Andy Kennedy is in an unenviable position. His University of Mississippi men's basketball team lost five of its past six games following a 12-3 start. The Rebels lost to the University of Florida and Mississippi State by five before losing their next three by an average of 16 points.
MACON -- Leaders do what their teams need. Daquarius Mallard knew entering his senior basketball season at Noxubee County High School that he would play a key role in making the 2010-11 campaign one to remember.
STARKVILLE -- One step forward, one step back. As much as Porsha Porter has raised her level to meet the challenges of Southeastern Conference basketball, the junior guard admits she still has work to do. The same can be said the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Columbus' Johnny Stokes was one of many honored Saturday at the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Annual Awards Banquet.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced Friday the selection of Ken Eriksen and Karen Johns as the head coaches of the Women's National Team and Junior Women's National Team, respectively. Johns was an assistant coach at Mississippi State last season. Eriksen replaces MSU coach Jay Miller, who was named head coach of the USA Softball Women's National Team in February 2009.
Each day, Ryan Duffy wakes up ready to conquer the world. It's the same attitude that provided the foundation for a standout college baseball career at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- Efforts to help former Mississippi State baseball player Ryan Duffy in his recovery from neck surgery will take a major step forward this year. A group of MSU fans and friends of Duffy will host a "Do it for Duffy" 5-Kilometer Walk/Run and silent auction Feb. 12 in conjunction with MSU's annual First Pitch Banquet.
Possession soccer works best when you can provide the exclamation point. The Ridgeland High School girls soccer team's ability to turn its pressure into goals is one reason why the program has won five state titles in the past six years.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys soccer team's first trip to the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs stalled at home Saturday against a tenacious Madison Central team. The Jaguars (19-2-3) outhustled the Yellow Jackets (16-2-1) to a goal in each half and weathered Starkville's attempts to creep back into the game to earn a 2-0 victory.
CALEDONIA -- For much of Caledonia High School boys soccer team's playoff match against New Albany on Saturday, the offsides trap worked to perfection. New Albany failed to finish the handful of times it beat the trap.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team continued its undefeated status at home this season with a 70-46 victory against LSU in front of a sell-out crowd at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday night.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team has shown the ability to play the way coach Sharon Fanning-Otis wants. Now the Lady Bulldogs have to put two halves together.
STARKVILLE -- Dee Bost might be missing some teeth. He has found his legs, though. The junior, playing with his front teeth glued together after taking an elbow to the face earlier in the week, scored 24 points as the Mississippi State men's basketball team beat No. 24 Florida 71-64 on Saturday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.
OXFORD -- Brian Williams scored 18 points and Scotty Hopson had 16 Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Tennessee men's basketball team to a 74-57 victory against the University of Mississippi at Tad Smith Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury didn't get the result he wanted Thursday, but he was happy to see his team play better. MSU improved its rebounding, raised its bench production, and saw leading scorer Ravern Johnson snap out of a scoring funk with 19 points.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After playing its best first half of the season, the Mississippi State women's basketball team couldn't duplicate that feat and fell victim to an 18-0 run that buoyed the No. 5 University of Tennessee to an 81-55 Southeastern Conference victory Thursday night in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Erica Shepherd had plenty of possible outs.
One Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science soccer team might have a little more motivation than the other Thursday night in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A-2A-3A playoff openers. But both teams played with equal amounts of intensity, which is why they earned the right to keep their seasons alive.
The combination of Alex Ramos and Christian Silva proved to be a little too much for the New Hope High School boys soccer team to contain Thursday night. Silva had two goals, while Ramos had a goal and two assists to lift Hernando to a 3-2 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff game.
STARKVILLE -- Unlike most of his senior teammates, Jaquez Johnson's college football future remains uncertain. The Starkville High School quarterback has seen his college recruitment move at a slower pace than expected following a breakout year in which he scored 31 touchdowns.
1. Columbus basketball teams sweep Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Tigers' Sunday best adds to special day LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Norris, Alabama beat Missouri COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU's Collins transitions from catcher to third base COLLEGE SPORTS