Matt Sykes looks like a goalkeeper With a red bandana, fluorescent lime green jersey -- stained through from plenty of dives on the sopping turf, and a hyperactive ability to move from post to post, the sophomore maneuvers unlike someone who has started only seven varsity matches.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday guard Ravern Johnson has been suspended indefinitely. The 6-foot-7 senior was suspended for MSU's game Saturday at LSU following a rant critical of the coaching staff on the social network Twitter, which came less than an hour after the Bulldogs' loss at the University of Alabama. Stansbury banned his players from having Twitter accounts the next day.
STARKVILLE -- For all the naysayers, Rick Stansbury wants you to look at his track record. The Mississippi State men's basketball coach wants those who question the lack of discipline in the program to look past Ravern Johnson's combined suspensions and Renardo Sidney's fight with Elgin Bailey.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama women's basketball program unveiled its newest -- and oldest -- crown jewel on Monday. A $16M renovation has given Foster Auditorium a face lift and a new life as home to Alabama's women's basketball and volleyball teams. The Crimson Tide showed off the historic facility Monday to media members, administrators, and fans. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Alabama will play its first game in the facility when it plays host to the University of Florida.
It's no coincidence why the University of Mississippi men's basketball team has won two games in a row: Reginald Buckner is playing at a high level. The sophomore forward has always been lauded for his shot-blocking ability, but the Rebels (15-8, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) haven't always gotten a complete, foul-free performance from him. Last week against the University of Kentucky, the light bulb came on.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Super Sunday turned out to be mighty super for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. MSU finally broke into the Southeastern Conference victory column Sunday afternoon with a 57-45 victory against Auburn University in the new AU Arena.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Dee Bost didn't have one of his better afternoons Saturday in the Mississippi State men's basketball team's 58-57 victory against LSU. But Bost made the necessary plays to give the Bulldogs a much-needed victory.
STARKVILLE -- The balance is where John Cohen wants it. The Mississippi State baseball coach believes he has the perfect mix of veterans and newcomers to get the Bulldogs back to postseason play.
STARKVILLE -- Heritage Academy's boys soccer team needed to avenge a loss against Starkville Academy to qualify for the postseason. History wasn't on the Patriots' side, as they'd never made it to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools playoffs.
MABEN -- Josh Poe isn't chasing his brother's career. The similarities between Josh and older sibling, Gabe, tell a different story. Both players were standouts in football at West Oktibbeha High School. Gabe, a linebacker at the University of West Alabama, started his career at East Mississippi Community College, where Josh will begin his college career in the fall.
STARKVILLE -- Sharon Fanning-Otis knows her team is improving. But the Mississippi State women's basketball team's rate of improvement hasn't been able to match the pace of the rest of the teams in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- Chelsea Bramlett was the face of Mississippi State's softball team for the past four years. The catcher re-wrote MSU's record book and led the team in batting average (..536), stolen bases (61), hits (98), and runs (56) last season.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Andy Kennedy knows there's nothing his University of Mississippi men's basketball team can do about its four-game losing streak to open Southeastern Conference play. The Ole Miss coach knows it happened. It's not going away.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team is trying not to forget how it feels to lose while it's busy dominating the Southeastern Conference. Even as its offense struggled the Crimson Tide buckled down on defense and went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in overtime to beat Tennessee 65-60 on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Close doesn't mean anything to Diamber Johnson. It didn't after the second Southeastern Conference loss to Arkansas, and it meant even less Thursday night after yet another frustrating performance.
The Mississippi State men's basketball team thought point guard Dee Bost would be the talisman to help calm the rough waters of a difficult non-conference journey, but his presence hasn't been enough to keep off-the-court issues from hovering over the team.
Don't waste time with Chris Rose. If you do, the new East Mississippi Community College baseball coach will leave you behind, or at least start without you. If he has to go ahead and you're not there, he will let you know about it and make sure you're not late again.
WEST POINT -- Stan Hughey is having fun this season. The Oak Hill Academy girls basketball coach typically enjoys himself when he is on the court. But this season has been particularly pleasurable because the Lady Raiders have a blend of talents that fits extremely well together.
STEENS -- Three was a magical number Thursday for the Immanuel Christian football program. Fresh off the momentum from one of the best seasons in school history, Justin James, Wesley Lake, and Dustin White signed to play football at East Mississippi Community College.
Dudy Gras 5.5 begins today regardless of the weather. The parade, though, could be a game-time decision.
1. MSU will try to re-focus for bowl game COLLEGE SPORTS
2. MSU women continue to have success sharing COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Woodard Jr. maturing into leader for Columbus HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU's Weatherspoon earns SEC honor COLLEGE SPORTS
5. History within Tigers' grasp LOCAL COLUMNS