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Muschamp hopes to re-energize Florida

Posted 7/21/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The rookie head coach strolled into the second-floor ballroom at The Wynfrey Hotel like he'd been there before. He hadn't -- at least not in front of this microphone, not while addressing a media contingent in the hundreds. "Great to be here," Will Muschamp said. "Great to be back in the Southeastern Conference and at the University of Florida." Moments like that one, captured in front of the laptops and pens and digital tape recorders and a Gators helmet near the podium, convinced Muschamp to go from coach-in-waiting at the University of Texas to coach-right-now.



Former Rebel Warren will play in Australia

Posted 7/21/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Throughout his exceptional high school and college career, Chris Warren dreamed of taking his basketball talents to the professional level. On Wednesday, the former University of Mississippi point guard was earned that opportunity when he signed with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia's National Basketball League.



Cobb leaves Hamilton for job at Severstal

Posted 7/20/2011 in High School Sports

Jason Cobb knew he was going to have to make a decision. Faced with a choice of remaining a teacher and a coach or getting into administration, Cobb was focused on finding a better situation for his family.



Harrell will go to Michigan to play baseball

Posted 7/20/2011 in College Sports

Baseball knows no boundaries. And when you make an impression on someone, there's no telling where your hard work will help you wind up. Blake Harrell finalized his destination of choice Tuesday, signing a scholarship to play baseball at St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, Mich.



Ole Miss Athletics assists Smithville

Posted 7/20/2011 in College Sports

SMITHVILLE -- After collecting household goods the past two weekends, University of Mississippi Athletics personnel delivered Tuesday a load of items to the Smithville community as part of the Rebel Relief Project.



Time for U.S. Soccer to change thinking

Posted 7/19/2011 in Local Columns

All is not lost. Soccer will have life in this country after the United States' women's National Team lost to Japan in penalty kicks Sunday in the World Cup title game in Germany.



Mixing crankbaits, soft plastics will help ensure success

Posted 7/19/2011 in Local Columns

The hot days of summer tend to make fishing slow. I look at summer bass fishing almost like winter time. Even though the water is warm and the metabolism of the fish is high, the fish don't go chase food all day.


Would you have a plan to save someone's life?

Posted 7/16/2011 in Local Columns

Ron Courson has made a life helping others prepare for competition.

Basketball tournament raises money for for the Family Readiness Group fund

Posted 7/16/2011 in Local Sports

The hoops squad from the Battery A Second of the 114th Strike National Guard unit in Columbus may have lost its first game handily Saturday, but they'll win in the end.


Columbus will play host to Mississippi Open Disc Golf tournament

Posted 7/15/2011 in Local Sports

Mark Box isn't the only person who has fallen under the spell of disc golf. Friends Clayton Nash and Chip Strain also admit to being "hooked" by the game after being introduced to it. Box, Nash, and Strain hope more people in the Greater Golden Triangle area will be affected by the sport this weekend when the Mississippi Open Disc Golf tournament comes to Columbus this weekend.



MSU's Saulsberry does internship with SPD

Posted 7/15/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- You might have noticed a familiar face in an unfamiliar uniform around Starkville. Mississippi State senior lineman Quentin Saulsberry has spent the past month and a half interning at the Starkville Police Department. In that time he has been the most popular person to step out of a squad car.



New Hope's Taylor will play in USGA Junior Amateur

Posted 7/15/2011 in Local Sports

Chase Taylor's play this summer has put him in position to realize a goal. Now he hopes an improved and more consistent golf game will help him compete with some of the nation's top players. Taylor, a rising senior at New Hope High School, will play this weekend in the United States Golf Association's Junior Amateur Championship at the Gold Mountain Golf Club - Olympic course in Bremerton, Wash.



Columbus teams going to Dizzy Dean World Series

Posted 7/15/2011 in Local Sports

The summer baseball season will continue next week for a number of Columbus teams at the Dizzy Dean World Series. On Thursday, Kelvin Smith, coach of the Columbus Americans 8-year-old All-Stars, said his team has decided to play in the Dizzy Dean World Series, which starts July 22 in Southaven.



Arkansas, Alabama lead preseason All-SEC picks

Posted 7/15/2011 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Arkansas led the way Thursday with 14 selections to the Southeastern Conference preseason coaches' teams, while the University of Alabama had 13 and Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi had four apiece.



Hoops for Troops fundraiser Saturday at Columbus High

Posted 7/14/2011 in Local Sports

Get ready to support your support for our troops. Building off the success of last year's inaugural event, Walmart, Columbus High School, and local organizers have been working hard to put the finishing touches on the second annual Hoops for Troops event that will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday at Columbus High.



Local Lions movin' on up

Posted 7/14/2011 in College Sports

Tyler Aldridge, Mitch Bohon, and Cole Vaughan will be able to look back one day and know they were a part of something special. Their efforts this season were instrumental in helping the East Mississippi Community College baseball team get back to the postseason and making the first step toward becoming a perennial contender.



Former CHS standout Morris will go to West Alabama

Posted 7/13/2011 in College Sports

Sammy Smith needed a scale Tuesday afternoon. Two months earlier, Smith's jaw dropped when former Columbus High boys basketball standout Phillip Morris entered his office. "What have you been doing?" Smith asked Morris, a former CHS point guard who went on to play basketball at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit.



Moultrie ready to take court for MSU

Posted 7/13/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Bulked up and anxious to hit the court, Mississippi State forward Arnett Moultrie is ready to see what he can do in the Southeastern Conference.



MSU, Cohen file motion for protective order

Posted 7/13/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State and baseball coach John Cohen filed a motion for protective order Friday regarding an information request by former player Forrest Moore.



Columbus Nationals beat Columbus Americans for title

Posted 7/13/2011 in Local Sports

EUPORA -- The Columbus Nationals had to work overtime Tuesday. Pushed to the brink by the rival Columbus Americans and teased by a weather delay, the Columbus Nationals persevered and defeated the Columbus Americans 7-6 in the final game of the Dizzy Dean 12-year-old state tournament at Gary Park.



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