMT

    The Laurel Lady Tornadoes are making their mission known loud and clear. A trip to Jackson for the state tournament is the sole focus. The belief surrounding this program is strong.

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    The Laurel Lady Tornadoes are making their mission known loud and clear. A trip to Jackson for the state tournament is the sole focus. The belief surrounding this program is strong.

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  • USM's Lee-McNelis back on basketball court

    USM's Lee-McNelis back on basketball court

    Tuesday, February 21 2017 11:01 PM EST2017-02-22 04:01:38 GMT
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    After facing the difficult reality that University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis was fighting cancer, Tuesday brought as good news as circumstances would allow.

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    After facing the difficult reality that University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis was fighting cancer, Tuesday brought as good news as circumstances would allow.

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  • High School Girls Basketball Playoff Scores

    High School Girls Basketball Playoff Scores

    Tuesday, February 21 2017 12:06 AM EST2017-02-21 05:06:28 GMT
    Bassfield girls basketball defeated Clarkdale 54-45 on Monday and will play Puckett in the second round of the class 2A playoffs. Courtesy: WDAMBassfield girls basketball defeated Clarkdale 54-45 on Monday and will play Puckett in the second round of the class 2A playoffs. Courtesy: WDAM

    The MHSAA playoffs in girls basketball tipped off on Monday night. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt:

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    The MHSAA playoffs in girls basketball tipped off on Monday night. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt:

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  • USM rallies to sweep baseball series with Northeastern

    USM rallies to sweep baseball series with Northeastern

    Sunday, February 19 2017 7:29 PM EST2017-02-20 00:29:36 GMT
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    For second baseman Storme Cooper, the base hits have been more about quality than quantity so far in his University of Southern Mississippi baseball career. Last season as freshman, Cooper hit .235 with 31 hits, but still drove in 25 runs with a bat that seemed to produce inordinate number of runs. Cooper came up clutch again Sunday, sending a walk-off, run-scoring single to left field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Golden Eagles overcame a seven-run deficit ...More >>
    For second baseman Storme Cooper, the base hits have been more about quality than quantity so far in his University of Southern Mississippi baseball career. Last season as freshman, Cooper hit .235 with 31 hits, but still drove in 25 runs with a bat that seemed to produce inordinate number of runs. Cooper came up clutch again Sunday, sending a walk-off, run-scoring single to left field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Golden Eagles overcame a seven-run deficit ...More >>
  • USM softball drops tough game to Jacksonville State

    USM softball drops tough game to Jacksonville State

    Saturday, February 18 2017 7:51 PM EST2017-02-19 00:51:10 GMT
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    The University of Southern Mississippi and Jacksonville (Ala.) State University each put the same number of runners on base Saturday afternoon during the Black-and-Gold Softball Invitational. The difference: The Gamecocks had two of their baserunners cross home, while the Lady Eagles never got a runner to third base. Third baseman Taylor Sloan tripled home center fielder Emily Woodruff in the top of the fifth inning, and second baseman Anna Chisolm added a solo home run in the seven...

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    The University of Southern Mississippi and Jacksonville (Ala.) State University each put the same number of runners on base Saturday afternoon during the Black-and-Gold Softball Invitational. The difference: The Gamecocks had two of their baserunners cross home, while the Lady Eagles never got a runner to third base. Third baseman Taylor Sloan tripled home center fielder Emily Woodruff in the top of the fifth inning, and second baseman Anna Chisolm added a solo home run in the seven...

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  • McCarty stifles Northeastern's in USM's 14-1 win

    McCarty stifles Northeastern's in USM's 14-1 win

    Saturday, February 18 2017 6:49 PM EST2017-02-18 23:49:34 GMT
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    Kirk McCarty allowed two hits through seven innings and the University of Southern Mississippi scored in every inning to claim a 14-1 victory over Northeastern University Saturday afternoon at Taylor Park. McCarty (1-0), a Preseason All-Conference USA selection, struck out six and walked just one. The junior left-hander also hit a batter, but allowed just four baserunners as the Golden Eagles (2-0) clinched the opening series of the season with consecutive victories Friday and Saturd...More >>
    Kirk McCarty allowed two hits through seven innings and the University of Southern Mississippi scored in every inning to claim a 14-1 victory over Northeastern University Saturday afternoon at Taylor Park. McCarty (1-0), a Preseason All-Conference USA selection, struck out six and walked just one. The junior left-hander also hit a batter, but allowed just four baserunners as the Golden Eagles (2-0) clinched the opening series of the season with consecutive victories Friday and Saturd...More >>
  • Richton's Shooting Star: Scott's scoring speaking volumes

    Richton's Shooting Star: Scott's scoring speaking volumes

    Saturday, February 18 2017 2:29 PM EST2017-02-18 19:29:51 GMT

    Alyric Scott is a young lady of few words. But when you are putting up 30 points a game, your game is loud enough.

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    Alyric Scott is a young lady of few words. But when you are putting up 30 points a game, your game is loud enough.

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  • Home runs power USM past Northeastern, 9-4

    Home runs power USM past Northeastern, 9-4

    Friday, February 17 2017 10:18 PM EST2017-02-18 03:18:22 GMT
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    Taylor Braley and Dylan Burdeaux picked up where they left off last baseball season, powering The University of Southern Mississippi to a season-opening 9-4 victory Friday evening over Northeastern University at Taylor Park. 

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    Taylor Braley and Dylan Burdeaux picked up where they left off last baseball season, powering The University of Southern Mississippi to a season-opening 9-4 victory Friday evening over Northeastern University at Taylor Park. 

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  • USM tops FIU in overtime on last-second shot

    USM tops FIU in overtime on last-second shot

    Friday, February 17 2017 12:25 AM EST2017-02-17 05:25:02 GMT
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    D’Angelo Richardson said he thought his first crack at hitting the game-winning shot in overtime Thursday night at Green Coliseum was going to be good. 

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    D’Angelo Richardson said he thought his first crack at hitting the game-winning shot in overtime Thursday night at Green Coliseum was going to be good. 

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  • USM announces weekend pitching rotation

    USM announces weekend pitching rotation

    Thursday, February 16 2017 10:34 PM EST2017-02-17 03:34:23 GMT
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    Earlier this month, University of Southern Mississippi baseball coach Scott Berry said he had a pretty good idea what the Golden Eagles’ opening-weekend pitching rotation was going to look like.

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    Earlier this month, University of Southern Mississippi baseball coach Scott Berry said he had a pretty good idea what the Golden Eagles’ opening-weekend pitching rotation was going to look like.

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  • Brian Dozier: A Southern Miss baseball legend

    Brian Dozier: A Southern Miss baseball legend

    Thursday, February 16 2017 6:16 PM EST2017-02-16 23:16:37 GMT
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    "I look at Brian Dozier and the person that he is,” said Southern Miss head baseball coach Scott Berry, who helped recruit Dozier to the Golden Eagles in 2005. “You can flip him a Rubik's cube and he can solve it in two minutes or less. He can pick up piano and play it by ear. There's not a whole lot that the guy can't do." 

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    "I look at Brian Dozier and the person that he is,” said Southern Miss head baseball coach Scott Berry, who helped recruit Dozier to the Golden Eagles in 2005. “You can flip him a Rubik's cube and he can solve it in two minutes or less. He can pick up piano and play it by ear. There's not a whole lot that the guy can't do." 

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  • Lee-McNelis pushing forward

    Lee-McNelis pushing forward

    Wednesday, February 15 2017 11:49 PM EST2017-02-16 04:49:32 GMT

    The grind doesn't stop for Joye Lee-McNelis. Not even lung cancer can stop her.

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    The grind doesn't stop for Joye Lee-McNelis. Not even lung cancer can stop her.

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  • USM’s women’s basketball coach battling cancer

    USM’s women’s basketball coach battling cancer

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 10:30 PM EST2017-02-15 03:30:30 GMT
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    The University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team will be without its long-time coach as she battles cancer. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team will be without its long-time coach as she battles cancer. 

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  • USM's Donaldson ready to step in

    USM's Donaldson ready to step in

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 9:17 PM EST2017-02-15 02:17:21 GMT
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    Cole Donaldson does not look like the typical baseball catcher, a squat-and-square barrier with limbs scuttling about in the tools of ignorance.

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    Cole Donaldson does not look like the typical baseball catcher, a squat-and-square barrier with limbs scuttling about in the tools of ignorance.

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  • Four home runs propel USM Softball

    Four home runs propel USM Softball

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 12:10 AM EST2017-02-14 05:10:58 GMT
    USM softball improved to 4-2 with two wins over No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday. Courtesy: WDAMUSM softball improved to 4-2 with two wins over No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss softball swept No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon.

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    Southern Miss softball swept No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon.

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  • Jeff Stockstill to head FCAHS football

    Monday, February 13 2017 11:51 PM EST2017-02-14 04:51:44 GMT
    Jeff Stockstill takes over the FCAHS football program after spending the last three seasons as head football coach of Raleigh. Courtesy: WDAMJeff Stockstill takes over the FCAHS football program after spending the last three seasons as head football coach of Raleigh. Courtesy: WDAM

    Forrest County Agricultural High School officially hired Jeff Stockstill as its new head football coach.

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    Forrest County Agricultural High School officially hired Jeff Stockstill as its new head football coach.

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  • Lady Eagles roll past UTEP

    Lady Eagles roll past UTEP

    Saturday, February 11 2017 8:44 PM EST2017-02-12 01:44:04 GMT
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    University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis has been using the catchphrase “Fabulous February” of late to pave the Lady Eagles’ way into “March Madness.” So far, the Lady Eagles have been darn near fabulous in February, with the last week of January thrown in for good measure. Senior USM guard Brittanny Dinkins scored 26 points and the Lady Eagles stifled the visiting University of Texas-El Paso over the last ...More >>
    University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis has been using the catchphrase “Fabulous February” of late to pave the Lady Eagles’ way into “March Madness.” So far, the Lady Eagles have been darn near fabulous in February, with the last week of January thrown in for good measure. Senior USM guard Brittanny Dinkins scored 26 points and the Lady Eagles stifled the visiting University of Texas-El Paso over the last ...More >>
  • Lady Eagles have close game in softball tournament

    Lady Eagles have close game in softball tournament

    Saturday, February 11 2017 6:56 PM EST2017-02-11 23:56:40 GMT
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    Two Iowa State University pitchers checked the University of Southern Mississippi softball team on three hits Saturday afternoon as the Lady Eagles dropped a 6-4 decision in the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Tournament. USM (1-2) managed just three singles off Brianna Weilbacher (1-0) and Savannah Sanders, who earned her first save of the season. Caitlyn Aldous, Samantha Papp and Kaelyn Christofferson each singled, while Aldous and Papp drove in a run each. Sami Williams led IS...More >>
    Two Iowa State University pitchers checked the University of Southern Mississippi softball team on three hits Saturday afternoon as the Lady Eagles dropped a 6-4 decision in the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Tournament. USM (1-2) managed just three singles off Brianna Weilbacher (1-0) and Savannah Sanders, who earned her first save of the season. Caitlyn Aldous, Samantha Papp and Kaelyn Christofferson each singled, while Aldous and Papp drove in a run each. Sami Williams led IS...More >>
  • USM’s Jewett-Giles hits game-winning shot in last seconds

    USM’s Jewett-Giles hits game-winning shot in last seconds

    Thursday, February 9 2017 10:42 PM EST2017-02-10 03:42:31 GMT
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    In a game that seemed to have slipped from its grasp Thursday at Green Coliseum, The University of Southern Mississippi came up with the right plays at the right time.

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    In a game that seemed to have slipped from its grasp Thursday at Green Coliseum, The University of Southern Mississippi came up with the right plays at the right time.

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  • USM softball ready for season's start

    USM softball ready for season's start

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 10:50 PM EST2017-02-09 03:50:16 GMT
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    For University of Southern Mississippi softball coach Wendy Hogue, if you take care of the details, the big picture takes care of itself.

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    For University of Southern Mississippi softball coach Wendy Hogue, if you take care of the details, the big picture takes care of itself.

