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Pickle has New Hope on track to be 4-0

Posted 9/18/2014 in High School Sports

Don't count Kris Pickle among those who have been surprised by the New Hope High School football team's 3-0 start. The former Aberdeen High assistant and Morton High head coach knew it would take time for his players to adjust to a new system. But he also realized there was plenty of potential on hand to help New Hope regroup from a run of three consecutive losing seasons.



Six Keys for MSU's defense vs. LSU's offense

Posted 9/18/2014 in College Sports

Six keys for MSU's defense vs. LSU's offense



SEC West believes it is best in nation

Posted 9/18/2014 in College Sports

The gap separating the two SEC divisions shows no signs of narrowing. In fact, it might be wider than ever. The Southeastern Conference's Western Division has five members in the top 10: No. 3 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 8 LSU, and No. 10 Ole Miss. All of those schools are ahead of No. 13 Georgia, the top-ranked East team.



Alabama looks to spread attack vs. Florida

Posted 9/18/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 3 Alabama football team has experienced receivers, a deep and talented backfield, and a preseason All-Southeastern Conference tight end.



Lucas, top-ranked EMCC set to host Northeast

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore linebacker Justin Lucas knows what a national championship defense looks like.



Montgomery sees progress from Falcons

Posted 9/16/2014 in High School Sports

Randal Montgomery sees the progress.



Maroon Five: Keys to Victory for MSU vs LSU

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports



Bulldogs will try to continue balance to get signature win

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - The storyline is predictable.



Old Waverly gearing up to host Handa Cup

Posted 9/16/2014 in Local Sports

When the U.S. Women's Open came to the lush greens of Old Waverly Golf Club in 1999, it left a good impression.


Walters column: Hamilton blends young with old for 3-1 start

Posted 9/16/2014 in Local Columns

When the football season began, Hamilton High School coach Ray Weeks knew what he would be getting out of Keshon Heard.


Heritage Academy wants to get back on track

Posted 9/16/2014 in High School Sports

Barrett Donahoe likes where his team stands nearly halfway through a marathon of a regular season. The Heritage Academy football coach would like to have another victory or two, but he feels the Patriots (2-2) have positioned themselves to accomplish all of their goals.



Noxubee County's defense finding its legs

Posted 9/16/2014 in High School Sports

MACON -- There have been times when the Noxubee County High School football team's defense has been a force to start the season. A look back to the state title season in 2008 and to the 2009 campaign shows the Tigers recorded a shutout in the season opener each year en route to posting seven and 10 shutouts for the whole year.



MSU hopes to respond to biggest test

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The biggest opportunity of the season has arrived for Mississippi State's football team. After three weeks of dominating non-conference opponents, MSU will open Southeastern Conference play at 6 p.m. Saturday at No. 8 LSU, a team that has won the past 14 meetings in the series dating back to 1999.



Tapley dominates on both sides of ball for Eagles

Posted 9/16/2014 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Prior to the start of the 2014 football season, Hebron Christian School coach David Foster approached starting quarterback Channing Tapley and told him what signal callers everywhere love to hear.



Saban reminds Crimson Tide about legacy being built

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban made sure his players knew they'll always be remembered for 2014. Good, bad, or great. No. 3 Alabama will be judged more for Florida than Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss than Southern Mississippi and the finish rather than the start.



MSU's Smith makes history with award

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith's reign of dominance among Southeastern Conference defensive linemen continues.



Tigers pose first test for Bulldogs

Posted 9/15/2014 in College Sports

MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mississippi State football team hasn't been challenged three weeks into the season. The Bulldogs opened the campaign with easy victories against Southern Mississippi and Alabama-Birmingham, and the story was no different Saturday, when MSU finished its early season non-conference stretch with a 35-3 victory against Sun Belt Conference member South Alabama.



LSU hopes dominant defense carries over to SEC

Posted 9/15/2014 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Cornerback Tre'davious White sees evidence that the LSU football team's defense can maintain its recent suffocating form at 6 p.m. Saturday when it plays host to Mississippi State in its Southeastern Conference opener. No. 8 LSU hasn't allowed a point for nearly 10 quarters and has posted consecutive shutouts for the first time in nearly three decades.



MSU Briefs: MSU volleyball wins twice in Maroon Classic

Posted 9/14/2014 in Local Sports

For many athletes, it takes months or even years to break records. For Mississippi State's Payton Harris, it only took 11 matches. Saturday night at the final contest of the 2014 Maroon Classic, Harris led the Bulldogs to a five-set victory with 59 digs, breaking a Southeastern Conference record for digs in a match and completing a final-day sweep for MSU.



SEC Roundup: Florida survives Kentucky in triple overtime

Posted 9/14/2014 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Jones plunged across the goal line, and before he could even get to his knees, was mobbed by teammates.



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