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EMCC'S Jones plans to raise her game

Posted 1/6/2011 in College Sports

Kierra Jones knows what she can do on the basketball floor.



Johnson, MSU women try to find right balance

Posted 1/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Diamber Johnson knew what she was going to face this season. While it was wonderful to be a part of a backcourt that included All-Southeastern Conference performers Alexis Rack and Armelie Lumanu and be a part of a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season, somewhere in the back of Johnson's mind she realized she would move on to center stage in the 2010-11 season. Johnson is spending a lot of time in the spotlight, too.



Beckham to transfer from MSU

Posted 1/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Injuries and a lack of playing time marred Twany Beckham's career with the Mississippi State men's basketball team. The lack of playing time was the reason Beckham cited Wednesday in announcing his decision to transfer from MSU.



EMCC's Henderson commits to Northwestern State

Posted 1/6/2011 in College Sports

It's natural for players want to reach the highest level of their sport. But Brad Henderson recognizes a good offer when he sees one -- even if, at first, he doesn't know exactly where it will take him.



Ole Miss, Southern Miss men earn big victories

Posted 1/6/2011 in College Sports

DALLAS -- Chris Warren scored 19 points, including eight during a 23-4 second-half run, and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team defeated SMU 75-57 Wednesday night.



MSU/Starkville blog: (Updated) Diaz to take over DC job at Texas

Posted 1/5/2011 in College Sports

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has accepted the same position with the Texas Longhorns. Diaz, who spent one season in Starkville, will replace Will Muschamp, who recently accepted the head coach job at Florida. Diaz, along with wife Stephanie, toured the Texas campus Tuesday and met with UT officials after receiving a call about the job Monday night.



MSU/Starkville blog: Stansbury refuses comment on Bailey-Sidney situation; Beckham transfers

Posted 1/5/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In the wake of a disastrous 14-day road swing, Mississippi State's men's basketball team is looking to start anew. The Bulldogs, who open Southeastern Conference play Saturday against Alabama, lost four of five games during stops in the Bahamas, Hawaii and Las Vegas.



Patriots rally to blow past Starkville Academy boys

Posted 1/5/2011 in High School Sports

Cole Walker didn't have a special assignment to start the second half.



Heritage girls get team effort

Posted 1/5/2011 in High School Sports

The Heritage Academy girls basketball team showed Tuesday night it is much more than a one-player team.



MSU's Diaz visits Austin for Texas Longhorns job

Posted 1/5/2011 in College Sports

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is on the Austin, Texas, campus right now meeting with Mack Brown about the open position at Texas, an Internet Longhorns site reported today.


'A great day' for Columbus' Frazier, new Vikings head coach

Posted 1/4/2011 in Local Sports

Leslie Frazier is going to get an opportunity to put everything he learned as an interim head coach to use on a permanent basis.


East Oktibbeha's Doss delivers dominating display

Posted 1/4/2011 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- Randy Brooks hopes a career-high is only the start of bigger and better things for Quanisha Doss. In what he called the first "dominant" efforts of the season, Doss scored a career-best 41 points in a 69-46 victory against McAdams in the East Oktibbeha County High School Tournament on Dec. 30.



Holiday spirit of giving extends from Columbus to Memphis

Posted 1/4/2011 in Local Sports

The spirit of the holidays is alive and well with Jeffery Amos and his family thanks to Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith. Amos, a fifth-grader at Joe Cook Elementary School in Columbus who is being treated for bone cancer at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., received several gifts, including a Columbus High jersey and a basketball signed by current and former team members, in the days leading up to Christmas.



Alabama rockets past Toledo

Posted 1/4/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell and senior guard Charvez Davis each scored a game-high 21 points Monday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to an 83-41 victory against Toledo at Coleman Coliseum.



It's official: Columbus' Frazier is new Vikings head coach

Posted 1/3/2011 in Local Sports



Sidney fulfills suspension; Bailey to transfer

Posted 1/3/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday the suspensions levied to junior forward Elgin Bailey and sophomore forward Renardo Sidney for their altercation in Hawaii on Dec. 23 have been lifted, effective immediately.


Report: Columbus' Frazier first choice for Minnesota Vikings job

Posted 1/3/2011 in Local Sports

Columbus native Leslie Frazier, who has served as interim coach of the Minnesota Vikings the past six games, is the team's first choice to take over as head coach, a Minnesota newspaper reported.


Gator Bowl week thrills Bulldogs

Posted 1/3/2011 in College Sports

It's hard to imagine Mississippi State's football team having its Gator Bowl week go any better. The Bulldogs' 52-14 win over Michigan set a Gator Bowl record for most points scored and sent the Wolverines home with their worst bowl loss in program history.



Kevin Forrester: Predicted warmer days could bring more fish to livewell

Posted 1/3/2011 in Local Columns

Well, Santa Claus has come and gone and in came the new year.



MSU clamps down on Michigan's Robinson

Posted 1/1/2011 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson entered the Progressive Gator Bowl as Dan Mullen's admitted single-most challenging matchup this season.



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