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Columbus girls get key win vs. Madison Central

Posted 1/11/2014 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School girls basketball team was in danger of falling to 0-4 in district play entering its game against Madison Central on Friday.



Georgia's defense too much for Alabama

Posted 1/11/2014 in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's Charles Mann said there was an important lesson in the men's basketball team's ability to overcome its poor shooting against Alabama. "Defense wins games," Mann said.



Starkville boys roll past Northwest Rankin

Posted 1/11/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High boys basketball coach Greg Carter never has worried about his team's enthusiasm on game day. The Yellow Jackets have been known for dominating starts to games this season.



Alabama hires Kiffin as offensive coordinator

Posted 1/11/2014 in College Sports

Alabama hired former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin on Friday as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Kiffin returns to the Southeastern Conference after head coaching stints with the NFL's Oakland Raiders, Tennessee, and the Trojans. He replaces Doug Nussmeier, who left Alabama for Michigan.



Starkville Academy shuts out Heritage Academy in boys soccer

Posted 1/9/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- There is a fine line between being persistent and being annoying.



Bulldogs prepare for different-looking Rebels

Posted 1/9/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Only one guarantee with the Ole Miss men's basketball team without Marshall Henderson is about 15-20 shots per game have to be accounted for somebody else.



MSU strength coach Balis leaves for Connecticut

Posted 1/9/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Mississippi State strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis is leaving his position with the Bulldogs program to take a similar job at Connecticut.



MSU women's basketball working its way through tough stretch

Posted 1/8/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The "monster" has been as scary and as imposing as Vic Schaefer thought it would.



MSU baseball team members take part in mission trip

Posted 1/8/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Nick Mingione and Ben Bracewell were convinced they knew what it meant to feel fortunate at what they have in this country and at Mississippi State.



Rebuilding vs. Reloading: MSU, Kentucky take different paths

Posted 1/8/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rebuilding versus reloading. That is the philosophical difference between what Rick Ray is doing with the Mississippi State men's basketball program and what Kentucky is doing under coach John Calipari.



Montgomery could be Columbus High's next football coach

Posted 1/8/2014 in High School Sports

Disciplined. Fiery. Organized. Detail-oriented. Those are some of the qualities Randal Montgomery could bring to Columbus High School as its new football coach.



Starkville Academy basketball teams sweep Heritage Academy

Posted 1/8/2014 in High School Sports

The Starkville Academy girls basketball team hasn't lost to archrival Heritage Academy in better than seven seasons. Senior Sallie Kate Richardson made sure that streak remained alive Tuesday night. Richardson had two critical blocked shots and the Lady Volunteers had four total in overtime as they escaped with a 52-42 victory.



Alabama men edge Vanderbilt

Posted 1/8/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama's men's basketball team's seven losses this season have been by 10 points or fewer. After a 68-63 win against Vanderbilt, The Crimson Tide have won two close games in a row.



MSU has to find way to handle Kentucky's Randle

Posted 1/7/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team is searching for a way to keep Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle off the free throw line.



McDavid's poise leads Columbus

Posted 1/7/2014 in High School Sports

JaVontae McDavid was the picture of calm amidst the craziness. Jay Jay Swanigan had fallen hard on his head in the lane after a foul with 1.8 seconds left and the Columbus and New Hope high school boys basketball teams tied at 58.



Bucs hire Frazier to be defensive coordinator

Posted 1/7/2014 in Local Sports

TAMPA, Fla. -- Lovie Smith spent the past year watching lots of football, analyzing himself, and preparing for his next job in the NFL.



Oswalt will be speaker for MSU First Pitch Banquet

Posted 1/7/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Three-time Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt will be the guest speaker for the Mississippi State baseball team's First Pitch Banquet, MSU coach John Cohen announced Monday.



Mullen doubts McKinney will enter NFL draft

Posted 1/7/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen isn't putting much stock into online reports sophomore linebacker Benardrick McKinney will enter the NFL draft.



Columbus edges New Hope in overtime thriller

Posted 1/7/2014 in High School Sports

On a night when hitting free throws proved to be a chore, the Columbus High School boys basketball team hit those same shots when it counted the most.



Auburn's pressure provides lesson for MSU

Posted 1/6/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- On paper, Katia May is listed as a senior. In Vic Schaefer years, though, the Mississippi State point guard is only in her second season. When it comes to grasping all of the lessons of "Secretary of Defense" and playing up to that standard and the one set by assistant coach Aqua Franklin, a former point guard, learning can be difficult, especially in the Southeastern Conference.



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