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On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, Andrew caught up with former Southern Miss star and Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. They talk trade rumors and his time at Southern Miss.

They’re not brothers nor are they cousins. Petal’s Kobe Windham and Michael Windham aren’t related at all, but the two do share something in common.

With the 2018 campaign less than seven weeks away, Southern Miss redshirt-senior placekicker Parker Shaunfield has earned Preseason All-Conference USA nods.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, Camal and Andrew discuss a handful of local topics.

Dexter Jordan made a surprise announcement early Tuesday morning. The long-time Louisiana-Lafayette signee declared he will not join the Ragin’ Cajuns’ program this fall, but instead he’ll head down the road to Pearl River Community College in Poplarville.

Loftin earns NJCAA DII Player of the Year honors

By FROM JCJC,

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Kelsha Loftin (Mendenhall) has been named the NJCAA Division II Dudley Player of the Year.

Loftin helped the Lady Bobcats to a 54-3 record and its first-ever national championship this season. The award was announced Thursdaymorning.



After U.S. Open, Mickelson has not tarnished legacy

By BUSTER WOLFE,

Golf, as we know it, has come to an end, according to the purists. Phil Mickelson, a man who is paid millions of dollars to play a game that began on sacred ground “across The Pond,” committed an unconscionable error by hitting his golf ball while it was still in motion.


US' absence at World Cup very telling for sport in States

By RICK CLEVELAND,

Question: What do Iceland, Tunisia, Senegal, Croatia, Costa Rica, Panama and Nigeria all have in common?

Answer: All those countries qualified for – and are playing in – the World Cup, the world championship of soccer.

Here's the kicker: The United States is not. We. Did. Not. Qualify.




CLEVELAND: Mangum dazzles in Supers

By RICK CLEVELAND,

As we all know, Jake Mangum wasn't selected in last week's Major League Draft until the 32nd round – a fact that became all the more puzzling after Mangum spurred Mississippi State to a memorable NCAA Super Regional victory over Vanderbilt last weekend.



USM basketball to play in Cancun Challenge this season

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – The Southern Miss men's basketball team has officially been announced as one of eight participating teams in the 2018 Cancun Challenge. The games take place in the modified ballroom of the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, in a setting where teams and fans can walk from their rooms to the restaurants to the games.


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