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Columbus girls will play for region title

Posted 2/13/2013 in High School Sports

BATESVILLE -- Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston knew the pressure of the moment was getting to her squad. Hairston never panicked, though, because she believed her troops would persevere and come through in the end. After first-half struggles, Columbus pulled away to a 60-41 victory against Grenada in an opening-round game of the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at South Panola High.



Ray calls Steele's suspension 'selfish' act

Posted 2/12/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball Rick Ray made it clear Monday he wasn't happy with his newest suspended player. Two days after announcing the indefinite suspension of guard Jalen Steele, Ray called the act of the junior starter "selfish" and a "distraction" to a program that has lost eight straight Southeastern Conference games for the first time since 2006.



Sanders, Calmes ready to go for NHHS

Posted 2/12/2013 in High School Sports

"Painful." That's the easiest and fastest way for D.J. Sanders and Moesha Calmes to describe their collision Jan. 18 in a game at West Point High School. But as much as the New Hope High juniors can look back on the incident and smile because they are feeling like themselves, they admit it was an experience they never saw coming or want to experience again.



Columbus powerlifters qualify for North State meet

Posted 2/12/2013 in High School Sports

Brandon Brown has seen a lot of progress in seven seasons at Columbus High School. Now that he is moving on, Brown can look to the Columbus High powerlifting team's most recent meet and know he has played a part in the program's move into the upper echelon of Class 6A. That success also has played a key role in the ability of the school's football team to compete in one of the state's toughest regions and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.



May, MSU women earn big victory at Missouri

Posted 2/11/2013 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team recorded another first Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a gritty defensive effort, MSU gave coach Vic Schaefer and his coaching staff their first Southeastern Conference road victory.



Former Bulldog Moore shares journey to MLB

Posted 2/9/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tyler Moore can say he has traveled from one end of the country to the other to make his Major League Baseball debut.



Sandberg interested in playing football, baseball at MSU

Posted 2/9/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Cord Sandberg doesn't want to be average at anything.



Pitching leads MSU softball to sweep

Posted 2/9/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University softball program can point to pitching as a strength this season. MSU rode a wave of pitching momentum to a doubleheader sweep of Tennessee State University and Georgia State University on Saturday in the second day of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic. MSU (3-1) allowed just four hits in 8-0 and 9-1 run-rule victories.



No. 2 Florida rolls past MSU

Posted 2/9/2013 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 2 University of Florida men's basketball team played without forward Will Yeguete, benched starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin, and received an injury scare from Erik Murphy. It didn't matter against Mississippi State University.



Missouri wins second round vs. Ole Miss

Posted 2/9/2013 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Alex Oriakhi's temper got the best of him when he reached up from the court and pulled down Reginald Buckner. After a minute on the bench, the senior forward returned with just as much fire but much better focus.



Jacobs, Alabama edge LSU

Posted 2/9/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Jacobs scored 15 points and hit two free throws with 46 seconds left to help the University of Alabama men's basketball team secure a 60-57 victory against LSU on Saturday night.



MSU suspends Steele indefinitely

Posted 2/9/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball will be without its most experienced guard for the foreseeable future.



MSU defeats Ole Miss to win River Hills Cup

Posted 2/8/2013 in College Sports

JACKSON -- For the second consecutive year, the River Hills Cup is wrapped in Maroon and White. In an expectedly tough battle, the No. 10 Mississippi State men's tennis squad (5-0) defeated No. 12 Ole Miss (2-1) 4-2 Thursday night at River Hills Club to retain the trophy in a match that lasted nearly six hours.



New Hope basketball squads sweep Caledonia

Posted 2/7/2013 in High School Sports

There are a lot of ways to honor seniors in their final regular-season home games.



MSU baseball team embraces depth at catcher position

Posted 2/7/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The very last thing Mississippi State University pitching coach Butch Thompson wants to do is make Mitch Slauter be behind the plate in every game this season.



Bulldogs must regroup quickly to face fourth-ranked Gators

Posted 2/7/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Wednesday was certainly not a good omen for the Mississippi State University men's basketball near future.



MSU softball drops season opener

Posted 2/7/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While Mississippi State University did not win its softball opener Thursday night, the Bulldogs did get a glimpse at the pitching potential of transfer Alison Owen.



Ole Miss nets top player in top-10 recruiting class

Posted 2/7/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team's stunning recruiting class included the nation's consensus No. 1 overall recruit, one of the top receivers, and one of the best offensive tackles. The Rebels had such a good day that even LeBron James was impressed.



MSU adds depth in top 25 signing class

Posted 2/7/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In the midst of the new $25 million Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex, Mississippi State University happily announced another part of the foundation for its football program.



MSU, Ole Miss extend recruiting reach outside of state

Posted 2/7/2013 in College Sports

Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi extended their reach outside the Magnolia State this season. Only 38.3 percent (18 of 47) of the signees in MSU's and Ole Miss' recruiting classes came from the state of Mississippi.



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