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  • Sacred Heart girls win fourth state title in five years

    Sacred Heart girls win fourth state title in five years

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 12:21 AM EST2017-02-07 05:21:54 GMT
    With a 7-0 win over South Pontotoc on Saturday, Sacred Heart girls soccer captured its fourth state championship in five seasons. Courtesy: Big Gold Photography.With a 7-0 win over South Pontotoc on Saturday, Sacred Heart girls soccer captured its fourth state championship in five seasons. Courtesy: Big Gold Photography.

    For the fourth time in five years, Sacred Heart girls soccer captured the state championship. A 7-0 win over South Pontotoc on Saturday marked back-to-back 1A/2A/3A state titles for the Lady Crusaders.

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    For the fourth time in five years, Sacred Heart girls soccer captured the state championship. A 7-0 win over South Pontotoc on Saturday marked back-to-back 1A/2A/3A state titles for the Lady Crusaders.

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  • Wayne County basketball hopes for repeat trip to Jackson

    Wayne County basketball hopes for repeat trip to Jackson

    Monday, February 6 2017 11:58 PM EST2017-02-07 04:58:37 GMT
    Wayne County boys basketball (15-10) is hoping to return to the 5A state championship in 2017. Courtesy: WDAMWayne County boys basketball (15-10) is hoping to return to the 5A state championship in 2017. Courtesy: WDAM

    Wayne County (15-10) wraps up its regular season against No. 1 Meridian (22-2) on Tuesday night. The Wildcats are led by former War Eagle coach Ron Norman who captured the 2010 state championship with Wayne County.

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    Wayne County (15-10) wraps up its regular season against No. 1 Meridian (22-2) on Tuesday night. The Wildcats are led by former War Eagle coach Ron Norman who captured the 2010 state championship with Wayne County.

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  • Sacred Heart soccer wins states, West Jones falls short

    Sacred Heart soccer wins states, West Jones falls short

    Monday, February 6 2017 12:25 AM EST2017-02-06 05:25:09 GMT
    Sacred Heart girls soccer captured its fourth state championship in five seasons with a 7-0 win over South Pontotoc on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAMSacred Heart girls soccer captured its fourth state championship in five seasons with a 7-0 win over South Pontotoc on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAM

    For the fourth time in five years, the Sacred Heart girls soccer team are state champions.

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    For the fourth time in five years, the Sacred Heart girls soccer team are state champions.

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  • Western Kentucky pummels lifeless USM

    Western Kentucky pummels lifeless USM

    Saturday, February 4 2017 8:41 PM EST2017-02-05 01:41:59 GMT
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    After scorching Marshall University Thursday night, University of Southern Mississippi basketball coach Doc Sadler had worried what his Golden Eagles would have left in the tank Saturday evening. As it turned out, Sadler had reason for concern. The Golden Eagles fell behind early, trailed by 17 at halftime and never threatened in the second half, eventually falling to Western Kentucky University 64-47 at Green Coliseum. USM (7-16, 4-7 Conference USA) started slow and never caught a...More >>
    After scorching Marshall University Thursday night, University of Southern Mississippi basketball coach Doc Sadler had worried what his Golden Eagles would have left in the tank Saturday evening. As it turned out, Sadler had reason for concern. The Golden Eagles fell behind early, trailed by 17 at halftime and never threatened in the second half, eventually falling to Western Kentucky University 64-47 at Green Coliseum. USM (7-16, 4-7 Conference USA) started slow and never caught a...More >>
  • West Jones boys soccer headed to first state championship

    West Jones boys soccer headed to first state championship

    Saturday, February 4 2017 12:00 AM EST2017-02-04 05:00:53 GMT
    West Jones plays in its first state championship game in school history on Saturday against Oxford. Courtesy: WDAMWest Jones plays in its first state championship game in school history on Saturday against Oxford. Courtesy: WDAM

    "I didn't think it would actually ever happen,” said West Jones senior forward Jacob Gieger when asked about the Mustangs first state championship berth in school history.

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    "I didn't think it would actually ever happen,” said West Jones senior forward Jacob Gieger when asked about the Mustangs first state championship berth in school history.

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  • Sacred Heart soccer aiming for another title

    Sacred Heart soccer aiming for another title

    Friday, February 3 2017 11:49 PM EST2017-02-04 04:49:41 GMT

    It was the usual gathering of coach and players. Most would call it a huddle so, nothing out of the norm for Joseph Falla and his Sacred Heart girls soccer squad. But this particular moment Friday, prior to the Crusaders' practice, was one that provided a sense of accomplishment yet still strengthened focus.

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    It was the usual gathering of coach and players. Most would call it a huddle so, nothing out of the norm for Joseph Falla and his Sacred Heart girls soccer squad. But this particular moment Friday, prior to the Crusaders' practice, was one that provided a sense of accomplishment yet still strengthened focus.

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  • USM snags 13 from Mississippi on National Signing Day

    USM snags 13 from Mississippi on National Signing Day

    Friday, February 3 2017 12:07 AM EST2017-02-03 05:07:51 GMT
    Clinton running back Darius Maberry is one of 13 Southern Miss signees from the state of Mississippi. Courtesy: WDAMClinton running back Darius Maberry is one of 13 Southern Miss signees from the state of Mississippi. Courtesy: WDAM

    Twenty-five players signed with the Golden Eagles on Wednesday. Overall, Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson said he was “thrilled to death,” with his 2017 signing class.

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    Twenty-five players signed with the Golden Eagles on Wednesday. Overall, Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson said he was “thrilled to death,” with his 2017 signing class.

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  • USM rallies past Marshall for 91-76 victory

    USM rallies past Marshall for 91-76 victory

    Thursday, February 2 2017 11:41 PM EST2017-02-03 04:41:11 GMT
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    After posting its least productive game of the season Saturday afternoon, the University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team outscored Thursday night one of the more prolific offensive teams in the country.

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    After posting its least productive game of the season Saturday afternoon, the University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team outscored Thursday night one of the more prolific offensive teams in the country.

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  • JCJC signs 26 players on signing day

    JCJC signs 26 players on signing day

    Thursday, February 2 2017 5:44 PM EST2017-02-02 22:44:16 GMT
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    The  Jones County Junior College coaching staff did their part to make sure there is no drop off along the defensive line next season, signing six linemen to national letters of intent Wednesday. In all, the Bobcats signed 26 players, including seven from the area.

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    The  Jones County Junior College coaching staff did their part to make sure there is no drop off along the defensive line next season, signing six linemen to national letters of intent Wednesday. In all, the Bobcats signed 26 players, including seven from the area.

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  • Sights & Sounds of National Signing Day 2017

    Sights & Sounds of National Signing Day 2017

    Thursday, February 2 2017 12:17 AM EST2017-02-02 05:17:43 GMT
    Hattiesburg High's Chandler Phillips signed his letter of intent to play football for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Courtesy: WDAMHattiesburg High's Chandler Phillips signed his letter of intent to play football for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Courtesy: WDAM

    Countless Pine Belt athletes signed their letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level on Wednesday, turning their dreams into reality. As National Signing Day 2017 wraps up, we capture the unforgettable day for many young student-athletes in Mississippi.

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    Countless Pine Belt athletes signed their letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level on Wednesday, turning their dreams into reality. As National Signing Day 2017 wraps up, we capture the unforgettable day for many young student-athletes in Mississippi.

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  • West Jones, Sacred Heart soccer headed to state title

    West Jones, Sacred Heart soccer headed to state title

    Thursday, February 2 2017 12:05 AM EST2017-02-02 05:05:56 GMT
    The Sacred Heart girls soccer program is headed to its fourth state championship in five years. Courtesy: WDAMThe Sacred Heart girls soccer program is headed to its fourth state championship in five years. Courtesy: WDAM

    Sacred Heart girls soccer is headed to their fourth state championship in five seasons after a 3-1 South State title win over Madison St. Joseph.

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    Sacred Heart girls soccer is headed to their fourth state championship in five seasons after a 3-1 South State title win over Madison St. Joseph.

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  • USM football fills needs with signing class

    USM football fills needs with signing class

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 9:15 PM EST2017-02-02 02:15:31 GMT
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    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson and his staff approached the 2017 signing class with one eye on the present and the other peering a few years down the road.

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    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson and his staff approached the 2017 signing class with one eye on the present and the other peering a few years down the road.

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  • USM football signs 17 so far

    USM football signs 17 so far

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 10:56 AM EST2017-02-01 15:56:52 GMT
    Southern Miss has signed 17 players for their football team on National Signing Day. Source: WDAMSouthern Miss has signed 17 players for their football team on National Signing Day. Source: WDAM

    The fax machines have been whirring away fast and furious at Duff Athletic Center this morning. 

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    The fax machines have been whirring away fast and furious at Duff Athletic Center this morning. 

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  • USM looking forward to Signing Day

    USM looking forward to Signing Day

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 9:25 PM EST2017-02-01 02:25:16 GMT
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    After months of scouting and evaluation, University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson and his staff will learn shortly how their long hours paid off.

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    After months of scouting and evaluation, University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson and his staff will learn shortly how their long hours paid off.

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  • South State Soccer Schedule

    South State Soccer Schedule

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 12:07 AM EST2017-01-31 05:07:38 GMT
    Sacred Heart senior Mary Margaret Parker celebrates after scoring a goal in the Lady Crusaders' 2-1 playoff win over St. Andrew's. Courtesy: WDAMSacred Heart senior Mary Margaret Parker celebrates after scoring a goal in the Lady Crusaders' 2-1 playoff win over St. Andrew's. Courtesy: WDAM

    The South Jones girls soccer team is headed to the South State title after their 2-0 win over Long Beach on Friday.

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    The South Jones girls soccer team is headed to the South State title after their 2-0 win over Long Beach on Friday.

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  • USM baseball wants to hit high in season-ticket sales

    USM baseball wants to hit high in season-ticket sales

    Monday, January 30 2017 10:46 PM EST2017-01-31 03:46:57 GMT
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    Every spring, University of Southern Mississippi coach Scott Berry sets goals for his team to accomplish on the diamond: Conference USA championships, NCAA Regional appearances, College World Series trips. 

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    Every spring, University of Southern Mississippi coach Scott Berry sets goals for his team to accomplish on the diamond: Conference USA championships, NCAA Regional appearances, College World Series trips. 

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  • PRCC lends helping hand to Carey athletics

    PRCC lends helping hand to Carey athletics

    Monday, January 30 2017 8:42 PM EST2017-01-31 01:42:23 GMT
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    Pearl River Community College has opened its doors to William Carey University in the wake of the deadly tornado that damaged much of the school’s Hattiesburg campus. ..

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    Pearl River Community College has opened its doors to William Carey University in the wake of the deadly tornado that damaged much of the school’s Hattiesburg campus. ..

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  • USM honors former coach Kay James

    USM honors former coach Kay James

    Saturday, January 28 2017 11:40 PM EST2017-01-29 04:40:30 GMT
    Former women's basketball coach Kay James was honored at halftime of USM's Saturday win over UAB. Courtesy: WDAMFormer women's basketball coach Kay James was honored at halftime of USM's Saturday win over UAB. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss sophomore Keri Jewett-Giles completed a 64-59 comeback win over UAB, scoring the team's final six points in 1.3 seconds.

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    Southern Miss sophomore Keri Jewett-Giles completed a 64-59 comeback win over UAB, scoring the team's final six points in 1.3 seconds.

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  • Lady Eagles' second-half rally tops UAB

    Lady Eagles' second-half rally tops UAB

    Saturday, January 28 2017 8:48 PM EST2017-01-29 01:48:22 GMT
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    University of Southern Mississippi guard Keri Jewett-Giles may have turned in the most productive 1.3 seconds of basketball in the history of the Lady Eagles Saturday evening at Green Coliseum. Jewett-Giles scored six points in that span to all-but-seal USM’s 64-59 Conference USA victory over the University of Alabama-Birmingham. “What a basketball games,” USM coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. “Just a great play.” The Lady Eagles, who had trailed by as many...More >>
    University of Southern Mississippi guard Keri Jewett-Giles may have turned in the most productive 1.3 seconds of basketball in the history of the Lady Eagles Saturday evening at Green Coliseum. Jewett-Giles scored six points in that span to all-but-seal USM’s 64-59 Conference USA victory over the University of Alabama-Birmingham. “What a basketball games,” USM coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. “Just a great play.” The Lady Eagles, who had trailed by as many...More >>
  • Oak Grove soccer gears up for 2nd round of playoffs

    Oak Grove soccer gears up for 2nd round of playoffs

    Friday, January 27 2017 11:59 PM EST2017-01-28 04:59:09 GMT
    Oak Grove boys soccer faces George County on Saturday in the second round of the class 6A playoffs. Courtesy: WDAMOak Grove boys soccer faces George County on Saturday in the second round of the class 6A playoffs. Courtesy: WDAM

    Oak Grove boys soccer coach Jesse Lang and girls soccer coach Clay Smith have shared the same soccer field for over a decade.

