STARKVILLE -- Dennis Thames' career as a Mississippi State football player is over. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety was dismissed from the team Thursday for a violation of team rules. Thames was arrested May 31 for possession of marijuana and alcohol in a motor vehicle, Winston County corrections warden Tim Palmer said Friday.
ATLANTA -- While Southern Miss' pitching staff questions were finalized Wednesday, its injury concerns with a pair of key hitters gained a bit more clarity Thursday. A day head of the Golden Eagles' NCAA regional game versus Mississippi State in Atlanta, Ferriss Trophy winner Tyler Koelling said he isn't 100 percent healed from an injured hamstring that saw him miss the Conference USA tournament.
ATLANTA -- Mississippi State's baseball team has made its money off playing small-ball this season. There's temptation, though, in Russ Chandler Stadium, the site of the Bulldogs NCAA regional game against rival Southern Miss at 2 p.m. (CDT) today. The right-center gap is 353 feet, about 21 feet shorter than the alley at Dudy Noble Field. For Mississippi State left-handed hitters Jaron Shepherd, CT Bradford and Ryan Collins, the invitation to aim for the fence in right-center will be there.
Shay Ashford is going home. The Columbus High School volleyball coach said Wednesday she has stepped down from that position to become assistant varsity and ninth-grade girls basketball at Tupelo High School.
Mississippi State moved a step closer to extending the Southeastern Conference's "cowbell compromise" after league coaches and athletic directors voted favorably Wednesday at the league's annual meetings in Destin, Fla. The amended artificial noisemaker policy went into effect last year, when the ban on cowbells in Davis Wade Stadium was still in place and MSU faced significant fines for failing to properly police usage.
STARKVILLE -- No changeup. No problem. Mississippi State junior pitcher Nick Routt hasn't had his go-to pitch, which Southeastern Conference coaches have rated as the league's best the past two seasons, for the entire season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has a new jewel it is eager to show off. On Wednesday, MSU took possession of the Mize Pavilion, the new practice facility for the school's basketball teams.
STARKVILLE -- Luis Pollorena has the hot hand. The sophomore left-hander, who has shined out of the bullpen and as a starter, will start Friday for the Mississippi State baseball team against Southern Mississippi in the first game of the NCAA tournament's Atlanta Regional.
Christian Dale is in a class by himself. The Columbus High School sophomore recently was named to The Clarion-Ledger Class 6A All-State team. The right-handed pitcher/infielder was named to the second team. He was the only underclassman named to the squad, which featured a first and a second team.
Lawrence Brown planned to be busy this summer. After watching many of his teammates from the past two New Hope High School football teams realize dreams to play college football, Brown decided he was going to do his best to attract attention so he could reach that goal, too. June has just started and Brown already has made impressive headway.
Columbus' Magnolia Motor Speedway returns to action Saturday with the Eighth Governor's Cup. Fresh off a barn-burner last weekend at the Southern All Stars Super Late Models, Magnolia Motor Speedway's latest event will feature the RockAuto.com Super Late Models in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win showdown.
Haley Tutor never lost her love for softball. It's just that after two seasons of practice, travel, games -- repeat -- for each of the past five-plus years Tutor wanted a break. So instead of completing her senior year at New Hope High School on the softball diamond, Tutor opted to work and didn't play for the Lady Trojans' fast-pitch team.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's coaches and players knew they were going to get into the NCAA tournament. But seeing their name Monday on ESPN during the tournamentﾕs selection show was more than confirmation they'd be heading to a regional for the first time since 2007. It was relief.
STARKVILLE -- Aside from the fanfare of playing a state rival in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, the Mississippi State baseball team should have an added advantage of having faced Southern Mississippi in the regular season. MSU's 5-4 win against Southern Miss on April 5 helped it rebound from being swept at the University of Georgia, and also set the stage for a crucial Game 1 win against Florida on Super Bulldog Weekend.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama baseball team has earned the No. 3 seed at the 2011 NCAA Tallahassee Regional, the NCAA Division Baseball Committee revealed Monday. No. 1 seed Florida State (41-16), No. 2 seed Central Florida (38-21), and No. 4 seed Bethune-Cookman (35-22) will join Alabama at the regional. The Seminoles are the No. 5 national seed in this year's tournament.
STARKVILLE -- On the eve of selection Monday, John Cohen didn't have the type of weekend fans might expect. His Mississippi State Bulldogs are a bubble team to make the NCAA's 64-team field, but he hasn't been in his office glued to the TV or the internet keeping up with other scores. Instead, Cohen's been busy recruiting while his players have had the last two days off.
Austin Braddock didn't end his high school career with the state championship he wanted, as Heritage Academy fell one game short of reaching the state finals in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.
Athletes at the highest level of college sports could receive money for personal expenses as part of their scholarship packages if a trial balloon floated by the Big Ten becomes reality.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Nolan Fontana drove in the go-ahead run on a groundout in the top of the ninth inning to lift the University of Florida baseball team into the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game with a 3-2 win against the University of Georgia on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Despite crashing out of the Southeastern Conference tournament in two games and losing four of its past five games, the Mississippi State baseball team feels it has a strong case to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament.
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