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MHS competes at state track meet
The Meridian High girls track team competed in the state track meet at Hughes Field in Jackson on Saturday.
Senior Ashley Curry finished third overall in the state in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet and one inch. Senior Regina Williams placed fifth in the high jump with a jump of five feet. Amelia Hudson was sixth in the 400 meter run.
The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Brittany Davidson, Artesian Boyd, Brittany Ratcliffe and Catesha Young placed sixth with a time of 1:51.34. The 4 x 400 relay team of Hudson, Oulsola Isikalu, Kierra Williams and Davidson also placed sixth in the state with a time of 4:18.67.
Ryan Satcher
Delta State to host NCAA regional
CLEVELAND (AP) After finishing the regular season as one of the nation's best Division II baseball teams, Delta State has earned a No. 2 seed and will host the NCAA South Central Baseball Regional.
The NCAA Division II Baseball Committee announced the selection on Monday. The Delta State tournament is set for Thursday-Saturday at Ferriss Field. It will be the first regional held here since 1991.
Delta State (47-6) had a stellar regular season, but was knocked out of the conference tournament early.
The school has a 17-10 record in regional play at Ferriss Field and has been named host nine times. The Statesmen are 29-17 overall in regional play and have won six region titles.
Top seeded Abilene Christian (43-12) will play fourth seed Valdosta State (41-18) in the first game on Thursday. The nightcap will feature Delta State versus the No. 3 seed Central Oklahoma (45-8).
The tournament continues on Friday with three games beginning at 11 a.m. followed by games at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The championship round is set for Saturday at noon.
Lady Raiders go 1-3 in state tourney
The Lady Raiders of Lamar played in the state slow-pitch softball tournament recently.
Lamar lost the first game to Heritage Academy 16-13. Myleia Shirley went 3-for-4 for the Lady Raiders. Celia Covington was also 3-for-4 while Lizzie Williams went 2-for-3. Cheryl Luquire was 3-for-4 and April Rodgers was 2-for-4.
In the second game, Lamar beat Oak Hill 10-5. Covington and Williams were each 3-for-4. Summer Richie was 4-for-4 and Olivia Hill was 3-for-4. Keri Mathis was 2-for-4 in the win.
In the third game, Heritage Academy beat Lamar 14-4. Richie, Luquire and Rodgers were each 2-for-3.
The Lady Raiders finished the season with a 9-14 record.
Ryan Satcher
Earthquake hits hockey, baseball games
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) A substantial earthquake shook the stadiums Monday night during an NHL playoff game in San Jose and a major league baseball game in San Francisco.
Play did not stop at either game, and no injuries or significant damage were initially reported in the Bay area.
The quake, preliminarily measured at a 5.2 magnitude, rattled the upper level for about 10 seconds at the Compaq Center in San Jose, where the Colorado Avalanche beat the Sharks 2-1 in overtime in Game 6 of their conference semifinal.
Reporters and reserves from both teams sat in the upper level during the game. Light standards along a catwalk next to the upper level also shook.
Canseco announces retirement
CHICAGO (AP) Former AL MVP Jose Canseco announced his retirement Monday, 38 home runs shy of the 500 mark which he wanted to reach to help his Hall of Fame chances.
Canseco, 37, signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox on April 18, and was with their Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. He hit .172 with five homers and nine RBIs in 18 games at Charlotte.
Jose felt that because of personal reasons and a strong desire on his part to spend more quality time with his young daughter, it was time to announce his retirement,'' Alan Nero, Canseco's agent, said in a statement released by the White Sox.
FIA summons Ferrari over finish
GENEVA (AP) Formula One's governing body, FIA, ordered Ferrari's drivers and officials to attend a hearing about the finish of the Austrian Grand Prix, where Rubens Barrichello let teammate Michael Schumacher pass him and win.
The hearing before the World Sports Council in Paris will be June 26.
FIA's brief statement Monday cited an incident during the last lap of the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix and incidents during the subsequent podium procedure.''
Bertman looks for kinder, sober LSU fan
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Complaints he received after LSU's home football games last season brought athletic director Skip Bertman to a troubling realization.
The No. 1 complaint is fan behavior,'' Bertman said. We are definitely looking into eliminating fans whose behavior upsets other fans.''
Alcohol is against the rules in Tiger Stadium. However, Bertman acknowledges that alcohol is part of the problem.
It doesn't mean we don't want people to say 'Tiger Bait,' or dress in the colors, or be loud and enthusiastic,'' Bertman said. This is about not cursing and throwing things and being inebriated and fighting.''
It's a low number'' of people causing problems, Bertman said. But even a low number in 100 locations can cause 1,000 people to be upset.''
Bertman said LSU will use cameras to try and identify disruptive fans in the student section if they can be located, they will be referred to the Dean of Students.
Ole Miss blows past Arkansas State
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Drew Rogers hit a grand slam and Burney Hutchinson and Dustin Cliburn also homered as Mississippi defeated Arkansas State 12-4 Monday night.
Ole Miss (36-16) won for just the third time in its last 10 games. The Rebels were coming off a three-game sweep by Arkansas.
Hutchinson put the Rebels up 3-0 in the first with a three-run blast, his 10th.
Rogers hit his sixth home run in the second to increase the lead to 7-0.
In the fourth, Cliburn added a two-run shot that made it 9-2.
Ole Miss starter Mike Gray (4-0) pitched a season-high six innings. He allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Jon Dove (2-6) was tagged for three runs, two earned, on four hits and one walk in one inning for Arkansas State (21-31).
Rogers was 3-for-3 with four RBIs, and Jonathan Swearingen was 3-for-6 with two RBIs for Ole Miss.
Long-time Arkansas coach dies at 80
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Wilson Matthews, a key figure in the University of Arkansas athletic department for more than 40 years and a legendary high school football coach, died Sunday night.
Matthews, who was a coach and administrator for the Razorbacks, was 80.
Wilson was the one who taught me how to be a true Arkansawyer,'' said Razorback athletic director Frank Broyles. He was invaluable to me in decision making regarding the Razorback program and its fans. I never made a decision regarding the future of our program without asking Wilson for his input.''

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