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Illinois students help build home
By NATHAN GREGORY
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Spring break: a chance for college students to leave town, forget about the grind of tests and projects and do whatever they want. Some students from Illinois based Rockford College see it as an opportunity to lend a hand. Twenty-six Rockford College students, staff and alumni have been helping Starkville Habitat for Humanity build the foundation of its 51st house since they arrived Saturday. According to
Habitat office manager Peggy Branch, this is the 18th consecutive year the college has sent representatives to help build the latest Habitat home. This year, they’re on 270 Arnold Dr. working on what will become the home of Starkville resident Demetra Petty and her two children, 7-year-old Christopher and 1-year-old Aiyana. Rockford alumnus Matt Adams has been around for 10 of those service trips and said though he’s spending his spring break working,
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Above: Rockford College junior Christina Bartholomew, foreground, and alumnus Matt Adams set a roof truss on the 51st Starkville Habitat for Humanity home. Left: From left, RC senior Anna Muller, senior Eric Woelbling, freshman Liz Campoli and staff member Jil Gates paint the plywood which will later be the ceiling of the house’s porch. The Illinois-based college has sent students, alumni and staff to Starkville to assist Habitat for Humanity during the college’s spring break for the past 18 years. (Photos by Nathan Gregory, SDN)
Artisan Expo starts today at MMHC
By STEVEN NALLEY educ@starkvilledailynews.com Not every family in Starkville is spending all of spring break out of town. Allson Buehler, co-owner of the Mississippi Modern Homestead Center, said she knew a few parents who had taken their children to venues like the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, Ala. or the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo at some point during spring break. She said she wanted to create an event for families to enjoy without having to leave Starkville. “A lot of families are in town and looking for things to do with their kids,” Buehler said. Buehler and the MMHC are hosting the Local Artisan Expo from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, giving area families insights into arts and crafts that are often handed down through generations. Two-day passes to the event cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-15. Children under 6 years old get in free. Crafts slated for the expo include bead-making, quilting, sewing, refurbishing, woodwork and upcycling, or converting waste materials like plastic bags into items of higher value like decorations or jewelry. Buehler said new exhibits would begin at the expo every two hours, and the expo would feature three exhibits at any given time spread across the MMHC. Many of
Writers’ group combines Starkville, Irish heritage
By STEVEN NALLEY Group will hold an award cereduc@starkvilledailynews.com emony for the essay contest winners Saturday at the Book Five young Starkville writ- Mart and Cafe immediately afers are in for a surprise. ter its second St. Patrick’s Day Debra Wolf, a member of celebration at noon in the same the Starkville Writers Group, location. said the five winners of an esWolf said the contest origisay contest the group held in nally only had first, second and January for Armstrong Middle third place awards, but choosSchool sixth graders already ing the winners turned out to knew that they had won. be so difficult that she suggestShe said they did not yet ed a three-way tie for second know what they had won. The essay contest was themed around the 175th anniversary of Starkville’s Amy Burton | Writers Group founding, Wolf said, so Paige Lawes, chairman of place, and her fellow members celebrations for the anniver- agreed. All the winners are sary, helped the group procure members of Amy Dearman’s the prizes. sixth grade PEAK gifted class, “Paige had contacted us and she said, and first place went to said the calendar sale (for the) Laura Beth Taylor, third place 175th anniversary was in Oc- went to Joy Nabors, and the tober and November, but she three-way tie for second place wanted to give the proceeds went to Elizabeth Leigh, Wyatt from that as prize money for Logan and Maggie Fischer. the children,” Wolf said. “BeWolf said the essay contest cause we didn’t know how asked AMS sixth graders to much that was going to be, we interview older members of didn’t tell them (before they the Starkville community, inentered). I think they will be cluding their own parents and very surprised.” grandparents, about the way The Starkville Writers Starkville was when they were young. She said she came from a Pennsylvania town about one tenth the size of Starkville, and its 200th anniversary celebration gave her the idea for an essay contest for Starkville’s 175th anniversary. “We had all kinds of groups in the (Pennsylvania) town get together and celebrate different aspects of the anniversary,” Wolf said. “We wanted to do something that would be crossgenerational, and we also wanted to do something that involved some amount of writing. We wanted to have memBer children talk to their elders that might remember back two or three generations ... and then write an essay based on the conversations. What did (these older citizens) play with? Did they ride a train that no longer runs?” Fellow Starkville Writers Group member Amy Burton said the students demonstrated they had learned much in their essays. For instance, she said, at least one student had not learned what an outhouse was before learning about it
the artisans the expo would feature are artisans she said she had met since the MMHC opened in December. “There were just a lot of artists here we weren’t aware of,” Buehler said. “This is a different genre of art, a folk art ... cottage art, things people have learned to do on their own. People usually learn it from a family member or a family friend. It’s passed down through generations, and you don’t have to have professional training to engage in these kinds of arts. It’s kind of an art for everybody.” Buehler said the expo also doubled as a way for curious attendees to sample classes that several participating artisans offered. Groups on Facebook and other venues focused on homestead artisanship had grown, she said, and she hoped the expo gave these artisans’ classes the chance to grow as well. “(Attendees will) be able to touch the art, try to do it, learn a little about it and experience it,” Buehler said. “It’s a chance to try a lot of things and see what you might be interested in learning.” For example, Sharon Bauman is launching “Weaving Wednesdays,” a set of basket weaving classes beginning March 20 at MMHC. Bauman said in a press release that she began studying basket weaving on her own years ago,
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“These kids got to hear about (these stories) in person and not just read (about them) in a book. They got to meet and talk with people who lived through these experiences.”
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Dylan Karges, who will provide pottery demonstrations at the Mississippi Modern Homestead Center’s Local Artisan Expo Saturday, hangs his artwork on the MMHC’s walls for display during the expo. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
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Around Town
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Today
u Spring revival — New Bell Zion Charge will hold its annual spring revival at 7 p.m. at Bell Chapel u.M. Church. Guest evangelist will be Rev. Joseph Long of True Vine M.B. Church. For more information, call Linda Ferguson at 662-6173316.
