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Alabama edges Colorado to reach NIT title game

Posted 3/30/2011 in College Sports

NEW YORK -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team is making sure Anthony Grant stays focused on his team rather than watching his former team's incredible NCAA tournament run. After all, the Crimson Tide will play for a championship.

 

 

MSU baseball sweeps Auburn

Posted 3/28/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's pitching staff threw its fourth shutout of the season Sunday in a 5-0 victory against No. 21 Auburn in the final game of a Southeastern Conference series Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. Nick Routt and Daryl Norris combined on a four-hit shutout. It was MSU's first shutout of a league opponent since Ricky Bowen threw a two-hit, 4-0 shutout against the University of Mississippi on March 16, 2008.

 

 

MSU football looking to find rhythm

Posted 3/26/2011 in College Sports

Inconsistency is common through spring practice, and the Mississippi State football team's first spring scrimmage was no different.

 

 

MSU baseball routs Auburn

Posted 3/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The rout was on after one inning. The Mississippi State baseball team scored eight runs in the first inning and five in the second to earn a 15-8 victory against Auburn University on Saturday at Dudy Noble Field.

 

 

MSU track and field shines in SEC-Big Ten Challenge

Posted 3/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's first home track meet in four years Saturday ended with the Southeastern Conference falling to the Big Ten on the men's and women's sides. The results didn't take away from the excitement of MSU runners and field athletes, especially the ones who earned victories at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge at the renovated Carl Maddox Track Facility.

 

 

MSU, Memphis move season opener to Sept. 1

Posted 3/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will jump at the opportunity to get more exposure. That was the thinking behind MSU's decision to accept the University of Memphis' offer to move their season-opening game in Memphis from Sept. 3 to Sept. 1 (Thursday).

 

 

MSU baseball team hopes to build this weekend on Vanderbilt win

Posted 3/25/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's win Sunday at Vanderbilt University has given the squad a ton of confidence. After being shut out in the first two games of the series, MSU used a five-run eighth inning to rally for a 9-8 win against No. 1 Vanderbilt. A loss in that game, especially another in which they struggled at the plate, could have been damaging, third baseman Jarrod Parks said.

 

 

MSU football team returns to field

Posted 3/25/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After two weeks away from the practice field, the Mississippi State football players were bound to be rusty. MSU started spring practice March 3 and had four sessions before taking two weeks off for spring break. The Bulldogs returned to the field Thursday for a two-hour session in front of fans and dozens of high school coaches who were attending MSU's coaches' clinic.

 

 

Bell Foundation will honor wishes of former MSU football player

Posted 3/25/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Before Nick Bell died last fall, he told his mother he wanted to be a mentor to kids. The former Mississippi State defensive end, who lost a brief battle with cancer Nov. 2, didn't have a father figure growing up, leaving his mother, Linda, to rely on his coaches to help mold the respectful, personable young man she and many others remember.

 

 

MSU's Tate set to face Ole Miss' Oliver

Posted 3/24/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tavaris Tate says he doesn't study opponents. No matter what track meet he competes in, each track is different, everyone is fast, and someone in the race won't have their 'A' game. To Tate, there are too many variables to study every move of national rivals like Southern California's Joey Hughes and the University of Alabama's Kirani James.

 

 

MSU eager to compete on its new track

Posted 3/24/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When members of the Mississippi State track and field team first stepped on the renovated surface at the Carl Maddox facility, they didn't want to stop running. It had been four years since MSU held its last on-campus track meet, but that will change Saturday when MSU will play host to the Southeastern Conference-Big Ten Challenge.

 

 

Alabama men beat Miami, earn trip to N.Y.

Posted 3/24/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Freshman guard Trevor Releford scored 22 points Wednesday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 79-64 victory against the University of Miami in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament before a crowd of 8,612 at Coleman Coliseum.

 

 

Roquez Johnson commits to MSU's 2011 class

Posted 3/23/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With a pair of extra scholarships heading into next season, Mississippi State basketball coach Rick Stansbury has added a fourth member to his 2011 class in Alabama native Roquez Johnson.

 

 

MSU too good to pass up for Maye

Posted 3/23/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There was too much that stood out to go anyplace else. That's how former Clemson University linebacker Brandon Maye felt Monday when he decided to transfer to Mississippi State for his fifth and final season of college football.

 

 

Rebels try to impress at Pro Day

Posted 3/23/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi's Jerrell Powe hopes his perseverance leads to NFL success. The 320-pounder's college career started with a three-year NCAA eligibility saga and ended with two seasons of dominance in the Southeastern Conference. Powe and 14 other former Ole Miss players went through the school's pro day Tuesday, working out for scouts from 24 NFL teams.

 

 

Another win pushes Alabama men to N.Y.

Posted 3/23/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team will play host to the University of Miami at 8 tonight (ESPN2) in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament at Coleman Coliseum.

 

 

Alabama women want to extend run

Posted 3/22/2011 in College Sports

There's plenty of Madness that goes on outside the NCAA tournament. The trick to enjoying it is not getting caught up in the fact you're not playing in the "Big Dance" and that you still have a chance to win a championship. Tierney Jenkins isn't about to let her first -- and last -- chance to play following the Southeastern Conference tournament end. The senior forward will lead the University of Alabama women's basketball team against the Toledo Rockets in the Sweet 16 of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at 7 tonight at the John F. Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio.

 

 

Alabama football opens spring with voids to fill

Posted 3/22/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team opened spring practice trying to replace three stars who left early for the NFL and quarterback Greg McElroy while also dealing with off-the-field issues involving two safeties. The Crimson Tide held its first practice Monday, a day after the arrest of All-American and team captain Mark Barron on a misdemeanor charge of hindering prosecution.

 

 

Alabama men beat New Mexico

Posted 3/22/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford's speedy drives, Tony Mitchell's high-flying dunks, and an effective dose of full-court pressure kept the University of Alabama men's basketball team alive in the National Invitation Tournament. Mitchell scored 23 points and Releford matched his career-high with 20 to lead the Crimson Tide to a 74-67 win against the University of New Mexico on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.

 

 

Starkville High boys will look to distance group

Posted 3/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's boys track team will lean heavily on its distance group this season after a solid performance last weekend at the Paul W. Bryant Stampede Invitational. The Yellow Jackets' second-place finish at their first meet of the season was powered by distance standouts Kamau Bostic and Joseph MacGown, who finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run.

 

 

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