TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The inning started with a scare Thursday. Mississippi State's Hunter Stovall had just beat out a throw to first base to open the third inning. But the freshman second baseman stumbled as he touched the bag and immediately went to the ground, clutching his leg. Stovall had to leave the game, but the play sparked a five-run outburst that powered No. 3 MSU to a 12-5 win against Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Field.
We won't know who won Round 1 of the 2016 NFL draft for a season or two. But we already know the biggest loser. That would be Ole Miss and coach Hugh Freeze, who began Thursday ready to celebrate three players being selected in that first round, then ended it by practically inviting NCAA investigators already snooping around campus to open a satellite office there.
ITTA BENA -- A combined no-hitter from freshman Regan Green and sophomore Holly Ward marked the 18th in program history and catapulted the Mississippi State softball team past Mississippi Valley State 6-0 Thursday afternoon. Green and Ward combined for the first no-hitter since Alexis Silkwood on March 25, 2015, against Southern Mississippi and the second combined no-hitter in MSU history.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Three years ago the Arizona Cardinals took a chance on Tyrann Mathieu and came away with one of the great steals of any draft. They think the same thing may have happened when they chose Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche with the 29th pick overall on Thursday night.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings had an obvious need at wide receiver. They filled it, literally, in a big way.
Laremy Tunsil tumbled down the NFL draft board Thursday night after a bizarre video of him was posted on his Twitter account minutes before the start of the proceedings, potentially costing the offensive lineman millions of dollars. The approximately 30-second video, which showed him smoking from a mask equipped with a bong, was posted to his verified Twitter account before quickly being deleted. The entire account was deactivated about 30 minutes later but the video was another indicator of Tunsil's off-the-field problems.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen knows how good the Mississippi State baseball team has been on the road. Cohen has seen No. 3 MSU earn series wins at Vanderbilt, Florida, and LSU (all ranked in the top five at the time), but his confidence received a boost after he received compliments from former MSU pitching coach and current Auburn coach Butch Thompson and former pitching coach and current Kentucky coach Gary Henderson.
STARKVILLE -- Devin Brown pitched a complete-game four-hitter to lead the South Alabama softball team to a 2-1 victory against Mississippi State on Tuesday night at Nusz Park.
PEARL -- Jacob Billingsley couldn't find the strike zone two weeks ago. Pitching against Memphis on April 13, the Mississippi State right-hander threw four pitches to right-handed hitting Damo DeMatteo that landed in the left-handed batting box. But Billingsley didn't dwell on it. Instead, he gained confidence from outings against Louisiana-Monroe and LSU.
STARKVILLE -- Brent Rooker didn't know what to think. The Mississippi State baseball redshirt sophomore stepped on a teammate's foot and sprained his right ankle two weeks before the season started. Coach John Cohen called it a "freak accident," but it swelled up and Rooker went to the emergency room. Rooker was relieved to hear he suffered only ligament damage. Rehabilitation helped Rooker get ready for opening day, but his ankle flared up again and caused him to miss a few games.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State softball team lost to No. 1 Florida 3-1 Sunday in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series. A multiple-hit game from freshman Sarai Niu and a pitching gem from junior Alexis Silkwood wasn't enough to lift MSU (24-23, 3-15 SEC) past Florida (45-3, 15-3).
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jake Mangum had three hits to lead six players with multiple hits Sunday, but the No. 7 Mississippi State baseball team lost to No. 5 LSU 11-8 on Sunday in Game 3 of the three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series at Alex Box Stadium.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Junior right-hander Austin Sexton stood tallest in a dynamic Southeastern Conference pitcher's duel Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- Dakota Hudson and Austin Sexton aren't worried.
STARKVILLE -- Disgusted and downtrodden, the Mississippi State women's tennis team needed a boost.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The No. 15 Ole Miss baseball team used three home runs and a strong pitching performance from freshman starting pitcher James McArthur in a 7-0 victory against Memphis on Tuesday evening at AutoZone Park.
STARKVILLE -- Although Cody Brown doesn't spend much time in Biloxi anymore, he knows how important baseball is to the city. Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Biloxi has a lot to offer between water sports and casinos. Like many towns in Mississippi, high school football also is an important tradition, but baseball was pushed to the forefront last summer when the Biloxi Shuckers, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, played their first season in Brown's hometown. It was a welcome sight for Brown and Biloxi.
STARKVILLE -- Good pitching and near-perfect defense is a good formula to win close games. The Mississippi State softball team used a complete-game shutout from Alexis Silkwood to take a 4-0 victory against Southern Mississippi on Tuesday night at Nusz Park.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the third-straight year, the Alabama football team's quarterback competition will carry into preseason camp. Returnees Cooper Bateman, Blake Barnett, and David Cornwell and freshman mid-year enrollee Jalen Hurts don't appear to have much separation in the battle to start. All struggled to get the ball into the end zone Saturday in the team's spring-ending A-Day scrimmage for the defending national champions. But they did play against what typically is one of the nation's top defenses.
STARKVILLE -- The question of who will be the Mississippi State football team's next quarterback remains unanswered. With Dak Prescott graduating and getting ready for the NFL draft, four players had a chance in spring practice to make an impression on coach Dan Mullen and an opportunity to win the job. But after a month of practice and the team's Maroon and White Spring game on Saturday, Mullen didn't name a starter or give any inclination there is a leader.
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