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Former MSU football player collapses and dies at practice

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D.J. Looney (Photo courtesy Louisiana-Lafayette Athletics)

Former Mississippi State University offensive lineman D.J. Looney has died after suffering a heart attack at practice Saturday morning at the age of 31.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where Looney was a coach, made the announcement on its Twitter account.

Looney was in his third season with Louisiana, and he recently helped the team finish sixth nationally in rushing yards per game at 257.4. He also coached at MSU in 2017 with former coach Dan Mullen. The Bulldogs finished with a 9-4 record that year.

As a player, Looney helped the Bulldogs to reach bowl games in 2007 and 2010.

Looney made an impact on many players over his coaching career. In addition to Louisiana-Lafayette and MSU, he coached at East Mississippi Community College, the University of Georgia and the University of Central Arkansas.

 

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Thompson and Riggs top quarterbacks in Vicksburg and Warren County

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(photo courtesy K. Thompson and J. Riggs)

Warren Central quarterback Kentrick Thompson and Porter’s Chapel Academy quarterback Jace Riggs are the two top quarterbacks in Vicksburg and Warren County as of this week.

Thompson is leading statistically for the two public schools in the Vicksburg area. He has an overall of six touchdowns on the season, and the Vikings remain undefeated.

Riggs, who is in his first season as starting quarterback for the Eagles, is leading for the private schools in the area. He has made seven touchdowns, and PCA maintains a 4-4 record.

Both have stepped up for their teams this year, and each week they continue to improve.

Riggs and PCA will face Glenbrook this Friday at home starting at 7 p.m., and the Vikings have an off week.

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Sims racked up eight tackles in his college debut

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Vicksburg native and Hinds Community College football player Malik Sims made eight tackles in his college football debut Thursday night.

In the game against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Sims came in second with tackles for the Eagles as they lost 31-24 against the defending national championship team.

Sims was a key player in the game, and he was seen all over the field stopping defenders. He is mostly known for his great tackling ability, which started when he was a Warren Central Viking playing under head coach Josh Morgan.

Sims and the Eagles will be at home this coming Thursday as they face the Jones County CC Bobcats.

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Hall of Fame baseball player Joe Morgan dead at 77

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Joe Morgan (photo public domain)

Hall of Fame baseball player Joe Morgan died Sunday at the age of 77.

Morgan is best known for playing with the Cincinnati Reds where he helped the team win the World Series in 1975 and 1976. He played ball in the major leagues from 1963 to 1984, and he finished his career with the Oakland Athletics.

By the time he retired, he had a .271 batting average and had accumulated 2,517 hits, 1,133 RBIs and 689 stolen bases during his career.

After his retirement, Morgan became a sports broadcaster and worked with ESPN from 1990 to 2010. In 2010, he returned to the Reds and became an adviser to baseball operation.

Morgan’s death shocked the baseball world Monday morning. There has been no official announcement on the cause of his death although ESPN reported that he had struggled with various health issues in recent years, including a nerve condition, a form of polyneuropathy.

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