April 12, 2012 12:40:44 PM
STARKVILLE - Without further ado:
Item No. 1 - Mississippi State men's basketball news -
MONTGOMERY - Mississippi State University signee Craig Sword earned the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Mr. Basketball award Thursday.
Sword led Carver High School in Montgomery to the Class 6A state championship with a 33-point performance in the title game. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Wolverines finished 29-3. The senior was named the state Gatorade Player of the Year and earned first-team all-state as a sophomore and junior.
Item No. 2 - Mississippi State baseball news -
As he begins to prepare for a Southeastern Conference road weekend, MSU baseball coach John Cohen spoke during his weekly media teleconference which by now includes the laundry list of injuries involving the Bulldogs roster.
- Third baseman Demarcus Henderson is out for the next two weeks with a broken finger.
- Third baseman/designated hitter Daryl Norris and right fielder Brent Brownlee had their knees "drained" Wednesday after a 2-0 walk-off victory the night before against South Alabama.
"I always kid with (Brownlee)," Cohen said. "You need one of those Subway-like cards when you go the doctor, so when you go on your 10th visit it's free."
Ben Bracewell (0-0, 0.79) could return Tuesday against Ole Miss at Trustmark Park, but will likely be used out of the bullpen. Bracewell suffered soreness in the his pitching elbow early in the season.
Item No. 3 - Mississippi State football news -
Today MSU returns to the practice fields for another spring workout that will include hundreds of coaches watching in the annual spring clinic today.
"At this point we have everything kind of installed," MSU coach Dan Mullen said. "So it's not new stuff we're teaching that they have to do, everything is kind of review."
The practice will begin at 4:30 p.m. and is of course, open to the public.
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