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    Oak Grove boys soccer coach Jesse Lang and girls soccer coach Clay Smith have shared the same soccer field for over a decade.

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  • USM to host recovery day

    USM to host recovery day

    Friday, January 27 2017 5:39 PM EST2017-01-27 22:39:06 GMT
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    While William Carey basketball pushes toward solidifying home game dates, a bright spot has arrived thanks to the University of Southern Mississippi. The athletics department announced Friday plans to host the Pine Belt Community Recovery Day on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Reed Green Coliseum.

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    While William Carey basketball pushes toward solidifying home game dates, a bright spot has arrived thanks to the University of Southern Mississippi. The athletics department announced Friday plans to host the Pine Belt Community Recovery Day on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Reed Green Coliseum.

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  • Back to the court for Carey

    Back to the court for Carey

    Thursday, January 26 2017 6:27 PM EST2017-01-26 23:27:50 GMT

    It wasn't Clinton Gymnasium but for the William Carey Crusaders, it didn't matter. It was basketball.

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    It wasn't Clinton Gymnasium but for the William Carey Crusaders, it didn't matter. It was basketball.

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  • VIRAL PHOTO: Dak, Brees practice for Pro Bowl

    VIRAL PHOTO: Dak, Brees practice for Pro Bowl

    Thursday, January 26 2017 11:00 AM EST2017-01-26 16:00:49 GMT
    A Facebook post shared by The News Orleans Saints has gone viral. Source: New Orleans Saints FacebookA Facebook post shared by The News Orleans Saints has gone viral. Source: New Orleans Saints Facebook

    A photo of Mississippi State Alum Dak Prescott and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has gone viral. 

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    A photo of Mississippi State Alum Dak Prescott and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has gone viral. 

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  • A new era begins at USM

    A new era begins at USM

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 11:09 PM EST2017-01-25 04:09:19 GMT

    There is a good chance Jon Gilbert earned some cool points within the University of Southern Mississippi community Tuesday. President Dr. Rodney Bennett announced Gilbert as the school’s seventh director of athletics. This is how Gilbert ended it.

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    There is a good chance Jon Gilbert earned some cool points within the University of Southern Mississippi community Tuesday. President Dr. Rodney Bennett announced Gilbert as the school’s seventh director of athletics. This is how Gilbert ended it.

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  • AD Jon Gilbert: 'the right person at the right time'

    AD Jon Gilbert: 'the right person at the right time'

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 9:20 PM EST2017-01-25 02:20:30 GMT
    Jon Gilbert/Source: WDAMJon Gilbert/Source: WDAM

    Jon Gilbert so wanted to become the athletic director at the University of Southern Mississippi, he said yes before USM President Rodney Bennett could complete the offer. 

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    Jon Gilbert so wanted to become the athletic director at the University of Southern Mississippi, he said yes before USM President Rodney Bennett could complete the offer. 

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  • William Carey basketball finalizing plans

    William Carey basketball finalizing plans

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 7:01 PM EST2017-01-25 00:01:14 GMT
    WCU logo. Source: WCUWCU logo. Source: WCU

    In the wake of the tornado that swept through the area Saturday morning, William Carey basketball has been forced to adjust in the middle of its season. Clinton Gymnasium, which has been home to the Crusaders since 1963, was heavily damaged.

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    In the wake of the tornado that swept through the area Saturday morning, William Carey basketball has been forced to adjust in the middle of its season. Clinton Gymnasium, which has been home to the Crusaders since 1963, was heavily damaged.

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  • High School Soccer Playoff Schedule

    High School Soccer Playoff Schedule

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 12:18 AM EST2017-01-24 05:18:28 GMT
    Northeast Jones boys soccer beat North Pike 10-2 on Monday in the first round of the class 4A playoffs. Courtesy: WDAMNortheast Jones boys soccer beat North Pike 10-2 on Monday in the first round of the class 4A playoffs. Courtesy: WDAM

    Northeast Jones boys soccer notched a 10-2 win over North Pike on Monday night to advance to the second round of the class 4A playoffs.

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    Northeast Jones boys soccer notched a 10-2 win over North Pike on Monday night to advance to the second round of the class 4A playoffs.

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  • William Carey's Steve Knight recalls his time in Clinton Gym

    William Carey's Steve Knight recalls his time in Clinton Gym

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 12:01 AM EST2017-01-24 05:01:42 GMT
    Clinton Gymnasium has housed William Carey basketball since 1963. Courtesy: WDAMClinton Gymnasium has housed William Carey basketball since 1963. Courtesy: WDAM

    Steve Knight has been the William Carey head basketball coach for 35 years. He’s Mississippi’s all-time winningest coach at the same four-year institution and many of those wins came in Clinton Gymnasium.

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    Steve Knight has been the William Carey head basketball coach for 35 years. He’s Mississippi’s all-time winningest coach at the same four-year institution and many of those wins came in Clinton Gymnasium.

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  • USM athletes lend helping hand in wake of tornado

    USM athletes lend helping hand in wake of tornado

    Monday, January 23 2017 12:56 AM EST2017-01-23 05:56:57 GMT
    Over 250 Southern Miss student-athletes volunteered Sunday to help relief efforts in the wake of the Hattiesburg tornado. Courtesy: WDAMOver 250 Southern Miss student-athletes volunteered Sunday to help relief efforts in the wake of the Hattiesburg tornado. Courtesy: WDAM

    Hattiesburg resident Charles Killingsworth said he was walking home from church Sunday morning when he saw a number of people dressed in black and yellow scattered throughout his neighborhood ripped apart by Saturday’s tornado.

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    Hattiesburg resident Charles Killingsworth said he was walking home from church Sunday morning when he saw a number of people dressed in black and yellow scattered throughout his neighborhood ripped apart by Saturday’s tornado.

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  • USM basketball falls 61-58 to Rice

    Monday, January 23 2017 12:39 AM EST2017-01-23 05:39:13 GMT
    USM's loss to rice drops its overall record to 6-13. Courtesy: WDAMUSM's loss to rice drops its overall record to 6-13. Courtesy: WDAM

    The back of the rim was the only difference in USM’s 61-58 loss to Rice on Saturday afternoon.

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    The back of the rim was the only difference in USM’s 61-58 loss to Rice on Saturday afternoon.

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  • USM-MSU 2018 baseball series in works

    USM-MSU 2018 baseball series in works

    Friday, January 20 2017 6:16 PM EST2017-01-20 23:16:48 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University are expected to open the 2018 baseball season with a bang.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University are expected to open the 2018 baseball season with a bang.

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  • Mullens, Tom set for East-West Game

    Mullens, Tom set for East-West Game

    Friday, January 20 2017 5:41 PM EST2017-01-20 22:41:02 GMT

    Brett Favre, Tom Brady and John Elway are just three players who used the East-West Shrine game to cross over from the college game to NFL super stardom. According to the game's web site an average of more than 265 shrine alumni play on Sundays.

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    Brett Favre, Tom Brady and John Elway are just three players who used the East-West Shrine game to cross over from the college game to NFL super stardom. According to the game's web site an average of more than 265 shrine alumni play on Sundays.

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  • USM holds off North Texas, 75-65

    USM holds off North Texas, 75-65

    Thursday, January 19 2017 10:57 PM EST2017-01-20 03:57:13 GMT
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    Something about Green Coliseum has seemed to bring out the best in Quinton Campbell of late.

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    Something about Green Coliseum has seemed to bring out the best in Quinton Campbell of late.

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  • North Forrest Basketball off to 14-4 start

    North Forrest Basketball off to 14-4 start

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 11:55 PM EST2017-01-19 04:55:56 GMT
    First-year head coach Quenton Loving has North Forrest off to a 14-4 start. Courtesy: WDAMFirst-year head coach Quenton Loving has North Forrest off to a 14-4 start. Courtesy: WDAM

    Under first-year head coach Quenton Loving, North Forrest basketball is 14-4 on the season.

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    Under first-year head coach Quenton Loving, North Forrest basketball is 14-4 on the season.

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  • USM basketball teams to get back on right track

    USM basketball teams to get back on right track

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 9:38 PM EST2017-01-19 02:38:16 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team is hoping home will get them back to its winning ways. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team is hoping home will get them back to its winning ways. 

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  • JCJC's Mary Kate Smith signs with Ole Miss soccer

    JCJC's Mary Kate Smith signs with Ole Miss soccer

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 12:45 AM EST2017-01-18 05:45:17 GMT
    Mary Kate Smith, a South Jones alum who's played at Southern Miss and Jones County, will move on to play soccer at Ole Miss. Courtesy: WDAMMary Kate Smith, a South Jones alum who's played at Southern Miss and Jones County, will move on to play soccer at Ole Miss. Courtesy: WDAM

    Jones County Junior College soccer player Mary Kate Smith officially signed with Ole Miss on Tuesday. The 2016 All-region 23 performer, who played at Southern Miss her freshman year, helped the Lady Bobcats to a 15-2 record with 21 goals and 18 assists.

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    Jones County Junior College soccer player Mary Kate Smith officially signed with Ole Miss on Tuesday. The 2016 All-region 23 performer, who played at Southern Miss her freshman year, helped the Lady Bobcats to a 15-2 record with 21 goals and 18 assists.

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  • Hattiesburg Baseball's Joe Gray commits to Ole Miss

    Hattiesburg Baseball's Joe Gray commits to Ole Miss

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 12:32 AM EST2017-01-18 05:32:42 GMT
    Hattiesburg junior Joe Gray verbally committed to play baseball at Ole Miss on Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy: WDAMHattiesburg junior Joe Gray verbally committed to play baseball at Ole Miss on Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy: WDAM

    After much anticipation from Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans, on Tuesday afternoon Hattiesburg High’s Joe Gray Jr. verbally committed to play baseball for the Rebels in 2018.

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    After much anticipation from Ole Miss and Mississippi State fans, on Tuesday afternoon Hattiesburg High’s Joe Gray Jr. verbally committed to play baseball for the Rebels in 2018.

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  • North Forrest Basketball enjoying 14-4 season

    North Forrest Basketball enjoying 14-4 season

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 12:12 AM EST2017-01-18 05:12:06 GMT
    North Forrest senior Terenc Kyser scored 29 points in the Eagles 88-51 win over Taylorsville. Courtesy: WDAMNorth Forrest senior Terenc Kyser scored 29 points in the Eagles 88-51 win over Taylorsville. Courtesy: WDAM

    Under first-year head coach Quenton Loving, North Forrest basketball is 14-4 on the season. In their most recent outing, the Eagles notched an 88-51 win over Taylorsville led by senior forward Terence Kyser’s 29 points.

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    Under first-year head coach Quenton Loving, North Forrest basketball is 14-4 on the season. In their most recent outing, the Eagles notched an 88-51 win over Taylorsville led by senior forward Terence Kyser’s 29 points.

