Sports Minute: Here is the latest Gulf Coast Conference sports news from The Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Teaira McCowan and the Mississippi State women's basketball team are hoping to take that one final step. The Bulldogs are the favorites to win the Southeastern Conference again but the biggest, most exasperatingly elusive goal remains winning a national title.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have placed veteran receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on injured reserve. The 12-year veteran has played in four games this season and has caught 12 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns. But Ginn has regularly appeared on New Orleans' official injury report because of knee soreness since early in Week 2. New Orleans also has signed offensive tackle Michael Ola.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The challenge of facing one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history and the league's highest-scoring offense is precisely why 36-year-old Terrell Suggs still gets a kick out of playing football. Suggs and the Baltimore Ravens' top-ranked defense take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in an intriguing matchup of first-place teams. The Saints have won four straight and are averaging 36 points per game, but Brees has never beat the Ravens.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks from experience when he says this may be Alabama's best team in Nick Saban's 12-year tenure. Pruitt was part of Saban's staff for four national championship teams at Alabama and spent the last two seasons as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator. Now he's a first-year head coach preparing to try an upset the top-ranked Tide.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A statue of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton outside his alma mater's football stadium has been found with University of Alabama flags and a men's athletic supporter on it. The Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer reports a photo tweeted Tuesday morning shows the crimson and white flags and underwear on the former Auburn University Heisman Trophy winner quarterback's statue outside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
(AP) - Kevin Mawae played 16 seasons in the NFL earning eight Pro Bowls and three All-Pro honors. Yet the former offensive lineman found himself struggling to walk in the summer of 2017. With each step came stabbing pains because of severe plantar fasciitis. The Breakfast Club came to his rescue by helping him learn how to treat his aching feet. The Breakfast Club is a free six-week program bringing former players together for three workouts a week while offering physical therapy and a nutritionist.
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