TAMPA, Fla. -- Second-round draft choice Johnthan Banks has agreed to a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, leaving the team with one unsigned rookie.
Score one for the "Perch Jerkers." Even though Rick Dendy and Carl Froshour don't consider that style of fishing "old school," they are right at home without spider rigging and fishing with multiple poles.
Paul Alpers had a lot of praise last year for the city of Columbus and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Alpers, who is the president of the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters AllAmerican Tournament Trail, was in Lowndes County last August to award a Crappie Masters National Championship to Charlie and Travis Bunting, of Jefferson City, Mo. Alpers was on hand to watch the Buntings land a two-day haul of 19 pounds that helped them win two Tracker Marine Nitro Z7 boats with 150 horsepower Mercury Motors. In all, 141 teams averaged catching crappie that weighed just less than a pound.
STARKVILLE -- Tyson Lee was sitting in a meeting room at the NFL's St. Louis Rams evaluating a draft prospect when he couldn't prevent an ugly feeling from entering his mind.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Josh Boyd has lived in Mississippi all 23 years of his life. After having nearly two weeks to let it soak in that he'd be leaving the South, he was off to his next destination. Boyd's airplane was about to land Thursday when he looked out to the landscape in Green Bay and had a thought.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Johnthan Banks isn't making any bold predictions about the impact he'll have as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coming off a banner 2012 crappie fishing season, Roy Logan and Wade Hendren have gotten off to a slow start this season. Outside of a fourth-place finish at Reelfoot Lake (Tenn.), Logan and Hendren had only fished two other events this spring. Their luck changed Saturday.
One duo will be reunited, while another won't be together this weekend when the Crappie USA Tournament Trail continues in North Mississippi. More than 30 entrants were expected at 6:30 a.m. today when fishing began on the Columbus, Aberdeen, and Aliceville Lakes. Despite a forecast of heavy rain showers, the two-day event is expected to go on as planned.
Glenn Lautzenhiser loves baseball. As an ambassador for First Book of Lowndes County, Lautzenhiser shares the benefits and importance of reading to children. Lautzenhiser combined two things he loves Thursday morning in a series of presentations about the Negro League to students at Fairview Elementary School in Columbus.
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A familiar name is on top of the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man's Garage Weekly Racing Series point standings after Week 2 competition. A second-place finish on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian has put three-time series champion Lucky Keeton, of Toomsuba, at the top of the standings with 98 points.
This unseasonably cold weather is killing Bobby Zaiontz's sinuses.
MINNEAPOLIS -- After leading the Minnesota Vikings to a surprising playoff berth last season, coach Leslie Frazier had a contract option picked up for 2014. The Vikings announced they exercised the fourth-year option on his Wednesday, helping Frazier avoid what would have been a lame-duck season in 2013 while also giving the team some flexibility going forward.
Gared Chapman wants to take things to another level.
Don't be surprised Thursday if Chris Stratton mentions how unbelievably fortunate he is to be playing a kid's game for a living. Stratton also may talk about how quickly that luxury can be taken away at a moment's notice and how he experienced that reality last year in his first minor league season.
Anthony Dixon has never gone to the San Francisco 49ers training facility with anything but a smile, so you can imagine his feelings about living his childhood dream and getting ready to play in Super Bowl XLVII.
No matter what happens for the rest of his professional football career, Pernell McPhee will be one of the chosen few who can say he played in the final game of a future Hall of Famer. For that reason, McPhee has dedicated Super Bowl XLVII to teammate Ray Lewis.
Tom Velek remembers the letter well. His oldest son, Avery, had decided to get involved in soccer after a few years away from the sport, so the decision was made to sign him up with the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority. That's when the waiting began.
Between John Longmire and Tom Velek, Melissa Dunaway really didn't have a choice. Truth be told, though, Dunaway didn't have problem being encouraged to help lead the TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) in Columbus. Even though she is new to organizing a program of this magnitude, Dunaway's two sons, Eric and Colin, were involved last season in the inaugural year Columbus United Soccer Club partnered with the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority and the Greater Columbus Civitan Club to bring the U.S. Youth Soccer program to the Golden Triangle.
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.
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.
1. Williams emerges as force for Starkville High's defense HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Calvert fuels West Point's ground assault HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Couch wants to make most of his chances at WR COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Starkville Academy will try to clinch district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Kentucky top pick in SEC again COLLEGE SPORTS