BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban spends much of his spare time in tornado-ravaged parts of Tuscaloosa. Former NBA star Charles Barkley had never seen anything like the destruction in the Birmingham suburbs of Pleasant Grove and Pratt City.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Leslie Frazier gazed out the office window at the perfectly manicured practice fields at Minnesota Vikings headquarters, fields just waiting for some action.
Being away from baseball hasn't diminished Stacy Hester's love for the sport. Now he hopes his latest opportunity will help him get a chance to return to the game he loves.
STARKVILLE -- Derek Sherrod had to wait until the final pick of the first round of the NFL Draft to hear is name called. Boy was it worth it.
The Junior Sunbelt Classic will honor one of its founding fathers in June when former New Hope High School baseball coach Stacy Hester is inducted to the National Sunbelt Classic Hall of Fame.
Change is a big part of being a professional athlete. The ones who best adapt to new situations and adjust their temperaments to fit new or bigger roles often can carve out long careers. Jarvis Gunter hopes he is on the path to realizing that goal.
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."
Columbus Speedway might be more than 750 miles from Josh Richards' home in Shinnston, W.Va., but the track always will hold a prominent place on his résumé. It was at the high-banked, one-third-mile oval known as The Bullring where Richards took a major step toward his superstar status as the two-time defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion.
After being postponed due to bad weather last week, the "Racin' For Life 200" United Speed Contest Sanction (USCS) Enduro Race for strictly stock cars will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus.
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."
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.
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CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Columbus' Johnny Stokes was one of many honored Saturday at the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Annual Awards Banquet.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced Friday the selection of Ken Eriksen and Karen Johns as the head coaches of the Women's National Team and Junior Women's National Team, respectively. Johns was an assistant coach at Mississippi State last season. Eriksen replaces MSU coach Jay Miller, who was named head coach of the USA Softball Women's National Team in February 2009.
The Columbus Speedway will play host to the "Racin' for Life 200" United Speed Contest Sanction (USCS) Enduro Race for strictly stock cars at 2 p.m. March 5. The 200-lap race will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life charity.
STARKVILLE -- Tarah Henderson and Jasmine Simmons are excited about the opportunity to celebrate the game of soccer and to introduce it to children who might no know a lot about it. The Mississippi State soccer players will serve as guest instructors in a Soccer Across America program that will hold four soccer clinics at Stokes-Beard Technology and Communication Magnet School. All four of the sessions will run from 1-2 p.m. at the school. They will be Tuesday, Thursday, Feb. 1 and Feb. 3.
Columbus native Frazier eventually found his way to NFL
Leslie Frazier is going to get an opportunity to put everything he learned as an interim head coach to use on a permanent basis.
The spirit of the holidays is alive and well with Jeffery Amos and his family thanks to Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith. Amos, a fifth-grader at Joe Cook Elementary School in Columbus who is being treated for bone cancer at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., received several gifts, including a Columbus High jersey and a basketball signed by current and former team members, in the days leading up to Christmas.
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2. Columbus basketball teams showcase Purple Madness HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Heritage Academy will be back at home for playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
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