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City tax collection on another record pace
would only need to reach $340,080.25 in December to eclipse 2011’s total revenue of $5,451,174.03. The restaurant tax for 2012 is also on pace to break 2011’s record total of $1,487,353.34. Through November, Shafer $1,391,660.31 in restaurant tax revenue has been generated, meaning only $95,693.04 would be needed in December to continue a 13-year trend of yearby-year growth in restaurant tax collection since 2000. Monthly averages for 2012’s sales tax and restaurant tax are $464,644.89 and $126,514.57, respectively. The sales tax average is $10,380.39 higher than 2011’s $454,264.50, while the monthly average for restaurant tax collections is $126,514.57 is $2,568.46 above 2011’s $123,946.11. greater Starkville DevelWiseman opment partnership Chamber president Austin Shafer said he’s encouraged by November 2012’s numbers and the year’s collection totals as a whole. “From what I can see when talking to retailers in the community, a lot of people have really bought into shopping locally,” Shafer said. “We have so many wonderful stores that people aren’t
Monday, January 21, 2013
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Starkville’s sales tax and 2-percent restaurant tax figures for 2012 are on pace to eclipse 2011’s totals, according to the city’s latest revenue report. Last November, sales tax revenues were $478,587.16, a 1.09 percent increase over November 2011’s $473,450.02 total. Restaurant tax collections for November, $132,857.74, were up $1,681.34 from October’s total of $131,176.40 but down 1.86 percent from November 2011’s $135,378.34 collection. Through November 2012, a total of $5,111,093.79 in sales tax revenue has been collected, not including the restaurant tax. The city
having to go other places to find what they need. All the small retailers tell us we’ve had great local numbers. We’re happy and those are positive numbers all the way around.” Mayor parker Wiseman said the last two months of the year bring the highest numbers due to Christmas shopping season, which makes November 2012’s numbers look even more encouraging. “We’ll certainly hope to see a strong December number and finish out what has been a very good sales tax year well,” Wiseman said.” This year Starkville appears to be having an exceptional year in comparison with other area cities and that’s a great sign for the performance of our local economy.”
Story to succeed Collins at MSU Health Services
By STEVEN NALLEY Ask Clifton Story about his new job, and he’ll say it mostly consists of running a machine his predecessors built. bob Collins has been executive director of Mississippi State university health Services since 1988. his direct predecessor was John C. Longest, namesake of the Longest Student health Center where Story is a staff physician. Longest spent 40 years at MSu, Story said, but Collins has left a legacy of his own. “he did a great job navigating (MSuhS) into the computer age, and he has really given us state-ofthe-art medical technology,” Story said. “If nobody came in (as Collins’ successor), you could almost say the health center is running so efficiently, it would keep running on its own. Of course, you need leadership ... but right now, he’s got a well-oiled, fine-tuned machine.” MSu selected Story to succeed Collins when he retires in May as MSuhS executive director. bill broyles, assistant vice president for student affairs, said the spring 2013 semester will serve as a transition period for MSuhS, as Collins helps Story acclimate to his new position. “Dr. Story will work closely with Dr. Collins through the spring semester to ensure that we
Katrina Hutchingson, left, and Derek Johnson help with clean up efforts Saturday at Brush Arbor Cemetery in Starkville. The beautification project of the city’s historic African American cemetery was one of many volunteer opportunities leading up to Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. (Photo by Matt Crane, SDN)
Obama’s inauguration is a day for MLK Jr., too
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WAShINgTON — Today’s inaugural may be president barack Obama’s big day, but Martin Luther King Jr. will loom large over the festivities. A quirk in the calendar pushed Obama’s public swearing-in onto the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader, and inaugural planners have taken pains to acknowledge that fact. going into his second term, Obama seems to have put King at the front of his mind, too. The president has referenced King in speeches, and a weekend of inaugural festivities opened Saturday with a National Day of Service in King’s honor. Obama and his family helped spruce up an elementary school in southeast Washington. The Obamas also have performed community service work on the King holiday in each of the past four years. Obama spoke at the 2011 dedication of a memorial to King on the National Mall and is likely to include King in his inaugural address on Monday. The president has said King is one of two people he admires “more than anybody in American history.” president Abraham Lincoln is the other. In a nod to that admiration, Obama will take his ceremonial oath of office
have a smooth transition in the leadership of this vitally important service to our campus,” broyles said. Story Story said he will spend this transition learning about Collins’ various duties, including his interactions with various committees, his approval of research and his work with MSu athletic teams. A key component of Collins’ legacy Story said he wants to continue and enhance is health education, particularly programs that target smoking cessation, obesity, mental health and prevention of health conditions. “One of the biggest health problems in Mississippi is obesity,” Story said. “If we’re going to make any dent in that, we have to focus on prevention.” Story himself has lost 60 pounds since 2010, and he said he was motivated to take drastic action in January 2011 after back surgery exacerbated a long period of weight gain for him. he said he made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape for a triathlon that summer, which he was able to finish. by 2012, he said, he had done five triathlons throughout the year.
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Starkville theatres recognized at MTA
By MATT CRANE During closing ceremonies at the 2013 Mississippi Theatre Association Festival in Columbus Sunday, both Starkville Community Theatre and Starkville high School were recognized with awards for their competition productions. Krista Vowell, a cast member in SCT’s production of “Dinner with Friends,” said the opportunity and accessibility of theatre in Starkville provides a great service to the city and its residents looking for a creative outlet. “We are so fortunate in Starkville to have both high school and community theatre level actors, technicians and directors that are absolutely top notch,” she said. “The people who come and see our productions at SCT and ShS are all the better for and it really builds a community.” “Dinner with Friends” re-
People take a picture of a group with the Martin Luther King float prepared for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade Sunday in Washington. Thousands are planning to march in the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama on Monday. (Photo Alex Brandon, AP) Monday using bibles owned by both men. Lincoln’s bible, which Obama also used in 2009, will rest on top of King’s, which is larger. “The movements they represent are the only reason that it’s possible for me to be inaugurated,” Obama said in a video released by inaugural planners. Obama is perhaps the most highprofile result of King’s quest for civil rights and racial equality in the u.S. he credits King for his own political victories, particularly the 2008 election win that lifted him over the highest hurdle for minorities in American politics. Even with that, there are distinctions in their styles. While King was a
ceived awards for best costuming and runner-up best show. Acting awards were given to Jonette Wilburn, all-star cast, and Vowell, best actress. SCT member Lyle Tate went home with the best performance by an audience member award, and paul Ruff was awarded third place in the adult playwriting competition. Vowell said she is proud of the show SCT brought to this year’s competition weekend. “I love doing the work that I do, and to have my peers recognize the work that I’ve done feels amazing and it is truly humbling,” she said. “SCT put up a fantastic show and we work very hard. We are very proud of what we did and we appreciate all the support from the community.” MTA Executive Director Stephen Cunetto he was pleased with this year’s festival. “We were pleased with the
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Around Town
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email
u Martin Luther King Jr. service — The Council of Community Organizations will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service work day Monday, Jan. 21. from 9 a.m. to noon at OCh Regional Medical Center. To volunteer, call 662-312-2484 or 662-3233977. u Rotary meeting — The Starkville Rotary Club will not meet Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. u Department closing — The Sanitation, Rubbish, Landscape and Landfill departments will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. pickup schedule will continue Tuesdsay, Jan. 22. u MLK march and rally — The Oktibbeha County branch of the NAACp will host a march and rally Monday, Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m. The march will begin on Douglas Conner Drive, crossing MLK Jr. Drive and concluding at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse Annex. guest speaker will be pastor george buell of Aldersgate u.M. Church in Starkville. u Maben MLK march — Sponsored by The Controllers generation II and the Recreation Intervention program the MLK Insights from the past parade will begin Monday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. and go from the Maben public Library to West Oktibbeha County Elementary School. For more information, call Rose graham at 662-2427962. u Civitan meeting — The Starkville Civitan Club will not meet Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of MLK Day. The next meeting will be Feb. 4.
