STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State men’s basketball lost good players last season when Jamont Gordon, Charles Rhodes, and Ben Hansbrough left the program. Rhodes graduated, Gordon skipped his senior season to test the NBA market, and Hansbrough transferred to Notre Dame. The Bulldogs knew they would have a new look this season, and not much was known about returning players Phil Turner, Kodi Augustus, and Ravern Johnson.
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.
For years, Jeff Smith worked for the parks and recreation department and helped children discover and realize opportunities in sports. Now a county supervisor, Smith hopes to do similar things, starting this weekend. Smith has helped organize the Mississippi Madness basketball tournament, a 16-team event for men and women 18 years and older, which will tip off a 6 p.m. Friday at West Lowndes Middle School.
The destination is ... The Mississippi State women’s basketball team hasn’t faced much drama the past five years in March, This year is different. The only drama the Lady Bulldogs will face tonight is discovering where they will play their first-round opponent in the NCAA tournament. The Lady Bulldogs will gather at 6 tonight at the Templeton Athletic Academic Center to watch the NCAA women’s basketball tournament selection show on ESPN. At 22-9, MSU has its most victories since the 2002-03 season, the last time it advanced to the NCAA tournament.
Going into the Blue Devil Classic at Sulligent, Ala., the Lamar County High School baseball team hoped to build confidence for the rest of the season. The Bulldogs accomplished that goal by winning two of three games, beating county rivals South Lamar and Sulligent.
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.
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