STARKVILLE -- Every time the bullpen door opened at Dudy Noble Field this weekend, a new problem arose for the University of Portland baseball team.
STARKVILLE -- The second half again proved to be the undoing for the Mississippi State University women's basketball team. After a solid first half and an aggressive flurry to start the final 20 minutes, MSU hit only three field goals in a nine-minute stretch en route to a 63-41 loss to LSU before a crowd of 1,405 at Humphrey Coliseum. Danielle Ballard had a game-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals to help LSU (15-10, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) earn its first back-to-back league victories this season. It also marked the first time the Lady Tigers have won back-to-back games on the road.
If Vic Schaefer was curious to see how his Mississippi State University women's basketball team handled a little success, he must be itching to find out how his team is going to regroup from one of its most disappointing efforts of the season.
STARKVILLE -- For the first two games of the 2013 season, Mississippi State University baseball fans got to see a little bit of the new offense mixed with a lot of the old pitching and defense.
STARKVILLE -- Three words from Mississippi State University pitching coach Butch Thompson describe the reasoning behind the opening weekend rotation.
OXFORD -- A tale of two halves and a tale of two games.
STARKVILLE - Rick Ray has come to the conclusion that he can't motivate his Mississippi State men's basketball team anymore. They're going to have to do it themselves.
STARKVILLE -- Billy Gonzales took one look at his new Mississippi State University playbook and realized he was exactly where he needed to be.
STARKVILLE -- After a 78-36 loss to the University of Missouri on Wednesday night, freshman center Gavin Ware summed up the attitude of the Mississippi State University men's basketball team. "Our coaches told us we have seven more games this season whether we like it or not," Ware said with his head down at the podium. The 52-point loss was the largest margin of defeat for MSU (7-16, 2-9 Southeastern Conference) in the 38-season history of Humphrey Coliseum. The previous worst loss was a 41-point loss to Vanderbilt University on Feb. 27, 1993.
Everything starts with Katia May. As much as the junior said in the preseason she understood what it meant to be point guard in coach Vic Schaefer's system, May really had no idea what was required to "get up the line" and to pressure an opponent the length of the court. Playing defense for 94 feet is one thing, but doing it every possession?
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M University's Elston Turner knew something had to change after making just 7 of 27 shots in his past two games. So he stayed after each practice this week, remaining at the gym until he made at least 100, and sometimes as many as 150, extra shots a day.
Few people outside Tucson believe the University of Arizona's baseball team has a chance to repeat as national champion. Pacific-12 Conference coaches have pegged the Wildcats as middle of the pack in the conference, and their highest ranking in the national polls is No. 14. Coach Andy Lopez pays no attention to the prognosticators.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Three University of Alabama football players have been charged with knocking students unconscious and stealing their wallets, while a fourth player has been charged with using a stolen debit card, officials said Tuesday.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Even when the shots weren't falling, the University Alabama men's basketball team knew it could count on the defense. Then, finally, the Crimson Tide knocked down a couple of key baskets -- from beyond the 3-point arc, no less. Game over.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen has added another familiar face to his coaching staff. Multiple sources in the MSU football program confirmed Tuesday afternoon to The Dispatch that Billy Gonzales, a former offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois, had been hired at MSU as wide receivers coach. Gonzales, who will enter his 18th year as a Division I assistant coach, was in Starkville on Tuesday, and is expected to be introduced by the MSU administration this week, and possibly as early as today.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray knows the beginning and the end of the game plan for the University of Missouri. Point guard Phil Pressey, a preseason All-American and likely first-round pick in the NBA draft, is the focal point for the Tigers on offense. The junior from Dallas will showcase his ability to control everything without having to score at 7 tonight (WCBI) when Missouri takes on MSU at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore left-hander Jacob Lindgren will start for the Mississippi State University baseball team at 4 p.m. Friday against the University of Portland in its season opener at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball Rick Ray made it clear Monday he wasn't happy with his newest suspended player. Two days after announcing the indefinite suspension of guard Jalen Steele, Ray called the act of the junior starter "selfish" and a "distraction" to a program that has lost eight straight Southeastern Conference games for the first time since 2006.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team recorded another first Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a gritty defensive effort, MSU gave coach Vic Schaefer and his coaching staff their first Southeastern Conference road victory.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Moore can say he has traveled from one end of the country to the other to make his Major League Baseball debut.
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