college football

MSU newcomers practice twice, await upperclassmen

STARKVILLE - Mississippi State's freshmen and junior college transfers participated in two 70-minute practices Monday.

Bulldogs coach Jackie Sherrill has called this year's incoming class possibly his most physically gifted ever.

The class is headed by two nationally honored tailbacks in Jerious Norwood from Brandon and Nick Turner from Atlanta.

Upperclassmen report Tuesday and begin practicing Thursday.

The newcomers will work out at the Shira Athletic Complex Tuesday and Wednesday.

Newcomers go through first day of two-a-days

OXFORD - Ole Miss held its first two-a-day practices with 15 newcomers taking part in the drills.

Among the players practicing was freshman defensive lineman Jayme Mitchell from Jackson, who did not report with other newcomers on Friday.

Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe announced that Nate Banks, a back from Amite County High School, did not meet initial eligibility certification and will not report to the Rebels this fall.

The morning practice focused primarily on fundamental offensive and defensive drills.

"We have a lot of big people, two-thirds of our kids reporting weigh 265 or more, and I have been impressed with how well they move," Cutcliffe said. "We have some that need to get in a little better shape, but getting through that first day anxiety will help. We have a lot of good athletes and certainly we have addressed the size issue."

Bulldogs lose two players

to injuries; another quits

ATHENS, Ga. - Starting Georgia offensive tackle George Foster is expected to be out 12 weeks after dislocating his wrist in an automobile accident on U.S. 441 in Madison on Saturday.

Foster is one of three players lost to the Bulldogs in recent days.

The senior from Macon underwent surgery Sunday at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, and doctors inserted pins into his wrist.

Marquis "Mudcat" Elmore, a signee from Charlton County High School, faces surgery Tuesday for a herniated disc. Elmore, who was expected to contend for playing time at defensive end or linebacker, has had a chronic lower back condition.

Freshman defensive end Aaron Scranton of Buford, the MVP of the Georgia-Florida High School All-star Game in December, told coach Mark Richt on Monday he has decided to leave the team to pursue a career in professional kick boxing.

Local

Booneville sets date, time for booster club meeting

The Booneville Booster Club will hold its first meeting of the school year Monday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. in the school library.

For more information, contact the high school.

Pitts signs with Christian Brothers University

Former IAHS/Tupelo 49ers infielder Hank Pitts has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Christian Brothers University in Memphis.

Pitts led Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis with a .375 batter average last year.

Outdoors

State duck hunters will have liberal 2002-03 season

JACKSON - Mississippi duck hunters have been offered a 60-day hunting season with six ducks in the bag.

Previous years had hunters giving up nine days of total hunting days in order to be able to hunt until the end of January.

Figure Skating

Skater Tonya Harding admits she drove drunk

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Tonya Harding drove drunk and has a problem with alcohol, she admitted Monday as part of a deal that lets her avoid a conviction if she stays out of trouble for five years.

Harding must complete outpatient alcohol counseling for two years, said her lawyer, Steven Thayer. If she stays out of trouble for five years, the charges will be dismissed.

- from staff and wire reports

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