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  • USM Baseball's sights set on postseason again in 2017

    USM Baseball's sights set on postseason again in 2017

    Monday, January 16 2017 11:56 PM EST2017-01-17 04:56:29 GMT
    Scott Berry enters his eight season as head baseball coach of Southern Miss. Courtesy: WDAMScott Berry enters his eight season as head baseball coach of Southern Miss. Courtesy: WDAM
    "It was a play that was executed to perfection,” said Southern Miss head baseball coach Scott Berry. “I don't know if we ever did it that well in practice but we did it well that day to capture the Conference USA title here last year against a very good Rice team. What a finish. One that will rank in the top of my career for sure." On that play Berry remembers, the four-man double-relay to seal the Eagles' 2016 Conference U-S-A Tournament win, all four of those ...More >>
    "It was a play that was executed to perfection,” said Southern Miss head baseball coach Scott Berry. “I don't know if we ever did it that well in practice but we did it well that day to capture the Conference USA title here last year against a very good Rice team. What a finish. One that will rank in the top of my career for sure." On that play Berry remembers, the four-man double-relay to seal the Eagles' 2016 Conference U-S-A Tournament win, all four of those ...More >>
  • USM looking forward to baseball season

    USM looking forward to baseball season

    Monday, January 16 2017 7:54 PM EST2017-01-17 00:54:19 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi lost 15 players, including 13 seniors, from the baseball team that won the 2016 Conference USA Baseball Tournament championship and earned a spot in an NCAA Regional. But USM coach Scott Berry said he has high expectations for the Golden Eagles this spring. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi lost 15 players, including 13 seniors, from the baseball team that won the 2016 Conference USA Baseball Tournament championship and earned a spot in an NCAA Regional. But USM coach Scott Berry said he has high expectations for the Golden Eagles this spring. 

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  • South Jones retires Lorenzo Johnson's basketball jersey

    South Jones retires Lorenzo Johnson's basketball jersey

    Monday, January 16 2017 1:08 AM EST2017-01-16 06:08:24 GMT
    South Jones alum Lorenzo Johnson played basketball at Colorado State University before enjoying an eight-year professional career. Courtesy: WDAMSouth Jones alum Lorenzo Johnson played basketball at Colorado State University before enjoying an eight-year professional career. Courtesy: WDAM

    South Jones alum Lorenzo Johnson has been back to Ellisville a number of times since his 1993 graduation from the high school. But Saturday night was a particularly special reunion as the Braves retired Johnson's number 33 basketball jersey.

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    South Jones alum Lorenzo Johnson has been back to Ellisville a number of times since his 1993 graduation from the high school. But Saturday night was a particularly special reunion as the Braves retired Johnson's number 33 basketball jersey.

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  • Sophomore Taytum Terrell leads undefeated Hattiesburg Soccer

    Sophomore Taytum Terrell leads undefeated Hattiesburg Soccer

    Monday, January 16 2017 12:49 AM EST2017-01-16 05:49:35 GMT
    Hattiesburg sophomore Taytum Terrell has scored over 130 career goals. Courtesy: WDAMHattiesburg sophomore Taytum Terrell has scored over 130 career goals. Courtesy: WDAM
    Only a sophomore, Hattiesburg High’s Taytum Terrell has already piled up over 130 career goals and is a chief reason the Lady Tigers (11-0-2) are undefeated. "I play select soccer, I run track and everything,” Terrell said. “It's like as I get older, I get more goals, get stronger. I work out and everything." "She's one of those players that's really versatile,” said tenth-year Hattiesburg girls soccer coach Kathleen Adams. “She's fast. S...More >>
    Only a sophomore, Hattiesburg High’s Taytum Terrell has already piled up over 130 career goals and is a chief reason the Lady Tigers (11-0-2) are undefeated. "I play select soccer, I run track and everything,” Terrell said. “It's like as I get older, I get more goals, get stronger. I work out and everything." "She's one of those players that's really versatile,” said tenth-year Hattiesburg girls soccer coach Kathleen Adams. “She's fast. S...More >>
  • Charlotte downs Lady Eagles, 78-61

    Charlotte downs Lady Eagles, 78-61

    Saturday, January 14 2017 9:09 PM EST2017-01-15 02:09:18 GMT
    Courtesy: WDAMCourtesy: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi climbed the mountain Saturday evening at Green Coliseum, but the Lady Eagles never quite could get over the hump. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi climbed the mountain Saturday evening at Green Coliseum, but the Lady Eagles never quite could get over the hump. 

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  • Brittanny Dinkins, Lady Eagles with high aspirations

    Brittanny Dinkins, Lady Eagles with high aspirations

    Saturday, January 14 2017 12:55 AM EST2017-01-14 05:55:34 GMT
    USM senior Brittanny Dinkins ranks fifth nationally in steals (62). Courtesy: WDAMUSM senior Brittanny Dinkins ranks fifth nationally in steals (62). Courtesy: WDAM
    The amount of times Brittanny Dinkins’ name is mentioned when talking about Southern Miss Women’s Basketball begins to sound like a broken record. But the senior guard keeps putting out “best of” mixtapes, her latest being a career-high 32-point performance in the Lady Eagles Thursday win over Old Dominion. Dinkins added ten steals, which moved her up to fifth nationally in that category (62), eight assists and five rebounds in a Russell Westbrook-esque perfo...More >>
    The amount of times Brittanny Dinkins’ name is mentioned when talking about Southern Miss Women’s Basketball begins to sound like a broken record. But the senior guard keeps putting out “best of” mixtapes, her latest being a career-high 32-point performance in the Lady Eagles Thursday win over Old Dominion. Dinkins added ten steals, which moved her up to fifth nationally in that category (62), eight assists and five rebounds in a Russell Westbrook-esque perfo...More >>
  • USM hires Erik Losey to coach offensive line

    USM hires Erik Losey to coach offensive line

    Saturday, January 14 2017 12:19 AM EST2017-01-14 05:19:26 GMT
    Southern Miss will lose five senior offensive linemen to graduation in 2016. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss will lose five senior offensive linemen to graduation in 2016. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss football officially announced on Friday the hiring of Erik Losey as an assistant coach to oversee the offensive line.

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    Southern Miss football officially announced on Friday the hiring of Erik Losey as an assistant coach to oversee the offensive line.

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  • Oak Grove Basketball beats Petal 86-57

    Saturday, January 14 2017 12:04 AM EST2017-01-14 05:04:25 GMT
    Oak Grove's Xavier Daniels slams it home during the Warriors' 86-57 win over Petal on Friday. Courtesy: WDAMOak Grove's Xavier Daniels slams it home during the Warriors' 86-57 win over Petal on Friday. Courtesy: WDAM

    Here are some of the high school basketball and soccer scores from Friday night in the Pine Belt Basketball Boys: Oak Grove (86) Petal (57) Girls: Oak Grove (49) Petal (36) Boys: Laurel (82) West Jones (30) Girls: Laurel (58) West Jones (70)

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    Here are some of the high school basketball and soccer scores from Friday night in the Pine Belt Basketball Boys: Oak Grove (86) Petal (57) Girls: Oak Grove (49) Petal (36) Boys: Laurel (82) West Jones (30) Girls: Laurel (58) West Jones (70)

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  • Sumrall soccer atop region in just second season

    Sumrall soccer atop region in just second season

    Friday, January 13 2017 12:17 AM EST2017-01-13 05:17:05 GMT
    Both the Sumrall boys and girls soccer teams are atop region 7-4A. Courtesy: WDAMBoth the Sumrall boys and girls soccer teams are atop region 7-4A. Courtesy: WDAM

    The Sumrall soccer program is in just year two of its existence, but head coach Todd Siders already has both the Bobcats (9-6-1) and Lady Bobcats (12-3-1) contending for a region 7-4A title.

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    The Sumrall soccer program is in just year two of its existence, but head coach Todd Siders already has both the Bobcats (9-6-1) and Lady Bobcats (12-3-1) contending for a region 7-4A title.

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  • Seminary's Felix McCullum signs with William Carey Baseball

    Seminary's Felix McCullum signs with William Carey Baseball

    Friday, January 13 2017 12:02 AM EST2017-01-13 05:02:29 GMT
    Seminary senior outfielder Felix McCullum signed with William Carey University on Thursday. Courtesy: WDAMSeminary senior outfielder Felix McCullum signed with William Carey University on Thursday. Courtesy: WDAM

    As a running back for Seminary, Felix McCullum was named to the second team all-state in 2016. But it’s as a baseball player that McCullum has earned a scholarship to William Carey University.

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    As a running back for Seminary, Felix McCullum was named to the second team all-state in 2016. But it’s as a baseball player that McCullum has earned a scholarship to William Carey University.

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  • Dinkins shines in Lady Eagles' victory

    Dinkins shines in Lady Eagles' victory

    Thursday, January 12 2017 10:45 PM EST2017-01-13 03:45:29 GMT
    Brittanny Dinkins/Photo credit: WDAMBrittanny Dinkins/Photo credit: WDAM

    University of Southern Mississippi senior guard Brittanny Dinkins scored the most points in her career Thursday night while posting an unusual double-double.

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    University of Southern Mississippi senior guard Brittanny Dinkins scored the most points in her career Thursday night while posting an unusual double-double.

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  • USM forms committee for AD search

    USM forms committee for AD search

    Thursday, January 12 2017 8:23 PM EST2017-01-13 01:23:30 GMT
    Bill McGillis/Photo credit: USMBill McGillis/Photo credit: USM

    The search for the next athletic director at the University of Southern Mississippi will be picking up steam.

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    The search for the next athletic director at the University of Southern Mississippi will be picking up steam.

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  • Jones County Basketball riding undefeated season

    Jones County Basketball riding undefeated season

    Thursday, January 12 2017 12:12 AM EST2017-01-12 05:12:55 GMT
    Jones County's Bruce Stevens leads the Bobcats (10-0) with 17.8 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. Courtesy: WDAMJones County's Bruce Stevens leads the Bobcats (10-0) with 17.8 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. Courtesy: WDAM

    "National Championship,” said Jones County Junior College sophomore David Davis when asked the Bobcats’ goal was in 2017. “We want to win the National Championship, most definitely." It would be JCJC’s first since capturing the 2014 NJCAA Title.

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    "National Championship,” said Jones County Junior College sophomore David Davis when asked the Bobcats’ goal was in 2017. “We want to win the National Championship, most definitely." It would be JCJC’s first since capturing the 2014 NJCAA Title.

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  • Pine Belt Soccer approaching playoffs

    Pine Belt Soccer approaching playoffs

    Tuesday, January 10 2017 1:07 AM EST2017-01-10 06:07:35 GMT
    The Hattiesburg girls soccer team is 9-0-2 on the season. Courtesy: WDAMThe Hattiesburg girls soccer team is 9-0-2 on the season. Courtesy: WDAM

    As the Mississippi high school soccer season begins to wind down, here’s a look at some of the Pine Belt teams to look out for when the postseason rolls around in two weeks.

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    As the Mississippi high school soccer season begins to wind down, here’s a look at some of the Pine Belt teams to look out for when the postseason rolls around in two weeks.

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  • USM Basketball wins second straight

    Saturday, January 7 2017 11:31 PM EST2017-01-08 04:31:15 GMT
    Southern MIss senior forward Quinton Campbell tallied a career high 24 points and 10 rebounds in the Golden Eagles' 73-65 win over UTEP on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern MIss senior forward Quinton Campbell tallied a career high 24 points and 10 rebounds in the Golden Eagles' 73-65 win over UTEP on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAM

    After losing nine straight, the Golden Eagles have won two in a row, the most recent a 73-65 victory over UTEP on Saturday.

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    After losing nine straight, the Golden Eagles have won two in a row, the most recent a 73-65 victory over UTEP on Saturday.

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  • USM tops UTEP for 2nd consecutive win

    USM tops UTEP for 2nd consecutive win

    Saturday, January 7 2017 8:47 PM EST2017-01-08 01:47:19 GMT
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    Thursday night, the University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team snapped a nine-game losing streak with a Conference USA victory. On Saturday evening, the Golden Eagles started a streak of another sort. 

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    Thursday night, the University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team snapped a nine-game losing streak with a Conference USA victory. On Saturday evening, the Golden Eagles started a streak of another sort. 

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  • Lance Mancuso to head Jefferson Davis County High athletics

    Lance Mancuso to head Jefferson Davis County High athletics

    Friday, January 6 2017 11:31 PM EST2017-01-07 04:31:54 GMT
    Lance Mancuso was named the head football coach and athletic director of the newly formed Jefferson Davis County High School. Courtesy: WDAMLance Mancuso was named the head football coach and athletic director of the newly formed Jefferson Davis County High School. Courtesy: WDAM

    When Lance Mancuso found out that Bassfield High would be consolidating with Prentiss High in 2017, like many he didn't know what the future held. Mancuso says he was “honored” when he learned that he would be the athletic director and football coach of Jefferson Davis County High School.

