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Miss. native will be first woman to officiate Super Bowl

Mississippi native Sarah Thomas will be the first woman to officiate in a Super Bowl.

  WATCH: Brees spends time after season-ending loss with family, Brady on field

  Playoff games lead to uptick in sports betting at Coast casinos

  Brees makes no decision on his playing future after loss to Bucs

  Southern Miss sweeps Middle Tennessee in weekend series

Four turnovers end Saints’ playoff run

  Mississippi State bounces back against Florida

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  Ole Miss men’s basketball falls to Georgia

  King Cakes and French Quarter beers: Saints fans prepare for playoff game

  Celeste Study signs with EMCC softball

  Saints seeking second NFC championship appearance in three years

  Saints preview red-hot Bucs offense

  Ole Miss blows late lead to Florida in 72-63 loss

  Saints preparing for familiar foe in Tampa Bay

It’s certainly no secret that experience and familiarity help win postseason games, no matter the sport. Between the Saints and the Bucs, there’s enough of both of those to go around.

  Monday’s Pelicans-Mavericks game postponed

Monday’s game between the Pelicans and Mavericks was postponed because Dallas did not have the minimum number of players active to play in the game.

  Pascagoula’s Sarah Thomas reportedly to officiate Saints-Bucs

Thomas will reportedly be the down judge for Sunday’s game between the Saints and Buccaneers.

  Brees: ‘We need to improve’ before Sunday

Watching two all-time greats square off against each other is a rare treat. Watching two all-time greats square off in the postseason, is a priceless experience. And on Sunday, for the first time ever, we will see Tom Brady versus Drew Brees battle in the postseason.

Kamara excels against the Bears despite missing practice all week

Brees and Brady joke about being the oldest QBs ahead of Sunday’s playoff game

  Saints fans get ready for Brees versus Brady

  ‘Who dat!’: Fans cheer on Saints in South Mississippi

  Saints cruise to Divisional round, set to take on Tampa Bay

Coach Payton gets “slimed” after Saints beat the Bears

Saints host the Bucs in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs

The Saints beat the Bucs twice in the regular season

  St. Martin’s Noreel White offered by Florida State

It’s the first offer for the electric and elusive underclassman from Mike Norvell and the Florida State Seminoles.

  Southern Miss Women’s Basketball coach battling cancer for second time

Southern Mississippi’s Women’s Basketball coach Joy Lee-McNelis announced Saturday she is battling cancer for the second time in four years.

  Younger Saints embracing playoff atmosphere

Some younger Saints like Demario Davis, are getting their first taste of a playoff atmosphere and they aren’t taking it for granted.

  Gulf Coast Elite Training hosts showcase at Milner Stadium

Around 100 kids showed up Saturday afternoon to show off their skills to any prospective coaches at different levels.

  D’Iberville duo leaves lasting legacy in world of youth sports

Billy Forehand and Alan French were two D’Iberville sports stewards, cherished community members who were taken too soon and abruptly by heart attacks within two hours of one another.

  Alvin Kamara hints at possible Sunday return

Alvin Kamara took to Twitter, suggesting he will take the field on Sunday against the Bears after being away from the team since last Friday.

  2021 Hoopsfest Canceled

Year after year, Hoopsfest over at the Coast Coliseum delivers all-day action of some of South Mississippi’s finest on the basketball court. But for the next edition, we’ll have to wait another year.

  Saints confident in defense entering postseason

For the Saints, Michael Thomas wasn’t available in the regular season match-up but is on pace to play Sunday, and the same goes for Emmanuel Sanders. The Bears, on the other hand, have a different quarterback under center with an improving offense, but a slumping defense.

  Reports: Double-A, Class A baseball seasons to have delayed start

With the absence of the minor league baseball seasons in 2020, Shuckers fans may seem a little more eager than usual at this time of year to get back to MGM Park. And while all indications suggest a 2021 season is on the horizon, the Shuckers’ season may begin a bit later than normal.

  Chance Lovertich tweets transfer to Mississippi State

Mississippi Gulf Coast national champion quarterback Chance Lovertich is coming back to the Magnolia State.

  Saints leaning on experience to prepare for Bears

When the Saints and Bears meet on Sunday, it will be just the third-ever postseason meeting between the two. The last time they met, back in 2007, a Super Bowl trip was on the line.

  Mississippi State Upsets #13 Missouri 78-63

Down by as many as 14 points in the second half against 13th ranked Missouri, the Bulldogs jumped on a 15-0 run in just 5 minutes’ time to take the lead, and sprinted through the finish line en route to a 15-point victory.

  Pearl River, Gulf Coast open winter practices

With the new calendar year upon us, so, too, is a changing of the seasons at the junior college level. Gulf Coast and Pearl river returned to the court this week for the first official practices since the pandemic cut last season short.

  Legendary Gulf Coast Coach George Sekul: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Legendary Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College player and coach George Sekul, whose Bulldogs teams won two national titles and more than 200 games, died Monday at home in D’Iberville surrounded by his family. He was 83.

  Brandon Rachal named Naismith Player of the Week

He hit a pair of free throws with just one tenth of a second left to defeat number five Houston, a game in which he scored 20 points, and had a double-double on Saturday in a victory over Cincinnati.

  Saints preparing for Bears in first round of postseason

Not only did the Saints win the NFC South for a division-record fourth straight season, but they did so without dropping a single division game.

Saints hope to be close to ‘full strength’ against Bears

The New Orleans Saints hope to have star running back Alvin Kamara and the whole gang back for their opening-round playoff contest against the Chicago Bears in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Jan. 10.

  Ole Miss falls to Wichita State 83-79

Offensively, four starters for Ole Miss scored in double figures, including 20 from Devontae Shuler, but the Shockers went to the line 26 times and made all but four free throw attempts.

  Mississippi State falls to Kentucky in double overtime

A prime opportunity for Mississippi State slipped away on Saturday, as the Bulldogs suffered their 15th straight loss to Kentucky.

  Pelicans earn big win over Raptors

If Saturday night is any indication of how the Pelicans will play for the remainder of this season, there could be a ton of success in the future for this team. Brandon Ingram was a superstar - again - Zion Williamson had an efficient 21 points.

  Reports: Saints running back room all out Sunday

The entirety of the running backs room - including running backs coach Joel Thomas - has reportedly been deemed close contacts to Alvin Kamara, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, and have been ruled out of Sunday’s game.

  Lane Kiffin previews Outback Bowl match-up

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin has some experience going up against Indiana’s head coach Tom Allen, who was the linebackers coach for the Rebels in Kiffin’s first year as offensive coordinator for Alabama back in 2014.

MSU athletics director releases statement on Armed Forces Bowl brawl

Cohen says fighting is 'inexcusable.'

Report: Alvin Kamara tests positive for COVID-19

Saints running back Alvin Kamara tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report from NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero.

  Mike Leach previews bowl game against Tulsa

Kickoff is set for 11 am on Thursday.

  George County alumnus Ty Fryfogle named AP All-America

Fryfogle made Big Ten history this year as he became the first ever receiver in the conference to earn consecutive 200-yard receiving games.

  Holiday Hoops tourney evolves in the face of COVID-19

The 38th annual Adidas Holiday Classic began with a bang on Monday, but the climbing number of COVID-19 cases put the tournament in jeopardy.

Kickoff for Saints at Panthers game moved to 3:25 p.m.

Saints battling for No. 1 seed in NFC playoffs

  Mississippi State wraps up weekend practice ahead of bowl

While the Bulldogs dropped three of their final four games, the victory over Missouri in the finale was a culmination of a long journey, and a journey on which Mike Leach said his squad never quit.

  Adidas Holiday Classic begins Monday at Gulfport High

The Adidas Holiday Classic begins Monday at Gulfport high school, with three days jam-packed with basketball on the slate. The 38th annual event will take place Monday-Wednesday, with 250 tickets available per game session, on sale at Bert Jenkins Gym.

  LSU basketball edges Nicholls despite ‘lackadaisical’ defensive performance

LSU played its first game in almost two weeks on Saturday in a close 86-80 victory over Nicholls. The Tigers have scored 80 points or more in all 6 games this season, and the Trendon Watford-Cameron Thomas duo has been sensational offensively, combining for over 42 points per contest.

  Ole Miss preparing for Outback Bowl

With Christmas now in the rear-view mirror, Ole Miss is shifting its focus to the final game of the season against Indiana in the Outback Bowl.

