NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 13 University of Florida men's basketball team finally showed it can win a close game. All it takes is for senior guard Kenny Boynton to answer his coach's challenge. Held scoreless for the first 25 minutes, Boynton had 11 straight points during a critical 15-0 run Saturday as No. 13 Florida erased a 10-point, second-half deficit to beat the University of Alabama 61-51 in a Southeastern Conference semifinal.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- University of Alabama guard Trevor Releford isn't taking anything for granted. Fourth-seeded Alabama boosted its NCAA tournament hopes Friday by beating No. 5 seed University of Tennessee 58-48 in a Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinal, but Releford realizes that doesn't guarantee anything.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team began spring practice Saturday afternoon with a two-hour workout in shorts and helmets on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.
STARKVILLE -- Welcome to the first true litmus test for the Mississippi State University baseball team. No. 13 MSU (18-2) will take on No. 7 LSU at 6:30 tonight in game one of its first Southeastern Conference series of the season. The series is one of two (No. 6 University of Mississippi will face No. 11 University of Arkansas) in the league matching top 25 programs.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee men's basketball team's players and coaches didn't have any pregame discussions about avoiding the fate that befell them at last year's Southeastern Conference tournament. There was no need.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray didn't understand some of the compliments his team received this season even as it struggled through a 13-game losing streak. "You're not supposed to get a gold ribbon for playing hard," Ray said Wednesday night after his 13th-seeded Bulldogs defeated No. 12 seed University of South Carolina 70-59 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament. "This is what you're supposed to do. I'm always amazed when people talk about how hard we play. We're supposed to do that."
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University first baseman Wes Rea is still in a lot of pain. The pain in the sophomore's quad, an injury he suffered in the opening weekend that has kept him from starting a game since March 1, is so severe that it likely will keep him out of action this weekend when the No. 13 MSU (18-2) plays host to No. 7 LSU (16-1) in the first Southeastern Conference series of the season.
CALEDONIA -- Confidence is contagious.
STARKVILLE -- The motto for Gavin Ware is since this is likely the last trip for the Mississippi State University men's basketball team, let's make it last as long as possible.
PEARL -- It may be not be long before Hunter Renfroe gets paid professionally to play in Trustmark Park.
Is a team better off not having any flashes of brilliance or staying in the same gear for an entire season?
The bad taste has lingered in Vic Schaefer's mouth.
STARKVILLE -- D'Angelo Cherry is one of the rare people who ended his college career exactly the way he wanted to -- the best at what he does.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University coach John Cohen doesn't gamble and can't stand the unknown element to athletic competition.
STARKVILLE -- All signs point to Mississippi State sophomore left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren being healthy enough for the Friday night start against Louisiana State University.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University senior catcher Mitch Slauter said the University of Central Arkansas starting pitcher Bryce Biggerstaff "was nothing special." The junior right-hander simply used what he had to keep hitters confused and out of character en route to a complete game Sunday in a 7-3 victory against No. 3 MSU.
STARKVILLE -- After needing eight years to beat LSU, the Mississippi State University softball team found earning back-to-back victories was too much of a task. No. 12 LSU built a big lead and cruised to a 9-2 victory Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at the MSU Softball Field.
CLINTON -- A fourth consecutive NJCAA Region 23 championship came in the blink of an eye for the East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team. A dramatic six-point turnaround in the final 10 seconds Saturday night lifted EMCC to a 66-62 victory against Northwest Mississippi C.C. in the title game at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Less than a week before its Southeastern Conference opener, the Mississippi State University baseball team has a major problem. Suddenly, MSU can't get a quality pitching start and may be without its most important arm of the season. Both of those facts led to the team's first loss of the season Saturday against its toughest test in the first month of the season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University freshman guard Craig Sword summed up his team's regular season succinctly. "We didn't finish last (in the Southeastern Conference)," Sword said. "They predicted us last, so I guess we accomplished something. That was the motivation for us the entire week. "I don't want to say what I want to say. However, we proved them wrong."
1. Hill, Gholar fuel Falcons' flight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. EMCC offense having fun COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Mullen wants MSU to clean things up, get healthy COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Big region games on deck for locals LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Mullen balances calling plays, running team COLLEGE SPORTS