Saturday
u Celtic celebration — The Starkville Writer’s Group will hold a Celtic celebration at noon at the Bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. u Irish luncheon — The Golden Triangle Celts Club will hold an Irish luncheon at 11 a.m. at Three Generations Tea Room. Seating is limited and the cost is $12. To make a reservation, call 662-324-1507. u Traveling Stars gospel concert — The Mississippi Traveling Stars Gospel Singers will celebrate their 70-year singing anniversary with three concerts this weekend. The group will perform at 7 p.m. today at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church at the corner of Spring and Gillespie in Starkville. On Sunday, the singers will perform at 2 p.m. at Brownridge Missionary Baptist Church in Crawford and 7 p.m. at Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church at 1355 Bluff Lake Road in Starkville. All groups and choirs are invited to the Sunday night concert.
History of the Columbus Air Force Base and the effect of sequestration on CAFB was the program presented by Sonic Johnson, Chief, Public Affairs, to the local Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter. Mr. Johnson is pictured above with some of the members and perspective members. Left to right are Beth Cook, Lynda Forbus, Amanda Edwards, Sonic Johnson, Carolyn Duncan and Rose Shulgay. (Submitted photo)
service. Cost is a donation and proceeds will benefit the AuMC Youth Camp Fund. u Church Woman’s Day — Antioch M.B. Church in Starkville will host its annual Woman’s Day at 3 p.m. Guest speaker will be Annette Brown from Pine Grove M.B. Church. Everyone is invited.
a.m. on location at SPROuT. All interested members of the Starkville community are invited. For more information, email dnp0909@aol.com. u Kiwanis Club meeting — Kiwanis will meet at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn. Russ Rogers will be talking about his mountain climbing adventures.
Monday
u Family workshop — A “Building Good Relationship” family workshop will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at West Oktibbhea High School. The event is sponsored by The Controllers Generation 4H Club. u Rotary banquet — The Starkville Rotary Club will hold its annual spring social and awards banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Starkville Country Club. u Spring revival — New Prairie Grove M.B. Church will hold its spring revival at 7 p.m. each night through March 20 at the church on Bluefield Road. Guest minister will be Pastor Thomas Rogers of the Josey Creek M.B. Church. For more information, contact Rodney Pope or the church at 662-3240701. u Civitans to meet — Starkville Civitan Club will meet at noon at McAlister’s Deli.
Wednesday
u Easter egg hunt — Kappa Delta sorority at Mississippi State university will host an Easter egg hunt from 4-7 p.m. in the junction on campus. Cost is $5 per child. Proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America.
Sunday
u Deacon and deaconess program — Sixteenth Section M.B. Church will hold its annual deacon and deaconess program at 3 p.m. Guest preacher will be Rev. Larnzy L. Carpenter Jr. of First Baptist Longview M.B. Church. For more information, call 662-323-7699. u St. Patrick’s Day celebration — The Starkville 175th birthday committee and the Golden Triangle Celts Club will host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at 6 p.m. at Oby’s Restaurant in Starkville. The event will honor the 2013 Irish Rose, Dorothy Damm. For more information, call 662-324-1507. u Worship service — The Blessing Missionary Baptist Church will host worship services at 10:30 a.m. at the Sportsplex in Starkville. The church will hold services there on the first and third Sundays of each month. For more information, contact the Rev. Methonia or Mrs. Debra Martin at 662341-2278. u Spud & Salad — Adaton united Methodist Church will host a “Spud & Salad” lunch following the 11 a.m. worship
Thursday
u Quilting Guild meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilters Guild will host national award winning quilter, Julia Graber, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sportsplex community building,. Her program will be a presentation on “Blocking Quilts and Showing Tips.” Graber will also show many of her quilts. Visitors are welcome. u Pancake dinner — Kappa Delta sorority at Mississippi State university will host a family late night pancake dinner from 5- 7 p.m. at the Kappa Delta House on campus. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America.
Tuesday
u Grief support group meeting — The Grief Support Group will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Guest speaker will be Jada Gardner of Legacy Hospice. For more information, call 662-615-0033. u Starkville Newcomers meeting — The Starkville Newcomers’ Club will meet 10
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u Writing group — The Starkville Writer’s Group meets the first and third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the Bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Debra Wolf at dkwolf@copper. net or call 662-323-8152. u Scholarship opportunity — The Starkville Civic League will offer the Camp-Gaston Student Scholarship to an Oktibbeha County, Starkville High School, Starkville Academy or Oktibbeha County Homeschool senior planning to enter college in the fall of 2013. Interested students should contact their respective guidance counselors as soon as possible. Deadline for
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applications is April 1. u Job training classes — Emerson Family Center will hold job training and career classes March 7, 21 and 28 from 10:30 to noon. For more information, call Megan with Building Strong Families at 662-4187089. u BNI meetings — A chapter of Business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesdays in the Modern Woodmen office on Lafayette Street. For more information, call Barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or Matt Rose at 662-275-8003. u Dance team applications — KMG Creations children dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or email danzexplosion@yahoo. com. u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Jesus Lives” from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Book Mart Cafe in downtown 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 662323-7597. u Childbirth classes — North Miss. Medical Center in West Point will host childbirth classes Thursdays, Feb. 21-March 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is $35. For more information, call 662-495-2292 or 1-800-843-3375. 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
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there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http://www. cityofstarkville.org or call 662323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. Thursdays. 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. wheat@gentiva.com. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSu Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays 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@msstate.edu or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@msstate.edu 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 662323-2294. u Square dancing — This is fun for all ages, singles or couples. New dancers will find patient instruction by the new caller and friendly help from other dancers. Come from 7-9 p.m. every Monday to the Sportplex Annex at 405 Lynn Lane. Follow the covered walkway to the small building. 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 carly. wheat@gentiva.com. u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays 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 at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-4185535 or 601-663-5682. u Pregnancy and parenting class — A series of classes are being held at Emerson Family Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through September. 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 662-323-3890, Margaret Prisock at 662- 3244864, or Charlie Smith at 662324-2989. u Clothing ministry — Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, 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 info@ worldaflameministries.org and visit http://www.healingrooms. com 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 662-338-9442. 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 in-
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formation, call 662-324-1965. 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 662242-7962. 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 601-5271553. 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. u PROJECT CLASS — PROJECT CLASS is seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference in the life of a young student by practicing reading and arithmetic with them in a one-on-one session for one hour per week. Call 662-323-3322.
