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Freshmen Cooper, Yeldon have played key roles for Tide

Posted 1/5/2013 in College Sports

MIAMI -- T.J. Yeldon opened his University of Alabama football career by rolling through Michigan's defense for 111 yards, and fellow freshman Amari Cooper took note. Performing in the face of huge crowds and big, fast college defenders wasn't so hard after all, he figured. It's still football.



Releford, Alabama beat Oakland

Posted 1/5/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford scored 18 points to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 65-45 victory against Oakland University on Saturday in its final non-conference game of the regular season.



Berry leads CHS boys past Tupelo

Posted 1/5/2013 in High School Sports

Standing at 6-foot-7, it isn't hard to find Columbus High School senior Devin Berry on the basketball court. Tupelo knew where Berry was when the teams met Friday night in Class 6A, Region 2 action. However, the Golden Wave couldn't prevent Berry from having his way. Another double-double by Berry (15 points, 12 rebounds) and a 13-0 run midway through the third quarter lifted the Falcons to a 42-37 victory.



CHS girls hold on to beat Tupelo

Posted 1/5/2013 in High School Sports

With one of the state's premier players in the lineup, the Columbus High School girls basketball team has to get others players involved. After All-State guard Kiki Patterson scored 23 points in the first half Friday night, Tupelo made a defensive adjustment. The Lady Falcons then had to count on others to complete a 50-49 Class 6A, Region 2 victory.



Starkville High looks to expand Outlaw tournament

Posted 1/5/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School Athletic Director Stan Miller already sees a problem with the third annual Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump Tournament, set for December. However, the event's organizer is happy to have it.



Ole Miss men beat Fordham, look to SEC play

Posted 1/5/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team looked ready to begin Southeastern Conference play Friday night, routing Fordham University 95-68 in the final non-conference game for both teams.



MSU women's basketball opens conference play

Posted 1/4/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team is eager to see just how much more it has to give.


MSU men rout New Orleans

Posted 1/4/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball fans may see head coach Rick Ray out in public more often this week. Ray no longer is embarrassed to be recognized as the leader of the Bulldogs program. A 51-point victory in the team's final non-conference game will do that for a coach.

Bradley steps down as New Hope High football coach

Posted 1/4/2013 in High School Sports

Michael Bradley isn't sure of everything that will happen in the future. But Bradley knows he won't take his next step as football coach at New Hope High School. The veteran coach announced this week he will step down after seven seasons as the football coach. Bradley informed his coaches of the news Wednesday and told his players Thursday.

Noxubee County's Bradley commits to Southern Miss

Posted 1/4/2013 in High School Sports

MACON -- Dylan Bradley feels he can bring a winning mentality to the University of Southern Mississippi football program. The Dispatch's Large School Defensive Player of the Year, who led the Noxubee County High School football team to a undefeated season and a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state championship, gave a verbal commitment to the Golden Eagles on New Year's Day.


Local radio stations move from ESPN to CBS Sports Radio

Posted 1/4/2013 in Local Sports

Don't let your radio fool you, the voices you're hearing on your local sports radio station have changed. Even though some commuters might be fooled by the familiar digital call letters ESPN that show up on their radio or dashboard, three local radio stations in Columbus and in Starkville have switched to CBS Sports Radio. In Columbus, 103.1 FM The Team is now North Mississippi's CBS Sports Radio station. On the AM dial, WJWS 1400 in Columbus and WSSO 1230 AM in Starkville also have made the change.



Vanderbilt women roll past MSU in SEC opener

Posted 1/4/2013 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team found the going tough Thursday night in its Southeastern Conference opener. MSU struggled from the start in a 92-41 loss to Vanderbilt University at Memorial Gymnasium. The loss was the worst ever in a SEC opener for MSU. The previous worst loss was a 77-35 loss to No. 1 Auburn University on Jan. 11, 1989.



Starkville Academy's Barber earns Player of Year honors

Posted 1/2/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mary Austin Barber is used to controlling a game.



Bulldogs entertain Privateers

Posted 1/2/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After the final seconds ticked off in Mississippi State's stunning loss to Alabama A&M Sunday afternoon, freshman Gavin Ware summed up his squad's situation rather quickly.



Quarterback position topic of discussion entering MSU off-season

Posted 1/2/2013 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A decision by the Mississippi State University is looming less than two months from now when spring practice begins: Who will be taking snaps from behind center in 2013?



NU Year's Interrupted: Northwestern beats MSU to end bowl drought

Posted 1/2/2013 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Draped in blue Gatorade following his first bowl victory as a Northwestern University football player or coach, Pat Fitzgerald found the answers Tuesday to move his program forward. Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen left EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., with the feeling his team was stuck in neutral.



Russell has New Year's Day to forget

Posted 1/2/2013 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After the way his quarterback started the 2013 Gator Bowl, the only thing Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen knew to do was hit the reset button. After junior quarterback Tyler Russell threw his third interception in the first half, Mullen told him to go into the locker room and re-do his pregame routine, including the way he put his uniform on.



Collins calls MSU's defensive plays vs. Northwestern

Posted 1/2/2013 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State University football program wanted to make sure everybody knew who was calling the defensive signals before the Gator Bowl. For the first time as a MSU assistant coach, co-defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was given the defensive play calling duties in place of two-year co-defensive coordinator Chris Wilson.



Plenty of local sports drama for fans in 2012

Posted 1/2/2013 in Local Sports

While area fans flocked in December to prep basketball holiday tournaments, there was still an occasional question or reference back to "the game." Already a month old, the Thanksgiving weekend Starkville High School-West Point High football game for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State championship is standing the test of time as a classic.



ALL AREA FOOTBALL: Trio of coaches lead elite teams

Posted 12/29/2012 in High School Sports

The path in which all three local head coaches which led their teams to state championships this season couldn't have been three more different pictures to envision.



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