STARKVILLE — Tysheka Grimes doesn’t care which word you use. Energy, focus, and intensity are all the same to her, and as far as she is concerned, the No. 11 seed Mississippi State women’s basketball team will need a healthy dose of all three at 11 a.m. Saturday when it takes on No. 6 seed Texas in the West Regional at Columbus, Ohio. Mississippi State (22-9) started practice Tuesday for Texas (21-11) and its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2002-03.
There will be several connections at 6:30 tonight when the Mississippi State baseball team plays host to Alabama-Birmingham at Dudy-Noble Field. The most notable will be Ron Polk’s homecoming. Polk, who coached at Mississippi State for 29 seasons, will return to Dudy Noble Field as a UAB volunteer coach.
Going into the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships, Randall Flimmons had high expectations for himself. Flimmons accomplished his goal by winning the gold medal in the long jump at the championships Feb. 28 in Boston. Flimmons, a 2003 graduate of New Hope High School and a 2007 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, won the gold with a jump of 25 feet, 7 3/4 inches.
STARKVILLE — Jamie Pinkerton won 19 games (four in the Southeastern Conference) in 2005 in his first season as University of Arkansas softball coach. Whitney Cloer hit .145 as a freshman in 2006. In 2007, the Lady Razorbacks began construction on a multi-million, state-of-the-art softball stadium. Those stops along the way detail how Arkansas has gone from a perennial SEC cellar dweller to an NCAA tournament team.
University of Alabama men’s basketball junior guard Anthony Brock has shown he can perform in the clutch despite missing practice time. Brock might have been late joining the team for a trip to Knoxville, Tenn., and Sunday’s game against Tennessee, but he still helped the Crimson Tide beat the Volunteers 70-67.
STARKVILLE — Change is in the air at Mississippi State, and soon it will be on the backs of the Bulldogs. With the contract with Russell Athletics expiring, MSU plans to turn to adidas as the school’s clothing outfitter.
STARKVILLE — There was nothing like a little bit of rest Wednesday night to rejuvenate Mississippi State junior baseball players Connor Powers and Russ Sneed. Powers and Sneed combined to go 3-for-3 after coming into the second game of a doubleheader against Valparaiso to help MSU rally for a 5-4 victory at Dudy Noble Field.
Mississippi State sophomore guard Ravern Johnson had one of his best games of the season Jan. 24 when he scored 21 points in a 67-61 victory against Georgia. Johnson found a hole in Georgia’s zone defense and was 8 of 15 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range.
Which team will win this year’s Southeastern Conference tournament? The answer is anyone’s guess. Most SEC basketball coaches agree any team can win the tournament, which begins Thursday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team is making plans for a postseason beyond the Southeastern Conference tournament for the ninth time in 11 seasons under coach Rick Stansbury. The Bulldogs remain uncertain about their postseason destination.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State junior center Jarvis Varnado has earned double billing. For the second consecutive year, Varnado was named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-9 center also earned a spot on the All-SEC first team.
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