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Ranked opponent awaits MSU baseball in SEC opener

Posted 3/18/2011 in College Sports

A year older, Mississippi State's baseball team enters conference play with more tools and experience than it did last season.



Freshman All-American Harris to provide extra dimension to MSU track

Posted 3/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- James Harris was already well known in track and field before he arrived at Mississippi State. But Harris' reputation didn't earn him special consideration from the judges at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.



MSU's Homan hopes Boasson's breakthrough carries over

Posted 3/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State golfer Axel Boasson ended the fall semester as a promising freshman the Bulldogs thought they would rely on in the spring. Consistency had been lacking from his game, though he'd flashed the ability to fire sub-par rounds in the fall.



EMCC eliminated at NJCAA tournament

Posted 3/18/2011 in College Sports

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Battling from behind the entire contest for the second straight game, the No. 12 East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team saw its season end Thursday in a 74-56 loss to Western Wyoming in consolation action of the NJCAA Division I Championship at the Sports Arena.



Heritage Academy wins Smith-Wills tournament

Posted 3/18/2011 in High School Sports

The Heritage Academy baseball team defeated River Oaks (La.) 14-4 and Copiah Academy 6-0 on Thursday to win the Smith-Wills tournament.



Cal closes curtain on Warren, Ole Miss

Posted 3/17/2011 in College Sports

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Jorge Gutierrez scored 25 points and made two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to help the Univerity of California, Berkeley men's basketball team hold off the University of Mississippi 77-74 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night. Allen Crabbe had 20 points and Harper Kamp added 11, including a key basket down the stretch, one day after receiving IV treatments due to the flu.



Rickman brothers ready to defend home turf

Posted 3/17/2011 in Local Sports

The nation's biggest dirt Late Model stars will be in Rick and Brian Rickman's hometown this weekend for the inaugural World of Outlaws Late Model Series 'Cash Cow 100' at Columbus Speedway. Are the Columbus born-and-bred racers ready to defend their turf? Sure sounds like it. "The best of the best will be there this weekend," said Brian, 34. "It's gonna be tough just to get in (the 100-lap A-Main), but we're gonna give it our best shot. We jump off in there with both feet. We're not scared."



Alabama women will try to build momentum in WNIT

Posted 3/17/2011 in College Sports

The 2010-11 season was a step forward in so many ways for the University of Alabama women's basketball team. The Crimson Tide (16-14) snapped a string of eight consecutive losing seasons and recorded their most overall and Southeastern Conference victories (five) in a campaign since 2001-02. That season is a great reference point because until this season it marked the last time Alabama had played after the SEC tournament. At 7:06 tonight, Alabama will change that when it takes on the University of Memphis (21-12) in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.



Ewings, Grant will represent state in All-Star game

Posted 3/17/2011 in High School Sports

Kelsei Ewings thought she would use her chance to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star girls basketball game as a final chance to attract the attention of college coaches. But the West Point High School standout's decision late last month to give a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of North Carolina A&T changed how she is approaching her opportunity to play with some of the state's top players.



EMCC men lose opener at NJCAA tournament

Posted 3/16/2011 in College Sports

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team played from behind throughout its opening-round contest of the NJCAA Division I Championship on the way to a 76-66 loss to Southeastern Community College (Iowa) on Tuesday at the Sports Arena.



Alabama men blow past Coastal Carolina

Posted 3/16/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team wasn't sure how the University of Alabama would react two days after being shut out of the NCAA tournament. Tony Mitchell, Charvez Davis and Trevor Releford all scored 12 points and the Crimson Tide brushed off that disappointment in a 68-44 victory against the Chanticleers on Tuesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.



Healthy Braddock making impact for Heritage Academy baseball

Posted 3/15/2011 in High School Sports

Austin Braddock is a technician when it comes to the game of baseball.



Sophomores help EMCC men get back to Kansas

Posted 3/15/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- The hype was tempting. Mark White heard people talk all season about how his East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team had the potential to get back to the NJCAA Championship for a second year in a row. But a season-ending injury to Joe McCoy, the team's second-leading scorer, in the first part of the season clouded that equation.



Heritage Academy baseball improves to 8-0

Posted 3/15/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The Heritage Academy baseball team had 29 hits Monday in victories against St. Joseph Catholic Pillow Academy.



Richards returns to scene of memorable victory

Posted 3/15/2011 in Local Sports

Columbus Speedway might be more than 750 miles from Josh Richards' home in Shinnston, W.Va., but the track always will hold a prominent place on his résumé. It was at the high-banked, one-third-mile oval known as The Bullring where Richards took a major step toward his superstar status as the two-time defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion.



Vanderbilt's Stallings apologizes to MSU's Stansbury

Posted 3/15/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vanderbilt University men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings apologized Monday for critical comments he made about Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury.



New Hope, Starkville baseball teams lose

Posted 3/14/2011 in High School Sports

GULFPORT -- The New Hope High School baseball team led 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday, but fell victim to two home runs, including a walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth, in a 9-8 loss to Gulfport.


Sidney posts on Facebook he will return to MSU

Posted 3/14/2011 in College Sports

The biggest news Sunday for the Mississippi State men's basketball team didn't involve a postseason tournament. Several hours before its chances of making the National Invitational Tournament ended, sophomore forward Renardo Sidney announced on his Facebook page he would return for his junior season at MSU.


Walk-ons will try to earn time on field for MSU

Posted 3/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Each year, hundreds of walk-ons join college football teams hoping to make their dreams come true. Some do it for the love of the game and relish the opportunity to be on a college team. Others shun the chance to be on scholarship or to have playing time at a lower level in an attempt to earn their way onto the field. Three Mississippi State walk-ons just want to wear the colors of their favorite college team and to play close to home.



MSU's bench leads way in first half; 'Dogs hoping for NIT berth

Posted 3/12/2011 in College Sports

ATLANTA -- The bizarre fortune that saw Mississippi State's front court depleted by foul trouble actually produced a bright spot in its 87-81 loss to Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs' bench, which had been under fire at times this season for not producing enough, came through with quality minutes in the first half when forwards Renardo Sidney and Kodi Augustus each drew fouls and sat the majority of the period. MSU's post depth was so depleted, Stansbury had no choice but to piece together a lineup to make it to halftime.



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