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

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Saints star tight end Jimmy Graham is finally at practice after a protracted contract holdout that kept him out of the Saints' offseason work. Graham says the hardest part of the holdout that ultimately produced his four-year, $40 million deal was being away from teammates and coaches.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Jairus Byrd sat out the Saints' offseason practices because of back surgery, and he remains on the sideline as training camp begins. Coach Sean Payton says Byrd is on New Orleans' physically unable to perform list, but he will return to practice before camp ends.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference has become the most popular jumping-off point for underclassmen looking for a head start on NFL careers. The trend creates more spots to fill around the league with preseason camps approaching, but also helps entice blue-chip prospects to play in the SEC.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -Four former NFL players have joined the Rams coaching staff this summer as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship program. They include former Titans running back John Simon; former Titans defensive tackle Tony Brown; former Colts, Falcons and Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson; and former Bills, Redskins and Saints safety Pierson Prioleau.

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