MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- On a day when Middle Tennessee State University celebrated its arena's 40th anniversary, it earned a rare home victory against a Southeastern Conference foe. Kerry Hammonds' baseline jump shot with 40 seconds remaining and late foul shots, and Middle Tennessee State University handed the University of Mississippi its first loss of the season with a 65-62 victory on Saturday.
Jake Smith and Dylan Earnest are eager to get back on the mound to make an impression. Their next steps, though, will only be precursors to an even bigger step.
STARKVILLE -- With a young team, Mississippi State University women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer knew this season would be full of teaching moments. However, the first-year coach couldn't have imagined the moments would come at such a fast and furious pace.
STARKVILLE -- When he decided to return for his senior season at Mississippi State University, Johnthan Banks' defensive coordinator knew his standout player had a chance to accomplish big things.
STARKVILLE -- Six Mississippi State University football players were named All-Southeastern Conference by The Associated Press and league coaches, announced by the conference this past week. The half-dozen combined selections for the Maroon and White are the most since placing nine on the 2000 All-SEC squad.
STARKVILLE -- The film doesn't lie. With as many teaching points as Vic Schaefer and his coaches are trying to emphasize this season, the first-year Mississippi State University women's basketball coach is glad to have tangible evidence he can use to prove his points.
STARKVILLE -- Even teammates were starting to get on Mississippi State University senior forward Wendell Lewis about his poor start to the 2012-13 season. Not any longer.
CALEDONIA -- Morgan Smith figured Caledonia High School volleyball coach Samantha Brooks was up to something when she recently texted her and asked her for her height and her address. Smith responded to her coach's query but forgot about it before she could investigate why her coach wanted the information.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches have stressed to Colin Borchert there are ways he can contribute without scoring.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School boys basketball team was looking for a spark tied with Noxubee County entering the final quarter Tuesday night. Junior forward Demarius Calvert responded by helping to fuel a 14-4 run that pushed West Point to a 73-62 victory.
JACKSON -- Energy and effort transformed into joy twice Saturday for Greater Golden Triangle football teams.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray isn't interested in hearing his team played hard and fought back last weekend. Mississippi State University's first-year men's basketball coach doesn't believe the Bulldogs should have put themselves in that position.
STARKVILLE -- Years worth of hard work came to fruition Monday afternoon for Carolina Berryhill.
STARKVILLE -- For the second time in three years, the Mississippi State University football team will have New Year's Day plans.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin wasn't fazed by the projections, speculation, or rumors that had the school's football team going somewhere other than Jacksonville, Fla.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Pittsburgh is making its third straight trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl, facing a resurgent University of Mississippi team. The Panthers and Rebels will meet Jan. 5, 2013, in a matchup of 6-6 Big East Conference and Southeastern Conference teams led by first-year coaches.
NEW YORK -- The penultimate Bowl Championship Series gave college football a national championship matchup low on controversy and loaded with star power. No. 1 University of Notre Dame against No. 2 University of Alabama in Miami on Jan. 7 for the national title. No complaints.
STARKVILLE -- One counter attack can change a match. For most of the past nine seasons, the Mississippi State University women's soccer team tried to become a program that did more than bunker in and absorb pressure. While MSU had admirable success in non-conference games, it often opted to play a more defensive style against Southeastern Conference opponents. That brand of soccer is what then-coach Neil Macdonald felt gave his team its best chance to be successful.
JACKSON -- After more than 23 years, Jamie Mitchell finally has a gold ball trophy.
JACKSON -- Gabe Myles capped his Starkville High School career in fine fashion Saturday night.
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2. Prescott making quick impression in Cowboys' camp LOCAL SPORTS
3. Former Starkville High standout Davis suffers knee injury COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Noxubee County takes positives from season-opening loss HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS