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Holiday spirit of giving extends from Columbus to Memphis

Posted 1/4/2011 in Local Sports

The spirit of the holidays is alive and well with Jeffery Amos and his family thanks to Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith. Amos, a fifth-grader at Joe Cook Elementary School in Columbus who is being treated for bone cancer at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., received several gifts, including a Columbus High jersey and a basketball signed by current and former team members, in the days leading up to Christmas.



Alabama rockets past Toledo

Posted 1/4/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell and senior guard Charvez Davis each scored a game-high 21 points Monday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to an 83-41 victory against Toledo at Coleman Coliseum.



It's official: Columbus' Frazier is new Vikings head coach

Posted 1/3/2011 in Local Sports



Sidney fulfills suspension; Bailey to transfer

Posted 1/3/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday the suspensions levied to junior forward Elgin Bailey and sophomore forward Renardo Sidney for their altercation in Hawaii on Dec. 23 have been lifted, effective immediately.


Report: Columbus' Frazier first choice for Minnesota Vikings job

Posted 1/3/2011 in Local Sports

Columbus native Leslie Frazier, who has served as interim coach of the Minnesota Vikings the past six games, is the team's first choice to take over as head coach, a Minnesota newspaper reported.


Gator Bowl week thrills Bulldogs

Posted 1/3/2011 in College Sports

It's hard to imagine Mississippi State's football team having its Gator Bowl week go any better. The Bulldogs' 52-14 win over Michigan set a Gator Bowl record for most points scored and sent the Wolverines home with their worst bowl loss in program history.



Kevin Forrester: Predicted warmer days could bring more fish to livewell

Posted 1/3/2011 in Local Columns

Well, Santa Claus has come and gone and in came the new year.



MSU clamps down on Michigan's Robinson

Posted 1/1/2011 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson entered the Progressive Gator Bowl as Dan Mullen's admitted single-most challenging matchup this season.



Relf, MSU roll past Michigan

Posted 1/1/2011 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State football team's offense has earned a reputation for controlling the clock and running the football. On Saturday, No. 21 MSU proved it could dismantle a defense in multiple ways and put up monster numbers on a big stage, racking up 485 yards in a 52-14 rout of the University of Michigan in the Progressive Gator Bowl.



Passing game doesn't miss a beat for MSU

Posted 1/1/2011 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When Chad Bumphis broke his collarbone in the regular-season finale against the University of Mississippi, the Mississippi State football team lost its leader in catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns.



MSU Gator Bowl Blog: Kickoff game to be crucial

Posted 1/1/2011 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mississippi State's kick coverage and return teams haven't been spectacular this season, and head coach Dan Mullen is hopeful a month-long layoff doesn't affect either unit. Friday, Mullen expressed concern over the lack of game-speed reps his kickoff teams have had since the regular season finale against Ole Miss on Nov. 27.



MSU Gator Bowl Blog: Big Ten/SEC matchup dominates press conference topics

Posted 12/31/2010 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Twenty four hours before Mississippi State and Michigan kickoff the 2011 Progressive Gator Bowl, the head coaches and selected players from each team met with the media for the last time today. Naturally, the comparisons between the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference were the major talking points for both teams.


Loyal MSU fans relish bowl trips

Posted 12/30/2010 in College Sports

Don Howard didn't grow up in Mississippi, nor did he attend Mississippi State University football games as a kid.


Video: Mullen, MSU agree on new contract

Posted 12/30/2010 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Any concerns over Dan Mullen's future at Mississippi State were put to rest today after athletics director Scott Stricklin announced he and Mullen had agreed to a new contract. Still pending approval from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees, Mullen's new contract will see him earn $10.6 million over the next four years.



Late run lifts Lady Bulldogs to victory

Posted 12/30/2010 in College Sports

A late 11-0 run lifted the Mississippi State women's basketball team past Buffalo 72-58 in an opening-round game at the Lehigh Christmas City Classic Wednesday night at Stabler Arena.



MSU's men complete two-week trip with loss

Posted 12/30/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State's massive 14-day road trip ended with a 94-72 loss to St. Mary's in the 2010 Shamrock Showcase played Wednesday night at Orleans Arena.


MSU: 'Discipline' the key to stopping UM's Robinson

Posted 12/30/2010 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Stopping University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson goes beyond limiting the elusive quarterback's rushing opportunities. Teams have known that since he started lighting up opponents at the beginning of the season. Outside of Ohio State, no one has found the right recipe for limiting the nation's second-most explosive player to Auburn's Cam Newton.


MSU Gator Bowl Blog: MSU defenders keen on run-pass option; McPhee to face high school teammates

Posted 12/29/2010 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's no question Denard Robinson is the engine that makes Michigan's offense go. The Wolverines' "head of the snake" -- as Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz typically calls opponent's best player -- is an equal threat to run and throw. But how Robinson has managed to produce at a high rate each week has just as much to do with his development as how teams try to defend him.



Lady Bulldogs open tournament today against Buffalo

Posted 12/29/2010 in College Sports

The Mississippi State women's basketball team will open play in the Christmas City Classic at 4 p.m. today against the University of Buffalo at Stabler Arena on the campus of Lehigh University.



Bulldogs look past UM's defensive woes

Posted 12/29/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State football players and coaches are guarding against the perception they'll have their way with Michigan's porous defense.



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