Ricky Hackler knew his day was coming. The Columbus High School senior just didn't know it would be here so soon.
STARKVILLE -- Don't tell Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray Wednesday night was ugly basketball.
Amanda Butler isn't into style points.
STARKVILLE --In a high-pressured game that came down to the wire, Aberdeen High showed just how important seniors are to a team searching for a win on the road.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football program simply dealt with losing the commitment of a running back prospect by the one that was on the top of their list.
STARKVILLE -- Many coaches will use the cliché line of a college basketball season being the culmination of three different seasons: non-conference, conference and postseason.
STARKVILLE -- The two head coaches at Humphrey Coliseum were given the same task on paper but not the same procedure to get the rebuilding project accomplished.
Columbus High School basketball player Roshad Meeks would make a great party planner.
Finishing is the final piece for the Caledonia High School boys soccer team.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Barely taking time to celebrate their latest national championship, Nick Saban and the the University of Alabama Crimson Tide are ready to get back to work. That's how they make it look so easy.
Graham McCain has had his share of "those days." In soccer, the "unlucky" moments that don't lead to goals often mirror the number of times players in other sports fall short of their objective.
STARKVILLE -- Dawn Staley sees the similarities. The former All-America guard earned a reputation for her gritty play at the University of Virginia. She went on to become one of women's basketball's best professionals, earning seven All-Star honors in two leagues.
STARKVILLE -- At least three Mississippi State University football players have been invited to participate in the NFL draft Combine next month.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Rebel Nation showed up loud and proud Saturday to cheer the University of Mississippi football team to a 38-17 victory against the University of Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field. With a record-breaking 59,000 fans on hand, most of which were dressed in Ole Miss red and blue, the Rebels also set the record for the most points scored in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Forever. It takes only a few moments for Lauren Holifield to find a suitable answer when she is asked how long she has been playing softball. When you've been brought up on fields and you have a sister and a mother who have played for as long as they can remember, forever seems like an appropriate response.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen wanted to "try something different" in the 2013 Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. That decision created some major changes in the defensive coaching staff for the 2013 season. On Friday, MSU announced the promotion of Geoff Collins to defensive coordinator. The move came three days after he was assigned play-calling duties for the first time in a 34-20 loss to Northwestern University in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.
Vic Schaefer isn't going to back away from a challenge. So don't think the first-year Mississippi State University women's basketball coach is going to demand any less from his players after one of the program's worst losses, a 92-41 setback to Vanderbilt University on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. The loss was the worst in a Southeastern Conference opener for MSU (8-6). It also was MSU's worst loss to Vanderbilt (11-3) in the series since a 108-44 defeat on Jan. 17, 1993, in Nashville. It marked the most points Vanderbilt has scored in a regulation game in the series since a 99-60 victory on Feb. 2, 1997.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt hopes her team's victory Saturday proves it can win even if isn't making outside shots. While facing one of the state's best perimeter players in guard Olivia Mabry, Starkville Academy held the rest of the Lamar School team to 16 points en route to a 74-36 victory.
MIAMI -- T.J. Yeldon opened his University of Alabama football career by rolling through Michigan's defense for 111 yards, and fellow freshman Amari Cooper took note. Performing in the face of huge crowds and big, fast college defenders wasn't so hard after all, he figured. It's still football.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford scored 18 points to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 65-45 victory against Oakland University on Saturday in its final non-conference game of the regular season.
1. Starkville, Columbus boys win in Clinton HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Howland: MSU will treat Kentucky like any other game COLLEGE SPORTS
3. No. 4 MSU beats Ole Miss for record 19-0 start COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Insell, Ole Miss make progress but want more COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville High's Bell developing as force HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS