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Some of world's best will return to Old Waverly

Posted 5/14/2014 in Local Sports

WEST POINT -- Chris Jester admits the Handa Cup initially was "foreign" to him. Jester, the PGA Director of Golf for Old Waverly Golf Club, knew all too well about the success of the 54th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship in 1999 at Old Waverly, but he wasn't well versed about the history of the Handa Cup.



Baggett will try to continue racing success

Posted 5/9/2014 in Local Sports

Before the 2014 dirt track season began, Neil Baggett had to choose between two motors: larger, heavier, and stronger, or smaller, lighter, and better for handling.



Rickman starts racing season on strong note

Posted 4/30/2014 in Local Sports

Drivers and their crews usually face an adjustment period when breaking in a new chassis, but veteran super late model driver and Golden Triangle native Rick Rickman won his second race of this season with a new chassis and has four top-3 finishes thus far.



NDRL Series returns to Magnolia Motor Speedway this weekend

Posted 4/17/2014 in Local Sports

Kelley Carlton knows all about Magnolia Motor Speedway.



Columbus United Soccer Club experiences growth

Posted 4/12/2014 in Local Sports

These are exciting times for the Columbus United Soccer Club.



Columbus set for busy weekend

Posted 4/11/2014 in Local Sports

While things will be busy in Starkville with Super Bulldog Weekend, there will be plenty to do this weekend in Columbus.



Fishing tournament will benefit Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Posted 4/4/2014 in Local Sports

Mark Clark would love to have the opportunity to go fishing Saturday. After all, with a chance to earn as much as $1,250 for one fish, who wouldn't want to try their luck on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway? But as tournament director of the Hooks for Halos Children's Miracle Network Open Big Bass Tournament for the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Clark will be too busy weighing in all of the fish Saturday to get a chance to test his fishing skills.



Local driver Shaw hopes changes pay off in results

Posted 3/8/2014 in Local Sports

MILLPORT, Ala. -- Jeremy Shaw didn't have the type of results he anticipated in 2013. The Millport native switched the chassis on his 1S crate late model car from a Trak-Star chassis to a GRT chassis last season, and though he had five wins, he didn't match his form of 2012, when he won 10 races. Success in dirt-track racing, though, can come down to the most minor of adjustments.



Washington eager to return to racing

Posted 2/27/2014 in Local Sports

Chase Washington is cancer-free and ready to lift the lid on the 2014 season at Magnolia Motor Speedway.



NASCAR driver Wallace to make debut at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 2/22/2014 in Local Sports

"I have a good idea of what I'm in for."



Dirt-track racing season set to begin

Posted 2/21/2014 in Local Sports

Dirt-track racing season in the Golden Triangle will kick off with some familiar names from the highest level of stock car racing.



Movie inspiration Boone to speak Thursday in Columbus

Posted 2/8/2014 in Local Sports

The timing turned out to be better this year.



Atkins excited about Columbus Pilgrimage Half Marathon / 5K

Posted 1/31/2014 in Local Sports

Brad Atkins has said before he would much rather prefer competing in road races or triathlons than help organize and run them. But Atkins is willing to invest the time to help put together an event if it brings people to the area and creates competitive opportunities for runners and others to develop healthy habits.



Miss. House, Senate pass bill on youth concussions

Posted 1/28/2014 in Local Sports

JACKSON -- Ben Williams knows about the hard knocks of football and the pressure athletes put on themselves to compete, even with injuries. For those reasons, he's supporting a proposed Mississippi law that would require public and private schools to evaluate student athletes for concussion after they're shaken up during practice or competition. A player with a concussion would be banned from play until fully recovered.



Bucs hire Frazier to be defensive coordinator

Posted 1/7/2014 in Local Sports

TAMPA, Fla. -- Lovie Smith spent the past year watching lots of football, analyzing himself, and preparing for his next job in the NFL.



The Dispatch's top 10 local games of 2013

Posted 12/30/2013 in Local Sports

The Dispatch's top 10 local games of 2013



EMCC football team's title run top local story of 2013

Posted 12/28/2013 in Local Sports

East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback Dontreal Pruitt believes a football team's pursuit for perfection is never complete.



Top 10 Local Sports Stories for 2013

Posted 12/28/2013 in Local Sports

Top 10 Local Sports Stories for 2013



Vikings' Frazier focused on winning regular-season finale

Posted 12/24/2013 in Local Sports

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Leslie Frazier looked glum. His voice sounded softer than usual.



Report: Frazier won't be back as Vikings coach

Posted 12/23/2013 in Local Sports

CINCINNATI -- ESPN's Adam Schefter cited multiple sources Sunday night in reporting that Columbus' Leslie Frazier won't be the coach of the Minnesota Vikings after this season. On Sunday, Frazier and Minnesota slipped to 4-10-1 with a 42-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes to help Cincinnati (10-5) clinch a postseason berth. For the Vikings, they suffered a blowout loss that guaranteed Frazier will have more seasons with double-digit losses (two) than double-digit wins (one) as Vikings' coach.



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