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Watkins’ late basket lifts Arkansas past Ole Miss

Saturday’s game between a pair of NCAA Tournament hopefuls at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum went back and forth from the start. But the visitors got to set up their offense one last time and sent Ole Miss to another home loss. Manuale Watkins hit a baseline floater with 8 seconds left to allow No. 24 Arkansas to get out of the Tad Pad with a 71-70 victory, snapping a six-game winning streak for the Rebels. (February 15, 2015, Page 1B)

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    Defer’s career game leads WVHS to Senior Night win

    WATER VALLEY — Skyler Defer scored, dunked, bled and even lost some of the food he ate earlier in the day. Water Valley’s senor guard did whatever it took to go out a winner in his final home game. Defer accounted for nearly half of the Blue Devils’ offense, dropping a career-high 40 points to help Water Valley overcome a furious second-half rally by M.S. Palmer in a 90-83 victory Friday on Senior Night at the WVHS gym. (February 15, 2015, Page 4B)

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      Chargers blow past Coldwater on Senior Night

      Oxford High’s seniors played their final game in front of their home fans Thursday night. It played out like the rest of them did this season. The Chargers capped the regular season with a 74-53 victory over Coldwater on Senior Night at the Oxford High gym to continue their push toward the postseason. Next up for Oxford (23-4) is its Division 2-5A tournament opener against fourth-seeded West Point on Tuesday at West Point. (February 13, 2015, Page 6A, 7A)

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        Ole Miss preparing to see Gators’ Frazier in rematch tonight

        Florida coach Billy Donovan has said his top scorer won’t suit up tonight against Ole Miss. Andy Kennedy isn’t convinced. Michael Frazier II left the Gators’ game against Kentucky on Saturday midway through the second half after suffering a high ankle sprain. Frazier, who’s averaging 13.2 points per game, had 10 points before going down with the injury. Donovan said Frazier has been in a walking boot this week as Florida prepared for the rematch against the Rebels in Gainesville, Florida (6 p.m., ESPN), according to The Associated Press. (February 12, 2015, Page 5A, 6A)

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          International Bowl ‘awesome experience’ for Johnson

          Eli Johnson almost passed up an opportunity to represent his country on the football field. Looking back, he’s glad he didn’t. The Lafayette High offensive lineman suited up for Team USA in the 18-and-under International Bowl played Jan. 30 in Arlington Texas at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Canada was the opponent in a game that showcased more than 100 of North America’s top high school juniors. (February 11, 2015, Page 1B)

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            Roth commits to Ole Miss

            When Houston Roth got the chance to lock down his future in baseball, he didn’t waste any time. The Oxford High standout gave his verbal commitment to Ole Miss on Sunday. Roth visited the campus early in the day and gave his pledge to head coach Mike Bianco before leaving. (February 9, 2015, Page 6)

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              COLUMN: Rebels’ road success will only help in chase for NCAA Tournament berth

              If you’re to believe the folks that cover college basketball for a living, Ole Miss would be a part of the NCAA Tournament if it started today. ESPN bracketologist Joe Lundari last updated his field of 68 this morning and has Ole Miss as a 10 seed facing seventh-seeded Indiana in Omaha, Nebraska. Same for CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm, who revised his tournament projections Sunday night and had the Rebels on the 10 line, though against a different opponent (SMU).

               (February 9, 2015, Page 6, 7)

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                Chargers take 2-5A title with win over New Hope

                Oxford High’s boys basketball team was winning, but it wasn’t enough. Not if the Chargers wanted to call themselves division champs. (February 8, 2015, Page 4B)

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                  Mack inks with SEMO

                  Brandon Mack’s time in junior college has earned him a future at a four-year school. (February 8, 2015, Page 4B)

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                    Freeze aware of possible ‘embarassment’ with Kelly

                    It would’ve been easy for Hugh Freeze to give his latest junior college quarterback signee the boot a month ago. Instead, Ole Miss’ coach is giving Chad Kelly yet another chance. Freeze is just hoping it doesn’t come back to bite him. (February 6, 2015, Page 6A)

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