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Prestridge provided steady guidance at point for SA girls

Posted 6/5/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy's player Anna Prestridge laughs when she talks about her early childhood memories.



TCU ends Ole Miss' season

Posted 6/5/2012 in College Sports

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The University of Mississippi baseball team took an early lead Monday night, but Texas Christian University rallied for a 7-4 victory in the deciding game of the NCAA tournament's College Station Regional at Blue Bell Park. The defeat marked only the fourth time this season the Rebels (37-26) lost when scoring in the first inning.



Samford eliminates MSU

Posted 6/4/2012 in College Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Not many people saw the end unfolding this way. The Samford University baseball team, which was making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament, eliminated Mississippi State University from the Tallahassee Regional with a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon.



TCU beats Ole Miss to force deciding game

Posted 6/4/2012 in College Sports

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Brandon Finnegan allowed six hits and struck out seven in seven-plus innings Sunday to help the Texas Christian University baseball team beat the University of Mississippi 5-2 to force a deciding game in the NCAA tournament's College Station Regional.



New college bats draw mixed reviews

Posted 6/4/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The reviews are in for the new bats in college baseball, and they're not all positive. The NCAA Baseball Research Panel recommended the new BBCOR formula for colleges after studying an increase in offensive statistical performance in Division I in recent years.



Abrams signs to play volleyball at Snead State C.C.

Posted 6/4/2012 in High School Sports

Jaitra Abrams didn't realize her potential. After playing volleyball for four years in high school, Abrams didn't believe she was capable of playing at the next level.



Crawley wins USCS title in Columbus

Posted 6/4/2012 in Local Sports

United Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear National points leader Tim Crawley, of Benton, Ark., clinched the USCS Sprint Speedweek six race mini-series Championship on Saturday night in the 15th Annual USCS "Battle at the Bullring" Finals at Columbus Speedway.



MSU breaks out to beat UAB

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two Mississippi State University baseball teams showed up to Dick Howser Stadium for the NCAA tournament's Tallahassee Regional.



Bottom of order provides spark for MSU

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The name card made for him by the NCAA had Matthew Britton's name spelled wrong. That's what happens to you when you enter regional play hitting .154. The Mississippi State University infielder did what he has done throughout his freshman season -- turned the joke on himself.



Samford uses HRs to batter Stratton, MSU

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In what could have been the last pitch Chris Stratton threw in his Mississippi State University career, the ball traveled a little bit further than 60 feet, six inches.



Cowbells to ring again at Davis Wade Stadium

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

Southeastern Conference presidents and chancellors voted Friday to continue the Mississippi State University cowbell compromise established two years ago.



SEC teams' penalties for drugs not created equally

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Players testing positive for marijuana in the Southeastern Conference don't face the one-year suspension that comes from getting busted by the NCAA. In the most successful league of the Bowl Championship Series-era, players routinely get third, fourth, and fifth chances before they're booted from the team; failed drug tests administered by the NCAA result in the automatic suspension.



SEC supports playoff that includes four best teams

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- College footballs most dominant conference has its wish list for a playoff. Southeastern Conference school presidents and athletic directors voted unanimously Friday to support having the four best teams play for the national title in a proposed four-team playoff. The league doesn't want a playoff to include ties to conference champions.



SEC wants to learn more about concussions

Posted 6/2/2012 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference is taking steps to learn as much as it can about concussions, ultimately hoping to make college sports safer for student-athletes.



MSU will go with Stratton in opener

Posted 6/1/2012 in College Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Let the gamesmanship and second-guessing begin. The debate, at least among the Mississippi State University baseball fans, began Monday morning when the team's name was called on the NCAA tournament regionals selection show on ESPNU: What should MSU do with ace pitcher Chris Stratton?



Samford eager to show it belongs

Posted 6/1/2012 in College Sports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- This is the Samford University baseball team's chance to prove it belongs. Samford defeated Georgia Southern University in the Southern Conference tournament to earn the program's first NCAA tournament berth.



Spurrier moves forward with plan to pay players

Posted 6/1/2012 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- Steve Spurrier is sticking with his plan to pay players.



Thunder will hit Columbus Speedway

Posted 6/1/2012 in Local Sports

The United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by Goodyear winged sprint cars headline the 15th annual USCS Battle at the Bullring tonight and Saturday at Columbus Speedway.



Alabama beats Tennessee in WCWS opener

Posted 6/1/2012 in College Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The No. 2 University of Alabama softball team had a big first inning that led to a 5-3 victory against the University of Tennessee in its opening-round game of the Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday evening.



Ties bind coaches at Tallahassee Regional

Posted 5/31/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University has two baseball coaches who know there's a man in Birmingham they can and will call if they're confused, need advice, or want to talk about the sport they love.



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