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Walters: Questions, answers on local sports scene

Posted about 2 hours ago in Local Columns

Let's go to the mailbag and answer some recent questions.


Smith out, Columbus looking for new boys basketball coach

Posted about 2 hours ago in High School Sports

Columbus High School apparently is looking for a new boys basketball coach.



Laster tabbed for first SEC start when Bulldogs host Gamecocks

Posted about 2 hours ago in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Having lost 12 of their last 18 games, members of Mississippi State's baseball team enter this weekend's Southeastern Conference series against South Carolina in need of a shakeup.



Jackets get going with shutout win over Falcons

Posted about 2 hours ago in High School Sports

It's easier to be aggressive when you're having fun.



MSU softball aiming for Top 16 finish in RPI

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Things are shaping up nicely for a very important 20-game stretch of the Mississippi State softball team.



MSU falls in extra innings at South Alabama

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

MOBILE, Ala. - Ben Gann's RBI-double in the home half of the 11th inning lifted South Alabama to an 8-7 win over Mississippi State in a college baseball game played Tuesday night at Eddie Stanky Field.



Saban kicks RB Jones off Alabama football team

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban has kicked a second Alabama football player off the team, swiftly dismissing reserve running back Tyren Jones following his arrest for marijuana possession.



Lee making impression at fall camp

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There's nothing about Dontavian Lee that screams "Other guy."



MSU alters rotation with eye on South Carolina series

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With his eyes on a Southeastern Conference series against South Carolina, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen hinted Sunday afternoon at a shakeup of the Bulldogs' weekend pitching rotation. "We really have a set schedule," said Cohen of his pitching staff. "With us playing Thursday, we may decide to throw Lucas Laster in that game to keep everybody else on their same schedule."



Caledonia's Hollowell has carved out role as starter

Posted 3/31/2015 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Jorden Hollowell hoped to be a starting pitcher this season. Coming off a sophomore year in which he logged 7 1/3 innings for the Caledonia High School baseball team, Hollowell wanted to play a bigger role as a junior in the 2015 campaign. As much as he hoped to see more innings as a pitcher, Hollowell, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound right-hander, wasn't sure how much work he was going to have to put in to realize that goal. He figured it would take a while in part because he was switching from a sidearm delivery he used as a sophomore back to the overhand motion he had used prior to last season.



Saban doesn't apologize for signing Taylor

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban steadfastly defended his signing of defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, who has been kicked off his second Southeastern Conference team for domestic violence arrests. Taylor, who some say should never had been on the team, was one of two Crimson Tide players arrested over the weekend. Defensive back Geno Smith was charged with the second DUI including the second DUI of his Alabama career. A defiant Saban was unapologetic Monday about choosing to sign Taylor, who was also dismissed from Georgia before signing with Alabama for similar allegations of domestic violence.



Holland's home run sparks MSU's win against Auburn

Posted 3/30/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With one swing, Mississippi State second baseman John Holland erased a week of frustration. Holland also woke up the Mississippi State baseball team's offense. Stepping to the plate in a scoreless game against Auburn, Holland admitted he and his teammates were feeling the weight of a 29-inning scoring drought, one that dated back to last weekend's series finale at Kentucky.



MSU softball rallies to beat No. 3 Florida

Posted 3/30/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It might have taken a while, but Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman had the end-game scenario she wanted Sunday afternoon at the MSU Softball Field. Sophomore third baseman Caroline Seitz was batting with her team trailing by a run with two runners on base. Seitz then became the latest Sunday walk-off hero, blasting a three-run home run to lift MSU past No. 3 Florida 5-3.



Stokes wins Limited Late Model feature race

Posted 3/30/2015 in Local Sports

After four consecutive weeks of race weekends dashed by rain, snow, and ice, one could tell it had been a while since drivers had turned competitive laps. Five laps into the $1,200-to-win Limited Late Model feature race at Columbus Motor Speedway, there were four caution flags and four drivers who'd been knocked out of the race.



Howland completes first coaching staff at MSU

Posted 3/28/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - One of Ben Howland's first promises when he took the job as men's basketball coach at Mississippi State was that he would "assemble one of the best coaching staffs in the country."



MSU looks to build on historic women's basketball season

Posted 3/28/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- "I think we have come a long way in a short amount of time."



Prescott embraces return to football practice

Posted 3/28/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - In what turned out to be an unexpectedly eventful March, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott found himself at peace on Friday afternoon.



MSU baseball begins weekend with shutout losses to Auburn

Posted 3/28/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - It just keeps getting worse for Mississippi State's baseball team.



Finally, racing returns to Golden Triangle

Posted 3/27/2015 in Local Sports

Finally. Or perhaps, to avoid a jinx, the Golden Triangle should say "we're almost there."



Current Bulldogs resembling 2013 baseball team

Posted 3/27/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE John Cohen has heard the comparisons between his current Mississippi State baseball team and the 2013 squad that reached the College World Series and played for a national championship.



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