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    When Lance Mancuso found out that Bassfield High would be consolidating with Prentiss High in 2017, like many he didn't know what the future held. Mancuso says he was “honored” when he learned that he would be the athletic director and football coach of Jefferson Davis County High School.

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  • USM's Price glad to be back on court

    USM's Price glad to be back on court

    Friday, January 6 2017 10:58 PM EST2017-01-07 03:58:40 GMT
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    It was hard to tell Thursday night who was happier about the return of Khari Price to the basketball court: the senior point guard himself or his University of Southern Mississippi teammates.

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    It was hard to tell Thursday night who was happier about the return of Khari Price to the basketball court: the senior point guard himself or his University of Southern Mississippi teammates.

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  • Dinkins moves up the charts

    Dinkins moves up the charts

    Friday, January 6 2017 5:11 PM EST2017-01-06 22:11:22 GMT

    The following are thoughts from senior University of Southern Mississippi guard Brittany Dinkins during media day in November. "Everywhere you go you leave your foot print and for me I focus in on wanting to be one of the best leaders to ever lead a Lady Eagles basketball team."

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    The following are thoughts from senior University of Southern Mississippi guard Brittany Dinkins during media day in November. "Everywhere you go you leave your foot print and for me I focus in on wanting to be one of the best leaders to ever lead a Lady Eagles basketball team."

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  • Reports have Losey heading to USM

    Reports have Losey heading to USM

    Friday, January 6 2017 4:53 PM EST2017-01-06 21:53:39 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    According to reports, University of Southern Mississippi football will hire Erik Losey to coach the offensive line. Losey comes over from East Tennessee State University where he had the same role. 

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    According to reports, University of Southern Mississippi football will hire Erik Losey to coach the offensive line. Losey comes over from East Tennessee State University where he had the same role. 

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  • Mancuso to lead Jefferson Davis County High

    Mancuso to lead Jefferson Davis County High

    Friday, January 6 2017 3:56 PM EST2017-01-06 20:56:17 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    There were a lot of questions surrounding the consolidation of Bassfield and Prentiss. Perhaps the biggest question was answered Friday with the hiring of former Bassfield head coach Lance Mancuso as coach of Jefferson Davis County High School (Bassfield and Prentiss combined).

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    There were a lot of questions surrounding the consolidation of Bassfield and Prentiss. Perhaps the biggest question was answered Friday with the hiring of former Bassfield head coach Lance Mancuso as coach of Jefferson Davis County High School (Bassfield and Prentiss combined).

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  • Price's return helps USM snap 9-game skid

    Price's return helps USM snap 9-game skid

    Friday, January 6 2017 3:07 PM EST2017-01-06 20:07:55 GMT
    USM wins against University of Texas-San Antonio/Photo credit: WDAMUSM wins against University of Texas-San Antonio/Photo credit: WDAM

    With 15.2 seconds left and the shot clock winding down Thursday night in the Conference USA basketball game between the University of Southern Mississippi and University of Texas-San Antonio, Khari Price stepped back dropped in a 3-pointer. 

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    With 15.2 seconds left and the shot clock winding down Thursday night in the Conference USA basketball game between the University of Southern Mississippi and University of Texas-San Antonio, Khari Price stepped back dropped in a 3-pointer. 

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  • Jalen Richard's journey from Southern Miss to the NFL

    Monday, January 2 2017 11:57 PM EST2017-01-03 04:57:20 GMT
    Raiders running back Jalen Richard (30) rushed for 1,098 yards and 14 touchdowns in his senior season at Southern Miss. Courtesy: WDAMRaiders running back Jalen Richard (30) rushed for 1,098 yards and 14 touchdowns in his senior season at Southern Miss. Courtesy: WDAM

    "I got the ball, I made them go the other way, I hit it up in there and I was just able to burst out of there,” said Raiders running back Jalen Richard as he described his 75-yard touchdown run against the Saints.

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    "I got the ball, I made them go the other way, I hit it up in there and I was just able to burst out of there,” said Raiders running back Jalen Richard as he described his 75-yard touchdown run against the Saints.

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  • Oak Grove hoops turning it around

    Oak Grove hoops turning it around

    Wednesday, December 28 2016 10:21 PM EST2016-12-29 03:21:55 GMT

    After a seven-win campaign a year ago, the Oak Grove boys basketball squad has certainly raised its game to a new level. The Warriors have already eclipsed their 2016 mark with eleven wins.

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    After a seven-win campaign a year ago, the Oak Grove boys basketball squad has certainly raised its game to a new level. The Warriors have already eclipsed their 2016 mark with eleven wins.

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  • Lady Eagle Basketball gears up for C-USA play

    Lady Eagle Basketball gears up for C-USA play

    Monday, December 26 2016 11:52 PM EST2016-12-27 04:52:52 GMT
    The Lady Eagles enter C-USA play with an 8-4 record. Courtesy: WDAMThe Lady Eagles enter C-USA play with an 8-4 record. Courtesy: WDAM

    "Wow, that was an unbelievable run to watch the stands pile up every game, to set an attendance record for women was very special to be a part of,” said Southern Miss senior guard Brittanny Dinkins when remembering the Lady Eagles run to the Elite 8 of the 2015 Women’s NIT.

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    "Wow, that was an unbelievable run to watch the stands pile up every game, to set an attendance record for women was very special to be a part of,” said Southern Miss senior guard Brittanny Dinkins when remembering the Lady Eagles run to the Elite 8 of the 2015 Women’s NIT.

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  • Southern Miss Football: 2016 Season Recap

    Southern Miss Football: 2016 Season Recap

    Monday, December 26 2016 7:56 PM EST2016-12-27 00:56:37 GMT
    Jay Hopson went 7-6 and won the 2016 New Orleans Bowl in his first since as the Southern Miss head coach. Courtesy: WDAMJay Hopson went 7-6 and won the 2016 New Orleans Bowl in his first since as the Southern Miss head coach. Courtesy: WDAM

    "If we work hard, focus on the next play, focus on the next game, then we deserve a lot,” said Southern Miss senior quarterback Nick Mullens at USM’s Media Day in August.

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    "If we work hard, focus on the next play, focus on the next game, then we deserve a lot,” said Southern Miss senior quarterback Nick Mullens at USM’s Media Day in August.

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  • USM opens tournament with loss

    USM opens tournament with loss

    Thursday, December 22 2016 10:29 PM EST2016-12-23 03:29:37 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball squad dropped it's Diamond Head Classic opener to San Diego State Thursday 66-51.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball squad dropped it's Diamond Head Classic opener to San Diego State Thursday 66-51.

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  • Rise and grind for Laurel hoops

    Rise and grind for Laurel hoops

    Thursday, December 22 2016 10:17 PM EST2016-12-23 03:17:24 GMT

    While most of the city of Laurel was probably still deep in sleep Thursday morning, the sound of sneakers squeaking filled the Laurel High gym. It was still very much dark outside when the Tornadoes started warming up.

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    While most of the city of Laurel was probably still deep in sleep Thursday morning, the sound of sneakers squeaking filled the Laurel High gym. It was still very much dark outside when the Tornadoes started warming up.

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  • Lady Eagles end tourney with loss

    Wednesday, December 21 2016 6:22 PM EST2016-12-21 23:22:10 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis expected Wednesday's Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic matchup against Northern Kentucky to be a grinder.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis expected Wednesday's Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic matchup against Northern Kentucky to be a grinder.

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  • Lady Eagles bounce back against Xavier

    Lady Eagles bounce back against Xavier

    Tuesday, December 20 2016 6:26 PM EST2016-12-20 23:26:02 GMT

    Three games in three days. This was the task that awaited the University of Southern Mississippi women's basketball squad this week entering the Las Vegas Classic. In three days the Lady Eagles would have faced the likes of California, Xavier and Northern Kentucky.

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    Three games in three days. This was the task that awaited the University of Southern Mississippi women's basketball squad this week entering the Las Vegas Classic. In three days the Lady Eagles would have faced the likes of California, Xavier and Northern Kentucky.

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  • First-year coach Jay Hopson brings bowl win back to USM

    First-year coach Jay Hopson brings bowl win back to USM

    Tuesday, December 20 2016 12:22 AM EST2016-12-20 05:22:41 GMT
    Jay Hopson went 7-6 and won the 2016 New Orleans Bowl in his first since as the Southern Miss head coach. Courtesy: WDAMJay Hopson went 7-6 and won the 2016 New Orleans Bowl in his first since as the Southern Miss head coach. Courtesy: WDAM

    "At the end of the day, I want those guys when they're 45-years old to stop by when I’m fishing in Bovina and come by and say, ‘Hey, I want to see Coach Hop, see what he’s up to today,’” said Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson at media day in August.

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    "At the end of the day, I want those guys when they're 45-years old to stop by when I’m fishing in Bovina and come by and say, ‘Hey, I want to see Coach Hop, see what he’s up to today,’” said Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson at media day in August.

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  • breaking

    USM athletic director resigns, accepts new position

    USM athletic director resigns, accepts new position

    Monday, December 19 2016 5:10 PM EST2016-12-19 22:10:15 GMT
    Bill McGillis/Photo credit: USMBill McGillis/Photo credit: USM

    USM Director of Athletics Bill McGillis announced that he has resigned and has accepted a new position at the University of San Diego Monday.

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    USM Director of Athletics Bill McGillis announced that he has resigned and has accepted a new position at the University of San Diego Monday.

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  • Allenzae Staggers, Ito Smith lead USM to bowl win

    Allenzae Staggers, Ito Smith lead USM to bowl win

    Monday, December 19 2016 1:48 AM EST2016-12-19 06:48:45 GMT
    Southern Miss junior running back Ito Smith's 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016 are the 2nd most in a single season in USM history (Sammy Winder, 20 in 1980). Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss junior running back Ito Smith's 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016 are the 2nd most in a single season in USM history (Sammy Winder, 20 in 1980). Courtesy: WDAM

    A 55-yard strike from senior quarterback Nick Mullens to junior Allenzae Staggers on USM’s first play from scrimmage and the Golden Eagles were rolling. The Ragin' Cajuns didn't know who to stop between Staggers and junior running back Ito Smith dashing through the dome and leading Southern Miss to its first bowl win since 2011.

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    A 55-yard strike from senior quarterback Nick Mullens to junior Allenzae Staggers on USM’s first play from scrimmage and the Golden Eagles were rolling. The Ragin' Cajuns didn't know who to stop between Staggers and junior running back Ito Smith dashing through the dome and leading Southern Miss to its first bowl win since 2011.

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  • 12-year NBA veteran Al Jefferson proud of his Prentiss roots

    12-year NBA veteran Al Jefferson proud of his Prentiss roots

    Monday, December 19 2016 1:17 AM EST2016-12-19 06:17:46 GMT
    Prentiss native Al Jefferson has enjoyed a 12-year NBA career. Courtesy: WDAMPrentiss native Al Jefferson has enjoyed a 12-year NBA career. Courtesy: WDAM

    There are countless athletes from the state of Mississippi that have gone on to have professional success. But as Indiana Pacers forward Al Jefferson noted, he’s the only NBA product to come out of Prentiss.

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    There are countless athletes from the state of Mississippi that have gone on to have professional success. But as Indiana Pacers forward Al Jefferson noted, he’s the only NBA product to come out of Prentiss.

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  • Southern Miss seniors to the top with bowl win

    Southern Miss seniors to the top with bowl win

    Monday, December 19 2016 12:54 AM EST2016-12-19 05:54:20 GMT
    Southern Miss won its first bowl game since 2011 with Saturday's New Orleans Bowl win. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss won its first bowl game since 2011 with Saturday's New Orleans Bowl win. Courtesy: WDAM

    A Southern Miss senior class that endured 1-11 and 3-9 seasons have now seen two consecutive winning seasons and a bowl win for the first time since 2011.

