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Lowndes man guilty in cowbell assault at MSU football game

Posted 5/3/2011 in College Sports

A New Hope man will spend his weekends in the Oktibbeha County Jail for the next six months after pleading guilty to assault with a cowbell.



MSU might add Pollorena to starting rotation

Posted 5/3/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has resisted the urge to move sophomore reliever Luis Pollorena into the starting rotation. With the Bulldogs' window to clinch a spot in the Southeastern Conference tournament shrinking by the week, Pollorena "has a very good chance" of starting Friday or Saturday in a three-game series at the University of Tennessee, Cohen said Monday.



MSU baseball beats Alabama to avoid sweep

Posted 5/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Cody Freeman's go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning Sunday lifted the Mississippi State baseball team to an 8-5 win against the University of Alabama in a Southeastern Conference game at Dudy Noble Field.



Alabama sweeps MSU in doubleheader

Posted 4/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team couldn't hold on to a late lead as the University of Alabama rallied to a 5-4 Southeastern Conference baseball win in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday night at Dudy Noble Field. The Crimson Tide took both ends of the twinbill while clinching their first conference series in four weekends. Brett Whitaker hit a pinch-hit home run in the top half of the 10th inning to give Alabama a 5-4 victory in the opener.



Seattle grabs MSU's Wright in middle of graduation

Posted 4/30/2011 in College Sports

RENTON, Wash. -- K.J. Wright wanted to scream. The situation dictated he whisper. When Wright wasn't taken in the third round of the NFL draft Friday, the Mississippi State linebacker knew that Saturday could get a little odd and a little awkward. Wright knew he was going to get drafted. The problem came with the timing. Would Wright get the phone call he's always wanted to receive in the middle of his college graduation ceremonies?



MSU men's tennis awaits NCAA tournament bid

Posted 4/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Waiting to see how NCAA selection committees set national tournament brackets can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if your team is on the bubble. Mississippi State's 20th-ranked men's tennis team doesn't have to worry about making the tournament, but the Bulldogs hope the committee doesn't tax them for losing to the University of Florida in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.



Thigpen has been backbone for MSU baseball

Posted 4/29/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ask any pitcher on Mississippi State's roster who has had the greatest impact on their success this season, and they'll all point to catcher Wes Thigpen.



Alabama sets school record with four taken in first round

Posted 4/29/2011 in College Sports

NEW YORK - The University of Alabama had a school-record four players selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday evening. Junior Marcell Dareus was taken by the Buffalo Bills with the No. 3 overall pick, while junior wide receiver Julio Jones went to the Atlanta Falcons at No. 6. Senior offensive lineman James Carpenter went No. 25 to the Seattle Seahawks, and junior running back Mark Ingram was selected with the 28th pick of the first round by the New Orleans Saints.



Alabama football player injured in storms

Posted 4/29/2011 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- University of Alabama long snapper Carson Tinker was injured in the storms that bombarded Tuscaloosa and other parts of the state, forcing Auburn's national championship football team to reschedule a trip to the White House. The weather also led to cancellations of high school and college sporting events.


Sherrod selected by Green Bay Packers

Posted 4/29/2011 in College Sports

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.


Analysts feel Sherrod will go in first round

Posted 4/28/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's football program could reach significant milestones in this year's NFL draft. Four Bulldogs are projected to be drafted in the three-day event that starts at 7 tonight (ESPN), including All-America left tackle Derek Sherrod, who many analysts predict will be selected in the first round.



Five players, MSU's Nilsson receive SEC honors

Posted 4/28/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Five members of the Mississippi State men's tennis team received All-Southeastern Conference honors, and coach Per Nilsson was named SEC Coach of the Year on Wednesday. Malte Stropp also was named SEC Freshman of the Year.


Waiting game nearly over for Sherrod

Posted 4/27/2011 in College Sports

Money is usually on the mind of a professional football prospect who has a chance to be a first-round draft pick. The farther you slide down, the more money you could lose on your first contract. None of that fazes Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod.


Sherrod on verge of NFL dream

Posted 4/26/2011 in College Sports

About 21 years ago, Louis Sherrod looked at his son, Derek, and noticed something very different from other children. "He was an average-sized baby, but his chest was so big," Louis said. "It was like he had already been doing pushups or something."



MSU WR Smith injured in altercation

Posted 4/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior wide receiver Chris Smith suffered a broken jaw in a weekend altercation in Meridian and will have surgery today.



Cohen says MSU senior infielders battling through injuries

Posted 4/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The left side of Mississippi State's infield has been injured for most of the 2011 season. Still, third baseman Jarrod Parks and shortstop Jonathan Ogden have started all but one game.



No. 2 South Carolina beats MSU to clinch series

Posted 4/25/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team couldn't build on early momentum Sunday as the No. 2 University of South Carolina rallied for a 13-4 victory in the final game of a Southeastern Conference series at Dudy Noble Field.



Strong relief effort lifts MSU baseball past No. 2 South Carolina

Posted 4/23/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team has a budding duo of standout relief pitchers. Luis Pollorena and Caleb Reed proved their worth again Saturday night, combining for more than five quality innings in a 5-3 win against the No. 2 University of South Carolina.



MSU baseball will try for big break this weekend

Posted 4/22/2011 in College Sports

With defending national champion and No. 2 University of South Carolina kicking off a three-game series at 7:06 tonight at Dudy Noble Field, this weekend would be a good time for things to start going the Bulldogs' way.



Pollorena adds punch to bullpen

Posted 4/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Luis Pollorena has been overlooked since he first stepped foot on a baseball diamond.



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