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Lamar School junior Winston Powell fired a one-over 73 at Deerfield Country Club in Jackson last week, to capture medalist honors in the MPSA Overall State Golf Tournament.
Powell, who won the crown in a one-hole playoff, paced a Lamar team that finished third overall with a score of 329. The Raiders had won the MPSA AAA state title in Meridian the day before.
J.T. Williamson shot an 80 in the Overall Tournament, while Clay Bounds carded an 87 and Blake Smith fired an 89.
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EMCC sets baseball tryouts
SCOOBA Tryouts for those interested in playing baseball at East Mississippi Community College are set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Poole Field on the school's Scooba campus.
Players are asked to bring standard workout gear.
Ole Miss signs left-hander
OXFORD Ole Miss signed left-handed pitcher Taylor Fowler, of West Memphis High School, to a national letter of intent to play baseball for the Rebels, head coach Mike Bianco announced Wednesday. Fowler will be eligible for the Rebels in the 2002-2003 academic year.
Fowler, 6-foot-2, 175 pounder, was 6-2 this spring with a 1.23 ERA and had struck out 76 while walking 19 in 57 innings pitched heading into the 5A state playoffs.
As a junior, he was an All-Conference performer while recording a 2.27 ERA and striking out 52.
Ole Miss is currently 37-16 on the season and ranked No. 16 in this week's Collegiate Baseball Top 30. The Rebels are 14-13 in the
Southeastern Conference, tied for third in the SEC Western Division, and can clinch a spot in next week's SEC Tournament with a win over Mississippi State this weekend.
Ole Miss opens its series against the Bulldogs Friday at 6:30 p.m., at Dudy-Noble Field, Polk-Dement Stadium in Starkville.
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Saints sign ex-Eagles center
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former Philadelphia Eagles center Bubba Miller has become the Saints' first acquisition since the firing of popular general manager Randy Mueller.
Miller, who spent the past six seasons with the Eagles, was a full-time starter in 2000 but missed all of last season after breaking his right ankle in the final preseason game of 2001.
Miller signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $650,000, new general manager Mickey Loomis said Wednesday.
Coach Jim Haslett said the Saints have been pursuing Miller, 29, since April. The coach said the 6-foot-1, 305-pound Miller will compete with veteran Jerry Fontenot for the starting center spot and add depth at all three interior line spots.
We looked at him on film and felt he was one of the better players available,'' Haslett said from the NFL spring meetings in Houston.
Miller is not fully recovered from his injury, Haslett said, but is expected to be at full strength for training camp.
DSU signs Kim Cobb
CLEVELAND Kim Cobb, a 5-foot-10 forward from East Union High School has signed a basketball scholarship with the Lady Statesmen of Delta State University.
She averaged 15.7 points her senior season and chipped in 6.7 rebounds per game. Cobb was also named to the All-Division II Class 1A team, while also being named to the All-Union County team.
The team MVP poured in a season high 30 points versus arch rival West Union this past season and recorded a season high 26 points versus Jumpertown in her junior campaign.
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Pettitte throws off mound
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte threw about 40 pitches off a bullpen mound Tuesday for the first time since late last month.
I feel great,'' said Pettitte, who is on the disabled list because of left elbow tendinitis. Pettitte said he will work off a mound again on Thursday. He will likely throw batting practice before making his first rehab start.
Yankees manager Joe Torre has said Pettitte might need several minor league starts before rejoining the team.
The 29-year-old Pettitte has experienced elbow problems since his first spring training appearance March 3. He made three starts for the Yankees before going on the DL on April 21.
Kilby takes Wal-Mart lead
GALLATIN,Tenn. Rob Kilby of Hot Springs, Ark., landed an impressive five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, one ounce Wednesday to kick off the Wal-Mart FLW Tour stop on Old Hickory Lake.
At stake in the $550,000 tournament presented by Snickers is a top pro award of $110,000 cash and a top co-angler award of $15,000 cash. The field comprises 175 pros who fish from the front of each boat and 175 co-anglers who fish from the back of each boat. More than 30 states and Japan are represented in the tournament, which runs through Saturday.
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Costas signs deal with NBC
NEW YORK (AP) Bob Costas signed a multiyear contract to stay with NBC Sports on Wednesday.
A conference call was scheduled for Thursday to discuss what was termed Costas' new role at NBC.''
Details were not released but The Associated Press reported last week that the announcer and network had agreed to a four-year deal, worth more than $1 million a year.
Costas' current deal with NBC expires in June.
He had talks this year about joining Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN and ABC, and was offered a job as host of an NBA studio show on ABC and a variety of work at ESPN.
Earlier this year, Costas signed a two-year extension with HBO as his primary cable outlet.
UMS-Wright claims 11th straight title
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) UMS-Wright won its 11th straight state golf title in Class 4A while Michael Daniels and Matt Morehead led Decatur to the 6A title on Tuesday.
Daniels and Morehead each finished with 4-over-par 148s, but Daniels birdied the second hole of a playoff to claim low medalist honors on the Senator Course at Capitol Hill. Daniels, an Auburn signee, birdied the last three holes for his second straight 2-over 74 to force the playoff.
UMS-Wright's Joseph Sykora (144) and Brian Wood (146) took second and third, respectively, in Class 4A. Daniel Creel of Brooks had the lowest score of any class to claim the title with a pair of 68s for an 8-under 136.
In Class 5A, St. Paul's edged Athens 596 to 601. Andrew Medley of Athens (142) claimed low medalist honors, followed by Mark Ogren (147) and Tommy Jensen (148) of St. Paul's.
In Class 3A, Ellis Brandon won a playoff over Plainview's Jacob Hill to lead Gulf Shores to the title.
In Class 2A/1A, Houston Academy took a three-shot win over Mars Hill. Mars Hill's Allen Allgood (144) won the title over Glenn Northcutt (148) of Houston Academy. Central-Tuscaloosa (624) and Hoover (629) finished second and third.
Mountain Brook senior wins decathlon
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Mountain Brook senior Patrick Claybon won the boys state decathlon title, joining Bo Jackson as the only two-time winner.
Claybon, who also won as a freshman in 1999, scored 5,983 points to beat Leeds' Patrick Lockhart (5,909) and Mountain Brook's Jeff DeMedicis (5,746) on Tuesday at Mountain Brook High School.
Kelly Gaston of Lee-Montgomery won the girls heptathlon title with a score of 4,540. Scottsboro's Lauren Johnson finished second with 4,449 points and Edra Finley of UMS-Wright was third with 3,893.

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