The Mississippi State softball team had made significant strides in Vann Stuedeman's first two seasons as head coach. The Bulldogs had made back-to-back NCAA regional appearances with a scattering of signature wins along the way. MSU then took its biggest stride to date April 13 when it defeated then-No. 2 Alabama 4-3 in a 10-inning Southeastern Conference thriller at the MSU Softball Field.
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Chris Chain didn't even consider checking the qualifying times for the Speedo Winter Junior National Championships. Ladd Chain was just like his father. Instead of looking at the short-course (yards) standards for the winter meet, Ladd first examined the long-course (meters) times and saw he had just missed qualifying for the meet.
Six years after hitting his last home run for the Mississippi State baseball team, Jeff Flagg is still hitting tape-measure blasts. On Tuesday night, Flagg's ability to hit the ball long won him $250,000 and the title of world champion.
George Irby always knew Elbert Drungo Jr. could make an impact without saying a word.
From the time Scott Bloomquist first took to the track at Magnolia Motor Speedway for the annual running of the Magnolia State Cotton Pickin' 100 many of his competitors noted he would be the driver to beat for the $20,000 top prize. Bloomquist proved them right Saturday night by leading all 100 laps in dominating fashion to claim the coveted win.
Making the show at the Cotton Pickin' 100 hasn't been a problem for Super Late Model driver Rick Rickman. Finishing the grueling 100-lap feature has proven to be the biggest challenge for the New Hope native.
WEST POINT -- It may not have been the best double bogey World Golf Hall of Famer Pat Bradley ever made, but it likely was her most satisfying.
WEST POINT -- By their reckoning, Beth Daniel and Nancy Scranton aced the test Saturday at Old Waverly on the opening day of the 2014 ISPS Handa Cup.
WEST POINT -- It's an exciting time for George Bryan. Immersed in the build-up to the LPGA Legends Tour's ISPS Handa Cup this weekend at Old Waverly Golf Club, Bryan has a chance to squirrel away in his shed next to the club's pro shop while golf carts dart in and out and players shuffle around the greens.
Early in the 2014 racing season, Street Stock driver Craig Barham was mired in bad luck. Winning a race or contending for a tracks points title at Columbus Speedway didn't seem within reach.
When the U.S. Women's Open came to the lush greens of Old Waverly Golf Club in 1999, it left a good impression.
For many athletes, it takes months or even years to break records. For Mississippi State's Payton Harris, it only took 11 matches. Saturday night at the final contest of the 2014 Maroon Classic, Harris led the Bulldogs to a five-set victory with 59 digs, breaking a Southeastern Conference record for digs in a match and completing a final-day sweep for MSU.
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Kyle Shaw has won five NeSmith Late Model races this year, though his first big-money race win in the division still eludes him.
There's a chance a Super Late Model driver can make $6,000 in two days this weekend. But like any major cash grab, whether it's the level of competition or the challenges of a particular track, completing the task will be more difficult than a typical race weekend.
Hunter Sykes has wanted to play baseball in college since he was 8 years old.
Trip Hairston has turned his envy into action. On Saturday, the Columbus resident will be one of more than 100 competitors expected to participate in the third-annual Possum Town Triathlon.
1. MSU's Stricklin says cost of attendance right way to go COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Columbus Christian boys beat rival Hebron Christian HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. New Hope boys, West Point girls earn wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Georgia's Frazier knocks out MSU COLLEGE SPORTS