  Southern Miss basketball gaining ‘momentum’ after consecutive wins

They will return to the floor on Monday against Loyola-New Orleans, and will look to be above .500 entering the new calendar year for just the second time since the 2013-14 season.

  Mike Leach, MSU ‘proud’ of getting to finish line of wild season

On the field, MSU has battled injuries and COVID-related absences all season - so Thursday’s match-up with the Golden Hurricane will serve as a reward and celebration for battling through tough circumstances and getting to the finish line.

  Pelicans fall to 1-1 after loss on Christmas

The Pelicans got a 32-point double-double out of Zion Williamson and 28 points out of Brandon Ingram, but were messy in transition, coughing up nearly 20 turnovers - a number that Stan Van Gundy found a bit disturbing, but not one he thinks will become a trend.

Miss. man freed from prison after 23 years to be honored by NFL

The National Football League (NFL) announced Wednesday that Curtis Flowers will be honored through its helmet decal program.

  Coast private school takes to the court against local team to showcase global talent

A private school known across the Southeast for attracting top talent from around the globe actually resides right here in South Mississippi.

Southern Miss-Ohio State football game set for 2024

The University of Southern Mississippi will receive $1.9 million to play at Ohio State University in 2024.

Brees return not enough to get Saints by the Chiefs

Saints fall to 10-4 on the season

Mississippi State to take on Tulsa in Armed Forces Bowl

The game will be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, at 11 a.m. CT. It will be televised on ESPN.

Ole Miss accepts invitation to Outback Bowl

The Rebels will take on a current Big Ten opponent for the third time in their bowl history.

PRCC sends 2 football players to next level in early signing period

PRCC linebacker Noah Mitchell and receiver Stetson Moore signed to play football at the next level last week.

  Jack Abraham to transfer to Mississippi State

Abraham battled injuries throughout most of 2020, seeing time in just five games, but threw for over 1,200 yards and completed 65 percent of his passes.

  Elijah Moore, Kenny Yeboah declare for NFL draft, opt out of season

When Ole miss takes the field Saturday against LSU, the Rebels will do so without their top 2 receiving targets.

  Gulfport alum Jonathan Holder reaches deal with Chicago Cubs

Holder began to find his groove at the start of the 2020 season, striking out 14 batters and posting a 2.08 ERA in his first 16 appearances.

Report: Drew Brees cleared to play in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs

In a tweet from Adam Schefter, sources say the Saints believe that Brees is fully healthy and doctors have cleared him to play.

  George County alum Ty Fryfogle named Big Ten receiver of the year

Former George County star and current Indiana wide receiver Ty Fryfogle was named the Big Ten receiver of the year after a stellar 2020 campaign for the Hoosiers.

  Gulfport alum Derick Hall named SEC defensive lineman of the week

Gulfport alum and current Auburn Tiger Derick Hall was named SEC defensive lineman of the week for the second time this season on Monday.

  Jadyn Burney signs with Chipola

Harrison Central softball player Jadyn Burney announced her commitment to Chipola Thursday afternoon. Facing a tough choice with a number of different options, Jadyn said when she finally got a chance to be there, she knew it was the place for her.

  Early signing day 2020 in South Mississippi

Signing day started out with a bang, as George County star and All-American MJ Daniels flipped his commitment from Mississippi State to Ole Miss.

Historic first signing class for Deion Sanders at JSU

The Jackson State football program hit the jackpot Wednesday

Shilo Sanders transferring to Jackson State University

The freshman defensive back leaves the South Carolina Gamecocks where he appeared in nine games this season.

Last-second shot sends South Alabama past Southern Miss

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles fall to South Alabama at the buzzer.

  LSU upsets #6 Florida

Following back to back double-digit losses, a self-imposed bowl ban, and a handful of transfer rumors, momentum for the LSU football program seemed to be trending downward. Until Saturday night.

  MSU drops third straight game

Mississippi State was within a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on Saturday before Bo Nix put the game away with a three-yard touchdown run.

  Pelicans prepare for preseason opener

The Pelicans return to the hardwood on Monday against the reigning conference champion Miami Heat for their first of two preseason games.

Eagles end Saints 9-game winning streak

The loss dropped the Saints to 10-3 overall