Bryant signs bill for school prayer
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that could lead to student-led prayer over school intercoms or at graduations or sporting events. The American Civil Liberties union said the measure, which becomes law July 1, is likely to prompt a lawsuit in the school year that begins in August. Republican Bryant was joined by about two dozen lawmakers, ministers and other supporters as he signed Senate Bill 2633. His grandmother's Bible, with a black leather cover and well-worn pages, sat on the desk of his Capitol office. "We believe that we're on firm ground here with our opportunity for religious expression in a limited forum within public schools. That does not mean that they won't file a lawsuit, and we'll see how that comes out for us," Bryant said. The new law says all Mississippi school districts must adopt a policy to allow a "limited public forum" at school events such as football games or morning announcements, to let students express religious beliefs. The policy must include a disclaimer that such student speech "does not reflect the endorsement, sponsorship, position or expression of the district." Bear Atwood, legal director for ACLu of Mississippi, did not attend the bill signing ceremony but told The Associated Press in a phone interview that she thinks the law "has serious constitutional issues." She said the ACLu will wait to see if there's proselytizing in public schools before deciding whether to file a lawsuit. "At the end of the day, do I think there will be a legal challenge?" Atwood said. "Yes, which is unfortunate because it is not the governor or the Legislature that will get sued but the individual school district and that's not a very good way for them (to) spend their limited education dollars — especially given that this is a pretty well-settled area of law." Bryant, who often talks about cutting government spending, said: "If we've got to spend taxpayers' money, I think we would be honored to spend it in defending religious freedoms for the people of the state of Mississippi." The governor said Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, would be respon-
Area pastors and lawmakers watch Gov. Phil Bryant, seated, as he signs Senate Bill 2633, the Mississippi Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013, into law at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Thursday. The measure protects students from being discriminated against in a public school for expressing their religious viewpoints or engaging in religious activities. (Photo by Rogelio V. Solis, AP) sible for defending the state. "I think he's very capable of doing that and we look forward to working with him," Bryant said. The law also specifies that students are allowed to express religious beliefs in their class assignments and are free to organize religious groups on campus. Atwood said it's already "well-established constitutional law" that students have the right to do those things and to wear clothing with religious expression or gather around a public school flagpole to pray. "There's plenty of guidance for schools," Atwood said. "This bill is about trying end-run the Constitution so there can be prayer over the loudspeaker during school day and school assemblies and sporting events and graduations ... Students have the right to engage in voluntary prayer as long as it's not disruptive
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in an interview, and other students heard first-hand accounts of segregation, Elvis Presley, gospel music on the radio and more. “These kids got to hear about (these stories) in person and not just read (about them) in a book,” Burton said. “They got to meet and talk with people who lived through these experiences.” All of the entrants’ essays will be on display at the Cotton District Arts Festival, Burton said, but with CDAF still about one month away, she thought the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day was a good opportunity to hold the awards ceremony. She has been trained in Celtic improvisational dance, she said, and she planned to share a performance with the students. Burton said she also planned to read them Irish poetry along with other members of the
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eventually becoming a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen before moving out of the state. “Although I no longer do lots of weaving, I still make a few baskets and find giving demonstrations and hands-on classes very rewarding,” Bauman said in the release. “I feel that basket weaving is becoming a lost art in our modern day. It is an art that at one time was a noble profession, as baskets were a household necessity and everybody used them.” Buehler said the expo would also feature programs for children, keeping them busy and allowing parents attending to enjoy their own activities. “My three children will be there, so I’ve designed (the children’s activities) around things I knew would interest
writers’ group. The celebration and awards ceremony were open to the public, she said, so anyone who wanted to bring an Irish poem and read it at the event was invited to do so. “I want it to be really fun, casual and enjoyable,” Burton said. “I thought it would be fun for the kids to come, to have the kids hear some Irish authors. (It’s good) anytime we can expose somebody to art.” Burton said the Book Mart’s cafe had also agreed to serve reuben sandwiches, soda bread and shamrock cookies. She said any visitors who were curious about the Starkville Writers Group were also invited to the group’s regular meeting at 10 a.m. upstairs at the book store. “We’re just trying to be positive and help each other with whatever our goals are,” Burton said. “Since the beginning of this year we’ve had a By LAURA TILLMAN consistent amount of people, Associated Press like a dozen each meeting, and it’s fun.” JACKSON — Some hunters who use modern rifles may no longer have to sit out primthem,” Buehler said. Dylan Karges said he itive weapon deer season in planned to bring the same pot- Mississippi. A bill that would tery demonstrations he had allow hunters to use weapons brought to the Cotton District of choice on private land durArts Festival and the Starkville ing this brief part of deer seaCommunity Market in the past son is headed to the desk of to the MMHC’s expo. He said Gov. Phil Bryant. Bryant spokesman Mick he believed the Local Artisan Expo had a chance to build a Bullock said he expects the reputation comparable to that governor to sign the bill into of CDAF and other major law. House Bill 1139 would apStarkville events. “I’ll have a couple of pot- ply only if the hunter is the ters’ wheels and have enough landowner or is leasing the clay for anyone who wants to land, a member of a hunting participate, whether they’ve club, or a guest. The bill would done it before or not,” Karges not apply to public lands. If a said. “I think (the expo) will license is required, the hunter certainly retain its own unique would still be required to purquality. The approach with the chase that license. Deer season in Mississippi artisans (is) more of a sort of off-the-grid type of environ- generally lasts from October to ment. It certainly can be a rich February, varying by region. experience ... with the garden- The period for deer hunting ing and being really kid-friend- with primitive weapons varies ly and the people who put their by region, ranging from about heart and soul into the craft.” two weeks long to about six the people here. There are so many different personalities here and it’s awesome to get to know everybody … you make a ton of friends.” She said coming back for a second time had been even more enjoyable this year because she had more experience with the building process. “It is a spring break. We are on break. We’re having fun and we’re not stressed with school. We’re here and doing something that makes us feel good,” she said. “(My friend and I were) talking the other day about how now we want to build our own house … It’s cool to say that you’ve built someone’s house and that you left your mark there and will be forever part of their lives because of it.” Sophomore Stephanie Tassone, also a second-year volunteer, said though she had no building experience prior to last year, she felt she had learned a great deal and has been able to use her knowledge to help the Starkville community. “I honestly couldn’t think of another way to spend my spring break than being down here because if I didn’t come down here I’d probably be
to the school environment, which is the same as all of their First Amendment rights." The Rev. David D. Tipton Jr., superintendent for the Mississippi District of the united Pentecostal Church, was among those attending the bill signing. He said he believes there are barriers to religious expression in public schools. "We have listened to the argument of the separation of church and state too long, and those barriers, I believe, is a facade with a certain agenda that has actually I think brought our nation to the peril that it is in," Tipton said. "So, yes, there are barriers there that a person or a child is afraid to speak anything related to God or Jesus because of lawsuits and things like that. So I think this piece of legislation will be a positive thing for the state of Mississippi."
Deer hunting weapons bill goes to Bryant
weeks long. "A lot of people didn't have the money to buy one of these weapons," said Rep. Ken Morgan, R-Morgantown, one of the bill's authors. "This gives you a weapon of choice, so if you want to hunt with one of those rifles, you can still use that type of weapon, but if you want to carry a 7mm Magnum, you can hunt with it also." Morgan said the primitive weapons include certain types of rifles and shotguns that can cost up to $900, and not all hunters want to spend the money or enjoy using them. He said the primitive weapon season alienated older hunters who didn't feel comfortable using those types of rifles, as well as families that might not be able to afford purchasing several new weapons so they can hunt together. Primitive weapon season also includes crossbows. "Our kids are either sending text messages or playing computer games," said Morgan, vice chairman of the House Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee. "We've lost a generation who don't care a thing about hunting. But once you show them the enjoyment
of hunting and being out in nature, you show them what they're missing." Morgan said the deer population needs to be controlled to prevent the spread of disease, and allowing different types of weapons during the primitive weapon season would get more hunters involved. The bill would not affect hunters until after Nov. 30, 2014. Morgan said this would give stores that sell the primitive weapons enough time to unload some of their inventory, since they anticipate lower demand after it goes into effect.
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he still considered himself on vacation each time he came to Starkville to help Habitat. “Part of the fun of the trip is we bring down a group of kids and half of them probably have never touched a hammer before and by the end of the week we have most of a house with a roof on it,” Adams said. “I love it. It’s different enough from what I do during the week that it’s still a nice vacation even though I probably get less sleep now than I do when I go to work each day.” RC junior Kelly Thorsen is helping Habitat for a second straight year and said she’s proud to be a part of what had become a long-standing traditional partnership between the college and Habitat. “… When other people think of spring break they think of partying, and when we think of spring break we think of coming down here and helping people and I think that’s awesome because we’re not spending it for ourselves. We’re spending it for others,” she said. “But, it is a little bit for ourselves because we love
spending it at home doing not much,” Tassone said. “To see people commit so much time to someone and we don’t know who it is, we just know there was a need, has been great. RC senior Eric Woelbling is in Starkville assisting a Habitat project for the first time and said he hoped to come back as an alumnus in the future. “As far as this experience goes here, this is the first time I’ve ever built a house. It’s been great. I’ve learned quite a bit,” Woelbling said. “I appreciate the locals here and the guys who have been helping us. With age comes wisdom and experience and passing it on to the youth, it’s a privilege. Everything we do here is a learning experience.” He said he had also enjoyed the opportunity to connect with his classmates through service. “I know when I go back after this and then I seem them at college (we’re) going to be just a little bit closer even if it’s in passing,” he said. “We’ll … know that we’ve accomplished something better together for another family and to maybe change the world just one little bit at a time.”
