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NFL

McNair back in drills after resting shoulder

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair participated in drills Monday, ending a short layoff to rest a tired shoulder.

McNair was held out of three days of work with the Indianapolis Colts, and had his shoulder tested after reporting a sore shoulder last Wednesday.

McNair was having problems with the same shoulder that had a mysterious infection during the offseason, requiring an operation and weeks of antibiotics.

McNair watched Monday morning’s practice before tossing some passes to a trainer in the afternoon. He completed a long pass to rookie Eddie Berlin and practiced longer than planned before being pulled.

Heart failure claims

Patriots QB coach

KINGSTON, R.I. – New England Patriots quarterbacks coach Dick Rehbein died of heart failure Monday.

Rehbein had cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, and his heart was being electronically paced, the team said. On Monday the heart muscle stopped, and doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital were unable to revive him.

Rehbein, 45, became the Patriots’ quarterback coach under Bill Belichick in February 2000.

Rehbein coached for 23 seasons in the NFL, beginning in 1979 with the Green Bay Packers. He coached with the Minnesota Vikings from 1985-91, and with the New York Giants from 1992-99.

He also spent a season with the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League in 1984.

Rehbein is survived by his wife Pam, and two daughters, Betsy and Sarabeth.

Monday afternoon’s practice was canceled following the announcement of Rehbein’s death. Funeral arrangements were pending.

College Football

New Golden Eagles hit the practice field

HATTIESBURG – Newcomers went through their first two practices at Southern Mississippi Monday.

They’ll have two more practices Tuesday and varsity players will also report to campus.

“It’s a group that has a lot of personality, and that’s great to see,” coach Jeff Bower said of the newest Golden Eagles. “It’s kind of unusual for first-year guys. They are very enthusiastic and already know the fight song.”

On Wednesday, the entire squad will undergo strength and conditioning tests before two-a-days begin Thursday.

Bower said the coaches worked a third of the new players on one side of the ball and the rest drilled on both offense and defense.

“We’re going to meet tomorrow (Tuesday) and try to get them slotted into positions,” he said.

Area

Mantachie’s Graham signs with Northeast

Northeast Mississippi Community College announces the signing of Charity Graham to a letter of intent to play softball fro the Lady Tigers.

Graham hit .426 with 12 doubles last season at Mantachie High School. She was a All-Division 1-2A honoree and a member of The Daily Journal All-Area Team. Graham also played in the 1st annual NESAAP All-Star Game.

Junior championship

tees off today

The Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tour tees off its 2001 Tour Championship today at Old Waverly golf course in West Point.

Play begins today at 8 a.m., with the 13-15 and 16-18 division playing 18 holes each of two days, and the 10-12 Division playing a total of 18 holes over two days.

Pirates hosting camp

Wednesday at ICC

The Pittsburgh Pirates are hosting a tryout camp at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Itawamba Community College’s Crubaugh Field.

The camp is open to players agaes 15 to 21. Each participant must bring their own equipment.

Call in the ICC baseball office at 862-8121 for more information.

From staff, wire reports