TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team opened spring practice trying to replace three stars who left early for the NFL and quarterback Greg McElroy while also dealing with off-the-field issues involving two safeties. The Crimson Tide held its first practice Monday, a day after the arrest of All-American and team captain Mark Barron on a misdemeanor charge of hindering prosecution.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford's speedy drives, Tony Mitchell's high-flying dunks, and an effective dose of full-court pressure kept the University of Alabama men's basketball team alive in the National Invitation Tournament. Mitchell scored 23 points and Releford matched his career-high with 20 to lead the Crimson Tide to a 74-67 win against the University of New Mexico on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's boys track team will lean heavily on its distance group this season after a solid performance last weekend at the Paul W. Bryant Stampede Invitational. The Yellow Jackets' second-place finish at their first meet of the season was powered by distance standouts Kamau Bostic and Joseph MacGown, who finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run.
Austin Braddock and M.J. Hamrick had home runs, and Parker Dunaway threw four strong innings Saturday to lead the Heritage Academy baseball team to a 15-2 victory against Oak Hill Academy in Columbus. The game was stopped after four innings due to the 12-run rule.
STARKVILLE -- Courtney Nesbit hit a two-run double, and three pitchers allowed one hit in the Mississippi State softball team's 2-0 win against the University of Arkansas on Saturday at the MSU Softball Field. The Bulldogs (14-14, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) clinched the three-game series and shut out the Razorbacks (9-19, 0-7) for the second straight day. MSU won 3-0 Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Artem Ilyushin hasn't always been the most level-headed, even-keeled player. His temperament hindered his ability to respond to adversity the right way, which held back his game and ultimately kept the Mississippi State men's tennis team from reaching its full potential. Lately, Ilyushin's ability to channel his emotions and his improved service game have been major assets in MSU's current run.
A year older, Mississippi State's baseball team enters conference play with more tools and experience than it did last season.
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.
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.
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.
The Heritage Academy baseball team defeated River Oaks (La.) 14-4 and Copiah Academy 6-0 on Thursday to win the Smith-Wills tournament.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Austin Braddock is a technician when it comes to the game of baseball.
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.
JACKSON -- The Heritage Academy baseball team had 29 hits Monday in victories against St. Joseph Catholic Pillow Academy.
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