Volunteers gathered on the third floor of South Hall at Mississippi State University Friday sorting through a variety of school supplies for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service VISTA MLK School Supply Drive. Donations are being taken until Monday at both South Hall and Walmart in Starkville. Pictured above are Shan Shan Peng, Courtney Allen and Matt Sherman. (Photo by Matt Crane, SDN) Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at bin 612 in Starkville. guest u Historical and geneaspeaker will be David Dampi- logical society meeting — The er. For more information, visit Oktibbeha County historical and genealogical Society will meet Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Starkville public Library. guest speaker will be Wednesday Lynn Spruill. u HEHC meeting — The u Active parenting class home Economist in home and — Emerson Family Center will Community will meet Thurshost an active parenting class day, Jan. 24 at 9:30 a.m. at for parents with children ages the Senior Enrichment Center 5-12 Wednesday, Jan. 23 from on Miley Drive. guest speaker 10:30-11:30 a.m. Laura Thur- will be Michael Newman. For mond will lead the class. To more information, call helenregister, call 662-320-4607. Sue parrish at 662-324-1683. u UDC meeting — The putnam Darden chapter No. Saturday 2242 of the united Daughters of the Confederacy will u UCAC meeting — unmeet Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 1 limited Community Agriculp.m. in the home of Mrs. Ellen tural Cooperative will meet Mauldin. Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 the American Legion post Thursday No. 240 building on pat Station Road in Starkville. For more information, call Orlando u TPC meeting — The Trainer at 662-769-0071 or Teen parent Coalition will email orlandotrainer@hotmail. hold nuturing parenting, com. healthy relationship, job readiu Women’s conference — ness and career development The True Vine Women’s Conclass Thursday, Jan. 24 from ference will be held Saturday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Emerson Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. at True Vine Family Center. Elmaire Carr M.b. Church in Starkville. brooks and Meghan Artz will guest speakers will be Retha lead the class. To register, call boyd of The Victory Center 662-320-4607. in Starkville, Sandra bolden of u Health and wellness Tupelo and Dana Clayborne of program — Modern Wood- True Vine. For more informamen will host a health and tion, call 662-272-8549. wellness program Thursday, u Spiritual renewal weekJan. 24 at 8 a.m. at the Well- end — Life Church will hold ness Center at OCh. guest its annual Spiritual Renewal speaker will be Eddie Myles. weekend Jan. 26-27. pastor RSVp to barbara Coats at 662- Mark Correll of birmingham, 418-7957 or barbara.r.coats@ Ala. will speak Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. at the hilton garu Client appreciation den Inn and Sunday, Jan. 27 dinner — Modern Wood- at 10 a.m. at hollywood premen will host a client appre- mier Cinemas in Starkville. For ciation dinner Thursday, Jan. more information, call 66224 from 5-6:30 p.m. at CJ’s 684-9099 or visit http://www. pizza in Starkville. The cost is $5 per person. RSVp to barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or development classes Thursdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Center. For more information, call Megan Artz at 662-418-7089. u Childbirth classes — OCh Regional Medical Center will hold childbirth classes Mondays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 6-8:30 p.m. The fee is $70. For more information, call 662-495-2292 or 1-800843-3375. u Childbirth classes — North Mississippi Medical Center in West point will hold childbirth classes Thursdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is $35. For more information, call paula hamilton at 662-6153364. u Sanitation Department schedules — A reminder of collection days for the City of Starkville Sanitation and Environmental Services Department. Schedule 1: household garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recycling collection - first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: household garbage collection – Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection – Tuesday only, recycling collection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http://www. or call 662323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. The church is located at 607 hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — gentiva hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u MSU Philharmonia — pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSu philharmonia on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. in the MSu band hall at 72 hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard human at Richard.human@ or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy phillips at sp867@ or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activites room. beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662-323-2294. u Square dancing — Square dancers are needed every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. The evening promises to be filled wtih good fun and fellowship. For more information, call Nelly Lang at 662-341-6259. u Hospice volunteer opportunity — gentiva hospice is looking for dynamic volunteers to join their team. Areas of service include home visits, making phone calls, making crafts or baking for patients. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. This is an opportunity to have a wonderful impact on somone’s life. Contact Carly Wheat, manager of volunteer services, at 662-615-1519 or email u Writers group meetings — “Ecclesia,” a group for nonfiction writers will meet ever first and third Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Downtown book Mart and Cafe. The group will help those interested in writing history, biography, essays, newspaper and magazine articles, book reports, etc. For more information, contact Lee Lassner at 662-648-7283 or email leelassner@gmail. com. u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot.Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets Tuesdays at 8 p.m. upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-418-5535 or 601-6635682. u Pregnancy and parenting class — A series of classes are being held at Emerson Family Center every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. through Sept. To register, call 662-3204607. u Samaritan Club cheese — The Starkville Samaritan Club is selling mild, sharp, extra-sharp and round cheese. Cheese may be purchased at any of the following businesses in Starkville: John McMurray Accounting, 320 university Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 university Drive, or Cb&S bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact hall Fuller at 662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-3233890, Margaret prisock at 662324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. u Clothing ministry — Rock hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday,
u Kiwanis meeting — Starkville Kiwanis will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 at noon at the hilton garden Inn. guest speaker will be MSu police Department Chief georgia Lindley. u Meeting canceled — The Oktibbhea County Democratic party executive committee meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 22 has been canceled. The next meeting will be Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the County Court house. For more information, call Chris Taylor at 662-6173671. u Civic league meeting — The Starkville Civic League will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mississippi Room of Cadence bank. For more information, call 662-323-9418. u Cafe Scientifique — Cafe Scientifique will meet
u Benefit program — The Nurse’s guild of Sand Creek Chapel M.b. Church will have a benefit program for Lucy barnes Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. u Founder’s Day celebration — The Starkville, Columbus, MSu and MuW chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host the annual Founder’s Day celebration Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at Second baptist Church in Starkville.
u Quilting group meeting — The golden Triangle Quilt guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. All interested quilters are invited to attend. For more information, call Luanne blankenship at 662-323-7597. u Job training classes — building Stronger Families will host free job training and career
Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock hill united Methodist Church at 4457 Rock hill Road. For more information, contact Donna poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-295-0823. u Healing rooms — From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville healing Rooms provide a loving, safe and confidential environment where you can come to receive healing prayer. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email and visit http:// u Alcoholics anonymous — The Starkville A.A. group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 3278941 or visit www.starkvilleaa. org for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting — The pEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. pEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact bobbie Walton at 662-323-5108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host party bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. To play, call 662-3389442. Senior game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville church of Christ (1107 East Lee blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 3231499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County high School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-242-7962. u Senior Yoga — Senior Yoga will be held Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity presbyterian Church at 607 hospital Road in Starkville. The course is free and tailored to beginners. u Community call-in prayer service — The peter’s Rock Temple COgIC will sponsor a call-in prayer service for those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your name, number and prayer request and the prayer Team will contact you. Call 662-615-4001. u Line dancing classes — beginners’ line dancing will be held on Mondays in the Activity Room of the Starkville Sportsplex at 405 Lynn Ln. from noon-1 p.m. u SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-527-1553. u Project HELP — project hELp with Family Centered programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded project that can assist “homeless” students in the district and provides school uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and\or in-school tutoring. Call Mamie guest or Cappe hallberg at 662-3242551 or 662-418-3876.
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Starkville sanitation department to close in observance of MLK day
The Starkville Sanitation, Rubbish, Landscape and Landfill departments will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday. The regular residential pickup schedule will continue tomorrow.
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For Starkville Daily News bat is a sweet little kitten who was found in Starkville and has been at the Starkville Animal Shelter patiently waiting for his forever family. he is approximately 5 months old now. he is very playful and gets along great with all cats. he is not afraid of dogs. bat is current on all of his vaccinations, wormer, heartworm treatment and flea/tick treatments. he has also been neutered. his adoption fee is $40. bat would love to have a forever family. For details regarding the Oktibbeha County humane Society low-cost spay/ neuter program, “pet pALS,” call 662338-9093 or visit the website at http:// or email shelter@ Also, donations are needed for the pet pALS program. This program prevents unwanted litters brought to the shelter. The Starkville Animal Shelter is located at 510 Industrial park Road and is open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Adoption fees include vaccinations, wormer, spay/neuter, flea/tick treatment and heartworm prevention. OChS is currently looking for foster families for special situations, including fosters for accepted homeward bound puppies and dogs. For more information, contact Anita howard at OChS is also looking for dedicated volunteers. To find out how to help, please contact Sherrie Wiygul, Volunteer Coordinator, at gswiygul@yahoo. com. There is something for almost everyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of animals. OChS would like to encourage to spaying or neutering pets to help control the population. The shelter is always in need of sup-
bills would remove gun permits from public records
JACKSON (Ap) — Some Mississippi lawmakers propose cutting off public access to records about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed guns. Rep. Mark baker of brandon and Sen. Will Longwitz of Madison say they want the change because a newspaper in New York published names and other information about people there who have concealed weapons permits. The two Republicans said permit holders shouldn’t have to worry about their address or other personal information being publicly disclosed. No permit is required for people to have guns in their homes, businesses or vehicles, and no permit is required for antique or collectible weapons. baker said the document gives permission for someone to carry a pistol or revolver concealed in a bag or under a jacket in other places, such as public sidewalks. A background check is required before a permit is issued. baker told The Associated press that he filed a bill after receiving requests from constituents who believe it’s none of anyone else’s business if they carry concealed guns. “It just struck me that simply because the document is in possession of the government does not, in my mind, make it a public document,” baker said. under current law, information about a concealed weapons permit becomes public record 45 days after the document is issued or the application is denied. The documents are filed with the state Department of public Safety. Mississippi press Association president Jim prince said he supports Second Amendment gun rights but opposes putting restrictions on public records. he said the current law works. “While I sometimes wish we could enact laws to prevent newspapers from behaving irresponsibly, we can’t. Trampling the First Amendment to protect the Second is a slippery slope,” prince said in the Madison County Journal, which is published by his company, prince Newspapers. Longwitz said in a written statement to the Madison County Journal that there’s a balancing act between public safety and the First Amendment rights of free speech. “Anti-gun activists have already promised to go state-to-state ‘outing gun owners,’” Longwitz said. “Making conceal-carry information public puts law-abiding Mississippians in danger.” Attorneys for the Legislature are still drafting bills that have been requested this year, and Longwitz’s bill did not show up on the legislative website Friday. baker’s is house bill 149. baker said he did not file the bill at the request of the National Rifle Association. he also said he does not have a concealed weapons permit.
