T-Rex victorious over MudBugs, 3-1

SHREVEPORTS, LA. - The Tupelo T-Rex won the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, 3-1, Saturday night in an away game.

Mark Rupnow netted the goal at the 13:16 mark of the first period to put Bossier-Shreveport up 1-0. That goal would be the only marker of the period.

Tupelo was out for redemption in the second period. At 12:29, the T-Rex would put some points on the board with a goal scored by Dave Szabo. Joe Van Volsen and Luc Beausoleil were credited with the assists, as the score was tied 1-1.

The third period of play was do-or-die for both teams.Tupelo would strike first with a bomb by Brant Blackned mid-way through the period. Ryan Rintoul gained the assist on the goal as the T-Rex took the lead, 2-1. Then, out of nowhere, Joe Van Volsen would score an unassisted, short-handed marker at 17:31, for final count.

Tupelo's record improves to 28-19-4 while Bossier-Shreveport drops to 28-16-2.With Saturday's win, Tupelo now takes sole possession of second place in the ever-changing WPHL Eastern Division standings. Bossier-Shreveport could come back to tie for second Sunday afternoon, as the Mudbugs take on Monroe.

College Football

USM trio invited to NFL Player Combine

HATTIESBURG - Southern Mississippi football seniors Shawn Mills, Keon Moore and Daleroy Stewart have been invited to the NFL Player Combine at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind. on Feb. 22-27.

The NFL Player Combine is a week of workouts, interviews and testing sessions. This gives the players a chance to showcase their individual talents in front of scouts in preparation for the NFL Draft in April.

Southern's Cedric Scott and Raymond Walls have already received an invitation to participate in the event.

USM's football team finished the 2000 season 8-4 and completed its season with a 28-21 victory over No. 13 TCU in the GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl.

College Softball

UM falls to Kansas in extra innings

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Ole Miss softball team fell to Kansas, 5-4, in nine innings Saturday in day three of the Lobo Diamond Invitational. Ole Miss closes out play in the tournament today, facing No. 14 Cal State-Fullerton at 10 a.m. (CT).

Down 3-2, the Rebels (1-4) rallied to tie in the seventh inning when Jamie Cummings tripled and was driven home on Amanda Lehotak's ground ball. Ole Miss struck again in the eighth off Jennifer Poore's RBI-single. Poore, a freshman from San Diego, was 2-for-3 in the game.

However, KU (2-1) answered in the bottom of the inning when a two-out Rebel error sent home Amy Hulse. Kansas sealed the win on a Kelly Campbell run-scoring basehit in the ninth. Campbell was one of five Jayhawks with two hits.

In the early game, Colorado State posted a four-run third inning en route to a 5-2 win over the Rebels. Jennie Orozco's three-run homer was the difference for the Rams (1-2).

UM freshman Britte Hardy went 2-for-3 with an RBI in her first career start. Jennifer Hughes (0-2) went the distance, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in the loss.

College Basketball

Adelphia is NCAA's only unbeaten team

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Adelphi University became the last undefeated team in NCAA men's basketball, beating Southampton College 106-64 on Saturday night to improve to 20-0.

Eddie Williams scored 16 points and Kendall Craig added 15 to help Division II Adelphi run its school-record regular-season winning streak to 27 games.

Top-ranked Stanford, which entered the day as the only other undefeated team, dropped a 79-73 decision to UCLA on Saturday.

Professional Baseball

Rangers invite 13 to spring training

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers invited outfielder Ruben Sierra and 12 other non-roster players to spring training Friday.

The other players are pitchers Jeff Brantley - a former Mississippi State standout, R.A. Dickey, Jayson Durocher, Kevin Foster, Chris Haney, Pat Mahomes, Pete Munro, Mike Munoz, Brian Schmak and catchers Mike Hubbard, David Streed and Luis Taveras.

Pitchers and catchers will report to camp in Port Charlotte, Fla., Feb. 16.

The rest of the squad must show up by Feb. 22.

Professional Football

Running back holding off on surgery

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk, the NFL's MVP, is holding off on further knee surgery for now.

Faulk is skipping the Pro Bowl because the knee that forced him out for two weeks in midseason is bothering him again. But after a meeting with the team's orthopedic surgeon, George Paletta, he's taking a wait-and-see approach.

It was determined Friday that scar tissue from Faulk's surgery on Nov. 6 to remove loose cartilage was causing the problem.

If the scar tissue doesn't break up or loosen in the next month, Faulk could undergo another arthroscopic procedure that would sideline him for about a month.

Professional basketball

Raptors place Bogues on the IL

TORONTO - Muggsy Bogues was placed on the injured list Saturday with a sore right knee by the Toronto Raptors, who also activated center Mamadou N'diaye.

Bogues, who at 5-foot-3 is the shortest player in NBA history, is on the injured list for the second time this season. He appeared in the season opener before being placed on the injured list on Nov. 10 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

Bogues rejoined the roster on Jan. 23 and appeared in just two games where he went scoreless with two points in 26 minutes.

-from staff and wire reports

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