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The Best in Sports in the Next 7 Days

Thursday, November 18

College Basketball: Mississippi State vs. Syracuse (8 p.m., ESPN2/620 AM): The Bulldogs hit the Big Apple for this semifinal game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Dogs play Friday in either the championship (8 p.m.) or the consolation game (6 p.m.).

High school football, MPSA Championships, Mississippi College, Clinton: The academies' championship weekend kicks off when Claiborne plays Lee for the A title (1 p.m.). Simpson and Centreville meet in the AA title game (7 p.m.).

Friday, Nov. 19

High school football, MPSA Championships, Mississippi College, Clinton: The big boys meet for state titles, starting with MRA vs. Magnolia Heights for the AAA Division 2 crown (1 p.m.). Jackson Academy plays nemesis Jackson Prep for the AAA Division 1 title (7 p.m., 930 AM/1240 AM).

College basketball, Farm Bureau Classic, Clinton: Millsaps plays Louisiana College (5 p.m.) and Mississippi College plays Dallas Diesel (7 p.m.).

Saturday, Nov. 20

College football, Jackson State vs. Alcorn State, 1:30 p.m. (105.9 FM, 90.1 FM): The Soul Bowl will have Memorial Stadium rocking. And that's just the halftime.

Arkansas at Mississippi State (1:30 p.m., 620 AM,/105.1 FM): The Bulldogs have a good shot at victory No. 4.

College basketball, Farm Bureau Classic, Clinton: Local favorites Mississippi College and Millsaps add another chapter to their storied rivalry (5 p.m.).

Sunday, Nov. 21

Pro football, Denver at New Orleans (noon, Ch. 12/620 AM): Don't get your hopes up, Saints fans. Your heroes will revert to form this weekend.

Monday, Nov. 22

Pro football, New England at Kansas City (8 p.m., Ch. 16/620 AM): One of the NFL's best teams calls on one of the NFL's worst.

Tuesday, Nov. 23
College basketball, Mississippi College women at Millsaps (6 p.m.): Do the women's teams offer a kinder and gentler side of this rivalry? No.

Wednesday, Nov. 24

College basketball: Southeastern Louisiana at Southern Miss (7 p.m., 1180 AM/104.3 FM): There's no better way to prepare for Turkey Day than by catching the basketball Buzzards in action.

The Slate is compiled by the JFP's resident turkey, Doctor S. For more of his fowl views on sports, visit the Amazing SportsBlog at jacksonfreepress.com.

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