Sports Briefs April 22, 2009

College tennis
Champion Rebels await Thursday’s winner at SEC’s
- The third-ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team, crowned the regular-season champions of the SEC on Saturday after a perfect (11-0) season, will open SEC tournament play at Auburn on Friday.
The Rebels will play the winner of a Thursday match between eighth-seeded South Carolina and ninth seed LSU.
Tenth-seeded Mississippi State opens play Thursday against seventh-seeded Auburn. The winner plays second-seeded Georgia on Friday.
SEC women: On Thursday in Fayette-ville, Ark., seventh-seeded Ole Miss plays LSU while No. 12 seed MSU plays Vanderbilt.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Mullen to make stop in Corinth next month
- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will be the featured guest at the Alcorn County chapter of the MSU Alumni Association on May 13. A dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. with a program to follow at 7:15.
Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Those who RSVP by May 10 will be entered in a drawing to win a football autographed by Mullen.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Chris Carson at msu1chris@yahoo.com or 287-5322.
Pro basketball
Rock-N-Rollers to unveil roster, coaches on Thursday
- TUPELO – The Tupelo Rock-N-Rollers, an expansion franchise in the World Basketball Association Exposure League, will announce its 2009 roster on Thursday at Tupelo’s City Hall.
The announcement will be made at 4 p.m. during an event that is open to the public.
The WBA’s draft was held this past weekend and teams in the league will consist mainly of players from their respective areas. The league serves as a showcase for men’s basketball players who aspire to play at a higher level professionally.
Owned by Russell Brooks, the Rock-N-Rollers will play their games at the St. Paul United Methodist Christian Life Center in Tupelo. Their season starts in May and ends in June.
The Rock-N-Rollers will be competing against teams from Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
PRO FOOTBALL
Goodell: Vick’s return based on ‘genuine remorse’
- LEXINGTON, Va. – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Michael Vick has paid a significant price for doing an “egregious thing” and will have to show genuine remorse and that the experience has changed him in order to get a chance at resuming his career.
Goodell said he has not kept up with Vick’s legal issues since suspending him from the league after his conviction in a federal dogfighting case. Vick is serving a 23-month prison term and has a team of lawyers trying to settle his finances in bankruptcy court.
A major component of the bankruptcy lawyers’ efforts to find a way for Vick to satisfy his creditors is based on his ability to again earn millions in pro football. Many have speculated that Vick would become a lightning rod for animal rights groups and others if he is reinstated and added to a roster.
Cards’ schedule, bowl clash
- GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals violated terms of their University of Phoenix contract by scheduling their final home game in the upcoming season one day before the Fiesta Bowl.
The contracts with the operator of the Glendale stadium require 48 hours between the games.

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