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    A Southern Miss senior class that endured 1-11 and 3-9 seasons have now seen two consecutive winning seasons and a bowl win for the first time since 2011.

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  • Highlights: USM's New Orleans Bowl Win

    Highlights: USM's New Orleans Bowl Win

    Monday, December 19 2016 12:34 AM EST2016-12-19 05:34:01 GMT
    Jay Hopson went 7-6 and won the 2016 New Orleans Bowl in his first since as the Southern Miss head coach. Courtesy: WDAMJay Hopson went 7-6 and won the 2016 New Orleans Bowl in his first since as the Southern Miss head coach. Courtesy: WDAM

    Here are some of the best highlights from Southern Miss' 28-21 New Orleans Bowl win over Louisiana-Lafayette. The bowl victory marked the Golden Eagles' first since 2011 and capped off a 7-6 season under first-year head coach Jay Hopson.

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    Here are some of the best highlights from Southern Miss' 28-21 New Orleans Bowl win over Louisiana-Lafayette. The bowl victory marked the Golden Eagles' first since 2011 and capped off a 7-6 season under first-year head coach Jay Hopson.

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  • Staggers leads Southern Miss to bowl game victory

    Staggers leads Southern Miss to bowl game victory

    Sunday, December 18 2016 2:17 AM EST2016-12-18 07:17:12 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Receiver Allenzae Staggers set records for receptions and receiving yards Saturday night as the University of Southern Mississippi outlasted the University of Louisiana-Lafayette 28-21 in the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. 

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    Receiver Allenzae Staggers set records for receptions and receiving yards Saturday night as the University of Southern Mississippi outlasted the University of Louisiana-Lafayette 28-21 in the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. 

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  • USM-ULL a matchup of two talented backs

    USM-ULL a matchup of two talented backs

    Saturday, December 17 2016 12:25 PM EST2016-12-17 17:25:36 GMT
    Southern Miss running back Ito Smith has racked up 1,321 yards on the ground this season. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss running back Ito Smith has racked up 1,321 yards on the ground this season. Courtesy: WDAM
    "I don't know anything about [Southern Miss running back Ito Smith] but I heard from the defensive guys that he's very good," said Louisiana-Lafayette senior running back Elijah McGuire. "Very small guy, shifty, can make people miss." "I've watched [McGuire's] highlights and stuff," Smith said. "Great running back. He's pretty good catching out of the backfield too. He has good hands and good ball skills. So, I'm excited to see him tomorrow." ...More >>
    "I don't know anything about [Southern Miss running back Ito Smith] but I heard from the defensive guys that he's very good," said Louisiana-Lafayette senior running back Elijah McGuire. "Very small guy, shifty, can make people miss." "I've watched [McGuire's] highlights and stuff," Smith said. "Great running back. He's pretty good catching out of the backfield too. He has good hands and good ball skills. So, I'm excited to see him tomorrow." ...More >>
  • USM wraps up an eventful New Orleans Bowl week

    USM wraps up an eventful New Orleans Bowl week

    Saturday, December 17 2016 12:02 PM EST2016-12-17 17:02:15 GMT
    New Orleans Bowl/Photo credit: WDAMNew Orleans Bowl/Photo credit: WDAM

    By the time the paint finally dries in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it will be less than 24 hours from the 16th New Orleans Bowl.

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    By the time the paint finally dries in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it will be less than 24 hours from the 16th New Orleans Bowl.

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  • Southern Miss, UL-Lafayette set for showdown in New Orleans

    Southern Miss, UL-Lafayette set for showdown in New Orleans

    Friday, December 16 2016 8:27 PM EST2016-12-17 01:27:27 GMT
    New Orleans Bowl/Photo credit: WDAMNew Orleans Bowl/Photo credit: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi and University of Louisiana-Lafayette literally waited until the last moment to have an opportunity to renew a rivalry that had sat dormant the past seven seasons. The Golden Eagles (6-6) and Ragin’ Cajuns (6-6) will meet at 8 p.m. Saturday in the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game will mark the 52nd meeting between teams who have not played since 2008, and both teams had to win final, regul...

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    The University of Southern Mississippi and University of Louisiana-Lafayette literally waited until the last moment to have an opportunity to renew a rivalry that had sat dormant the past seven seasons. The Golden Eagles (6-6) and Ragin’ Cajuns (6-6) will meet at 8 p.m. Saturday in the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game will mark the 52nd meeting between teams who have not played since 2008, and both teams had to win final, regul...

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  • Dan Disch bringing nasty bunch back to USM

    Dan Disch bringing nasty bunch back to USM

    Friday, December 16 2016 4:57 PM EST2016-12-16 21:57:08 GMT
    Dan Disch returns to Southern Miss in his second stint after previously serving as defensive coordinator in 2011. Courtesy: WDAMDan Disch returns to Southern Miss in his second stint after previously serving as defensive coordinator in 2011. Courtesy: WDAM

    "He's very vocal.," said Southern Miss senior defensive back Devonta Foster. "He's going to get on you if you're not doing right." "Crazy guy," said Southern Miss senior defensive lineman Dylan Bradley. "Always around, always saying stuff." "He just says crazy stuff to get people's attention, get them laughing, get a little energy towards them," said Southern Miss junior defensive back Curtis Mikell.

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    "He's very vocal.," said Southern Miss senior defensive back Devonta Foster. "He's going to get on you if you're not doing right." "Crazy guy," said Southern Miss senior defensive lineman Dylan Bradley. "Always around, always saying stuff." "He just says crazy stuff to get people's attention, get them laughing, get a little energy towards them," said Southern Miss junior defensive back Curtis Mikell.

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  • All-state football teams released (Class 1A-3A)

    All-state football teams released (Class 1A-3A)

    Thursday, December 15 2016 10:44 PM EST2016-12-16 03:44:20 GMT

    The Mississippi Association of Coaches released it's all-state teams. The selections were voted by the state's high school coaches.

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    The Mississippi Association of Coaches released it's all-state teams. The selections were voted by the state's high school coaches.

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  • All-state football teams released (Class 4A-6A)

    Thursday, December 15 2016 10:03 PM EST2016-12-16 03:03:19 GMT

    The Mississippi Association of Coaches released it's all-state teams. The selections were voted by the state's high school coaches.

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    The Mississippi Association of Coaches released it's all-state teams. The selections were voted by the state's high school coaches.

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  • USM's Smith seen as special player

    USM's Smith seen as special player

    Thursday, December 15 2016 8:41 PM EST2016-12-16 01:41:41 GMT
    Ito Smith/Courtesy: WDAMIto Smith/Courtesy: WDAM

    Shannon Dawson has coached his share of dangerously-explosive and productive offensive football players in myriad, high-flying offenses over the years. 

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    Shannon Dawson has coached his share of dangerously-explosive and productive offensive football players in myriad, high-flying offenses over the years. 

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  • USM baseball coach asking officials for financial help

    USM baseball coach asking officials for financial help

    Thursday, December 15 2016 7:52 PM EST2016-12-16 00:52:28 GMT
    Pete Taylor Park/Photo credit: WDAMPete Taylor Park/Photo credit: WDAM

    The Southern Miss baseball head coach is asking Lamar County officials for financial help. 

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    The Southern Miss baseball head coach is asking Lamar County officials for financial help. 

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  • Big day for JCJC football

    Big day for JCJC football

    Thursday, December 15 2016 2:28 PM EST2016-12-15 19:28:36 GMT

    If there truly is strength in numbers, Jones County Junior College football certainly wasn't lacking Wednesday, the first day JUCO players could sign mid-year letters of intent.

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    If there truly is strength in numbers, Jones County Junior College football certainly wasn't lacking Wednesday, the first day JUCO players could sign mid-year letters of intent.

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  • Southern Miss signs pair of junior college transfers

    Southern Miss signs pair of junior college transfers

    Wednesday, December 14 2016 9:19 PM EST2016-12-15 02:19:33 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    The University of Southern Mississippi signed a pair of Mississippi junior college football players to letters-of-intent Wednesday, the opening day of the early signing period for mid-semester transfers. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi signed a pair of Mississippi junior college football players to letters-of-intent Wednesday, the opening day of the early signing period for mid-semester transfers. 

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  • JCJC basketball remains undefeated

    JCJC basketball remains undefeated

    Tuesday, December 13 2016 12:01 AM EST2016-12-13 05:01:16 GMT
    Jones County's Bruce Stevens slams it home for two of his 18 points in the Bobcats' 90-73 win over Coahoma on Monday night. Courtesy: WDAMJones County's Bruce Stevens slams it home for two of his 18 points in the Bobcats' 90-73 win over Coahoma on Monday night. Courtesy: WDAM

    Jones County Junior College will head into the new year unscathed. The No. 25 Bobcats remain undefeated after beating Coahoma 90-73 on Monday night. JCJC won’t return to action until January 9, 2017 when it hosts Southern-Shreveport.

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    Jones County Junior College will head into the new year unscathed. The No. 25 Bobcats remain undefeated after beating Coahoma 90-73 on Monday night. JCJC won’t return to action until January 9, 2017 when it hosts Southern-Shreveport.

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  • MS falls to AL in annual all-star game

    MS falls to AL in annual all-star game

    Monday, December 12 2016 1:07 AM EST2016-12-12 06:07:34 GMT
    Laurel's Dontario Drummond, Hattiesburg's Jordan Murphy and Bassfield's Ron Thompson all competed in the 2016 MS/AL all-star game. Courtesy: WDAMLaurel's Dontario Drummond, Hattiesburg's Jordan Murphy and Bassfield's Ron Thompson all competed in the 2016 MS/AL all-star game. Courtesy: WDAM

    The Mississippi team unable to win its second Mississippi/Alabama All-star game in a row as the Alabama squad took home the 2016 trophy with 25-14 win.

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    The Mississippi team unable to win its second Mississippi/Alabama All-star game in a row as the Alabama squad took home the 2016 trophy with 25-14 win.

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  • USM to be ready for New Orleans Bowl

    USM to be ready for New Orleans Bowl

    Sunday, December 11 2016 8:20 PM EST2016-12-12 01:20:52 GMT
    Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens. Courtesy: WDAM

    When the University of Southern Mississippi has been good during the 2016 football season, it has been very, very good. But in what turned out to be quite the up-and-down fall, when the Golden Eagles have been bad, they have been maddeningly frustrating. 

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    When the University of Southern Mississippi has been good during the 2016 football season, it has been very, very good. But in what turned out to be quite the up-and-down fall, when the Golden Eagles have been bad, they have been maddeningly frustrating. 

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  • USM rally falls short against Tulane

    USM rally falls short against Tulane

    Saturday, December 10 2016 8:15 PM EST2016-12-11 01:15:09 GMT
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    A furious University of Southern Mississippi rally over the final five minutes of the game fell short as the Golden Eagles dropped a 71-64 decision Saturday evening to visiting Tulane University at Green Coliseum. 

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    A furious University of Southern Mississippi rally over the final five minutes of the game fell short as the Golden Eagles dropped a 71-64 decision Saturday evening to visiting Tulane University at Green Coliseum. 

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  • Lady Eagles fall to MSU at Green Coliseum

    Lady Eagles fall to MSU at Green Coliseum

    Saturday, December 10 2016 7:38 PM EST2016-12-11 00:38:48 GMT
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    The fifth-ranked women’s basketball team in the nation came into Green Coliseum Saturday afternoon and provided more than ample evidence of deserving such acclaim. 

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    The fifth-ranked women’s basketball team in the nation came into Green Coliseum Saturday afternoon and provided more than ample evidence of deserving such acclaim. 

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  • Nick Mullens wrapping up record-breaking USM career

    Nick Mullens wrapping up record-breaking USM career

    Saturday, December 10 2016 12:25 AM EST2016-12-10 05:25:36 GMT
    Courtesy: WDAMCourtesy: WDAM

    "I think where [Nick Mullens] is right now he's better than Brett Favre was at that time,” said former Golden Eagle and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre. “What a great kid and just a tremendous leader. I’m very pleased with the fact that we have Nick Mullens as our quarterback.”

