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Bradford does it all at QB for Bulldogs

Posted 10/27/2009 in High School Sports

VERNON, Ala. — Don’t let Michael Bradford fool you. He might not be the biggest or fastest player. He probably also isn’t the best passing quarterback. But Bradford enjoys proving people wrong.



EMCC optimistic about start of basketball seasons

Posted 10/27/2009 in College Sports

Mark White and Sharon Thompson have plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The East Mississippi Community College men’s and women’s basketball coaches will share that optimism at 6 p.m. Wednesday when they play host to “EMCC Madness” at the Keyes T. Currie Coliseum in Scooba. Admission is free.



Richard plans to do more than watch this season

Posted 10/27/2009 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Marneshia Richard did everything she could last year to help the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. She cheered, she encouraged, she offered advice, and she provided leadership. Richard did all that as she watched ... and watched ... and watched.



MSU's Mullen criticizes replay official

Posted 10/26/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen enjoyed watching freshman defensive back Johnthan Banks return two interceptions for touchdowns against the University of Florida Saturday night. But Mullen didn’t like seeing Florida’s Dustin Doe return an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Mississippi State’s 29-19 loss at Scott Field. Mullen said Doe’s touchdown should have never been allowed to stand.



Ole Miss' Kennedy has nice problem at guard position

Posted 10/26/2009 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — University of Mississippi men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy has a nice problem. He has to find places for guards Terrico White, Chris Warren, Eniel Polynice, and Trevor Gaskins to play this season. Kennedy didn’t have that dilemma last year when Warren, Polynice, and Gaskins all went down with knee injuries and White was the only point guard left.



Alabama men's basketball team turns up the tempo

Posted 10/26/2009 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The tempo is about to be turned up a notch on the basketball court in Tuscaloosa, Ala. With Anthony Grant as the new men’s basketball coach at the University of Alabama, the team will play a different style from past years. Grant developed a reputation for an up-tempo style of play in three seasons as coach at Virginia Commonwealth. He plans to use the same approach at Alabama, but he knows there will be a transition.



MSU nearly picks off Florida

Posted 10/25/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State freshman safety Johnthan Banks wasn’t going to be intimidated Saturday night by the University of Florida. Even though the Bulldogs lost a 29-19 decision to the No. 2 Gators, Banks showed he belonged on the field. The former East Webster High School standout intercepted senior quarterback Tim Tebow twice and returned both for touchdowns. He returned the first one 100 yards with 27 seconds remaining in the second quarter to pull MSU (3-5, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) within 13-10 at halftime.



Fans show support of MSU

Posted 10/24/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen asked for it and he got it Saturday night. Mullen wanted fans to fill Davis Wade Stadium and make it a tough environment when No. 2 University of Florida came to town. The largest crowd in MSU history of 57,178 looked on as the Bulldogs lost to the Gators 29-19.



Columbus blanks Horn Lake

Posted 10/24/2009 in High School Sports

Apprehension and shock were the common denominators that linked coaches Bubba Davis and John Cooley before and after the Columbus High School football team’s 28-0 win against Horn Lake here Friday evening.



New Hope beats Clarksdale to clinch playoff spot

Posted 10/24/2009 in High School Sports

CLARKSDALE –– The New Hope High School football team registered its second consecutive shutout Friday to clinch a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North Half State playoff berth.



Washington School hands Heritage another loss

Posted 10/24/2009 in High School Sports

The Heritage Academy football team’s bid for an upset against No. 9 Washington School ended quickly after the Generals used an 18-point second quarter to earn a 26-7 victory.



Olive Branch keeps Starkville playoff bid on hold

Posted 10/24/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — The Starkville High School football team needed a victory Friday night to clinch a berth in the Class 6A North Half playoffs. But Olive Branch turned four Starkville High turnovers into 13 points that proved to be the difference in a 23-13 win in their Class 6A, Region 1, District 2 game.



Noxubee County shuts out Louisville

Posted 10/24/2009 in High School Sports

MACON — The Noxubee County High School football team’s defense might not have eye-popping size, but the results it is producing are larger than life.



Kosciusko keeps Caledonia winless

Posted 10/24/2009 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA — One play can affect an entire game. If you execute, one play can keep a drive alive and lead to a momentum-building effort. If you fail to execute, that one play can lead to a spiraling confluence of events that can sap any team’s spirit.



Varnado poised to set NCAA record for blocks

Posted 10/24/2009 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury preaches defending and rebounding to his team. But he has yet to run a shot-blocking drill in practice. Stansbury discovered early Jarvis Varnado didn’t need it. He already had that skill.



SEC excited for another basketball season

Posted 10/24/2009 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Two things excite Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive about the upcoming basketball season.



MSU's Dixon faces challenge against Florida

Posted 10/23/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE –– Anthony Dixon doesn’t shy away from a challenge. That’s just what Mississippi State’s new all-time leading rusher will get against the University of Florida. Something will have to give at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) when one of the nation’s top defenses takes on one of the country’s top rushing attacks. Dixon expects a “grind it out game,” and that’s the type he likes.



EMCC extends North Division winning streak

Posted 10/23/2009 in College Sports

SCOOBA — The No. 7 East Mississippi Community College football team extended its MACJC North Division winning streak to 15 on Thursday by beating Mississippi Delta 28-10 at Sullivan-Windham Field. With its top-rated offense not clicking on all cylinders in the regular-season finale, EMCC (8-1) got a huge special teams boost from freshman wide receiver British Footman, who had 215 return yards on two kickoff returns and a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown. Entering the contest ranked first nationally with an average of 513.9 yards of total offense per game, EMCC failed to score in the first quarter for the first time this season.



New Hope continues playoff pursuit

Posted 10/23/2009 in High School Sports

The “practice” jerseys survived. More importantly, the New Hope High School football team escaped Saltillo last week with a 6-0 victory. The win in conditions New Hope High coach Michael Bradley likened to the “worst pigpen” he had ever seen helped the Trojans continue their march toward a No. 2 seed in Class 5A, Region 1 and the opportunity to play a first-round North State playoff game at home. New Hope (6-1, 3-1 region) will try to take another step closer to securing its postseason fate at 7 tonight when it travels to Clarksdale (3-5, 2-2).



Starkville bids to make up for missed opportunity

Posted 10/23/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Starkville High School football coach Bill Lee believed his team missed a great opportunity this past Friday. Lee said all the Yellow Jackets had to do was beat Southaven to make the Class 6A state playoffs. That didn’t happen as Starkville lost 27-16. A victory would have made things a lot easier on the Yellow Jackets, but now the playoff picture in Class 6A, Region 1 is clouded.



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