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McCain and Graham, irrelevant or dangerous
Imagine u.S. Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana attacking fellow Democrats Diane Feinstein, Chuck Schumer and Richard Blumenthal over their unconstitutional gun control proposals. Further, envision Manchin granting an interview with conspiratorial radio talk show host Alex Jones, during which the senator calls Feinstein, Schumer and Blumenthal “wacko birds.” Picture the harrumphing that would emanate from the elite media... Diane Sawyer, ABC News: “An inexplicable thing happened in Washington today. In a bizarre tantrum gone public, two Senate Democrats attacked three esteemed colleagues for their work to stop mass shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut...” Brian Williams, NBC News: “You don’t often see this kind of testiness in the collegial upper chamber, but today a pair of Democratic Senators let their tempers get the better of them by impugning the motives of fellow Senators Diane Feinstein, Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal...” Scott Pelley, CBS News: “In a strange diatribe that almost sounded like a manifesto, two Democrats unloaded on three of their senate colleagues today. Senators Diane Feinstein, Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal — who have worked feverishly to make sensible gun legislation the law of the land — were themselves subjected to a merciless assault, albeit verbal, from two of their fellow Democrats...” Wolf Blitzer, CNN: “What has happened to the decorum of the united States Senate? Two Democrats ran completely off the rails this week in a fit of pique not seen since President Lyndon Johnson clashed with Dixiecrats in the great civil rights battles of the 1960s...” Rachel Maddow, MSNBC (in her best snarky voice): “Two rogue Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginny, and Jon Tester from Militia-land, somewhere in Montana — savaged three of their colleagues on the floor of the u.S. Senate today. Manchin then took to the air waves, granting an exclusive interview to paranoid, farright wing radio host Alex Jones. During that interview, Senator Manchin called fellow Democrats Diane FeinDouG pAtton stein, Charles Schumer synDicAteD and Richard columnist Blumenthal “wacko birds” because they don’t want 5-year-olds buying uzis on the streets of America! This was on the Alex Jones show! Talk about your wacko birds!” In reality, Democrat politicians don’t do this to one another. Furthermore, if such a situation did occur, it is improbable that the mainstream media would report on it at all. They would bury it along with the truth about Benghazi and a hundred other scandals over the last four years. But if they did cover the story, it would be as I have described it. In other words, they would circle the wagons and throw Manchin and Tester under the bus so fast it would send a whole new thrill up Chris Matthews’ leg. Not so when John McCain and Lindsay Graham condemned fellow GOP Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, as well as Republican Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan, who supported Senator Paul’s 13-hour filibuster on the Senate floor last week. Senator Paul simply wanted an opinion from Attorney-General Eric Holder as to whether the President of the united States has the constitutional authority to use weaponized drones to kill American citizens, without due process, on American soil. (By the way, my 7-year-old grandson came up with a “no” answer long before Holder did.) For this perceived outrage, the cantankerous McCain, who long ago chose to transform himself from an American hero into a political clown for the amusement of Washington media elites, granted an interview to the loony-left Huffington Post web-
site to vent his displeasure. Therein, he referred to Senator Paul, Senator Cruz and Rep. Amash as “wacko birds.” Amash, who has taken on McCain & company before, especially on Twitter, tweeted in response, “Sen McCain called @SenRandPaul, @SenTedCruz & me ‘wacko birds.’ Bravo, Senator. You got us. Did you come up with that at #DinnerWithBarack?” — a reference to McCain and Graham having dinner with the president just before their condemnation of their colleagues. Amash has put his finger on the pulse of the problem. John McCain and Lindsay Graham have been in Washington far too long. When a Republican united States Senator prefers to attack Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for defending liberty rather than Barack Obama and Eric Holder for trying to destroy it, that senator has become irrelevant at best or dangerous at worst. Doug Patton is a syndicated columnist. Email him at dpatton@cagle.com.
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Medicaid
Miss. Legislature has been quiet on issue
Discussion of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi will take center stage as legislative hearings get under way and groups on both sides of the issue hold rallies. To date, all we have heard is a lot of political posturing and partisan disagreement. All it has gotten us is a failed attempt to simply reauthorize Medicaid under its current form. No meaningful discussion of anything else has taken place. Legislative leaders, so far, have been quiet on the issue. While we know they are against expanding Medicaid in general, they will say nothing when questioned about how they plan to handle cuts to federal funds that hospitals use to cover the cost of indigent care. These funds represent roughly $200 million annually to Mississippi health care providers across the state. We understand the politics behind not stating a position on a controversial matter before one absolutely must. However, we’re not interested in the politics of our legislative leaders. We are interested in their ideas on Medicaid expansion in the event our hospitals are placed at risk. Gov. Phil Bryant, up until recently, had held his tongue as well. Speaking against the health care overhaul and Medicaid expansion in general, Bryant — like Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn — would only say we don’t have enough information. But now, Bryant stated unequivocally that he would not support Medicaid expansion under any scenario. Instead, he would sue the federal government. While we question the wisdom of such a lawsuit — not to mention the certain mountain of legal fees it would pile up — at least Bryant is speaking candidly. We could use more candid discussion. In Arkansas, state leaders are looking at expanding Medicaid by using the federal funds to purchase private insurance plans for those who qualify for the program. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe said the plan came from leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature, who otherwise would not have supported expansion. In Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott proposed Medicaid expansion by privatizing the program. unlike Arkansas, Scott wanted to put Medicaid recipients in private health care management plans. We are not necessarily endorsing either of these ideas. They are both fraught with pitfalls, but they both show ingenuity and creative thinking. They came from open dialogue among state leaders, which is missing here in Mississippi. The Clarion-Ledger
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Paul Ryan’s fantasy yearnings
It speaks volumes about the Republican fantasy world that alleged deep thinker Paul Ryan foresees a balanced budget in 10 years — thanks to the repeal of Obamacare. Will somebody please stage an intervention and tell this guy that Obamacare is here to stay, and that therefore his new budget blueprint is delusional? When Ryan was tapped last summer for the lower rung on the GOP presidential ticket, I wrote: “The rattling you just heard was the cart of Champagne being wheeled into Obama campaign headquarters.” Ryan, I pointed out, was “one of the top players in the singularly unpopular Republican Congress,” and the perennial architect of budget blueprints “that would make rich people richer, shred the social safety net, and kill guaranteed Medicare. Obama’s path to re-election just got smoother.” Well, he’s back again this week, with a new budget blueprint, and it plays like a broken record: killing the Medicare guarantee, slashing federal spending in the aforementioned sectors, and shredding the safety net. A true believer never learns, not even in the wake of a resounding defeat. And now he has doubleddown, hinging his balanced-budget projections on the belief — or assumption, or article of faith — that Obamacare will be repealed. If this were anyone but Ryan, I might be tempted to ask what he has been smoking. Dick polmAn Indeed, there was a moment, on Fox News Guest columnist Sunday, when host Chris Wallace seemed poised to ask that same question. Consider the following exchange. Wallace: “Are you saying that as part of your budget you would repeal — you assume the repeal of Obamacare?” Ryan: “Yes.” Wallace: “Well, that’s not going to happen.” Ryan: “Well, we believe it should.” Ryan’s latter response said it all. President Obama, notwithstanding his own flaws as a budget negotiator, is stuck dealing with an opposition party that’s allergic to political reality, a party that’s still in denial about last November. This was all evident again yesterday, when Ryan conversed with the media about his new