Bat is approximately 5 months old, gets along with other cats and is not afraid of dogs. (Submitted photo) plies. Some primary needs are hand sanitizer, dog collars and leashes, paper towels, wet dog food, kitten food, cat food, dog and cat toys, dog and cat treats and disposable gloves. For a complete listing of the shelter needs, visit the OChS website at http:// The shelter is still collecting clean alu-
minum cans. For your convenience, you can either drop the aluminum cans at the Starkville Animal shelter or take them directly to Starkville Recycling, located on 211 CC Clark Road. The shelter asks those who elect to take them to Starkville Recycling to state “Oktibbeha County humane Society ticket,” so it can receive credit.
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turnout from the high schools and the community here in the golden Triangle area,” he said. “We had great talent, great performances and a great time.” The festivals adjudicators chose to advance Meridian’s Company of Angels’ production of “The boys in Autumn” and Tupelo Community Theatre’s production of “The 25th Annual putnam County Spelling bee” to the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March. “I think the adjudicators did a great job in selecting the winners who will be advancing on to SETC and I think they will do a great job representing Mississippi,” he said. “I wish them all to break a leg.” For the secondary division focusing on high schools,
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“I’m training for five to six more triathlons this year,” Story said. “It took a big motivator like the triathlon to really make myself work hard.” Story is a 1991 MSu graduate who earned his medical doctorate from the university of Mississippi Medical Center in 1995. In the intervening years, he has practiced in West point, Madison and Oneida, Tenn. and spent two years as a missionary physi-
cian in Colombia and Costa Rica, but he said he and his wife have always wanted to return to Starkville, leading him to become an MSu physician in 2008. “I really enjoy being around college students. I really enjoy working at MSu (and) the energy dynamic college students bring to the campus,” he said. “They’ve just left their home. They’re starting to learn life, and I have the chance to have a positive influence on them as they learn how to live.”
ShS’s production of “The Insanity of Mary girard” boasted a variety of awards for its acting performances. Acting awards for all-star cast went to Louis Codling, excellence in ensemble acting to “The Furies” and best actress to Mary Kate hughes. Director Jessica Taylor said her first MTA festival experience was a good one and she is proud of the work her students brought.
“The students were great throughout the festival and there was a lot of good competition,” she said. “It was a good experience and it provided for a lot of insight for next year.” Oak grove high School’s production of “In a grove: Three Japanese ghost Stories” and picayune Memorial high School’s production of “Elephant’s graveyard” will advance to SETC. Secondary division chair
M.J. Etua said the talent level of the high school students continues to be incredible with every passing year. “The talent is Mississippi is just amazing and I’m very proud that we have such a pool of talented, beautiful high school students,” she said. “The kids are so supportive of each other on stage and off stage. We just have a fabulous time.” For more information, visit
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staunch advocate for the poor and downtrodden, Obama has been faulted by critics who say he’s been reluctant to push issues of concern to black people and take steps to reduce high rates of black unemployment. Where King opposed wars in general and was an unwavering advocate of nonviolence, Obama has shown himself to be willing to target and kill leaders of terrorist groups overseas. Fredrick harris, director of Columbia university’s Center on African-American politics and Society, argues that Obama’s reluctance to bring black issues to the forefront undermines the work of King and other civil rights leaders whose efforts made his presidency possible. “Dr. King died in 1968 fighting for low-wage garbage workers in Memphis, Tenn. he was starting a national poor people’s movement to address the issues of poverty,” harris said. “With the president, a Democratic president for that matter, who has spoken less on race or the poor or poverty than any Democratic president in a generation, it is problematic when we think of that aspect of King’s legacy.” On at least one foreign policy issue, the Middle East, Obama and King seem to be in accord. Lewis V. baldwin, a religious studies professor at Vanderbilt university, writes in a new book that Obama’s approach to Israeli security and empowering the palestinians dovetails with King’s thoughts on the matter. On the jacket of baldwin’s book, “In a Single garment of Destiny,” Obama explained his take on King’s idealism. “When met with hardship, when confronting disappointment, Dr. King refused to accept what he called the ‘isness’ of today. he kept pushing for the ‘oughtness’ of tomorrow,” Obama wrote. Obama recognizes his role in u.S., and even world, history and how he has benefited from the work of King and other civil rights advocates. During his presidency, he has paid regular tribute to King, who was assassinated in April 1968 in Memphis, Tenn., when Obama was just 6 years old. America’s first black president will deliver his second inaugural address looking out across the National Mall toward the Lincoln Memorial, where King delivered his “I have a Dream” speech nearly 50 years ago. One of eight floats scheduled to participate in
the parade down pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White house on Monday will honor King, featuring his image and a representation of his quote “out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” A wreath-laying ceremony was held Sunday at the King Memorial, though it was scheduled during Obama’s swearing-in at the White house and the president did not attend. Sandra Young, of Silver Spring, Md., said she was moved by the overlap between the two events. “As an African American, we think of the fact that we can do anything we set our minds to,” said Young, who said she was in her 60s. “being here, also, we think of the dream, and the dream is alive, and it’s a real thing.” Rep. John Lewis, D-ga., a veteran of the civil rights movement who knew King and knows Obama, said the symbolism was overwhelming. “It is almost too much to believe that we would commemorate this year, the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington,” Lewis said. “I don’t know what you’d call it, something about time and history and fate all coming together.” Lincoln issued the proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, during the Civil War, declaring all slaves in states rebelling against the union to be “forever free.” Vicki Crawford, director of Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, said the inauguration falling in a year of civil rights milestones is a prime opportunity for the nation to reexamine its past and look ahead to the future. “Obama is a part of the continuum of a history that began before Dr. Martin Luther King,” she said. “It’s a long history of struggle to make America the place it should be, to make real on the promise of democracy. This is a momentous time; 2013 is a crossroads.” harris, the Columbia university professor, said that while King’s moment in 1963 and Obama’s in 2013 are evidence of how far the country has come despite persistent racial polarization, he would like to see Obama start to emphasize issues that were important to King. “I would also hope that this won’t be just a day of recognition but also that it will point in some direction in the second term that the president will begin to speak much more clearly and forcefully about the persistence of racial inequality in American life,” he said.
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Monday, January 21, 2013
Abigayle and Brayden Green make snow angels, enjoying a snow day off from school Thursday. Winter weather, including snowfall to a degree rarely seen in Starkville, closed all city, county and private schools in the area Thursday. (Photo courtesy Tina Green)
ShS STAR Student, Teacher bond over math
By STEVEN NALLEY before meeting Wade Williams, Jack bryan wasn’t bad at math, but he didn’t enjoy it. bryan, now a senior at Starkville high School, first met Williams as a student in his trigonometry class. Since then, he said he has taken four math classes under Williams, and his ACT math score has risen from 27 to 34. “(Williams has) renewed my interest in math,” bryan said. “At one point (after taking his classes), I even toyed with majoring in math. he truly cares about the subject, and he takes time to explain it to every person ... and he cares about his students.” Williams helped bryan raise his overall ACT score to 33 and become ShS’s 2013 STAR Student, leading bryan to select Williams as ShS’s 2013 STAR Teacher. bryan is an Eagle Scout who also runs cross-country and plays tennis for ShS, and he is active in the Starkville Mayor’s Youth Council. his Eagle Scout project, he said, was the construction of a second pavilion at the ShS tennis courts, for which he had to raise $8,000 and coordinate volunteers for a total of 400 man-hours over 13 months. bryan said he values the STAR Student award and his high ACT score as recognition for his hard work and as an opportunity to recognize the teacher who influenced him most. he said he places a premium on excellence, because excellence in high school translates to excellence in college, which translates to excellence in a career. however, he said he has not yet selected a career path or a college. “I’m entering as (an) economics (major),” bryan said. “I took economics last year in high school, and I’ve read a couple of books that revolve around economics. During a college visit, I sat in on an economics class, and I loved every minute of it. I want to explore it further.” Williams said bryan is a worthy STAR Student, and while bryan may not have realized it when they first met, he is also an excellent mathematician. “Jack has a really good ability to look at math problems in particular and see and understand what’s going on in the problems,” Williams said. “he has a conceptual knowledge of what’s happening and can find different ways to work a problem, and that takes special mathematical talent.” The key to unlocking bryan’s potential, and that of other students, is to challenge them, Williams said. “With Jack, I could see he was talented, and he just needed a few little things to help the way he thought about math problems,” Williams said. “Just by giving him a few of those tools, he was able to make a large leap
Starkville High School STAR Teacher Wade Williams, right, helps SHS STAR Student Jack Bryan solve a calculus problem. Arriving at a solution of "negative infinity" led both to break into spontaneous laughter. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN) in his ACT score in particular.” Williams is currently in his second full year at Starkville high School, but this is not his first honor as an SSD teacher. he taught at henderson Intermediate School for one semester and was named New Teacher of the Year by the SSD before spending a full year at Armstrong Middle School. because he had not spent a full year at henderson, he said, he qualified for the New Teacher of the Year Award again — and won it again. Nevertheless, Williams remains humble. “There are a lot of really great teachers here at ShS,” Williams said. “For Jack to choose me as a teacher who had an impact on his learning among all the great teachers at ShS is really an honor.”
