Right after the Mississippi State University men's tennis players arrived in Champaign, Ill., coach Per Nilsson told them to get comfortable because he intended to make an extended stay.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Phil Fikes doesn't consider himself a "jock." That moniker is typically used to label individuals who are more accomplished in athletics that in the classroom.
For the second-consecutive season, the screams from a bus leaving Lady Trojan Field will ring in the ears of the New Hope High School players. This time, though, there was a weightier sense of finality for four seniors who saw their prep careers end without another shot at an elusive state championship.
STARKVILLE -- It may be a long wait if you're on the pass list for Mississippi State University softball player Jessica Cooley. Cooley and her Bulldogs were scheduled to leave this morning for Mobile, Ala., where they will begin play Friday in the University of South Alabama-hosted Mobile Regional of the NCAA tournament. MSU (32-22) will face Florida State (41-16) at 3:30 p.m. Friday in a first-round game of the four-team, double-elimination event.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The Pickens Academy baseball and softball teams had plenty of ways to turn for contributions this season. Six of the standouts for both teams were recognized recently for their performances with Alabama Independent School Association All-Star awards.
STARKVILLE -- For many, a pair of state championships would signal the end of a promising high school career.
PHILADELPHIA -- Championship programs respond.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Thacker feels like he is back home.
STARKVILLE -- Steven Bench is officially a college football free agent and currently touring his future destinations.
STARKVILLE -- This is the month Mississippi State University junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe will begin to accumulate individual honors.
OXFORD -- Twelve outs away from being swept by its archrival, a pre-game image appeared in the minds of the Mississippi State University baseball players.
STARKVILLE -- Since taking over the program, Mississippi State University second-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman has preached living in the moment. For Stuedeman and the Bulldogs, the moment they were living in Sunday night was very good.
PEARL -- The Golden Triangle had three individuals win gold medals Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State Outdoor Track and Field meet. Starkville High School's Kate Mattox and Damian Grady each won two events, while New Hope High's Mercedes Mattix won the 400 meters.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi baseball coach Mike Bianco had a dilemma immediately after Friday night's rainout. His normal game two starting pitcher and his offense felt a lot better Saturday about his decision following a doubleheader sweep of No. 21 Mississippi State University.
STARKVILLE -- Leave it to Mike Slive to outdo himself as the leader of a premier Division I athletic conference. When he negotiated and signed the unprecedented 15-year, $2 billion-plus agreement to televise games with ESPN in 2008, it was believed the Southeastern Conference commissioner had secured his legacy. In 16 months, the SEC will have a television network that will take it into new territory as it tries not to be overtaken financially by another league.
STARKVILLE -- Tyson Lee was sitting in a meeting room at the NFL's St. Louis Rams evaluating a draft prospect when he couldn't prevent an ugly feeling from entering his mind.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Josh Boyd has lived in Mississippi all 23 years of his life. After having nearly two weeks to let it soak in that he'd be leaving the South, he was off to his next destination. Boyd's airplane was about to land Thursday when he looked out to the landscape in Green Bay and had a thought.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Johnthan Banks isn't making any bold predictions about the impact he'll have as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coming off a banner 2012 crappie fishing season, Roy Logan and Wade Hendren have gotten off to a slow start this season. Outside of a fourth-place finish at Reelfoot Lake (Tenn.), Logan and Hendren had only fished two other events this spring. Their luck changed Saturday.
Hunter Griffin and Dylan Huling had no idea what cheerleading could do for them. To understand what the sport could offer them, Griffin and Huling first had to understand the combination of balance, timing, coordination, and strength participants needed to do stunts and to be a part of routines.
1. Coaches work together to keep Bulldogs on right path COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Freshmen players still performing late in MSU season COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Oregon State eliminates UNC to set up game vs. MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Chism looks for breakthrough at Bullring LOCAL SPORTS