blueprint. If any shrinks were watching, they would have been fascinated. At one point, Ryan was asked about last November. A reporter said: “People outside this process might wonder if elections have consequences.” And Ryan, referring to his draconian budget proposals, actually responded: “Are a lot of these solutions very popular, and did we win these arguments in the campaign? Some of us think so.” Well, let’s see: The Republicans decisively lost the presidential race. They lost Wisconsin, the state that home boy Ryan was supposed to put in play. They lost the national popular vote in the Senate races. They lost the national popular vote in the House races. And they lost the Obamacare issue (which wasn’t giving them any traction anyway), because they lost in the u.S. Supreme Court. Obamacare is the law of the land; in fact, at last glance, eight Republican governors have already signed on to its key Medicaid provision. Politically, the odds of repeal are roughly equivalent to the odds of George W. Bush’s face being carved on Mount Rushmore. Calling for repeal is already a crank impulse, like
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SEVEN SEALS AWARD
R&F Comfort Systems of Starkville won the Seven Seals Award from the Mississippi Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) when the group held its quarterly executive committee meeting and annual planning and award ceremony recently in the Old Capitol Inn at Jackson. ESGR presented 20 awards to employers in Mississippi for their support of their employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserves. ESGR represents the Army National Guard and Reserve, Air Force National Guard and Reserve, and the Navy, Marine and Coast Guard reserves, acting as a liaison between service members and employees. R&F owners Richard and Felicia Hester, center, accepted the award. They are pictured with Jack Wallace, left, chairman of the Mississippi Committee of the ESGR and vice chairman of the ESGR National Committee for Outreach, and Major General Augustus Collins, adjutant general for Mississippi. Also Danny Coggins, not pictured, president of Gulf states Manufacturers in Starkville, and his employees were honored for their tremendous support for National Guard, Reserves and veterans for more than three years. (Submitted photo)
Public invited to MSu observatory to view comet
For Starkville Daily News Mississippi State is opening the doors to its observatory twice this month for public viewings of the comet PANSTARRS as it enters the Northern Hemisphere. From 7-9 p.m. March 15 and 20, the university’s E.I. Howell Observatory will be open for seeing the celestial traveler discovered in June 2011. The Howell Observatory is located on MSu’s South Farm, just south of campus. Inclement weather will cancel the viewing. The comet’s name is an acronym for the Hawaii-based telescopic survey that found it: Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System. Even though PANSTARRS is not very bright and will appear quite low on the western horizon, the observatory’s 14inch telescope should provide a relatively unobstructed view to the southwest and enable viewers to appreciate details of the icy dirtball. “The comet is visible to the west at sunset for about an hour,” said Angelle Tanner, assistant professor of astronomy.
“The telescope will remain open until 9 p.m.” To reach the observatory, turn south off Blackjack Road at the Stone Boulevard intersection (just east of the College of Veterinary Medicine), then travel on Stone Boulevard Extended for two miles. Follow the signs to the observatory site. For more information, contact Tanner at 662-325-4112 or at876@msstate.edu. To learn more about MSu’s physics and astronomy department, visit http://www. msstate.edu/dept/physics.
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when Republicans in 1936 campaigned for the repeal of Social Security, assailing the new benefit as “unjust, unworkable, stupidly drafted and wastefully financed.” (How’d that reactionary crusade work out for them?) And yet, here was Ryan again on Tuesday: “We will never be able to balance the budget if you keep Obamacare going ...This to us is something that we’re not going to give up on.” Hearing Ryan’s fantasy, I’m tempted to quote the last lines of The Great Gatsby, because 88 years ago, F. Scott Fitzgerald appeared to foresee today’s GOP: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past.” But I’ll yield the floor to a Republican, ex-Bush campaign pollster Matthew Dowd, who tweeted this the other day: “Paul Ryan’s budget, which includes repeal of Obamacare, is like Lee showing up at Appomattox and saying to Grant, ‘Here are my demands.’” No wonder Ryan, in the presidential tally, couldn’t even carry his own home town. Dick Polman is the national political columnist at NewsWorks/WHYY in Philadelphia. Contact him at dickpolman7@ gmail.com.
OBITuARIES
Willie Brown
Willie B. Brown, 88, died Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Starkville. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Starkville, with the Rev. Freddie Hairston officiating. Visitation will be from 1-6 p.m. today at West Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Brown Ridge Cemetery of Crawford. West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the online memorial register @ westmemorialfunerals.com. Tony Dawson officiating. West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the online memorial register @ westmemorialfunerals.com.
Edna Poe
Edna Mae Poe, 88, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Starkville. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill united Methodist Church, Starkville, with the Rev. Nelson Forrest officiating. Visitation will be from 1-6 p.m. today at West Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery of Starkville. West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the online memorial register@westmemorial funerals.com.
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New season begins as MSu hosts LSu
By BEN WAIT sports@starkvilledailynews.com The Mississippi State Bulldogs have seen a great deal of success in their non-conference portion of the baseball schedule, but will see the level of competition raised this weekend. The No. 8 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs (18-2) welcome the No. 3 LSu Tigers (16-1) for a three-game Southeastern Conference series beginning today at Dudy Noble Field. “We have a great challenge in front of us,” MSu head coach John Cohen said in his Wednesday teleconference. “LSu is a great club, they have great front-end pitching, (and) they have a very solid lineup. They’re really playing good defensively. We’re going to have some great SEC baseball for the weekend.” Today’s game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Saturday’s game is set for 6 p.m. and can be seen on Comcast Sports Southeast and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. “This group is very confident,” Cohen said. “You can have all the confidence in the world, but if you play against a club like LSu and you don’t play well, you’re not going to win games. I do like the fact that our kids have a grasp of what we’re trying to accomplish. They’re loose,
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they’re relaxed, (and) they have fun together. It’s just a really neat group.” MSu sophomore left hander Jacob Lindgren (2-0, 0.96 ERA) will get the start today. Lindgren was injured in the first inning of last Friday’s game against Central Arkansas. Lindgren took a line drive off his left knee and left the game. He received a MRI on Monday and it showed only a bone bruise with no damage to any ligaments. “Jacob Lindgren threw (Tuesday morning),” Cohen said Wednesday. “He threw long toss and he threw a short pen. We feel like he’s going to be available to us (tonight).” The Bulldogs are scheduled to throw junior right hander Evan Mitchell (0-0, 2.30) on Saturday and senior righty Kendall Graveman (1-1, 2.61) on Sunday. “They both pitched well,” Cohen said. “Again, I thought Evan is really complemented by Ross Mitchell. That’s probably something we’ll probably stay with. Certainly, we’ve got to get deeper into a ballgame than two batters on Friday night. That was kind of a freakish thing that happened to Jacob. That really helps our bullpen. If Jacob Lindgren can get us five in-
MSU sophomore left hander Jacob Lindgren pitches in a game earlier this season. Despite suffering a knee injury last Friday, Lindgren will get the start tonight against LSU. (Photo by See BASEBALL | Page 9 Kim Murrell, SDN)
High School Baseball
Starkville splits pair of games in Oxford
From Staff Reports OXFORD - It was double the action once again for the Starkville High baseball team. After playing a pair of games in Meridian on Tuesday, Starkville was at it again on Thursday in Oxford. In the first game, the Jackets claimed a 3-2 victory against Lake Cormorant. Tanner Jones took the mound for SHS and he pitched a complete seven innings while giving up two runs on three hits, allowing two walks and striking out five. Lake Cormorant’s two runs came in the bottom of the fourth, but the Gators’ lead was short lived. During their turn at the plate the Jackets plated three runs to give them the lead and eventual victory. Coming home for Starkville were Raphael Leonard, who scored after subbing in as a courtesy runner for Jones. After advancing off a Max Bartlett single and a wild pitch, Leonard found his way across home compliments of a passed ball, while a Bryton Conley double brought Bartlett home tying the game moments before Conley came home himself to give the Jackets a one-run lead.
