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MSU men close European trip with win

Posted 8/13/2011 in College Sports

PARIS, France -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team opened its European trip with a double-digit victory, and it concluded it with another one Saturday with a 99-71 victory against the French team Stade De Vanves.



Six area football teams set for jamboree at MSU

Posted 8/12/2011 in High School Sports

It's finally here, and it just so happens it will be played on an even bigger stage. Six area teams will participate today in the second annual New Hope Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.



NHHS softball begins quest for 14th state title

Posted 8/12/2011 in High School Sports

It isn't Tabitha Beard's style to sugar coat things, so she isn't going to start this season. Beard grew up in a New Hope High School softball program that prided itself on winning championships. As coach, she has continued that tradition, leading the Lady Trojans' slow-pitch team to its fourth state title in a row (second in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A), and 13th overall, last season.



MSU promoting players learning multiple positions

Posted 8/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The question this season for the Mississippi State football team's coaching staff isn't where it will put players but how many positions those guys will play.



Increase in APR cutline approved

Posted 8/12/2011 in College Sports

Following an intensive two-day retreat of approximately 50 Division I college leaders, a clear message was sent to athletic programs: If you're not willing to compete in the classroom, your school won't have the opportunity to do the same on the playing field.



Nutt likes effort in practice

Posted 8/12/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team welcomed the cloud cover over the practice fields Thursday in its second practice in full pads.



Leaning left on MSU's line

Posted 8/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy is looking left a lot more often they he's used to. In the past, the guarantee Hevesy had was things were solid at left tackle thanks to the player Dan Mullen said last year was "his best football player": Derek Sherrod.



MSU men improve to 4-0 in Europe

Posted 8/12/2011 in College Sports

ANTWERPEN, Belgium - Second-half dominance keyed by a staunch defensive effort has been a common theme for the Mississippi State men's basketball team in its European Tour. That was the case Thursday night against perennial Division II power St. Jan, as MSU flexed its muscles in the final 20 minutes en route to a 88-63 victory at the Sporthal Linkeroever.



Ole Miss soccer better conditioned, focused for season

Posted 8/12/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Matthew Mott is eager to put the growing pains behind him. A year ago, Mott hadn't met eight of his new players on the University of Mississippi women's soccer team. His transition from assistant coach at the University of Texas to Ole Miss came at a late juncture and forced everyone associated with the program to adjust.



Carr set to make second-year leap at MSU

Posted 8/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Michael Carr may display the difference of being a confident sophomore instead of the confused freshman in a college football program.



MSU's intensity goes up for first day in pads

Posted 8/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A lot of players worry and fret about the added weight and heat shoulder pads provide in the grueling heat of a Southeastern Conference football practice.



Ole Miss freshmen expected to play key roles

Posted 8/6/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt has raved constantly about his incoming freshman class, saying it's one of the most talented groups he has had in 14 years of coaching in the Southeastern Conference. It better be because it appears he'll have to use it immediately.



Alabama practices as complete unit for first time

Posted 8/6/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced as a complete unit for the first time Saturday afternoon after a split session Friday when camp opened.



Caledonia volleyball ties for third

Posted 8/6/2011 in High School Sports

RIDGELAND -- The Caledonia High School volleyball team went 3-1 and tied for third in the two-day Set It Off Challenge that wrapped up Saturday.



Macon tennis team gets call to go to regionals

Posted 8/6/2011 in Local Sports

Troy King had a feeling a call would come. Still, after two years working to teach children in Macon how to play tennis, King took precautions. After the Macon QuickStarts 10-and-under tennis team came up short in a first-place tiebreaker with Tupelo, neither King nor his wife, Tonya, told the seven players on their team there still was a chance they would get to go to regionals.



Loague will take over for Cobb at Hamilton

Posted 8/6/2011 in High School Sports

Bryan Loague has faced Hamilton High School enough times in softball to know about the program's tradition. That's why Loague didn't waste any time once he learned slow-pitch assistant coach and fast-pitch coach Jason Cobb was stepping down to take another job outside of the school.



Starkville QB Club set for 46th season

Posted 8/6/2011 in Local Sports

Mississippi State University football fans who are anticipating the 2011 season are encouraged to join the Starkville Quarterback Club. The club, which will open its 46th season of weekly meetings Aug. 30, is devoted to promoting MSU football.



MSU soccer opens practice with two sessions

Posted 8/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State soccer team worked diligently on fitness during the offseason, and that hard work paid off as the squad opened the preseason with a pair of spirited workouts Saturday at the MSU Soccer Field.


Victory Christian senior has renewed faith after a near-fatal wreck

Posted 8/6/2011 in High School Sports

If you look close enough, you can almost see Him in his eyes. Maybe that is wishful thinking. Maybe that is the calming effect Marcus Sims' words have on you as you discuss his fight to regain normalcy.


Banks expects big things in 2011

Posted 8/5/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks isn't lacking for confidence entering this season. Even after getting burned by an incoming freshman on a deep pass Friday in a morning practice session, Mississippi State's junior starting cornerback hasn't lowered his expectations for himself in 2011.



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