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McKinney isn't worrying about where he will be drafted

Posted 4/28/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Benardrick McKinney hasn't played in a football game in more than three months. That hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the most polarizing prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. McKinney, a three-year stalwart in the middle of Mississippi State's defense, ended his college career following a 49-34 loss to Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. With two days remaining until the draft kicks off, even the most embedded experts are having trouble predicting where the 6-foot-4, 246-pound linebacker is headed.

 

 

MSU women's golf going to NCAA regional in Raleigh

Posted 4/28/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ginger Brown-Lemm had done the math and had a few destinations in mind. Mississippi State's women's golf coach knew her team, ranked No. 12 in the country, would receive a favorable draw in the upcoming NCAA Championships, so when her team's destination was announced, Brown-Lemm let out a celebratory yell and pumped her fist.

 

 

Mitchell will get first start of season tonight vs. Ole Miss

Posted 4/28/2015 in College Sports

One of the Mississippi State baseball team's most experienced pitchers has drawn the assignment of tackling the school's biggest rival for the first time this season. Senior Ross Mitchell, who won his only appearance in the Governor's Cup series against Ole Miss with a 5-1 win in 2013, will starting at 6:30 tonight when MSU (23-21, 7-14 Southeastern Conference) takes on Ole Miss (23-22, 10-11) at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

 

 

MSU's Alwal signs contract with WNBA's Atlanta Dream

Posted 4/27/2015 in College Sports

Martha Alwal is discovering life as a prospective professional athlete can make you feel like you're in a whirlwind. In a five-day span in the past two weeks, the Mississippi State senior center went from anxious to disappointed to excited -- without hearing her name called in the WNBA draft.

 

 

Getting to the point: Newman buys into Howland's plan

Posted 4/27/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the better part of the past four years, five-star guard Malik Newman, the state of Mississippi's highest-ranked basketball prospect in more than a decade, has heard recruiting pitches from countless major college basketball programs. It took new Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland less than a month to make him a Bulldog.

 

 

Four MSU pitchers shut down No. 25 Arkansas

Posted 4/27/2015 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Mississippi State baseball team used a strong pitching performance by four players Sunday in a 2-1 victory against No. 25 Arkansas in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series at Baum Stadium. Austin Sexton (4-4) went the first six innings before giving way to Trevor Fitts, Daniel Brown, and Zac Houston to help MSU (23-21, 7-14 SEC) avoid the sweep.

 

 

Toler's home run lifts MSU

Posted 4/27/2015 in College Sports

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mackenzie Toler's two-run home run with one out in the ninth inning Sunday lifted the Mississippi State softball team to a 7-5 victory against Georgia Southern at Eagle Field. MSU swept the two-game series to improve to 34-16, while Georgia Southern slipped to 12-35.

 

 

Bulldogs land game changer in Newman

Posted 4/25/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - West Point High basketball coach Brad Cox believes he had a great team in 2014, one of the best in school history.

 

 

MSU's Smith anticipates draft call

Posted 4/25/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith rarely does anything without a smile.

 

 

Malik Newman commits to Mississippi State

Posted 4/24/2015 in College Sports

With one glance underneath a table at his commitment ceremony on Friday afternoon, five-star guard Malik Newman may have changed the fortunes of Mississippi State's basketball program.

 

 

MACJC softball playoffs will have local flavor

Posted 4/24/2015 in College Sports

The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges and Junior Colleges (MACJC) softball playoffs will have plenty of spice from the Golden Triangle to liven things up.

 

 

MSU baseball looks to snap slide on the road at Arkansas

Posted 4/23/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team has no choice now. If a seaon-saving turnaround is going to happen, it's going to have to happen on the road.

 

 

Heritage product a finalist for D2 baseball award

Posted 4/23/2015 in College Sports

Doubt doesn't come easily for Austin Braddock.

 

 

Several Bulldogs working out in anticipation of the NFL Draft

Posted 4/22/2015 in College Sports

For Jay Hughes, the days are different now. And they are the same.

 

 

Former New Hope standout Baudoin earns honors, heads to Central Arkansas

Posted 4/22/2015 in College Sports

Taylor Baudoin's dream wasn't to be an OK player.

 

 

Ole Miss baseball team routs Central Arkansas

Posted 4/22/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Scoring 14 runs in the first two innings, the Ole Miss baseball team defeated Central Arkansas 18-4 on Tuesday at Swayze Field. The 18 runs were a season high for the Rebels (21-20), who kicked off a five-game homestand with a win against the Bears (19-15).

 

 

MSU baseball team focused on reversing course

Posted 4/22/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Trevor Fitts and John Holland haven't given up on this Mississippi State baseball team. With the regular season winding to a close and MSU reeling from being swept by then-No. 8 Florida, Fitts and Holland were asked Saturday about MSU's postseason possibilities. "I know we are running out of games," Fitts said. "But I really feel like we're right there. I really like this team. I know we are not showing it at all times, but I think we've got a good team. If we put ourselves in such a hole that we will have to win the SEC tournament just to get a bid, then that's what we will have to do. I think we can do it."

 

 

Howland adds Ludwig to MSU staff

Posted 4/22/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jason Ludwig has joined Ben Howland's men's basketball staff at Mississippi State as director of operations. Ludwig spent the past two seasons in the same capacity at Arizona State. Ludwig and Howland know each other well, as Ludwig spent 10 years at UCLA in various roles, including the director of scouting and player development positions he held from 2009-13.

 

 

Howland offers impression after first month

Posted 4/21/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After two years away from the game, new Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland found himself in an interesting spot last weekend. Donning maroon and white for the first time, Howland won his first game at MSU on a touchdown pass.

 

 

MSU's Zuppardo arrested after traffic stop

Posted 4/21/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After sitting out his first season with the Mississippi State's men's basketball program due to injury, forward Johnny Zuppardo's off-court struggles continued last weekend.

 

 

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