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January 19th, 2012

William Jennings

January 19, 2012

Mr. William “Bully” Jennings, 79, died Jan. 6, 2012, at Starkville Minor Nursing Home.

Charlie Outlaw Sr.

January 19, 2012

Mr. Charlie Outlaw Sr., 78, died Jan. 13, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Jackson.

Brooks Signs with EMCC

January 19, 2012

Thursday morning Starkville High School senior, Nick Brooks, selected his athletic home for the next two seasons as he signed his letter of intent to play for the Lions of East Mississippi Community College.

“Man this is a dream come true for me,” said Brooks. “I’ve always wanted to play college baseball. It is just something that I want to pursue later in my life. I have an opportunity to go to a school like EMCC, baseball and academically it is just a good fit.”

Brooks is a do-it-all type player who will truly help the Lions at the plate, on the bases, in the outfield, and potentially on the mound.

January 18th

Bulldogs don't overcome slow start in loss to Rebs

January 19, 2012

The Mississippi State Bulldogs traveled to the Tad Smith Coliseum on Wednesday night carrying a 15–3 record and a No. 18 ranking.

However, they left with a 75-68 loss at the hands of scrappy Ole Miss ballclub who received a career night from Reginald Buckner. 

The Rebels (12-6, 2-2) jumped out to an early lead in the contest leading by as many as nine in the first half. The Bulldogs (15-4, 2-2) simply couldn’t get over the hump at that point. 

“They started out well early in the game and we fought from behind all night long, never got over the hump,” said MSU head coach Rick Stansbury. 

State would battle back and take a one-point lead at 18-17. From that point, the two teams traded baskets over the next couple of possessions before the Rebels took the lead for good. 

“I thought (Buckner) was tremendous tonight,” said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. “(Holloway) got those two early fouls and Reggie was out there on his own tonight.  He really had to keep us a float early. This was by far Reggie’s best game of the season when we needed it the most.”

Buckner managed a career night with 19 points despite missing seven shots from the free-throw line. He also had a game-high 15 rebounds for the Rebels. 

“Buckner was probably the difference in the game,” said Stansbury. “Buckner, they got more from him than I’m sure they anticipated.”

SEC's road lets MSU down again with loss

January 19, 2012

Twice the Mississippi State Bulldogs have gone on the road in Southeastern Conference play and twice they’ve come away with disappointing losses.  

First it was the loss in the lidlifter at Arkansas 98-88 and Wednesday night, the Bulldogs fell to their rivals to the north 75–68. 

“It has come down to toughness,” said State’s freshman forward Rodney Hood, who scored 13 for the Bulldogs. “We haven’t been playing our type of basketball on the road.”

Down the stretch Mississippi State had opportunities but couldn’t get the stops it needed to close the game.

Lady Bulldogs hope they are up to task in Oxford

January 18, 2012

The Mississippi State Bulldogs don't expect it to be easy tonight when they take on rival Ole Miss in Oxford.

MSU's chances at a victory are improved if it does the job in certain areas.

"Any team can be beaten any night when you do those little things," State senior point guard Diamber Johnson said. "That plays a major part."

The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Rebels take the Tad Smith Coliseum floor at 7 p.m., one night after the men clashed in Southeastern Conference action.

Dampier enjoyed time with Heat

January 18, 2012

It takes more than one, two or three All-Star players to have success.

Former Mississippi State center Erick Dampier got to experience that first-hand in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Miami Heat last season.

Even though Miami had LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (a.k.a. The Big Three), Dampier said there was more to the team than just them.

"People always talk about the big three on that team, but they can't go out and win all of those games by themselves," Dampier said. "It takes 12 people and that's what people fail to realize. You have to talk about the team in order to win games. Those guys bought into the team concept and without the other 12 people on that team, we couldn't win."

In only one season of being together, Dampier gained tremendous respect for James because of the way he went about his business.

Dampier calls James "the best player in the league," but said there's a reason he has reached that status.

Morning Wreck

January 18, 2012

Top: County emergency responders tend to an injured driver Wednesday morning after a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 12. Right: An Isuzu jeep damaged in the wreck sits off of Highway 12.

Relay for Life kicks off 2012 campaign

January 18, 2012

By ANGIE CARNATHAN
sdnlife@bellsouth.net

Region’s top leaders meet in Columbus

January 18, 2012

By STEVEN NALLEY
citybeat@bellsouth.net

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