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DOGS ON UPSET ALERT: MSU hopes to make amends for loss to FAU

Posted 12/13/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There's a single problem with calling Mississippi State's men's basketball matchup with Florida Atlantic University a revenge game.



Players of Week: Talented duo helping spark New Hope turnaround

Posted 12/13/2011 in High School Sports

Kaitlin Bradley and D.J. Sanders have experienced frustration and then some.



Wallace, Autry earn All-American honors

Posted 12/13/2011 in College Sports

Postseason honors continue to roll in for the national champion East Mississippi Community College football team.



Russell relishes moving to teaching role for quarterbacks

Posted 12/13/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - For Tyler Russell, it's amazing how long three years can feel. Two years into the program, the first quarterback that Dan Mullen recruited is now teaching the younger player at his position.



Favre transferring from MSU

Posted 12/10/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dylan Favre has left the Mississippi State football program and intends to transfer to another school. MSU coach Dan Mullen announced the third-string quarterback's departure Saturday after the team's first practice for its game against Wake Forest at 5:40 p.m. Dec. 30 (ESPN) in the Music City Bowl, but he declined to give the redshirt freshman's motivation for the move.



No. 17 MSU nearly flawless in rout of Troy

Posted 12/10/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's men's basketball team allowed Troy University to pick how it wanted to lose Saturday. No. 17 MSU (9-1) was nearly flawless in full- and half-court offense in a 106-68 victory at Humphrey Coliseum. MSU's start is its best since it started 13-0 to open the 2003-04 campaign.



White impresses in first game, leads Ole Miss to win

Posted 12/10/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- University of Mississippi guard LaDarius White spent eight games watching from the sidelines while he finished academic requirements and waited for NCAA clearance to make his debut. When the debut finally arrived Saturday, White was ready, scoring 16 points to help Ole Miss beat Mississippi Valley State 80-56 at Tad Smith Coliseum.



Thomas, 49ers will play for national title

Posted 12/10/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Freshmen don't often get to play key roles on the biggest stages. But Robby Thomas' experience playing soccer at high levels is helping him change that. The freshman forward from Columbus was in the starting lineup Friday night and played a key role in helping the Charlotte men's soccer team beat Creighton University in penalty kicks in the NCAA College Cup at Regions Park.



Starkville girls soccer beats Caledonia

Posted 12/10/2011 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Anna Albritton admits she is like most coaches in that she always is looking for a little more. Whether it's additional combination play or more one- and two-touch teamwork in possession, Albritton may never get the "perfect" game.



MSU Basketball Hosts Troy

Posted 12/10/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State certainly knows how to defend the offense they will see this afternoon.



Fair's long-range shot gives SHS win; Jackets complete sweep

Posted 12/9/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Like the rest of her perimeter teammates, Jacqueline Fair was told by her coaches to stop shooting three-pointers because they simply weren't falling. With 25 seconds left in the game and her team down two points, the senior guard found herself behind the three-point arc with no choice but to put up one more shot from long range.



Macdonald: MSU soccer closing gap on conference elite

Posted 12/9/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State soccer coach Neil Macdonald can do the math. Eight teams made the Southeastern Conference postseason event and those same eight teams made the NCAA Tournament the following week.



Strong second half carries New Hope past West Lowndes

Posted 12/9/2011 in High School Sports

NEW HOPE -- The New Hope High School boys basketball team held West Lowndes to just 20 points in the second half of a 62-52 victory Friday night.



Moore left Heritage Academy to complete Ph.D.

Posted 12/9/2011 in High School Sports

Yolanda Moore resigned from her job as girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy to concentrate on completing the course work necessary for her to obtain a Ph.D, according to a statement released Thursday by the school.



Caledonia soccer teams want to continue fast starts

Posted 12/9/2011 in High School Sports

The Caledonia High School varsity soccer teams have only two remaining play dates this year. Girls coach Jason Forrester and boys coach Kevin Kugel hope the work each team has put in will pave the way for even more success in 2012.



Freeze brings four assistants to Ole Miss

Posted 12/9/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- New University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze has brought four of his Arkansas State assistants with him to Oxford.



Wake Forest has something to prove vs. MSU

Posted 12/9/2011 in College Sports

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Wake Forest University football team has something to prove to the Southeastern Conference. Wake Forest is eager for another chance at the SEC in the Music City Bowl against Mississippi State. Vanderbilt routed Wake Forest by 34 points in the regular-season finale.



Moore out as Heritage Academy coach

Posted 12/8/2011 in High School Sports

Yolanda Moore is no longer girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy. School Headmaster Tommy Gunn confirmed to The Dispatch on Thursday morning that Moore no longer was coach of the team after a decision was made Wednesday about her status. He declined to comment on the reasons why Moore, a former basketball standout at the University of Mississippi and a former player in the WNBA who was hired in May, was no longer at the school.



Columbus' Sanders will play for Mississippi Hound Dogs

Posted 12/8/2011 in Local Sports

Columbus native Corey Sanders is excited about his new football-playing home, even if the season doesn't start for another two months. Sanders is expected to be a defensive back when the Mississippi Hound Dogs kick off their inaugural season in the Ultimate Indoor Football League. Training camp will begin Feb. 15, and the season opener against the Rome Rampage will be March 3 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.



No. 16 Alabama surprised in loss at Dayton

Posted 12/8/2011 in College Sports

DAYTON, Ohio -- University of Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant knew what to expect when he brought his young, 16th-ranked Crimson Tide north to play at his alma mater Wednesday night.



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