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    "I think where [Nick Mullens] is right now he's better than Brett Favre was at that time,” said former Golden Eagle and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre. “What a great kid and just a tremendous leader. I’m very pleased with the fact that we have Nick Mullens as our quarterback.”

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  • Major leaguer Jacoby Jones receives keys to Richton

    Major leaguer Jacoby Jones receives keys to Richton

    Saturday, December 10 2016 12:07 AM EST2016-12-10 05:07:08 GMT
    Jacoby Jones of the Detroit Tigers received the keys to his hometown of Richton on Friday night. Courtesy: WDAMJacoby Jones of the Detroit Tigers received the keys to his hometown of Richton on Friday night. Courtesy: WDAM

    Detroit Tiger third baseman Jacoby Jones returned to his hometown of Richton on Friday night to serve as the Grand Marshal in the city’s Christmas parade. Jones knew he would be leading the parade but didn’t expect to have his number 23 from Richton High be retired.

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    Detroit Tiger third baseman Jacoby Jones returned to his hometown of Richton on Friday night to serve as the Grand Marshal in the city’s Christmas parade. Jones knew he would be leading the parade but didn’t expect to have his number 23 from Richton High be retired.

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  • PCS player from Dominican Republic living dream in U.S.

    PCS player from Dominican Republic living dream in U.S.

    Friday, December 9 2016 12:03 AM EST2016-12-09 05:03:34 GMT
    Otoniel Duran is a PCS junior forward from the Dominican Republic. Courtesy: WDAMOtoniel Duran is a PCS junior forward from the Dominican Republic. Courtesy: WDAM

    "I was in the car with David West and I'm like, ‘I am here,’” said PCS junior forward Otoniel Duran. “This is like a dream come true and it's just amazing how God's will works." Otoniel Duran, who goes by Oto, has had a long journey to the Bobcats' gym. Even longer than the 1,438 miles between Hattiesburg and Oto's home La Vega of the Dominican Republic.

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    "I was in the car with David West and I'm like, ‘I am here,’” said PCS junior forward Otoniel Duran. “This is like a dream come true and it's just amazing how God's will works." Otoniel Duran, who goes by Oto, has had a long journey to the Bobcats' gym. Even longer than the 1,438 miles between Hattiesburg and Oto's home La Vega of the Dominican Republic.

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  • Heart and Soul: Dinkins leading the way for USM

    Heart and Soul: Dinkins leading the way for USM

    Wednesday, December 7 2016 10:23 PM EST2016-12-08 03:23:57 GMT
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    Whether in the 305 or the 601, the focus remains the same for Brittany Dinkins.

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    Whether in the 305 or the 601, the focus remains the same for Brittany Dinkins.

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  • USM men fall to FSU

    USM men fall to FSU

    Tuesday, December 6 2016 10:59 PM EST2016-12-07 03:59:52 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball squad lost it's road contest against Florida State Tuesday, 98-49.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball squad lost it's road contest against Florida State Tuesday, 98-49.

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  • 12 Golden Eagles make all-Conference USA team

    12 Golden Eagles make all-Conference USA team

    Tuesday, December 6 2016 5:07 PM EST2016-12-06 22:07:32 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi football squad had solid representation Tuesday when Conference USA's all-league team were announced. Voting was done by the league's coaches.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi football squad had solid representation Tuesday when Conference USA's all-league team were announced. Voting was done by the league's coaches.

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  • JCJC men's basketball remains undefeated

    JCJC men's basketball remains undefeated

    Tuesday, December 6 2016 12:56 AM EST2016-12-06 05:56:33 GMT
    Jones County Junior College improved to 7-0 with a Monday night win over Copiah-Lincoln. Courtesy: WDAMJones County Junior College improved to 7-0 with a Monday night win over Copiah-Lincoln. Courtesy: WDAM

    Jones County Junior College remains undefeated in its 2016-17 campaign as the Bobcats beat Copiah-Lincoln 106-85 on Monday night.

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    Jones County Junior College remains undefeated in its 2016-17 campaign as the Bobcats beat Copiah-Lincoln 106-85 on Monday night.

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  • MS/AL All-star game to feature Pine Belt players

    MS/AL All-star game to feature Pine Belt players

    Tuesday, December 6 2016 12:32 AM EST2016-12-06 05:32:50 GMT
    Laurel's Dontario Drummond is one of three Pine Belt players who will compete in Saturday's MS/AL All-star game. Courtesy: WDAMLaurel's Dontario Drummond is one of three Pine Belt players who will compete in Saturday's MS/AL All-star game. Courtesy: WDAM

    The Mississippi-Alabama all-star game will be broadcast on WDAM 7 ABC this upcoming Saturday. The 30th annual game starts at noon on Saturday, December 10 and features several local players.

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    The Mississippi-Alabama all-star game will be broadcast on WDAM 7 ABC this upcoming Saturday. The 30th annual game starts at noon on Saturday, December 10 and features several local players.

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  • Golden Eagles, Ragin' Cajuns familiar foes

    Golden Eagles, Ragin' Cajuns familiar foes

    Tuesday, December 6 2016 12:12 AM EST2016-12-06 05:12:13 GMT
    Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette will meet for the 52nd time when they square off in the New Orleans Bowl. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette will meet for the 52nd time when they square off in the New Orleans Bowl. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette will meet for the 52nd time when the two schools line up December 17 in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Golden Eagle head coach Jay Hopson says he and his team were excited to find out they’d be renewing what’s been a storied matchup with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

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    Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette will meet for the 52nd time when the two schools line up December 17 in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Golden Eagle head coach Jay Hopson says he and his team were excited to find out they’d be renewing what’s been a storied matchup with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

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  • USM football team takes over WDAM Instagram during New Orleans Bowl

    USM football team takes over WDAM Instagram during New Orleans Bowl

    Monday, December 5 2016 2:21 PM EST2016-12-05 19:21:58 GMT
    The Southern Miss football team will be taking over our Instagram for a week while they play in the New Orleans bowl. Source: USMThe Southern Miss football team will be taking over our Instagram for a week while they play in the New Orleans bowl. Source: USM

    The USM Golden Eagles are going bowling...and they are taking WDAM with them!

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    The USM Golden Eagles are going bowling...and they are taking WDAM with them!

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  • How to order tickets to the New Orleans Bowl

    How to order tickets to the New Orleans Bowl

    Monday, December 5 2016 11:26 AM EST2016-12-05 16:26:40 GMT
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    Southern Miss is heading to the New Orleans Bowl to face the Ragin Cajuns on Dec. 17.  

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    Southern Miss is heading to the New Orleans Bowl to face the Ragin Cajuns on Dec. 17.  

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  • High school football championships wrap-up

    High school football championships wrap-up

    Monday, December 5 2016 1:01 AM EST2016-12-05 06:01:15 GMT
    In Bay Springs first state championship appearance since 1999, the Bulldogs came up short, losing 22-8 to Calhoun City. Courtesy: WDAMIn Bay Springs first state championship appearance since 1999, the Bulldogs came up short, losing 22-8 to Calhoun City. Courtesy: WDAM

    For six teams this weekend in Starkville, it was a dream finish. But for the other six: heartbreak.

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    For six teams this weekend in Starkville, it was a dream finish. But for the other six: heartbreak.

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  • breaking

    USM to play ULL in New Orleans Bowl

    USM to play ULL in New Orleans Bowl

    Monday, December 5 2016 12:32 AM EST2016-12-05 05:32:19 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    The Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team will play in the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. 

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    The Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team will play in the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. 

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  • Laurel falls in Class 5A title game to West Point

    Laurel falls in Class 5A title game to West Point

    Saturday, December 3 2016 11:48 PM EST2016-12-04 04:48:19 GMT
    The Laurel football team takes the field for the 5A championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAMThe Laurel football team takes the field for the 5A championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM

    West Point High School played a game of keep-away with Laurel High School Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium. 

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    West Point High School played a game of keep-away with Laurel High School Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium. 

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  • West Point defense stymies Laurel

    West Point defense stymies Laurel

    Saturday, December 3 2016 10:41 PM EST2016-12-04 03:41:57 GMT
    The Laurel football team takes the field for the 5A championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAMThe Laurel football team takes the field for the 5A championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM
    West Point High School played a game of keep-away with Laurel High School Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium. And even when the Golden Tornadoes’ high-powered offense was on the field, the Green Wave didn’t let it do all that much. Laurel managed just 107 yards on a meager 34 offensive snaps as West Point defeated Laurel 29-8 in the Class 5A Mississippi high school football championship game. Marcus Murphy ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns for West Point, while C...More >>
    West Point High School played a game of keep-away with Laurel High School Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium. And even when the Golden Tornadoes’ high-powered offense was on the field, the Green Wave didn’t let it do all that much. Laurel managed just 107 yards on a meager 34 offensive snaps as West Point defeated Laurel 29-8 in the Class 5A Mississippi high school football championship game. Marcus Murphy ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns for West Point, while C...More >>
  • Laurel hanging tight with West Point

    Laurel hanging tight with West Point

    Saturday, December 3 2016 9:24 PM EST2016-12-04 02:24:10 GMT
    The Laurel football team takes the field for the 5A championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAMThe Laurel football team takes the field for the 5A championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM

    Laurel High School managed just 69 yards in the first half, but trails West Point High School only 10-8 at halftime Saturday night in the Class 5A Mississippi high school championship game at Davis Wade Stadium.

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    Laurel High School managed just 69 yards in the first half, but trails West Point High School only 10-8 at halftime Saturday night in the Class 5A Mississippi high school championship game at Davis Wade Stadium.

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  • Turnovers doom Poplarville in Class 4A final

    Turnovers doom Poplarville in Class 4A final

    Saturday, December 3 2016 8:35 PM EST2016-12-04 01:35:10 GMT
    Poplarville takes the field in the 4A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAMPoplarville takes the field in the 4A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM

    Three turned out to be Lafayette High School’s favorite number Saturday evening. 

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    Three turned out to be Lafayette High School’s favorite number Saturday evening. 

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  • Lafayette outlasts Poplarville for Class 4A title

    Lafayette outlasts Poplarville for Class 4A title

    Saturday, December 3 2016 7:12 PM EST2016-12-04 00:12:10 GMT
    Poplarville takes the field in the 4A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAMPoplarville takes the field in the 4A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM

    Three Poplarville High School turnovers led to three Lafayette High School touchdowns, as the Commodores claimed its first state football championship Saturday evening with a 27-12 victory in the Class 4A Mississippi high school title game. Brandon Turnage stepped in front of a lateral on an attempted “hook-and-ladder” play near the end of the first half by Poplarville and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. Jamarcus Quarles capped a 30-yard drive set up by an intercep...

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    Three Poplarville High School turnovers led to three Lafayette High School touchdowns, as the Commodores claimed its first state football championship Saturday evening with a 27-12 victory in the Class 4A Mississippi high school title game. Brandon Turnage stepped in front of a lateral on an attempted “hook-and-ladder” play near the end of the first half by Poplarville and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. Jamarcus Quarles capped a 30-yard drive set up by an intercep...

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  • 1st-half turnovers hurt Poplarville cause

    1st-half turnovers hurt Poplarville cause

    Saturday, December 3 2016 5:38 PM EST2016-12-03 22:38:21 GMT
    Poplarville takes the field in the 4A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAMPoplarville takes the field in the 4A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM

    Lafayette High School turned two Poplarville High School turnovers into 13 points on the Commodores’ way to a 20-0 halftime lead at Davis Wade Stadium. 

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    Lafayette High School turned two Poplarville High School turnovers into 13 points on the Commodores’ way to a 20-0 halftime lead at Davis Wade Stadium. 

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  • Bay Springs falls to Calhoun City in Class 2A final

    Bay Springs falls to Calhoun City in Class 2A final

    Friday, December 2 2016 11:58 PM EST2016-12-03 04:58:53 GMT
    Bay Springs taking the field in the 2A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM.Bay Springs taking the field in the 2A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM.

    Calhoun City High School’s smothering defense does not give the opposition many opportunities. 

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    Calhoun City High School’s smothering defense does not give the opposition many opportunities. 

