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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Mississippi sports news from The Associated Press

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Ole Miss went through its annual media day yesterday, with Coach Hugh Freeze saying the goal is to go from "good to great" and compete in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. The Rebels return 15 starters, including third-year starting quarterback Bo Wallace.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Mark Ingram speaks boldly about the promise of New Orleans' running game, considering the Saints ranked near the bottom of the NFL in rushing last season and then traded away Darren Sproles. Ingram says the Saints have one of the deepest and most talented groups of running backs in the NFL.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari has announced the hiring of former Auburn head coach Tony Barbee to replace Rod Strickland as his special assistant. Barbee played under Calipari at Massachusetts and served nine years as his assistant there and at Memphis.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley won't spend time in jail after being convicted of drunken driving and reckless driving in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. District Judge George Hardesty ordered Fairley to spend one year on probation and pay $750 in fines plus court costs during a hearing Thursday.

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