STARKVILLE -- According to all physical and mental indicators, Nick James is taking full advantage of his redshirt opportunity.
Taylor Stafford felt the emptiness. New Hope High School lost its hopes for a state championship in the Mississippi High School Activities Association's North State championship series in 2012. For Stafford, the pain was double because he was the losing pitcher in his team's final game of the season.
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First-time watchers of the New Hope High School girls basketball team, don't be alarmed. There is nothing wrong with D.J. Sanders.
HAMILTON -- Hamilton High School senior quarterback Quinshay Heard was ready to make the most of his second opportunity. After suffering a rotator cuff tear during his junior campaign, Heard returned to quarterback this season and led the Lions on a historic run.
WEST POINT -- When he was an eighth-grader at Oak Hill Academy, Joseph Caskey decided to give football a try.
LOUISVILLE -- At the end of the 2012 season, the cloud lifted for Louisville High School football coach M.C. Miller. Three years ago, Miller left his job as Noxubee County High's football coach to take the same position at Harrison Central High. In less than a week's time, Miller was on the move again, taking over at perennial power Louisville.
Very few players can impact a game at a high level on both ends of the field. Whether it's denying penalty kicks on one end or tormenting goalkeepers on the other, Michael Godley is one of the state's most versatile soccer players.
LAS VEGAS -- The UNLV men's basketball team is starting to find its groove. Playing two games on the other side of the Las Vegas Strip from its campus, UNLV played perhaps its two best games of the season.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Leslie Frazier looked glum. His voice sounded softer than usual.
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CINCINNATI -- ESPN's Adam Schefter cited multiple sources Sunday night in reporting that Columbus' Leslie Frazier won't be the coach of the Minnesota Vikings after this season. On Sunday, Frazier and Minnesota slipped to 4-10-1 with a 42-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes to help Cincinnati (10-5) clinch a postseason berth. For the Vikings, they suffered a blowout loss that guaranteed Frazier will have more seasons with double-digit losses (two) than double-digit wins (one) as Vikings' coach.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team held its own against a massive, physical front line from South Florida. Leading the rebounding statistic and sparked by Gavin Ware's fourth double-double of the season, the Bulldogs beat the Bulls 71-66 in an opening-round game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Sunday night at the New Orleans Arena.
OXFORD -- Mercer point guard Langston Hall had a clean shot at the basket, but it was beyond the 3-point line at the top of the circle and two Ole Miss defenders were scrambling to make it an even tougher shot. Mercer coach Bob Hoffman wasn't concerned.
Now that Jay Jay Swanigan has settled back in at Columbus High School, he is learning how to be a go-to player.
The West Point High School boys basketball team had its nine-game winning streak snapped Saturday after falling to Jackson Provine in a 91-79 shootout.
STARKVILLE -- LaDarius Perkins isn't just excited about having one more game to this college career. He's thrilled to have one rare healthy game to his senior year.
By the time Starkville High School's boys basketball team pulled even with top-ranked Class 3A team Midfield (Ala.), the Yellow Jackets had exhausted the extra juice used to chip away at a deficit that lasted more than three quarters.
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