STARKVILLE -- Normally, teams with records of .500 or better don't feel as far behind as the Starkville High baseball team. Such is life for a team that has had five games rained out in a week and is about to play three unfamiliar teams in a week-long road trip in another state.
EL PASO, Texas -- Gary Flowers scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Wednesday to lead the fifth-seeded Southern Mississippi men's basketball team to a 63-47 victory against 12th-seeded Tulane in the first round of the Conference USA tournament.
Renardo Sidney's media blackout ended Tuesday, as the Mississippi State sophomore forward addressed a lengthy list of topics about his checkered college career.
Mississippi State junior linebacker Michael Hunt left the team this week, coach Dan Mullen said Tuesday. Hunt had 21 tackles as a backup last season, and entered this spring as a favorite to challenge for one of three vacant linebacker spots.
STARKVILLE -- With a bye in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, the Mississippi State men's basketball team has a more favorable path to Sunday's title game. But the Bulldogs won't know who they'll face in the quarterfinals until Thursday. MSU will open play Friday in Atlanta against the winner of the LSU and Vanderbilt game. Both teams defeated MSU in Starkville this season.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's JaMychal Green and the University of Mississippi's Chris Warren were named Tuesday first-team All-Southeastern Conference, while Mississippi State's Riley Benock was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. MSU's Dee Bost and Alabama's Tony Mitchell also were named second-team All-SEC, Ole Miss' Reginald Buckner was chosen to the All-Defensive team, and Alabama's Trevor Releford was selected to the All-Freshman squad.
Columbus Speedway has a well-deserved reputation in the dirt Late Model community for producing some of the division's most fan-pleasing and driver-challenging racing. Also known as "The Bullring," competition at the facility can be likened to a rolling backyard brawl on a ribbon of Mississippi clay. Fans will get a chance to see action like that March 18-19 at the inaugural World of Outlaws Late Model Series "Cash Cow 100."
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team's players and coaches have expressed their comfort with playing the jam-packed slate at the Southeastern Conference. But how do their chances this season stack up against the past two seasons, when the Bulldogs made it to the title game? MSU coach Rick Stansbury thinks this year's team has as good a chance as the past two when it plays its first game Friday against the winner of the first-round game Thursday between Vanderbilt University and LSU.
REFORM, Ala. -- The letter "i" isn't a singular entity to Deion Curry. Even though Deion's father used the letter to make sure his son's name would be the same as NFL football legend Deion Sanders, Curry didn't allow individual trappings to distract him. His focus -- winning a second state title -- was absolute, and it didn't waver. Curry proved it on the biggest stage and lived up to his nickname.
Tyler Blevins allowed just one hit in three innings Monday to lead the Columbus High School baseball team to a 15-5 victory against Noxubee County.
JACKSON -- To make its first NCAA tournament since 2002, Mississippi must win four games in four days in the Southeastern Conference Tournament that begins Thursday in Atlanta. A daunting task -- one Rebels coach Andy Kennedy hasn't really even considered.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mitch Moreland took a fast track from the minors to his major league debut and then the World Series after the Texas Rangers acquired Cliff Lee in the middle of last season. The ace left-handed pitcher is gone, but the rookie first baseman who was the Rangers' best hitter in their first World Series is still starting. Though this spring things have finally slowed down and Moreland is finally getting a chance to really adjust after his whirlwind on-the-job training.
JACKSON -- Former Southern Miss star Clarence Weatherspoon knows a good big man when he sees one. So in his mind, Gary Flowers deserves all the accolades that come his way. Flowers, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, won the Cellular South Howell Trophy on Monday afternoon, given to the state of Mississippi's top men's college basketball player. Delta State's Veronica Walker won the Cellular South Gillom Trophy, given to state's top women's player.
JACKSON -- The recipients of the Howell and Gillom trophies for the best men's and women's college basketball players in the state of Mississippi will be announced today at a luncheon beginning at 11:15 a.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
STARKVILLE -- Ravern Johnson has been in the zone since returning from a two-game suspension. On Senior Day Saturday, the Mississippi State guard scored 21 points, dished out two assists, and had two steals in a 60-58 win against South Carolina. The performance was the third straight game in which he has scored 20 points or more points, and the sixth in which he has scored 15 or more. Johnson's effort helped the Bulldogs (17-13, 9-7 Southeastern Conference) win their third straight game, and fourth in their past five.
STARKVILLE -- On the heels of Mississippi State's punting game posting its best statistical season of the decade, sophomore punter Baker Swedenburg knows he needs to perform well. The Heritage Academy graduate sat behind Heath Hutchins in each of the past two seasons and watched him drop 24 punts inside the 20-yard line and finish 29th nationally in net punting last season. The Bulldogs allowed just 5.5 yards per punt return last season, which ranked third in the league. MSU's punting game and a ball-control offense often put its defense in favorable positions with long fields to defend.
REFORM, Ala. -- Russ Wallace delivered a much shorter message Friday in his return to Pickens County High School. The boys basketball coach admitted he was tired after spending a week in Birmingham, Ala., working with his team to win a second state title in a row. But that didn't mean Wallace was going to shy away from a challenge. In fact, he embraced the idea of his Tornadoes winning a third state championship in as many years.
The work has only started. That's the approach Sharon Fanning-Otis took a day after her Mississippi State women's basketball saw its season end Friday in a 69-55 loss to Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
OXFORD -- In a season characterized by inconsistency, the University of Mississippi men's basketball team appears to have gotten hot again at the right time. Chris Warren scored 24 points and handed out nine assists as the Rebels connected on 14 3-point shots to defeat the University of Arkansas 84-74 Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.