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West point culinary arts: Stirring up the next chef superstar?
By HEATHER WAINWRIGHT For Starkville Daily News
educATion ShS JROTC wins awards in State Drill Team Competition
For Starkville Daily News Twenty-two members of the Starkville high School JROTC Yellow Jacket battalion earned a spot to compete in the first State Drill Team competition, Saturday, December 15, 2013 in Terry. The united States Army Cadet Command (uSACC), the governing entity of all uS Army JROTC programs, implemented changes this school year to make the Drill Meets more competitive and challenging by establishing a State Level Competition to select the best of the best to compete for advancement to the National Drill Meet in Louisville, Ky. in May 2013. One of the changes included conducting local drill meets within the various JROTC divisions to select the top two schools within each division to earn a spot to compete at the state championship meet. ShS JROTC won overall first place, and West point JROTC earned the second place spot during the JROTC Drill Meet hosted by ShS on Dec. 1, 2012. After weeks of preparation and practice, the Drill team loaded their equipment and departed ShS at 4:30 a.m. headed to Terry high School in Terry for the State Drill Meet Championship. Thirty schools and approximately 700 cadets earned the opportunity to compete at the Mississippi State Drill Competition. Schools competed in the following categories: Armed (with weapons) and unarmed Inspection, Armed and unarmed Squad Drill; Armed and unarmed platoon Drill, and an optional Armed and unarmed Exhibition event. For the Inspection competition, cadets were judged and scored on uniform appearance alignment/ placement of ribbons and decorations, cadet general knowledge and execution of the 15-count manual arms — a 15 count execution of moves with the rifle. For the Drill events, squads and platoons executed the marching sequences called by the Commander from memory in a set order within the designated boundaries and within the specified time limit. The Exhibition team competition is more “free style” but still has regulations for judging and scoring. The meet started at 8:30 a.m. and
The sounds of pots and pans clattering, food sizzling and water rolling to a boil echo through the hallway of West point Career and Technology Center, which shares the south campus of West point high School. The creators of the ambience aren’t whom you might expect. Instead of the regular cafeteria staff, Culinary Arts students are preparing lunch to not only test their skills in the kitchen but also to discover if they have the knack for customer service, management and teamwork that is demonstrated by top chefs, restaurateurs and other food-service providers who operate under high-pressure deadlines. Lanell Early, a 33-year veteran teacher and the Culinary Arts instructor at the West point Career and Technology Center, is providing her students a “handson education for a hands-on career,” allowing her students to master their skills through a unique pairing of her Culinary Arts courses with the school lunch program. According to Early, this arrangement is the only one like it in Mississippi; it’s one that has been ongoing for 15 years and requires additional coordination with the state due to regulations governing school lunch programs. Starting the second week in October and running to the end of April, for two days each week, the Culinary Arts students prepare and serve lunch to 60-80 of their fellow students. All of the food is prepared and served in the culinary facility. The Culinary Arts students follow the school lunch program’s menu, although they are allowed to make adjustments as long as the cafeteria manager approves. In two-period blocks, first- and second-year students cover all the steps necessary to get the meal to the food line by fifth period, from retrieving
the groceries from the cafeteria to preparing the menu items to serving their classmates who opt to dine in their facility. The only aspect of the entire process that Early completes, aside from her supervisory role, is the final paperwork, which students are not legally able to complete. This hands-on experience for West point’s Culinary Arts students is intended to provide them with an opportunity to understand the demands and expectations of working in culinary fields. Although challenging, the program is typically to capacity with enthusiastic students because, in most cases, the culinary arts have already “sparked a curiosity” in those who enroll. “It’s something that they think they might really enjoy,” said Early. She, in turn, harnesses that motivation and uses it to help her students translate that spark into the coursework and training. In her courses, the students learn all aspects of food service, from preparation and cooking to planning and management. A block schedule, equivalent to two consecutive class-periods gives her ample time to guide them through instruction as well as hands-on activities like the school lunch program. A former home economics student, Early is highly qualified to manage the diversity and pace of the instruction and experience she provides her students. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Mississippi university for Women and began teaching immediately after completing her culinary residency. In 2007, she was one of five teachers to initiate the first state curriculum to be aligned with the proStart program, then called ReDesign. In addition, she was one of the first proStartcertified teachers in the state. She is also ServSafe certified, which is a food-safety training requirement in the state of Mississippi, and she has earned her Certificate of Online Learning.
ended at approximately 4 p.m. After all of the competitive events, all cadets were given the opportunity to compete in the “Knock Out” event, otherwise known as “Simon Says." The Yellow Jacket battalion Drill Team placed in the following events: First place in Armed Squad; Commander: Morgan gray, Squad Members: Keitoria bailey, Jamie Coleman, Alexis pastor, Sydney Robinson, Derisha Temple, Mitchell Young Second place Armed Inspection: Commander: Teanna Jefferson; platoon Members: bradi barned, Montavious brooks, Tikia brownlee, Morgan grey, Dheer patel, Alexis pastor, Divian Rice, Sydney Robinson. Third place Female Color guard: Commander : Syndey Robinson; Team members: Keitoria bailey, Teanna & Treanna Jefferson Fifth place unarmed Inspection: Commander: Divian Rice; Team Members: Mitchell Young, , Dheer patel, Morgan gray, Jamie Coleman, Alexis pastor, Montavious brooks, Lauren Louis, bradi barnes, brandy Warren, Taylor Williams and Kiana Smith.
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Top left: West Point Career and Technology Center student Carley Estes prepares servings for her classmates. Top right: West Point Career and Technology Center student Brian Wallace measures cooking oil for his next recipe as part of the center’s new culinary arts program. Bottom: West Point Career and Technology Center students Robianna Rupert and Carley Estes chop vegetables. (Submitted photos)
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Monday, January 21, 2013
National Football League
49ers rally to beat Falcons
By PAUL NEWBERRY Associated Press ATLANTA — Make way Joe Montana and Steve Young. Colin Kaepernick is leading a brash new group of 49ers to the Super bowl. Frank gore scored a pair of second-half touchdowns and San Francisco, after falling behind 17-0 by the first play of the second quarter, pulled off a record rally for a 28-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game Sunday. Kaepernick didn’t put up the same dazzling numbers he did in the divisional playoff against green bay. but he was solid enough to justify coach Jim harbaugh’s decision to bench Alex San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis carries the football as Atlanta Falcons outside Smith and go with the younglinebacker Stephen Nicholas chases him Sunday. (Photo by John Bazemore, AP) ster. The 49ers’ defense did its part, shutting out Atlanta in the second half and making a big stop with just over a minute to go. San Francisco (13-4-1) moves on to face baltimore at New Orleans in two weeks and will try to join pittsburgh as the only franchises with six Super bowl titles. “This is what we play for. We play for this moment,” said 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who hauled in a touchdown pass from Kaepernick. “We put in all the hard work and get the opportunity to play on the big stage.” Montana led the 49ers to four Super bowl wins and Young took them to No. 5. It’s up to Kaepernick to get No. 6 when the 49ers play in the NFL title game for the first time since
San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates with Leonard Davis and Daniel Kilgore (67) after the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. (Photo by Dave Martin, AP)
San Francisco goes for sixth Super bowl title in two weeks
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1995. This also was sweet redemption after a bitter loss at home in last year’s NFC title game, when a fumbled return set up the New York giants’ winning field goal in overtime. “We’ve come full circle,” said Denise Debartolo York, part of the family that has owned the 49ers since their championship days, “and the dynasty will pre-
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Flacco leads Ravens to Super bowl
By BARRY WILNER Associated Press FOXbOROugh, Mass. — Joe Flacco outdueled Tom brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the baltimore Ravens to their first Super bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 victory over the New England patriots on Sunday for the AFC championship. The win sets up the first Super bowl coached by brothers, baltimore’s John harbaugh and San Francisco’s Jim. The 49ers won the NFC title earlier Sunday 28-24 at Atlanta. The 49ers have been listed as 5-point favorites. baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis’ final season will conclude in two weeks in New Orleans; he was the MVp of the 2001 game, the Ravens’ only Super bowl win. Flacco had two touchdown passes to Anquan boldin and one to Dennis pitta as the Ravens outscored the patriots 21-0 in the second half. baltimore’s defense made brady look ordinary and stymied the league’s top offense. brady was 67-0 at home when leading at halftime. Flacco’s three touchdown passes came in just over 10 minutes in the second half. he connected with bolden for two TDs in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter — a 3-yarder and an 11-yarder — after hitting pitta with a 5-yard strike with 6:14 left in the third. The Ravens (13-6) gained just 130 yards in the first half before Flacco guided them on scoring drives of 87 and 63 yards. New England (13-5) suffered three injuries in the first half. Cornerback Aqib Talib hurt his thigh and defensive tackle Kyle Love injured his knee. The return of both starters was questionable. backup safety patrick Chung was helped off the field after one play. The patriots played without tight end Rob gronkowski, who broke his left arm a week earlier in their 41-28 divisional win over the houston Texans. Stephen gostkowski had given the patriots a 3-0 lead with a 31-yard field goal with 6:21 left in the first quarter. but the Ravens went ahead on Ray Rice’s 2-yard touchdown run with 9:28 to go in the second. Wes Welker then scored with just over 4 minutes remaining in the half on a 1-yard pass from brady and the patriots increased their lead on gostkowski’s 25-yard field goal on the final play before intermission. New England outgained baltimore 214 yards to 130 in the half. brady com-
pleted 14 of 24 passes for 139 yards, while Flacco went 6 for 12 for 81 yards. Neither team committed a turnover. The scoring pass to bolden ended a drive on which Flacco completed five of six passes, the longest a 23-yarder to Torrey Smith. The touchdown by pitta capped the Ravens’ best drive of the game, covering 87 yards in 10 plays. It started with a 15yard defensive pass interference penalty. Then, Flacco completed six of his other nine passes on the series. Three of them went for first downs — 22 yards to pitta, 15 to Rice and 12 to bolden that gave the Ravens a first-and-goal at the patriots 10yard line. Flacco then connected with pitta for a 5-yard pass and finished the drive with another 5-yarder to pitta, who easily beat Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Tandon Doss (17) is single coverage by safety Steve gregory. The patriots began the scoring on gos- defended by New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) during Sunday’s AFC Championship game. See AFC | Page 12 (Photo by Elise Amendola, AP)
The number of years Ron Fraser coached at the university of Miami and never had a losing record. Fraser died Sunday morning at age 79.
Youth volleyball registration open
Registration is now open for the Starkville Developmental Volleyball program offered through Starkville parks and Recreation. The program is designed for girls and boys in grades 5-8 interested in learning the sport of volleyball and improving their skills. The program will involve drills, games, and other volleyball activities. The cost of participation is $20 and registration is due by Jan. 25. Registration forms can be picked up at the Starkville Sportsplex.
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College Basketball Men’s SEC Glance All Times CT Ole Miss Florida Kentucky Alabama Missouri Texas A&M Arkansas Auburn Miss. State S. Carolina Tennessee Vanderbilt Georgia LSU SEC Pct. 4-0 1.000 4-0 1.000 3-1 .750 3-1 .750 2-2 .500 2-2 ,500 2-2 .500 2-2 .500 2-2 .500 1-3 .250 1-3 .250 1-3 .250 1-3 .250 0-4 .000 Ovr. 15-2 14-2 12-5 11-6 13-4 12-5 11-6 8-9 7-9 11-6 9-7 7-9 7-10 9-6 Pct. .882 .875 .706 .647 .765 .706 .647 .471 .438 .647 .563 .438 .411 .600 Thursday’s Game Florida 68, Texas A&M 47 Saturday’s Games Tennessee 72, Miss. State 57 Ole Miss 76, Arkansas 64 Vanderbilt 58, S. Carolina 51 Florida 83, Missouri 52 Alabama 50, Texas A&M 49 Georgia 67, LSU 58 Kentucky 75, Auburn 53 Tuesday’s Games S. Carolina at Missouri, 6 p.m. Kentucky at Alabama, 8 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Miss. State at Arkansas, 8 p.m. Texas A&M at LSU, 7 p.m. Auburn at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. Florida at Georgia, 7 p.m. Men’s Top 25 Fared Sunday 1. Louisville (16-2) did not play. Next: at Villanova, Tuesday. 2. Indiana (16-2) beat Northwestern 67-59. Next: vs. Penn State, Wednesday. 3. Duke (16-1) did not play. Next: at Miami, Wednesday. 4. Kansas (16-1) did not play. Next: at No. 16 Kansas State, Tuesday. 5. Michigan (17-1) did not play. Next: vs. Purdue, Thursday. 6. Syracuse (17-1) did not play. Next: vs. Cincinnati, Monday. 7. Arizona (16-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 24 UCLA, Thursday. 8. Gonzaga (17-2) did not play. Next: vs. BYU, Thursday. 9. Minnesota (15-3) did not play. Next: at Northwestern, Wednesday. 10. Florida (14-2) did not play. Next: at Georgia, Wednesday. 11. Ohio State (13-4) did not play. Next: vs. Iowa, Tuesday. 12. Creighton (17-2) did not play. Next: at Drake, Wednesday. 13. Butler (16-2) did not play. Next: at La Salle, Wednesday. 14. N.C. State (15-3) beat Clemson 62. Next: at Wake Forest, Tuesday. 15. San Diego State (14-4) did not play. Next: at Nevada, Wednesday. 16. Kansas State (15-2) did not play. Next: vs. No. 4 Kansas, Tuesday. 17. Missouri (13-4) did not play. Next: vs. South Carolina, Tuesday. 18. Michigan State (16-3) did not play. Next: at Wisconsin, Tuesday. 19. New Mexico (16-2) did not play. Next: vs. Colorado State, Wednesday. 20. Notre Dame (15-3) did not play. Next: vs. Georgetown, Monday. 21. Oregon (16-2) did not play. Next: vs. Washington State, Wednesday. 22. VCU (16-3) did not play. Next: at Richmond, Thursday. 23. Illinois (14-5) did not play. Next: at Nebraska, Tuesday. 24. UCLA (15-4) did not play. Next: at No. 7 Arizona, Thursday. 25. Marquette (13-4) did not play. Next: vs. Providence, Saturday. Women’s SEC Glance All Times CT Kentucky Tennessee Texas A&M Georgia S. Carolina Vanderbilt Florida LSU Missouri Auburn Alabama Arkansas Miss. State Ole Miss SEC 6-0 6-0 4-1 4-2 4-2 3-2 2-3 3-3 2-3 2-4 1-4 1-4 0-5 0-5 Pct. 1.000 1.000 .800 .667 .667 .600 .400 .500 .400 .333 .200 .200 .000 .000 Ovr. 18-1 15-3 14-5 16-3 16-3 13-5 13-6 12-7 13-6 13-6 11-7 13-5 8-10 7-11 Pct. .947 .833 .737 .842 .842 .722 .684 .632 .684 .684 .611 .722 .444 .389
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“I am going to put a lot of cheeseburgers on their plates (Sunday).”
Texas A&M women’s coach gary blair said in praising the play of his guards against georgia.
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L.A. Clippers 94, Washington 87 Sunday’s Games Toronto 108, L.A. Lakers 103 Dallas 111, Orlando 105 Boston at Detroit, late Oklahoma City at Denver, late Today’s Games Indiana at Memphis, 1 p.m. Sacramento at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Atlanta, 2 p.m. Houston at Charlotte, 2 p.m. Brooklyn at New York, 3:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 4 p.m. San Antonio at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Chicago, 9:30 p.m. Washington at Portland, 10 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Boston at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Orlando at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. College Football MIssissippi State 2013 commitments Scott Austin, WR, Biloxi, Miss. Jeremey Chappelle, WR, Tyler, Texas Shelby Christy, WR, Geismar, La. Jamaal Clayborn, OG, Flowood, Miss. Kivon Coman, S, Chatham, Va. Justin Cox, S, Scooba, Miss. Kent Flowers, OT, Hollandale, Miss. Donald Gray, WR, Memphis, Tenn. B.J. Hammond, WR, Gadsden, Ala. Dezmond Harris, ATH, Mccalla, Ala. Tyre’oune Holmes, ATH, Tylertown, Miss. Chris Jones, DE, Houston, Miss. Ulric Jones, DE, Oxford, Ala. Deon Mix, OT, Batesville, Miss. Gabe Myles, CB, Starkville, Miss. Artimas Samuel, TE, Chatham, Va. Cord Sandberg, QB, Bradenton, Fla. Trent Simpson, TE, Oxford, Ala. Ashton Shumpert, RB, Tupelo, Miss. Corey Smith, WR, Scooba, Miss. Jake Thomas, OT, Columbus, Miss. Brandon Wells, ATH, Bogue Chitto, Miss. Bowl Glance All Times EST Saturday, Jan. 19 RAYCOM College Football All-Star Classic At Montgomery, Ala. Stripes 31, Stars 3 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. West 28, East 13 Saturday, Jan. 26 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFLN) National Football League All Times EST Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 5 Houston 19, Cincinnati 13 Green Bay 24, Minnesota 10 Sunday, Jan. 6 Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 9 Seattle 24, Washington 14 Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 12 Baltimore 38, Denver 35, 2OT San Francisco 45, Green Bay 31 Sunday, Jan. 13 Atlanta 30, Seattle 28 New England 41, Houston 28 Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 20 San Francisco 28, Atlanta 24 Baltimore 28, New England 13 Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 27 At Honolulu AFC vs. NFC, 7 p.m. (NBC) Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3 At New Orleans Baltimore vs. San Francisco, 6 p.m. (CBS) Transactions
MSu First pitch tickets on sale
Tickets for the 2013 First pitch/Fan Day baseball celebration set Saturday, February 9 at Mississippi State are on sale now through the Mississippi State Athletic Ticket Office in the bryan Athletic Administration building. Ticket price is $12 per person. The bulldogs, sporting their highest preseason national ranking (13th) since 2003, open their 123rd season of baseball Feb. 15-17 with a four-game weekend series against first-time foe portland. This year’s meet the team baseball celebration opens at 11 a.m. in the griffis boardroom with a hamburger/hot dog lunch and an autograph session with members of the 2013 Mississippi State baseball team in the adjoining palmeiro Center. The “First pitch” program, emceed by MSu head baseball coach John Cohen, follows at 12:45 p.m. The bulldog baseball-filled program a formal introduction of the MSu team and staff and an appearance by former Mississippi State standout and current Washington Nationals outfielder Tyler Moore. baseball fan day activities conclude at Dudy Noble Field with a 2:15 p.m. “opening day dress rehearsal” scrimmage, open to the public. Moore, a native of brandon, was drafted by and signed with the Washington Nationals following the 2008 season and last April became the 49th athlete from Mississippi State to advance to play or coach on the Major League level of professional baseball. The list of guest speakers at State’s past “First pitch” events reads like a who’s who of Mississippi State baseball. Moore joins a group that includes former MSu baseball standouts Jeff brantley, Will Clark, head coach John Cohen, Dave “boo” Ferriss, Dave Klipstein, Alex grammas, paul Maholm, burke Masters, Joel Matthews, Mitch Moreland, Jonathan papelbon, Jay powell, Jim Robinson, Nat Showalter, bobby Thigpen and Dan Van Cleve. best-selling author and MSu alumnus John grisham and MLb hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, the longtime manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have also served as “First pitch” guest speakers at MSu. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the MSu Athletic Ticket Office (662-325-2600) and online at www.hailState. com/tickets and Feb. 9 at the griffis boardroom door. For additional information contact the MSu baseball Office (662325-3597).
Avonte’ Amos looks to score for the Starkville Yellowjackets against West Point Saturday night. The Jackets play in the Martin Luther King Classic today in Jackson against Lanier. The tip is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN) Today High School Basketball Martin Luther King Classic at Jackson Starkville vs. Lanier, 6:30 p.m.
Today MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2:30 p.m. ESPN — Cincinnati at Syracuse 4:30 p.m. ESPN — Oklahoma St. at Baylor 6:30 p.m. ESPN — Georgetown at Notre Dame 8:30 p.m. ESPN — Texas at Oklahoma NBA BASKETBALL Noon ESPN — Indiana at Memphis 6 p.m. TNT — San Antonio at Philadelphia 1. Baylor (16-1) did not play. Next: at No. 24 Iowa State, Wednesday. 2. Notre Dame (16-1) beat St. John’s 7450. Next: at Pittsburgh, Wednesday. 3. UConn (16-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 4 Duke, Monday. 4. Duke (16-0) did not play. Next: at No. 3 UConn, Monday. 5. Kentucky (17-1) beat Auburn 97-53. Next: at No. 19 South Carolina, Thursday. 6. Stanford (15-2) vs. Southern Cal. Next: vs. Utah, Friday. 7. California (15-2) beat No. 14 UCLA 7065. Next: vs. No. 21 Colorado, Friday. 8. Penn State (14-2) did not play. Next: at No. 25 Michigan, Monday. 9. Tennessee (15-3) beat Alabama 96-69. Next: at Vanderbilt, Thursday. 10. Maryland (14-3) beat Georgia Tech 66-57. Next: vs. No. 11 North Carolina, Thursday. 11. North Carolina (18-1) did not play. Next: at No. 10 Maryland, Thursday. 12. Purdue (15-3) lost to Iowa 62-46. Next: vs. Northwestern, Thursday. 13. Georgia (16-3) lost to No. 20 Texas A&M 64-46. Next: vs. Florida, Sunday. 14. UCLA (13-4) lost to No. 7 California 7065. Next: vs. Arizona, Friday. 15. Louisville (15-4) did not play. Next: at Marquette, Tuesday. 16. Oklahoma (15-3) did not play. Next: at No. 1 Baylor, Saturday. 17. Oklahoma State (13-2) beat No. 24 Iowa State 71-42. Next: at Kansas State, Wednesday. 18. Dayton (15-1) beat Rhode Island 7448. Next: vs. George Washington, Thursday. 19. South Carolina (16-3) beat Florida 5244. Next: vs. No. 5 Kentucky, Thursday. 20. Texas A&M (14-5) beat No. 13 Georgia 64-46. Next: at Mississippi State, Thursday. 21. Colorado (15-2) beat Arizona 79-36. Next: at No. 7 California, Friday. 22. Florida State (15-3) beat N.C. State 8274. Next: vs. Georgia Tech, Friday. 23. Kansas (11-5) did not play. Next: vs. Texas, Wednesday. 24. Iowa State (13-3) lost to No. 17 Oklahoma State 71-42. Next: vs. No. 1 Baylor, Wednesday. 25. Michigan (15-2) did not play. Next: vs. No. 8 Penn State, Monday. National Basketball Association 8:30 p.m. TNT — L.A. Lakers at Chicago NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Detroit at Columbus TENNIS 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Australian Open, quarterfinals, at Melbourne, Australia 2:30 a.m. ESPN2 — Australian Open, quarterfinals, at Melbourne, Australia WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN2 — Duke at UConn
MSu softball to host clinic
The Mississippi State softball program will host a pitching and hitting clinic Saturday, Jan. 26. Campers from grades 9th through 12th can register online beginning now at The clinic will be held at the MSu Indoor Softball Complex, just behind the MSu Softball Stadium on the north side of campus. Instruction for the camps will be provided by Stuedeman, along with assistant coaches beth Mullins and Alan Reach. The pitching clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, with pitchers choosing two pitches to work on. The hitting clinic will follow it from 4:30-6:30 p.m. In between both sessions, campers will be allowed to watch the 2013 MSu softball squad practice from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the MSu Softball Stadium. Registration is available online only and is limited to the first 25 campers for each clinic, with no walk-up registration taking place. Check in begins at 9:30 a.m. for pitching and 4 p.m. for hitting. Cost for a single hitting or pitching session is $40. Campers looking to maximize their instruction can attend both sessions for $70. For questions regarding the clinics, please contact Mullins at 662-325-0572, or email
All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W Pct L 25 13 .658 New York Brooklyn 24 16 .600 20 19 .513 Boston Philadelphia 17 23 .425 Toronto 15 26 .366 Southeast Division W L Pct 26 12 .684 Miami Atlanta 22 18 .550 Orlando 14 26 .350 10 30 .250 Charlotte Washington 8 30 .211 Central Division W Pct L Indiana 25 16 .610 23 16 .590 Chicago 21 18 .538 Milwaukee 14 25 .359 Detroit Cleveland 10 32 .238 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W Pct L San Antonio 32 11 .744 Memphis 26 13 .667 Houston 21 21 .500 Dallas 18 24 .429 New Orleans 13 27 .325 Northwest Division W Pct L Oklahoma City 32 8 .800 Denver 24 18 .571 Utah 22 19 .537 Portland 20 20 .500 Minnesota 17 20 .459 Pacific Division W Pct L L.A. Clippers 32 9 .780 Golden State 24 15 .615 L.A. Lakers 17 23 .425 Sacramento 16 25 .390 Phoenix 13 28 .317 Saturday’s Games San Antonio 98, Atlanta 93 Sacramento 97, Charlotte 93 Memphis 85, Chicago 82, OT Minnesota 92, Houston 79 Golden State 116, New Orleans 112 Utah 109, Cleveland 98 Milwaukee 110, Portland 104
GB — 2 5½ 9 11½ GB — 5 13 17 18 GB — 1 3 10 15½
GB — 4 10½ 13½ 17½ GB — 9 10½ 12 13½ GB — 7 14½ 16 19
Djokovic plays another marathon
MELbOuRNE, Australia (Ap) — The opponent was different, the match three rounds earlier. Still, the result gave Novak Djokovic a familiar feeling, and another chance to rip off his shirt in celebration. Djokovic needed just over 5 hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10 in a fourth-round match Sunday night at the Australian Open, on the same court where he needed 5:53 to beat Rafael Nadal in last year’s final. The win was Djokovic’s 18th in a row at Melbourne park after winning the last two Australian titles and advanced the Serbian star to the quarterfinals of his 15th consecutive major tournament. Djokovic will next play No. 5 Tomas berdych, who needed five match points in the tiebreaker before beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (13).