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  • WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime show, Dec. 2

    WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime show, Dec. 2

    Friday, December 2 2016 11:48 PM EST2016-12-03 04:48:13 GMT
    Tune in for The WDAM 7 Gametime show Friday's and Saturday's at 10 p.m.Tune in for The WDAM 7 Gametime show Friday's and Saturday's at 10 p.m.

    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  

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    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  

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  • Calhoun City tops Bay Springs for Class 2A crown

    Calhoun City tops Bay Springs for Class 2A crown

    Friday, December 2 2016 6:32 PM EST2016-12-02 23:32:17 GMT
    Bay Springs taking the field in the 2A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM.Bay Springs taking the field in the 2A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM.

    Copyright WDAM 2016. All rights reserved. 

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    Copyright WDAM 2016. All rights reserved. 

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  • Bay Springs tied at half in title game

    Bay Springs tied at half in title game

    Friday, December 2 2016 5:45 PM EST2016-12-02 22:45:20 GMT
    Bay Springs taking the field in the 2A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM.Bay Springs taking the field in the 2A championship game. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM.

    It is anybody's game in the 2A state championship between Bay Springs and Calhoun City.  

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    It is anybody's game in the 2A state championship between Bay Springs and Calhoun City.  

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  • Lumberton falls short in Class 1A title game

    Lumberton falls short in Class 1A title game

    Friday, December 2 2016 5:37 PM EST2016-12-02 22:37:45 GMT
    Lumberton and Simmons just moments from squaring off in the 1A state championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAMLumberton and Simmons just moments from squaring off in the 1A state championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM

    After about a half hour, Lumberton High football coach Zach Jones was able to shed his mask of misery Friday afternoon beneath Davis Wade Stadium. But the pain of the Panthers’ 30-26 loss to Hollandale Simmons High School in the Class 1A Mississippi high school championship game will linger for a long while yet, Jones said. “The bad part about this is there’s only one team that can be happy when it’s all said and done,” Jones said. Two Lumberton turnov...

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    After about a half hour, Lumberton High football coach Zach Jones was able to shed his mask of misery Friday afternoon beneath Davis Wade Stadium. But the pain of the Panthers’ 30-26 loss to Hollandale Simmons High School in the Class 1A Mississippi high school championship game will linger for a long while yet, Jones said. “The bad part about this is there’s only one team that can be happy when it’s all said and done,” Jones said. Two Lumberton turnov...

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  • breaking

    Lumberton falls to Simmons in title game

    Lumberton falls to Simmons in title game

    Friday, December 2 2016 3:11 PM EST2016-12-02 20:11:30 GMT
    Lumberton and Simmons just moments from squaring off in the 1A state championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAMLumberton and Simmons just moments from squaring off in the 1A state championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM

    Lumberton fell to Simmons in the 1A state championship game Friday morning. 

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    Lumberton fell to Simmons in the 1A state championship game Friday morning. 

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  • sports

    Turnovers hurting Lumberton in title game

    Turnovers hurting Lumberton in title game

    Friday, December 2 2016 1:38 PM EST2016-12-02 18:38:46 GMT
    Lumberton and Simmons just moments from squaring off in the 1A state championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAMLumberton and Simmons just moments from squaring off in the 1A state championship. Source: Taylor Curet WDAM

    Hollandale Simmons High School turned two, first-quarter interceptions into 14 points, taking a 22-6 halftime lead over Lumberton High School this morning in the Class 1A state championship football game. 

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    Hollandale Simmons High School turned two, first-quarter interceptions into 14 points, taking a 22-6 halftime lead over Lumberton High School this morning in the Class 1A state championship football game. 

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  • sports

    WDAM 7 to broadcast high school football championships

    WDAM 7 to broadcast high school football championships

    Friday, December 2 2016 12:21 PM EST2016-12-02 17:21:02 GMT
    Tune in to WDAM 7 Bounce for the games. Source: WDAMTune in to WDAM 7 Bounce for the games. Source: WDAM

    Don't miss The best high school football teams in the state as they battle it out for the state title.

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    Don't miss The best high school football teams in the state as they battle it out for the state title.

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  • Pine Belt teams seek State Championships

    Pine Belt teams seek State Championships

    Friday, December 2 2016 12:04 AM EST2016-12-02 05:04:56 GMT
    Four Pine Belt area teams will compete for state championships this weekend in Starkville. Courtesy: WDAMFour Pine Belt area teams will compete for state championships this weekend in Starkville. Courtesy: WDAM

    Four Pine Belt area teams will compete in the MHSAA football championships from Mississippi State’s Davis-Wade Stadium starting on Friday. Here’s a look at those four 2016 South State Title teams.

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    Four Pine Belt area teams will compete in the MHSAA football championships from Mississippi State’s Davis-Wade Stadium starting on Friday. Here’s a look at those four 2016 South State Title teams.

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  • State championship quests begin Friday

    State championship quests begin Friday

    Thursday, December 1 2016 9:40 PM EST2016-12-02 02:40:19 GMT
    Lumberton/Photo credit: WDAMLumberton/Photo credit: WDAM

    Lumberton High School will be one of the first to walk into Wade Davis Stadium in Starkville Friday morning in search of a Mississippi high school football championship. The Panthers got a taste of that brave, new world Wednesday afternoon in Hattiesburg. “We went to Southern Miss and practiced because I wanted them to kind of be inside that atmosphere,” Lumberton coach Zach Jones said. “A stadium, it just looks different, and I was very pleased with how we handled...

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    Lumberton High School will be one of the first to walk into Wade Davis Stadium in Starkville Friday morning in search of a Mississippi high school football championship. The Panthers got a taste of that brave, new world Wednesday afternoon in Hattiesburg. “We went to Southern Miss and practiced because I wanted them to kind of be inside that atmosphere,” Lumberton coach Zach Jones said. “A stadium, it just looks different, and I was very pleased with how we handled...

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  • Finishing the key for Lumberton

    Finishing the key for Lumberton

    Wednesday, November 30 2016 11:43 PM EST2016-12-01 04:43:15 GMT

    The Lumberton Panthers enjoyed themselves at the Rock Wednesday. As they should have.

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    The Lumberton Panthers enjoyed themselves at the Rock Wednesday. As they should have.

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  • USM falls to South Alabama

    USM falls to South Alabama

    Wednesday, November 30 2016 11:09 PM EST2016-12-01 04:09:51 GMT

    The Southern Miss men's basketball team fell to South Alabama Wednesday 78-55 at Reed Green Coliseum.

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    The Southern Miss men's basketball team fell to South Alabama Wednesday 78-55 at Reed Green Coliseum.

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  • Crusaders fall to Davenport 3-2 in double overtime

    Crusaders fall to Davenport 3-2 in double overtime

    Wednesday, November 30 2016 10:31 PM EST2016-12-01 03:31:10 GMT
    WCU logo. Source: WCUWCU logo. Source: WCU

    William Carey University season came to a heartbreaking end as they dropped a 3-2 double overtime thriller against Davenport University in quarterfinal action of the 2016 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship. 

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    William Carey University season came to a heartbreaking end as they dropped a 3-2 double overtime thriller against Davenport University in quarterfinal action of the 2016 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship. 

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  • Laurel going for fourth state title

    Laurel going for fourth state title

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 11:01 PM EST2016-11-30 04:01:47 GMT

    It wasn't looking good for Laurel last week in its south state final game at Picayune. At one point down 20-3 in the first half, the Tornadoes scored 35 unanswered points to come away with a 45-27 win.

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    It wasn't looking good for Laurel last week in its south state final game at Picayune. At one point down 20-3 in the first half, the Tornadoes scored 35 unanswered points to come away with a 45-27 win.

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  • Carey advances to quarterfinals with PK shootout win over Oklahoma Wesleyan

    Carey advances to quarterfinals with PK shootout win over Oklahoma Wesleyan

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 10:27 PM EST2016-11-30 03:27:37 GMT
    WCU logo/Photo credit: WCUWCU logo/Photo credit: WCU

    No. 17 William Carey University captured a thrilling 9-8 penalty kick shootout to defeat No. 4 Oklahoma Wesleyan and advance to the quarterfinals of the 2016 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship.

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    No. 17 William Carey University captured a thrilling 9-8 penalty kick shootout to defeat No. 4 Oklahoma Wesleyan and advance to the quarterfinals of the 2016 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship.

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  • Bay Springs heads to first State Championship in 17 years

    Bay Springs heads to first State Championship in 17 years

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 5:56 PM EST2016-11-29 22:56:15 GMT
    Bay Springs High school's last State Championship apperance was in 1999. Courtesy: WDAMBay Springs High school's last State Championship apperance was in 1999. Courtesy: WDAM

    Several of the current Bulldogs weren’t even alive the last time Bay Springs played in a state championship game. When Bay Springs lines up against Calhoun City on Friday, it will be just their fourth appearance in a state title game, previously losing to Calhoun City in 1989 and most recently suffering a 17-12 loss to Booneville in 1999.

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    Several of the current Bulldogs weren’t even alive the last time Bay Springs played in a state championship game. When Bay Springs lines up against Calhoun City on Friday, it will be just their fourth appearance in a state title game, previously losing to Calhoun City in 1989 and most recently suffering a 17-12 loss to Booneville in 1999.

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  • USM's Nick Mullens, Picasso Nelson Jr. receive honors Monday

    USM's Nick Mullens, Picasso Nelson Jr. receive honors Monday

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 12:17 AM EST2016-11-29 05:17:41 GMT
    Southern Miss senior quarterback Nick Mullens was honored Monday night at the Jacskon Touchdown Club. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss senior quarterback Nick Mullens was honored Monday night at the Jacskon Touchdown Club. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss senior quarterback Nick Mullens was one of ten players honored on Senior Night at the Jackson Touchdown Club on Monday. Mullens, who owns the all-time USM records in passing yards (11,648) and touchdown passes (85), says he was humbled just to be recognized.

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    Southern Miss senior quarterback Nick Mullens was one of ten players honored on Senior Night at the Jackson Touchdown Club on Monday. Mullens, who owns the all-time USM records in passing yards (11,648) and touchdown passes (85), says he was humbled just to be recognized.

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  • High school football roundup for Nov. 25

    High school football roundup for Nov. 25

    Sunday, November 27 2016 8:07 PM EST2016-11-28 01:07:21 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Lumberton 50, Nanih Waiya 48 Zach Jones still was trying to sort through his emotions 12 hours after Lumberton High School delivered the drama Friday night in the Class 1A South State championship game. 

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    Lumberton 50, Nanih Waiya 48 Zach Jones still was trying to sort through his emotions 12 hours after Lumberton High School delivered the drama Friday night in the Class 1A South State championship game. 

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  • USM flips script in regular season finale

    USM flips script in regular season finale

    Saturday, November 26 2016 11:56 PM EST2016-11-27 04:56:16 GMT
    USM defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. led the Golden Eagles with nine tackles and two interceptions in USM's 39-24 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday. Courtesy: WDAMUSM defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. led the Golden Eagles with nine tackles and two interceptions in USM's 39-24 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday. Courtesy: WDAM

    The Golden Eagles came into Friday’s on a three-game losing streak, facing the C-USA West division champs and winners of seven straight Louisiana Tech. All things considered, it was a game Southern Miss had no business winning. Yet, USM left its final game at the Rock victors by a score of 39-24, punching its eligibility for the bowl season.

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    The Golden Eagles came into Friday’s on a three-game losing streak, facing the C-USA West division champs and winners of seven straight Louisiana Tech. All things considered, it was a game Southern Miss had no business winning. Yet, USM left its final game at the Rock victors by a score of 39-24, punching its eligibility for the bowl season.

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  • breaking

    Pedestrian struck, killed in Forrest County identified

    Pedestrian struck, killed in Forrest County identified

    Tuesday, November 15 2016 9:27 AM EST2016-11-15 14:27:33 GMT
    HPD is on scene of an accident where a pedestrian was struck and killed on Highway 49. Source: WDAMHPD is on scene of an accident where a pedestrian was struck and killed on Highway 49. Source: WDAM

    A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on Highway 49 Monday evening in the Hub City.

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    A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on Highway 49 Monday evening in the Hub City.

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