SHS answered back in the top of the fourth Jones and his teammates held off the Gators for the remainder of competition to walk as Tyler Barnes scored following a successful A.J. Brown bunt. away with a win. Southaven tacked on two more runs in the home portion of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Southaven 12, Thundering back, SHS brought four playStarkville 5 ers home in the top of fifth to rally ahead 5-3. The four runs in the fifth was the last for OXFORD - Shortly after their game with the Jackets as Southaven’s bats came alive in Lake Cormorant, the Jackets took the field the latter innings. once more. While holding SHS scoreless, the Chargers Starkville did not fare quite as well as ear- added on nine more runs to claim a seven-run lier in the day falling to Southaven. victory. The Chargers jumped out to an early 1-0 up next, the Jackets travel to Tupelo on lead as Michael Wilson scored off a Nic Short Saturday for a doubleheader with Oxford and double. the Golden Wave.
College Basketball
Ray’s first season ends with 69-53 loss to Tennessee
By STEVE MEGARGEE Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s players and coaches didn’t have any pregame discussions about avoiding the fate that befell them at last year’s Southeastern Conference tournament. There was no need. “We didn’t have to say it,” Tennessee guard Jordan McRae said Thursday after the fifth-seeded Volunteers’ 69-53 SEC tournament second-round victory over No. 13 seed Mississippi State. “I think everybody really knows what we have to do. I think we did a good job of really coming out there and playing hard.” McRae scored 17 points as the fifth-seeded Volunteers (2011) won for the ninth time in their last 10 games. Tennessee won eight of its last last nine regular-season games last year before losing 77-72 to Mississippi in its first SEC tournament game. That early exit led to an NIT appearance, ending Tennessee’s string of six consecutive NCAA tournament invitations. By surviving their first SEC tournament game this year, the Vols improved their NCAA hopes and advanced to a Friday quarterfinal against No. 4 seed Alabama (19-11) in a matchup of bubble teams. After the Vols closed the regular season with a 64-62 victory over Missouri, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said he believed his team had done enough to secure an NCAA bid. He reiterated those comments after Thursday’s game. He has a believer in Mississippi State coach Rick Ray, who worked alongside Martin when both were Purdue assistants from 2006-08. “I thought Tennessee was an NCAA tournament team before we played them, and I definitely think that now,” Ray said. “I don’t think they needed this win to validate them being an NCAA tournament team.” Trae Golden had 15 points and Jarnell Stokes and Quinton Chievous added 10 points apiece for Tennessee. Chievous’ 10 Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray speaks to players during the first half against Tennessee at the Southeastern Conference tournament. (Photo by John Bazemore, AP)
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College Basketball Southeastern Conference Tournament At Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tenn. First Round Wednesday, March 13 Mississippi State 70, South Carolina 59 Texas A&M 71, Auburn 62 Second Round Thursday, March 14 LSU 68, Georgia 63 Tennessee 69 Mississippi State 53 Vanderbilt 75, Arkansas 72 Missouri vs. Texas A&M, late Quarterfinals Today, March 15 Florida vs. LSU, 1 p.m. Alabama vs. Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m. Mississippi vs. Missouri-Texas A&M-Auburn winner, 10 p.m. Semifinals Saturday, March 16 Florida-Georgia-LSU winner vs. Alabama_Tennessee-Mississippi State winner, 1 p.m. Kentucky-Arkansas-Vanderbilt winner vs. Mississippi-Missouri_Texas A&M-Auburn winner, 3:30 p.m. Championship Sunday, March 17 Semifinal winners, 1 p.m. TENNESSEE 69, MISSISSIPPI ST. 53 MISSISSIPPI ST. (10-22) Thomas 3-11 2-2 8, Borchert 5-16 0-0 12, Bloodman 3-8 3-6 10, Ware 0-2 3-4 3, Sword 9-17 1-2 19, Price 0-0 0-0 0, Cunningham 0-2 0-0 0, Johnson 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 20-58 10-16 53. TENNESSEE (20-11) Richardson 2-6 0-0 4, Moore 1-3 0-0 2, Stokes 5-7 0-0 10, Golden 6-8 2-3 15, McRae 6-13 4-6 17, McBee 3-9 0-0 9, Hall 1-2 0-0 2, Chievous 5-8 0-0 10. Totals 29-56 6-9 69. Halftime – Tennessee 35-19. 3-Point Goals – Mississippi St. 3-14 (Borchert 2-6, Bloodman 1-3, Sword 0-2, Thomas 0-3), Tennessee 5-20 (McBee 3-8, Golden 1-2, McRae 1-6, Chievous 0-1, Moore 0-1, Richardson 0-2). Fouled Out – None. Rebounds – Mississippi St. 33 (Bloodman, Ware 7), Tennessee 35 (Stokes 9). Assists – Mississippi St. 9 (Borchert, Johnson, Sword 2), Tennessee 11 (Richardson 4). Total Fouls – Mississippi St. 13, Tennessee 16. A – 10,065. Men’s Top 25 Fared Thursday 1. Gonzaga (30-2) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 2. Duke (27-4) did not play. Next: vs. Maryland, Friday. 