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Hollivay feels Rutgers is best fit

Posted 11/8/2011 in High School Sports

It's over. Now Rachel Hollivay has to wrap her mind around the idea she will be leaving home for a school that is a more than 1,000 miles away.



Starkville boys will play role of favorite

Posted 11/8/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- This is the time of year Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has a one-time conversation with his team. Carter's Yellow Jackets enter the 2011-12 season as the favorites to win their region and to win another championship trophy in their first season back in Class 5A of the Mississippi High School Activities Association.



Porter's smile could be good sign for MSU women

Posted 11/8/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Porsha Porter's smile could be a deadly weapon for the Mississippi State women's basketball team this season. Like anyone who has had braces, the senior guard is getting used to a smile that lights up a room. The comfort level Porter feels in her second season with the Lady Bulldogs could give her even more reasons to flash her new look.



Starkville girls have clean slate

Posted 11/8/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Everybody involved with the Starkville High School girls basketball team knows last year was a struggle. The Lady Jackets will try to change their ways in a new classification and region by relying on three senior leaders and several talented sophomores who will see significant playing time.



Hollivay picks Rutgers

Posted 11/7/2011 in High School Sports

Rachel Hollivay is going to Rutgers University. According to a text message at 11:49 a.m. Monday from her father, Ray Sr., and a subsequent conversation with him early this afternoon, the Heritage Academy 6-foot-5 senior center has decided to play basketball for veteran coach C. Vivian Stringer in Piscataway, N.J.



Penn St officials head to court on perjury charges

Posted 11/7/2011 in College Sports

Just hours after stepping down, two high-ranking Penn State administrators face arraignment Monday on charges they lied to a grand jury investigating former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and failed to properly report suspected child abuse by the ex-football coach.



MSU women show strong one-two punch, looking for more

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team showed Sunday it has the potential to have a potent one-two punch. Now the Lady Bulldogs will work on finding more weapons to add to their go-to arsenal.



MSU dominates Tennessee-Martin

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With a sense of relief, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen used three words to sum up his team's performance on Homecoming Saturday night. "It's a win," Mullen said.



Three the hard way for Tide: No. 1 LSU uses FG in OT to beat No. 2 Alabama

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 2 University of Alabama football team kept coming up short in the biggest game of the season. That very well could be where the Crimson Tide's national championship aspirations will fall, too. The Tide botched three field goals and had a trick play backfire in a 9-6 overtime loss to No. 1 LSU on Saturday in a game Alabama fans will long rue as one that got away.



Kentucky rallies in fourth quarter to beat Ole Miss

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After three quarters, University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt felt good about the Rebels' chances of winning their first Southeastern Conference game of the year. That didn't last long.



Mullen calls first half vs. UTM 'embarrassing'

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wasn't about to let the scoreboard cloud his anger toward his team's play in the first half Saturday against the University of Tennessee-Martin.



McNair shines in return to Magnolia State

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Football fans in the state of Mississippi may have forgotten about Jason McNair's ability to run the football. McNair re-introduced himself as a member of the Tennessee-Martin backfield on Saturday, rushing for a game-high 122 yards on 27 carries in the University of Tennessee-Martin's 55-17 loss to Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium.



EMCC beats Hinds, will play for state title

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team isn't necessarily all pass all the time. No. 3 EMCC proved Saturday it can run the football, too.



MSU baseball will have more power in lineup in 2012

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In arguably the most remembered at-bat of the 2011 season, the Mississippi State coaches considered having their cleanup hitter bunt.



MSU women will look for options to emerge

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

"Be the One" is a rallying cry for the Mississippi State women's basketball team this season. On paper, senior point guard Diamber Johnson figures to be the first option for the Lady Bulldogs. From there, though, the pecking order becomes unclear. It isn't because coach Sharon Fanning-Otis' team doesn't have choices.



Strength is in frontcourt for Ole Miss men

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- It has been a while since Andy Kennedy could look his best players in the eye. The University of Mississippi men's basketball team's 6-foot-7 coach has had mostly guard-oriented teams during his six years in Oxford, but that trend will change this season. The Rebels return several experienced frontcourt players who likely will determine how good this team will become.



Ole Miss women have new attitude, hope for better health

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Everything is new this season for the University of Mississippi women's basketball team. A new attitude, a new group of players, a new hunger to play. Coach Renee Ladner sees all of those elements on display. More importantly, Ladner hopes her team has a clean bill of health.



Alabama men have NCAA tournament in sights

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's men's basketball team is mindful of what happened last November, and what consequently didn't occur in March.



Alabama women will play numbers game

Posted 11/6/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Wendell Hudson likes the numbers dilemma he will face this season. With six or seven "starters" to fill five spots on the floor, Hudson feels the 2011-12 University of Alabama women's basketball team will be able to score more points and to play at a faster tempo than it did a year ago.



College roundup: Alabama soccer bows out of SEC Tournament

Posted 11/5/2011 in College Sports

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- The University of Alabama women's soccer team saw its run at the Southeastern Conference tournament come end Friday night with a 2-1 loss to No. 23 University of Florida in the semifinals at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.



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