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Brown 'brothers' hoping for big seasons at LB

Posted 4/4/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- They're called the Brown brothers. Yes, it was their idea. Although they're not related, Richie Brown and Beniquez Brown are looking to create the havoc Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins demands. In an effort to maintain unity in the linebackers' meeting room, both players have encouraged Collins to call them brothers. There are lots of reasons for the decision, but the primary one is they wanted to remain connected.



MSU, LSU shuffle pitching rotations for series

Posted 4/4/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The No. 9 Mississippi State baseball team and LSU could feature a matchup of aces tonight. After a week that included news about injuries and talk about how weather could play a role this weekend, MSU coach John Cohen and LSU coach Paul Mainieri shuffled their pitching rotations to set up a potential matchup of one of the Southeastern Conference's most consistent left-handers (MSU's Ross Mitchell) against the league's best right-handed power arm (LSU's Aaron Nola) at 6:30 tonight at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.



Winkfield emerges at shortstop for MSU softball

Posted 4/4/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sophomore shortstop Kayla Winkfield is known to her Mississippi State softball coaches and teammates as "Wink." The name "Blink" would be just as appropriate.



Fishing tournament will benefit Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Posted 4/4/2014 in Local Sports

Mark Clark would love to have the opportunity to go fishing Saturday. After all, with a chance to earn as much as $1,250 for one fish, who wouldn't want to try their luck on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway? But as tournament director of the Hooks for Halos Children's Miracle Network Open Big Bass Tournament for the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Clark will be too busy weighing in all of the fish Saturday to get a chance to test his fishing skills.



Heritage Academy splits doubleheader with Starkville Academy

Posted 4/3/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- It was a tale of two different performances for the Heritage Academy and Starkville Academy baseball teams Wednesday in their doubleheader.



MSU's McDonald will represent U.S. at Curtis Cup

Posted 4/3/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ally McDonald is about to become a worldwide name in her sport. The Mississippi State junior golfer might be the first MSU student-athlete to wear red, white, and blue and not be given a hard time. Last month, she was selected to represent the United States in the 2014 Curtis Cup Match on June 6-8.



ICC softball team gets lift from Caledonia players

Posted 4/3/2014 in College Sports

Ashley Langford and Cara Hopper already knew what it was like to play for a tradition-rich softball program. As standout performers for veteran coach Robin Elmore at Caledonia High School, Langford and Hopper routinely helped the Lady Confederates win region championships and make deep postseason runs.



MSU's Griffin wants to seize opportunity

Posted 4/2/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nick Griffin immediately looks at his right knee when he is asked about the most trying times in his life. Griffin's knee has multiple scars after two reconstructive surgeries to repair the anterior cruciate ligament. Those surgeries have forced Griffin to take a different outlook on his football career.



Harvey, New Hope beat Amory

Posted 4/2/2014 in High School Sports

There are several reasons the New Hope Lady fast-pitch softball team earned an 8-3 victory against Amory on Tuesday night.



Mullis throws no-hitter in Columbus' victory vs. Starkville

Posted 4/2/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Maybe Hunter Mullis doesn't need any notice before he is going to pitch. The Columbus High School senior didn't come to the ballpark Tuesday thinking he would be on the mound, but muscle tightness forced classmate Trace Lee to skip his scheduled start at Starkville High.



Heritage Academy rallies past Starkville Academy

Posted 4/2/2014 in High School Sports

Heritage Academy freshman pitcher Logan Sneed wasn't caught up in the rivalry against Starkville Academy or the playoff ramifications his team faced Tuesday night.



Minichino Column: MSU women's basketball headed in the right direction

Posted 3/31/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- A year ago, the bitter disappointment of a loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Tournament stayed with Vic Schaefer for a long time.



Player of Week: Barnes adds pop to Starkville High lineup

Posted 3/31/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tyler Barnes finally got the most precious commodity from his head coach: confidence.



Keller, Alabama sweep Ole Miss

Posted 3/31/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jon Keller threw a complete-game seven-hitter Sunday to lead the Alabama baseball team to a 3-1 victory against No. 13 Ole Miss at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.



Williams' buzzer-beater lifts USF past MSU

Posted 3/31/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One turn. It sounds simple. If Kendra Grant had it to do over again, she would have tried to get in front of Courtney Williams in an effort to steer her clear of the right wing.



Lindgren helps No. 16 MSU take series from Arkansas

Posted 3/31/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The No. 16 Mississippi State baseball team relied on its pitching depth Sunday for a third-straight Southeastern Conference series victory. After a doubleheader Saturday in which it used three pitchers, MSU turned to its new secret weapon out of the bullpen: Jacob Lindgren.



Mullen uses spring practices to experiment

Posted 3/29/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and his coaches are using the spring season to do a lot of experimenting with drills, formations, personnel, and style of coaching.



Armstrong helps MSU earn split with Arkansas

Posted 3/29/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Derrick Armstrong has eased the concerns of Mississippi State baseball fans who were worried about C.T. Bradford's injury. The senior outfielder went 6-for-8 Saturday and had a key two-out hit in Game 2 that sparked No. 16 MSU to a 5-1 victory against Arkansas at Dudy Noble Field. Arkansas' Jalen Beeks scattered nine hits in eight innings to lead the Razorbacks to a 4-0 victory in Game 1.



Growth continues to push MSU forward

Posted 3/29/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jerica James is happy to be ahead of the curve. In her first two seasons as a member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team, James was already looking ahead to the next season on March 30.



Fernandez has helped make USF postseason regular

Posted 3/29/2014 in College Sports

Jose Fernandez knows how difficult it is to change the culture and the mind-set in and surrounding a basketball program. In the 10 seasons before Fernandez became head coach of the South Florida women's basketball team, the Bulls had only two winning seasons. Fernandez began the reconstruction in October 2000, when he was named interim head coach. Two months later, Fernandez was named head coach of a team that went on to finish 4-24 and 1-15 in Conference USA.



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