Sunday’s Games Missouri 73, Ole Miss 72 Tennessee 96, Alabama 69 S. Carolina 52, Florida 44 Kentucky 97, Auburn 53 LSU 54, Vanderbilt 51 Texas A&M 64, Georgia 46 Thursday’s Games Texas A&M at Miss. State, 7 p.m. Kentucky at S. Carolina, 6 p.m. Ole Miss at Florida, 6 p.m. Arkansas at Missouri, 7 p.m. Auburn at Alabama, 8 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. Women’s Top 25 Fared Sunday
BASKETBALL National Basketball Association MIAMI HEAT — Re-signed F Jarvis Varnado to a second 10-day contract. Signed F-C Chris Andersen to a 10-day contract. Recalled C Dexter Pittman from Sioux Falls (NBADL). PHOENIX SUNS — Named player development director Lindsey Hunter interim coach. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS — Signed F Joffrey Lupul to a five-year contract extension. HOCKEY National Hockey League BOSTON BRUINS — Assigned D David Warsofsky to Providence (AHL). Recalled D Aaron Johnson from a conditioning assignment at Providence. NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Reassigned D Victor Bartley to Milwaukee (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS — Assigned F Brandon Segal to Connecticut (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer CHICAGO FIRE — Announced the retirement of M Pavel Pardo. PHILADELPHIA UNION — Signed F Aaron Wheeler and D Damani Richards. COLLEGE OREGON — Promoted offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich to football coach.
College Tennis
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bulldogs win top 10 matchup with Texas Tech
hOuSTON, Texas – There is no better way to start a season than with a win and the No. 11 Mississippi State men’s tennis team did just that, defeating No. 29 Texas Tech 5-2 Sunday afternoon in a top 30 matchup. “We are really happy with our team’s performance (Sunday), especially with four freshmen in our lineup and against a very talented and wellcoached Texas Tech squad,” MSu coach per Nilsson said. The bulldogs wasted no time jumping out to an early lead, getting wins from their top two doubles squads. The No. 28 bulldog duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp were down 3-2 early in their match, but a hold by Stropp followed by a break gave the tandem momentum, which they rode to an 8-5 victory against Red Raiders gabriel Dias and Vitor Manzini. State’s No. 2 team of Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson also fell down early at 3-1, but fought back against the Tech duo of hugo Dojas and Felip Soares, earning a break to clinch the match and the doubles point 8-4. The MSu doubles squad of pedro Dumont and Romain bogaerts battled Texas Tech’s gabriel Wanderley and Francisco Zambon to a score of 5-5, where the match was suspended after White and Wilkinson clinched the doubles point for State. In singles play, the bulldogs leaned on the play of several freshmen to lead the way to victory. State’s Angus was the first to gain victory in singles, defeating Tech’s Soares with ease 6-4, 6-1 for his first career victory in dual match play. The match-clinching points came in rapid succession from senior James Chaudry and freshman Romain bogaerts. Chaudry had to fight to earn the first set, but cruised to victory in the second, defeating Tech’s Dojas 7-5, 6-1 to give MSu its third point. Seconds later, bogaerts, ranked 25th in the nation, earned his first career dual match win with ease, defeating TTu’s Dias 6-4, 6-1 and
officially clinching the team win for the bulldogs. State’s 81st-ranked Malte Stropp then added to the bulldogs score, defeating Tech’s Manzini in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. State freshman Stefan Vinti put together the most hard-fought match of the day, pushing Tech’s Raphael pfister to three sets after dropping the first set 6-1. however, Vinti could not hold on in the super tiebreaker, dropping his match 6-1, 6-7(4), 1-0(7). Freshman pedro Dumont then dropped his match to TTu’s Zambon 6-3, 6-0 for the final point of the day. Mississippi State returns to action today when it wraps up its houston road trip against the hosting No. 55 Rice Owls at noon.
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Mathies helps Kentucky rout Auburn 97-53
From Wire Reports
LEXINgTON, Ky. (Ap) — A’dia Mathies was in such a groove she didn’t even notice how well she was playing. The senior guard made eight of her nine shots and had a season high 24 points for No. 5 Kentucky in a 97-53 win over Auburn on Sunday. “No, I really didn’t feel it,” Mathies said. “I didn’t know I missed one shot. I was just out there playing. Luckily the shots went in, and my teammates did a great job of setting me up.” Mathies was perfect from the field at halftime, hitting all five of her shots — including three 3-pointers. She had 16 of her 24 points before the break. her only miss of the day was a 3-pointer off the back rim with 15:48 to play in the game. At that point the Wildcats (18-1, 6-0) were up 64-27. Mathies’ five made 3-pointers tied a career high. “I think she’s just playing with tremendous control right now and confidence,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “If you leave her open right now at the 3-point stripe, you are paying dearly because she’s shooting the ball so well.” The Wildcats, who have now won 17 games in a row Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies (1) shoots under pressure from Auburn’s Hasina Muhammad, left, during Sunday’s game in and are tied with No. 4 Duke Lexington, Ky. (Photo by James Crisp, AP) for the longest win streak in the
country, put the game away in the first half, running out to an 11-point early. Auburn (136, 2-4) closed the lead to eight points with 11:04 until halftime. but over the next 7 1/2 minutes, Kentucky went on a 24-2 run, during which six different Wildcats scored. Kentucky led 51-21 at halftime. The Tigers scored consecutive field goals only once in the first half. It was those two field goals that snapped the Wildcats’ 24-2 stretch that put them on top 46-15. Auburn, which entered Sunday’s game averaging 15.8 turnovers per game and a plus-6.4 turnover margin, had a seasonhigh 30 turnovers against the Wildcats’ full-court press. Auburn coach Terri WilliamsFlournoy was not pleased after the game with Mitchell’s insistence to run the full-court press during periods of 40-point leads all the way to the final buzzer. She voiced her opinion after the game to Mitchell, and she reiterated her point during a brief and disturbed appearance at the postgame news conference. “I thought it was pretty unclassy to continue to press when you’re up by 46 points,” Williams-Flournoy said. “We’re a pressing team also, and at some point, we do take the press off because that becomes not respectful of the other team.”
