LAARNE, Belgium -- Travel difficulties didn't hinder the Mississippi State women's basketball team on the court Wednesday, as it opened its European tour with a 122-56 win against Sparta Laarne.
Editor's Note: The Mississippi State women's basketball team is traveling to France and Belgium and will play four games against international competition. Players will provide a daily update about the trip. Today, senior Jerica James discusses the journey the team had to get to Belgium and its first victory of the tour.
OXFORD -- A dream has helped keep Brandon Bell's football career alive. There have been times in the past few years that Bell has wondered if he was going to realize a dream to play football at Ole Miss. Through all of the ups and downs, though, the former Caledonia High School and Heritage Academy standout persevered. He spent two years at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, where he became a proficient receiver and helped the Lions win the 2013 national title.
OXFORD -- The next step of the journey starts today for Matthew Mott. The fifth-year Ole Miss women's soccer coach can look forward to the 2014 season confident that his master plan is paying dividends. The Rebels are coming off a single-season record for victories and their first opportunity to play host to a NCAA tournament game, which they won 9-0 against Jackson State.
Brad Atkins is gearing up for another transition. With less than two weeks to go before the third-annual Possum Town Triathlon, Atkins is putting the finishing touches on an event that is coming off drawing nearly 150 competitors last year. Atkins hopes to hit that target in the final home stretch -- or the final transition -- in the sprint to the finish line.
STARKVILLE -- Is there a more versatile weapon in the Southeastern Conference than Mississippi State's Jameon Lewis? The statistics say no.
Editor's Note: The Mississippi State women's basketball team is traveling to France and Belgium and will play four games against international competition. Players will provide a daily update about the trip. Today, senior Martha Alwal discusses the first leg of the journey.
OXFORD -- There is no offseason when you're building a champion.
MACON -- Don't let the fact that the Central Academy fast-pitch softball team draws from one of the smallest enrollments in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools fool you.
Editor's Note: Members of the Mississippi State women's basketball team will provide a daily blog to keep fans updated on what they're doing on their trip to France and Belgium: Hey everyone! This is Kendra Grant, a senior on the Mississippi State women's basketball team. It's hard to believe our trip to Europe is finally here. All of us are very excited, but it is even more special for the seniors -- Jerica James, Martha Alwal, Savannah Carter, and myself.
STARKVILLE - It was an ordinary practice, cool for early August. And with morning meetings, afternoon meetings and workouts scheduled leading up to the practice, Mississippi State's position players slowly trickled out of the team's Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex on Saturday afternoon. Well, every player except one.
STARKVILLE -- Piece by piece, brick by brick, Mississippi State's football future is coming together. Jay Hughes is watching the whole spectacle. Hughes, a senior safety from Hattiesburg, has been an interested spectator throughout the last year as MSU's expansion of Davis Wade Stadium has taken shape. Now that the expansion is less than a month from being unveiled when MSU plays host to Southern Miss on Aug. 30, Hughes can't hide his excitement.
Expectations has been a buzzword in the state of Mississippi for the past month. Whether the topic has been Mississippi State, Ole Miss, or MSU vs. Ole Miss, message boards, Twitter, and radio and television broadcasters have been in overdrive to keep up with the anticipation for what could be the state's best college football season in a long time.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team had another strong day of work Sunday at the Ole Miss football practice fields in preparation for the start of the season. Speaking after practice, co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack talked about being ahead of where they have been in years past at this point.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Lane Kiffin's job description these days is much more about the playbook than the podium. The sometimes outspoken former Southern California head coach is working mostly behind the scenes as Nick Saban's offensive coordinator at Alabama, where there's zero question about who's in charge. It lets Kiffin focus on football and finding a starting quarterback, but he did get a little reminder from his new boss before speaking to Alabama reporters Sunday for the first time at the Crimson Tide's media day.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State running back Nick Griffin can't wait to have fun this season. While it would seem Griffin, a senior from Perry Central High School who has battled injuries at MSU, is just referring to returning to the playing field, he has a more specific version of fun in mind.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team opened preseason camp with a quarterback competition, several suspended players, and a focus on rebounding from a pair of season-ending defeats.
OXFORD -- The life and influence of Chucky Mullins will be celebrated during the Ole Miss-Memphis football game weekend on Sept. 27 as part of the M-Club Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on campus.
OXFORD -- Preparations for the Ole Miss football season began in earnest Saturday with a two-hour workout on the practice fields adjacent to the Manning Center.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has just about mastered the self-effacing, aw-shucks attitude that has helped his program escape lofty expectations. There's too much talent on the Rebels' roster to avoid that now.
1. Heritage Academy wins boys' basketball state championship HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU men knock off South Carolina in overtime HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus boys move within three wins of state title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. West Lowndes drops playoff contest at home HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope earns trip to Jackson HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS