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Grant looks for strong finish to MSU career

Posted 10/27/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Technically, Kendra Grant's shooting form ranks with the best players in the Southeastern Conference.

 

 

Bulldogs rake in weekly honors

Posted 10/27/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Two days after helping No. 1 Mississippi State remain undefeated with a 45-31 road win at Kentucky, a pair of Bulldogs earned honors from the Southeastern Conference Monday night for their performances in Lexington.

 

 

Cunningham helps lead Columbus Christian to 11-man district title

Posted 10/27/2014 in High School Sports

STEENS -- When you have been at a school for as long as KC Cunningham, it's natural to have left a trail of accomplishments.

 

 

Mullen gives Arkansas high praise

Posted 10/27/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - When Mississippi State wrapped up its 45-31 victory over Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington, the Bulldogs walked off the field with a slice of school history in tow.

 

 

Ole Miss must recover quickly

Posted 10/27/2014 in College Sports

Ole Miss has no time to reflect on Saturday night's loss to LSU.

 

 

Alabama looking for dominant road victory

Posted 10/27/2014 in College Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Alabama is a team with two different personalities. At home, the third-ranked Crimson Tide is as dominant as ever. On the road, Alabama's a bit more vulnerable. That pattern nearly ended Saturday when Alabama grabbed a 27-0 lead at Tennessee. Then Alabama (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) became too comfortable and allowed Tennessee (3-5, 0-4) to make a game of it before the Crimson Tide wrapped up a 34-20 victory.

 

 

Ole Miss will look to freshmen to replace McFarland at point

Posted 10/27/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Coaches cringe when they lose players with "franchise" labels. That's how Ole Miss women's basketball coach Matt Insell refers to Valencia McFarland, a do-it-all point guard who paced the Rebels for the past four seasons. McFarland, a second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer and honorable mention All-American, finished her career as the program's sixth all-time leading scorer with more than 1,600 points. She also led the team in steals for four seasons, and was one of four players in program history to score more than 1,000 points and hand out more than 400 assists.

 

 

Second-half surge lifts No. 1 MSU past Kentucky

Posted 10/27/2014 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen admits he didn't give his best halftime speech Saturday before his team went on to defeat Kentucky 45-31 at Commonwealth Stadium. Then again, he didn't have to.

 

 

Ole Miss wants to move on from first loss

Posted 10/27/2014 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Bo Wallace isn't about to dwell on his first game-losing throw of the season. Even amid the din that persisted in LSU's Death Valley long after the Tigers' victory-sealing interception, Ole Miss' gun-slinging quarterback was calm, clear, and succinct in declaring the Rebels' resolve.

 

 

South Lamar qualifies for playoffs

Posted 10/26/2014 in High School Sports

BRILLIANT, Ala. -- The South Lamar High School football team punched its ticket for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A playoffs Friday night with a 38-0 victory against Brilliant. With the win, South Lamar (4-5, 3-3 region) clinched the fourth seed in Class 1A, Region 6. The Stallions will play a first-round game on the road Nov. 7.

 

 

Cooper, Alabama too much for Tennessee

Posted 10/26/2014 in College Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Lane Kiffin figured out a winning strategy for his return to Knoxville. Throw the ball to Amari Cooper early and often. Cooper caught nine passes, scored two touchdowns and set a school game record with 224 yards receiving to help No. 4 Alabama beat Tennessee 34-20 on Saturday night for its eighth-consecutive victory in the series.

 

 

Wilson's 'go-getter' attitude pays off in college opportunity

Posted 10/26/2014 in High School Sports

Abby Wilson had never considered the notion, so it wasn't surprising that she laughed. A go-getter? The New Hope High School senior couldn't help but smile at the thought. The more she contemplated it, Wilson liked the idea and credited her parents, especially her father, David, for encouraging her to work hard, to be the best she can be, and not to quit at anything she does.

 

 

Morrison realizes dream with commitment to Meridian C.C.

Posted 10/26/2014 in High School Sports

Soccer has been a part of Effie Morrison's life ever since she was 3 years old. At the time, Derrick Parnell, who would later become Effie's step father, wanted Morrison to play soccer. Parnell played soccer and his son had played soccer, and he saw something in Morrison that convinced him the sport would be perfect for a little girl who already had overcome so much.

 

 

Ellis showcases moves in New Hope's win vs. Lewisburg

Posted 10/26/2014 in High School Sports

Bryson Ellis doesn't think he can dance. "Not at all," the New Hope High School senior said when asked about his ability to move to the music. When it comes to the football field, though, Ellis can juke, jitter, and glide with the best of them.

 

 

Eulls leads strong defensive effort by Bulldogs

Posted 10/26/2014 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mississippi State defensive lineman Kaleb Eulls thought he had overrun the play. He was wrong. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound starting defensive tackle stopped his momentum late in the second quarter and reached up with one arm to bring down Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles for the Bulldogs' first sack of the day. MSU delivered six more in the 45-31 victory to move from fourth in the Southeastern Conference in sacks to first with 28 in seven games.

 

 

Robinson, No. 1 MSU bowl over Kentucky

Posted 10/26/2014 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The game was over, but Mississippi State tailback Josh Robinson had a message for his coach. Standing in the victory formation, MSU quarterback Dak Prescott prepared to take the Bulldogs' final snap to secure a rugged 45-31 victory against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night. To Prescott's left was Robinson, who frantically gestured in the direction of MSU coach Dan Mullen and held up two fingers. Minutes after MSU's victory, its 10th straight and seventh in a row to open the season, Robinson was asked about his signals to Mullen.

 

 

Columbus Christian makes history with first 11-man district title

Posted 10/26/2014 in High School Sports

ARCOLA -- The Columbus Christian football team made history Friday night. KC Cunningham had seven carries for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and B.J. Shirley had 12 carries for 100 yards to lead Columbus Christian to a 39-0 victory against Deer Creek Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 1A, District 2 game.

 

 

Noxubee County's defense dominates in victory

Posted 10/26/2014 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- The Noxubee County High School football team's defense is good -- really good. That's to be expected of the Class 4A powerhouse, but how the Tigers are built compared to past units is what makes this year's group unique and as effective.

 

 

Aberdeen uses ground game to get past Winona

Posted 10/26/2014 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team's quest for a home playoff berth in the Class 3A playoffs took a few unusual twists Friday in a 42-20 victory against Winona. Locked in a three-way tie with Kemper County and Winona for second place in Region 4, Aberdeen's focus should have been on the Tigers. But a disgruntled parent in the home stands, who was upset because his son didn't start after missing several practices last week, diverted attention from the field for the better part of the first half before school officials and law enforcement finally stepped in and "muzzled" the individual in question.

 

 

Scoop and score lifts Columbus to big region victory

Posted 10/26/2014 in High School Sports

With its game against Columbus tied at 10, it looked like a storybook ending might be in the works for the Madison Central High School football team. All-State quarterback Trey Smith had come off the bench, despite a lingering hip injury, for a chance to engineer a game-winning drive.

 

 

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