STARKVILLE — Pitching was an emphasis for the Mississippi State baseball team heading into the offseason. With a new stable of young arms someone’s got to set an example. The Bulldogs will turn to sophomore Nick Routt to lead a relatively green group of pitchers this season after the Maryland native turned in a stellar true freshman year in 2009.
STARKVILLE — The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team found a way to close at the end. It should be expected from the No. 2 team in the country, but the Wildcats had to grind for it. The nip-tuck match saw Kentucky mow down a seven-point hole to force overtime, where it clinched the foul-ridden match — 45 in all — 81-75.
Campbell University women’s basketball coach Wanda Watkins is thankful for a telephone conversation she had with Brian Alexander. That conversation led Watkins to recruit and to sign shooting guard Courtney Cannon of Itawamba Community College in Fulton.
There’s a star in Oxford that must shine brighter for the University of Mississippi men’s basketball team to earn an NCAA tournament berth. The Ole Miss staff wants more from guard Terrico White.
STARKVILLE — Quickness versus strength has long been a matchup that favors the fleet of foot, so long as strength doesn’t wear down the lighter opponent. Mississippi State University men’s basketball team will be the lighter team at 8 tonight (ESPN) in its Southeastern Conference matchup against No. 2 Kentucky, but John Calipari’s big boys can move, too.
STARKVILLE — It’s a ritual that provided foreshadowing Dee Bost was only too happy to provide. Mired in a shooting slump the past six games, Bost has been taking extra shots in practice in an attempt to rediscover his stroke. After a hot-shooting first half Saturday in which he hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points, Bost couldn’t help hoist a few more from distance before the start of the second half.
One game isn’t going to make the Mississippi State women’s basketball team’s season. But another favorable result today like the one the Lady Bulldogs earned Thursday night should go a long way to helping them receive a valuable reward. Thanks to a 55-53 victory at South Carolina, MSU (16-9, 7-5 Southeastern Conference) jumped from a four-way tie for fifth place to third place in the SEC standings.
STARKVILLE — If you think the action on the court is fast, try keeping up with Eric Posman and Dave Burchett. Between waves of the left hand and snapping of the fingers, the producer-director tandem that worked the Jan. 30 LSU-Mississippi State men’s basketball at Humphrey Coliseum are equal parts conductor and traffic cop. The way they pulled it off with the help of associate director Jil Gossard-Cook and a host of talented crew members who took care of graphics, the clock and score, audio, replays, and everything else was a whirlwind to watch and a treat to enjoy.
STARKVILLE — Technology has changed the way fans get their sports. From e-mail, to digital images, to high definition television, to the Internet, it’s easier and faster to get any information you need. The onslaught of gadgets can be imposing for veteran broadcasters who came up without iPods or BlackBerrys, but as much as the devices Dave Baker uses to do his job have changed one thing remains the same: There’s a story to tell.
STARKVILLE — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ loss is the Mississippi State baseball team’s gain. Most draft eligible juniors who are selected in the 11th round or higher of the Major League Baseball amateur draft take the money and turn pro. That wasn’t the case for Connor Powers, who turned down a chance to work his way through the Dodgers minor league system and a shot at the big time to return to Year 2 of John Cohen’s building plan at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE — There’s no doubt Cara Capuano and Robin Muller love sports. Capuano grew up the daughter of a sports fan. Some of her earliest memories involve sports — watching pitcher Fernando Valenzuela with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 and attending the AFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 8, 1984, in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with her father when she was 10 years old.
STARKVILLE — With so much at stake Thursday night, the Mississippi State Bulldogs picked a good time to snap out of a funk. After losing four-straight games on the road, the Bulldogs got 18 points from guard Ravern Johnson and held the Ole Miss Rebels to 38 percent shooting from the field to post a 71-63 Southeastern Conference win at Humphrey Coliseum. Mississippi State (17-7, 5-4 SEC) moved into second place behind Arkansas in the SEC Western Division with the victory.
STARKVILLE — Just one week away from opening day, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen is anxious to see how his team takes shape. With a recruiting class ranked eighth-best in the nation by Baseball America, Cohen and his staff reeled in some of the best pitching prospects in hopes of shoring up the biggest weak spot of the Bulldogs’ 25-29 campaign in 2009. Cohen spoke at length about the new look of his team during a preseason press conference Thursday. Words like “exciting” and “potential” were used to describe the squad he’ll send out next Friday in the season-opener against Rhode Island.
STARKVILLE — Building on last year’s success, Al Schmidt and the Mississippi State track teams have seen immediate results on the recruiting trail. MSU’s men added another top-notch sprinter this week with the signing of Alabama prep sprinter James Harris. Harris won the open 400-meter event at the 2009 Junior Olympics and chose MSU over Texas A&M and LSU. MSU also added seven distance runners to the fold Wednesday, including Alabama Gatorade Cross Country Athlete of the Year Nathan Lewis, who won three state titles in his prep career.
STARKVILLE — Back home after playing four of its past five games on the road, the Mississippi State men’s basketball team faces desperate times. During that span MSU (16-7, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) has lost four games — all on the road — ahead of a tip at 8 tonight against the University of Mississippi (17-6, 5-4) at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE — Misty Flesher doesn’t like to sit still. She also doesn’t like to do nothing, so imagine her predicament when she encountered more pain in her shoulder at the start of the 2009 season and ultimately was forced to shut it down after only appearing in four games.
STARKVILLE — Now is the time for separation. Eleven years ago, the Mississippi State women’s basketball was 4-5 and right in the middle of the Southeastern Conference pack with five league games remaining.
A season ago, the Southeastern Conference had three teams make the men’s NCAA tournament. A stacked SEC East may change that this season. With Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt all ranked in the top 25 of the ESPN/USA Today and Associated Press polls, the East is in decent shape to send three, maybe more, to the tournament. The disparity between the East and West this season is glaring, as the East holds a 17-4 edge against West opponents this season. Plus, all of the SEC’s ranked teams are in the East.
STARKVILLE — Tysheka Grimes nearly returned to the lineup in style Sunday afternoon. After missing the past 10 games with a plantar fasciitis tear in her right foot, the senior guard/forward drained a 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining in the first overtime against the University of Florida. The trey gave the Lady Bulldogs a 69-68 lead, only to see Florida’s Lonnika Thompson answer with a 3-pointer of her own. MSU’s Alexis Rack made two free throws with seven seconds left to play to help send the game to a second overtime, where Florida eventually outlasted the Lady Bulldogs 82-80.
For much of the season, April Sykes’ shooting has been as cold as the frigid and snowy weather in Piscataway, N.J. The 6-foot sophomore guard/forward on the Rutgers University women’s basketball team is shooting just 29 percent entering a home game tonight against Seton Hall. Sykes, a 2008 graduate of East Oktibbeha High School in Crawford, has struggled of late, making 1 of 5 shots against South Florida on Saturday and missing all 10 of her attempts the previous game against Notre Dame.
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