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.
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.
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.
Kelley Carlton knows all about Magnolia Motor Speedway.
These are exciting times for the Columbus United Soccer Club.
While things will be busy in Starkville with Super Bulldog Weekend, there will be plenty to do this weekend in Columbus.
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.
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.
Chase Washington is cancer-free and ready to lift the lid on the 2014 season at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
"I have a good idea of what I'm in for."
Dirt-track racing season in the Golden Triangle will kick off with some familiar names from the highest level of stock car racing.
The timing turned out to be better this year.
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.
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.
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
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
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Leslie Frazier looked glum. His voice sounded softer than usual.
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.
1. Prescott will be guest coach at MSU spring game COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Talley, Trojans building tennis program at New Hope HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU women say goodbyes, look ahead COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Bulldogs working to keep Abram on the field this fall COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Columbus Christian's Webber heads to Mississippi College HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS