CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Thacker feels like he is back home.
STARKVILLE -- Steven Bench is officially a college football free agent and currently touring his future destinations.
STARKVILLE -- This is the month Mississippi State University junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe will begin to accumulate individual honors.
OXFORD -- Twelve outs away from being swept by its archrival, a pre-game image appeared in the minds of the Mississippi State University baseball players.
STARKVILLE -- Since taking over the program, Mississippi State University second-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman has preached living in the moment. For Stuedeman and the Bulldogs, the moment they were living in Sunday night was very good.
PEARL -- The Golden Triangle had three individuals win gold medals Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State Outdoor Track and Field meet. Starkville High School's Kate Mattox and Damian Grady each won two events, while New Hope High's Mercedes Mattix won the 400 meters.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi baseball coach Mike Bianco had a dilemma immediately after Friday night's rainout. His normal game two starting pitcher and his offense felt a lot better Saturday about his decision following a doubleheader sweep of No. 21 Mississippi State University.
STARKVILLE -- Leave it to Mike Slive to outdo himself as the leader of a premier Division I athletic conference. When he negotiated and signed the unprecedented 15-year, $2 billion-plus agreement to televise games with ESPN in 2008, it was believed the Southeastern Conference commissioner had secured his legacy. In 16 months, the SEC will have a television network that will take it into new territory as it tries not to be overtaken financially by another league.
STARKVILLE -- Tyson Lee was sitting in a meeting room at the NFL's St. Louis Rams evaluating a draft prospect when he couldn't prevent an ugly feeling from entering his mind.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Josh Boyd has lived in Mississippi all 23 years of his life. After having nearly two weeks to let it soak in that he'd be leaving the South, he was off to his next destination. Boyd's airplane was about to land Thursday when he looked out to the landscape in Green Bay and had a thought.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Johnthan Banks isn't making any bold predictions about the impact he'll have as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coming off a banner 2012 crappie fishing season, Roy Logan and Wade Hendren have gotten off to a slow start this season. Outside of a fourth-place finish at Reelfoot Lake (Tenn.), Logan and Hendren had only fished two other events this spring. Their luck changed Saturday.
Hunter Griffin and Dylan Huling had no idea what cheerleading could do for them. To understand what the sport could offer them, Griffin and Huling first had to understand the combination of balance, timing, coordination, and strength participants needed to do stunts and to be a part of routines.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Kristy Curry has agreed to become the next head women's basketball coach at the University of Alabama. More information, including details on an introductory press conference, will be released at a later date.
RIDGELAND -- The New Hope High School used two three-run doubles Saturday night to beat Ridgeland 9-4 in game one of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State semifinals.
STARKVILLE -- Unlike Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen, MSU baseball coach John Cohen doesn't believe he is judged on his record against the University of Mississippi. But Cohen knows it doesn't hurt to win the games, either.
Don't let the record fool you. The New Hope High School baseball team has experienced its share of adversity this season. The Trojans haven't had to recover from devastating injuries. Instead, coach Lee Boyd's team had to survive a late-season swoon that nearly derailed a solid start.
Wanted: Creative, self-starter who can help four New Hope High School softball players find a nickname that captures their skills and the relationship they share.
STARKVILLE -- Two members of the Mississippi State University men's tennis team remember what the end felt like last year. Malte Stropp and Zach White weren't healthy entering their 2012 NCAA Regional second-round match against Baylor University. They felt even sicker after losing their matches in what turned out to be a season-ending team loss.
One duo will be reunited, while another won't be together this weekend when the Crappie USA Tournament Trail continues in North Mississippi. More than 30 entrants were expected at 6:30 a.m. today when fishing began on the Columbus, Aberdeen, and Aliceville Lakes. Despite a forecast of heavy rain showers, the two-day event is expected to go on as planned.
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