No. 9 Tennessee breezes past Alabama 96-69
By STEVE MEGARGEE Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On the final day of a week honoring pat Summitt, Tennessee paid tribute to its former coach by continuing a tradition she had started. beating Alabama. bashaara graves had 21 points and eight rebounds as one of five Tennessee players to score in double figures Sunday as the ninth-ranked Lady Vols trounced Alabama 96-69 for their 39th consecutive victory over the Crimson Tide. “They wanted to play this in honor of pat,” said Tennessee coach holly Warlick, who played for Summitt and worked as an assistant on her staff for 27 seasons. “hopefully pat saw what she has built this program on, and that’s hard work with a foundation of defense and rebounding.” Alabama hasn’t beaten the Lady Vols since an 85-66 victory in the 1984 SEC tournament. Tennessee leads the all-time series 46-2 and has never lost to the Tide during the regular season. Most of those Tennessee wins over Alabama came when Summitt was coaching the Lady Vols. Sunday marked the last day of the SEC’s “We back pat” week to support former Summitt’s foundation and its fight against Alzheimer’s disease. During the game, Summitt received checks totaling $32,145 toward her foundation from Sam’s Club, the SEC women’s basketball officials and the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Warlick and each of her assistants wore orange “We back pat” T-shirts under their blazers for the game. before the game, Tennessee’s coaches and players crossed the width of the court to hug Summitt, who was seated in the front row at midcourt. The team watched videos honoring Summitt before taking the floor. Summitt, 60, stepped down as Tennessee’s coach in April after winning 1,098 games and eight national titles in 38 seasons. She was diagnosed in 2011 with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Summitt remains on staff as head coach emeritus, attends just about every practice and watches each home game from the stands. “It was really emotional for all of us, to have a coach who’s made such an impact on everybody’s lives, including ours,” Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons said. “It was a really emotional time, just to give her a hug, to feel her and to let her know, ‘Coach, I appreciate you. We love you.’ It was one of those things. She just told every single one of us, ‘Let’s go. Let’s get ready.’ We were able to refocus very well after that.” Simmons scored 16 points as the Lady Vols (15-3, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) earned their eighth straight win overall. Isabelle harrison, Jasmine Jones and Taber Spani each added 14 points. Daisha Simmons scored 19 points, Kaneisha horn added 14 points and Shafontaye Myers had 12 points for Alabama (11-7, 1-4). horn also had 10 rebounds. “I think holly’s done a great job stepping into her role, especially stepping into pat’s footsteps,” Alabama coach Wendell hudson said. “She’s done a great job and has them playing at a very high level.” Tennessee’s 39-game winning streak over Alabama is tied for the second-longest active streak in any conference rivalry. Stanford has beaten pac-12 rival Washington State 53 straight
times. uCSb has 39 straight wins over Cal State Fullerton in the big West. Alabama’s lack of success in this series didn’t bother the Crimson Tide in the early going. The Tide capitalized on Daisha Simmons’ hot shooting and Tennessee’s turnover problems to pull ahead early. Simmons scored 12 points in the first seven minutes of the game. Tennessee took the lead for good at 20-18 on harrison’s layup with 10:20 left in the first half, but the Crimson Tide didn’t go away immediately. Alabama was within five points until the Lady Vols closed the half on a 14-5 run to take a 49-35 lead into the intermission. Alabama just couldn’t slow down Tennessee. The Lady Vols shot 62.9 percent (22 of 35) in the first half. harrison and graves, who had shot a combined 3 of 15 Thursday in a 75-66 victory at Auburn, teamed up to shoot 10 of 10 and score 23 points in the first half.
South Carolina beats Florida in gainesville
From Wire Reports gAINESVILLE, Fla. (Ap) — Khadijah Sessions had 15 points and No. 19 South Carolina held off Florida 52-44 Sunday despite a 9-minute scoreless drought. The gamecocks (16-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), whose 59 rebounds were the most in coach Dawn Staley's five seasons, led 17-6 early and 24-17 at halftime. Jaterra bonds, who paced the gators with 16 points, tied it at 35 on a layup with 12:14 left, but South Carolina rattled off 10 straight points, capped by Ashley bruner's layup with 9:39 remaining, and Elem Ibiam had two key blocks. Florida (13-6, 2-3) posted its lowest point total of the season.
and georgia. The Aggies squad that won the 2011 NCAA championship eliminated georgia in the Sweet 16, 79-38. Courtney Walker scored 12 points to lead a strong perimeter performance by Texas A&M (14-5, 4-1 Southeastern Conference.) A&M's Kelsey bone, the SEC's leading scorer and rebounder, saw her streak of five straight doubledoubles come to an end as she scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She spent long stretches on the bench with foul trouble. The Aggies hit 51 percent from the field (26 of 51) and made 5 of 10 3-pointers. Jasmine hassell led georgia (16-3, 4-2) with only nine points. The Lady bulldogs shot 29.1 percent from the field (16 of 55) and made 1 of 6 3-pointers.
Texas A&M 64, georgia 46
AThENS, ga. — gary blair is much happier with his results against georgia now that he's the coach at Texas A&M. The No. 20 Aggies defeated No. 13 georgia to give blair his first win in Athens. At Texas A&M, blair is 2-0 against Landers
LSu 54, Vanderbilt 51
bATON ROugE, La. – The LSu Lady Tigers overcame an eight-point halftime deficit against Vanderbilt to pick up a win in baton Rouge. Theresa plaisance made her presence felt with a game-high 26 points and seven rebounds for LSu (12-7, 3-3 Southeastern Conference).
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The Starkville Christian Cougars, top, celebrate their tournament championship of the Grace Christian Invitational in Louisville Saturday, while Tupelo Christian’s Austin Slagle, from left in right photo, was chosen the Best Offensive Player, Caleb Jordan of Starkville Christian was the Most Valuable Player and Jesse Little of Starkville Christian was the Best Defensive Player. All three players were also members of the All-Tournament team. (Submitted photo)
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vail.” The second-year quarterback who runs like a track star guided San Francisco on a pair of second-half scoring drives that wiped out Atlanta’s 24-14 lead at the break. gore scored on a 5-yard run early in the third quarter, then sprinted in from 9 yards out for the winning score with 8:23 remaining after each team made crucial mistakes to ruin potential scoring drives. On both of gore’s TDs, the Falcons had to worry about Kaepernick running it himself out of the spread option, and they barely even touched the running back on either play. his backup, LaMichael James, also ran for a TD in similar fashion. “I’m just enjoying this,” Kaepernick said. “I mean, I couldn’t ask to be anywhere else.” he didn’t mind letting others handle the running game. “I kind of figured that coming in and they showed that on film, so I assumed Frank and LaMichael were going to have a big day,” Kaepernick said. “Frank ran hard today, and I can’t say enough about him.” The 49ers pulled off the biggest comeback victory in an NFC championship
game, according to STATS. The previous NFC record was 13 points — Atlanta’s victory over Minnesota in the 1999 title game, which sent the Falcons to what remains the only Super bowl in franchise history. In the AFC, the record is 18 points, when Indianapolis rallied past New England in 2007. The top-seeded Falcons (14-4), in what appeared to be the final game for hall of Famer-to-be Tony gonzalez, tried to pull off another season-extending drive. but, unlike the week before against Seattle, they needed a touchdown this time. They came up 10 yards short. On fourth down, Matt Ryan attempted a pass over the middle to Roddy White that would have been enough to keep the drive going. but linebacker NaVorro bowman stuck a hand in to knock it away with 1:13 remaining. The 49ers ran off all but the final 6 seconds, not nearly enough time for Ryan to pull off his greatest comeback yet. With that, the celebration was on in the city by the bay, which is rapidly becoming the new Titletown uSA. The 49ers will try to follow the lead of the baseball giants, who won the World Series in October. The Falcons came up short of their secAfter Flacco threw an incompletion out of bounds, Rice took a handoff, ran to the left and scored easily. Welker’s touchdown came 4:18 before intermission and capped an 11-play, 79yard drive. he scored on a pass to the right as cornerbacks Corey graham and Chykie brown appeared to get crossed up on their assignments. On the first play of the series, baltimore’s Dannell Ellerbe was penalized 15 yards for a blow to the head. Then a 24yard completion from brady to Welker gave the patriots a first down at the Ra-
ond Super bowl, leaving the 1995 braves as the city’s only major sports champions. This one figures to hurt for a while. “We didn’t make the plays when we had the opportunity,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “There were five or six plays, like in most hard-fought games, that make a difference. There were ebbs and flows and changes in momentum, and they made more plays than we did.” Kaepernick, who ran for 181 yards against the packers to set an NFL playoff record for a quarterback, didn’t have much chance to use his legs against the Falcons. he broke off a 23-yard gain, but was thrown for a 2-yard loss the only other time he carried the ball. but Kaepernick showed he’s more than a runner, shredding the Falcons for 233 yards passing on a 16-of-21 day. his favorite receiver was Davis, who hauled in five passes for 106 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown. gore carried 21 times for 90 yards, while James added 34 yards on five carries. Ryan finished 30 of 42 for 396 yards, by far the best performance of his playoff career. but his postseason record dropped to 1-4, done in by two big miscues — an interception and a fumble — in the second half. vens 16-yard line. both teams punted on their first possession before the patriots began their scoring drive at their 21-yard line after a 50-yard punt by Sam Koch. The patriots began the series with brady’s 8-yard completion to brandon Lloyd. The pair teamed up for three completions, gaining 37 yards, on the drive. The Ravens punted on their first three possessions in the first quarter. The patriots punted on three of their four series, forcing baltimore to start deep in its territory.
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tkowski’s kick, ending a 13-play, 67-yard drive during which brady completed five of seven passes for 55 yards. Rice’s touchdown ended a 13-play, 90yard drive that lasted 5:51. Flacco threw completions for first downs of 17 yards to pitta, 11 yards to Rice, 8 yards to bernard pierce and 25 yards to Smith. With a first down at the patriots 15-yard line, Rice ran for 8 and 5 yards, giving the Ravens a first down at the 2.
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