3. Indiana (26-5) did not play. Next: vs. Illinois, Friday. 4. Louisville (27-5) beat Villanova 74-55. Next: x-vs. No. 12 Marquette or No. 24 Notre Dame, Friday. 5. Georgetown (25-5) beat Cincinnati 62-43. Next: vs. No. 19 Syracuse, Friday. 6. Michigan (26-6) beat Penn State 8366. Next: vs. No. 22 Wisconsin, Friday. 7. Kansas (27-5) beat Texas Tech 91-63. Next: vs. Iowa State, Friday. 8. Michigan State (24-7) did not play. Next: vs. Iowa or Northwestern, Friday. 9. Miami (24-6) did not play. Next: vs. Boston College, Friday. 10. Ohio State (23-7) did not play. Next: vs. Nebraska, Friday. 11. Kansas State (26-6) beat Texas 66-49. Next: x-vs. No. 14 Oklahoma State or Baylor, Friday. 12. Marquette (23-7) vs. No. 24 Notre Dame. Next: vs. x-No. 4 Louisville, Friday. 13. Florida (24-6) did not play. Next: vs. LSU, Friday. 14. Oklahoma State (23-7) vs. Baylor. Next: x-vs. No. 11 Kansas State, Friday. 15. New Mexico (27-5) did not play. Next: vs. San Diego State, Friday. 16. Saint Louis (24-6) did not play. Next: vs. Charlotte, Friday. 17. Pittsburgh (24-8) lost to No. 19 Syracuse 62-59. Next: TBA. 18. Arizona (25-6) beat Colorado 79-69. Next: vs. No. 21 UCLA, Friday. 19. Syracuse (25-8) beat No. 17 Pittsburgh 62-59. Next: vs. No. 5 Georgetown, Friday. 20. Memphis (28-4) beat Tulane 81-68. Next: x-vs. East Carolina or Tulsa, Friday. 21. UCLA (24-8) beat Arizona State 8075. Next: vs. No. 18 Arizona, Friday. 22. Wisconsin (21-10) did not play. Next: vs. No. 6 Michigan, Friday. 23. Creighton (27-7) did not play. Next: NCAA tournament. 24. Notre Dame (24-8) vs. No. 12 Marquette. Next: x-vs. No. 4 Louisville, Friday. 25. VCU (24-7) did not play. Next: vs. Saint Joseph’s, Friday. x-must win today’s game to advance NCAA Automatic Bids Belmont, Ohio Valley Conference Bucknell, Patriot League Creighton, Missouri Valley Conference Davidson, Southern Conference Florida Gulf Coast, Atlantic Sun Confer-
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Quoteworthy
“Yeah, that was definitely probably the hardest part, leaving Tom.”
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker said about leaving ex-teammate Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.
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MSu welcomes top 25 foes
For the second consecutive weekend, the No. 13 Mississippi State men’s tennis squad (12-4, 2-2 SEC) will welcome some of the best the Southeastern Conference has to offer to the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre. State will host the No. 23 Vanderbilt Commodores (11-4, 2-1 SEC) Friday at 2 p.m. CT, and the No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats (14-4, 2-1 SEC) Sunday at 1 p.m. This is the second weekend of a four-match homestand. MSu dropped tough matches to No. 10 Tennessee and No. 7 Georgia last weekend at the Pitts Tennis Centre. Leading the way for State is one of the nation’s top freshmen in Romain Bogaerts, ranked 18th in the nation in the latest ITA poll, his highest career ranking. The freshman from Huppaye, Belgium, is 11-3 on the season and 2-1 in conference play. Bogaerts became the first freshman in MSu history to win SEC Player of the Week honors this season, as he’s captured the award twice so far. Also at the top of the Bulldog lineup is junior Malte Stropp, who has also received the honor of SEC Player of the Week this season. Stropp sports an 11-2 record, while going 1-1 in SEC play. The Dusseldorf, Germany, native has recorded nine of his victories at the No. 2 spot, while also holding a 2-0 record at the Bulldogs’ top spot. The middle of State’s lineup features a pair of England natives in freshman Jordan Angus and senior James Chaudry. Angus is 12-2 on the year and 1-2 in conference play, while recording two ranked victories this spring. Chaudry is 7-5 for the dual match season, with a 4-2 record on MSu’s home court. Rounding out the Maroon and White lineup has been a trio of players, including junior Zach White and freshmen Stefan Vinti and Pedro Dumont. White is 5-3 for the spring, while going 3-1 in conference play. Vinti is 4-8 in dual match play, with those victories coming at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots. Dumont is 7-4 and 2-1 in SEC play, while going 6-2 at the No. 6 position. Dumont is also 8-0 for the 2012-13 season in matches that go three sets, with five of those victories coming in the spring. In doubles, State sports the 14th-ranked duo in Angus and Stropp, who have defeated four ranked squads this spring, including the country’s top-ranked duo from Auburn. Following behind is the pair of White and senior Ethan Wilkinson, who are 5-6 for the spring and 1-1 in the SEC. The freshmen tandem of Bogaerts and Dumont complete the MSu lineup, going 6-3 for the dual match season.
Cleveland 22 42 .344 Detroit 23 44 .343 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 49 16 .754 Memphis 44 19 .698 Houston 35 30 .538 Dallas 30 33 .476 New Orleans 22 43 .338 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 48 17 .738 Denver 44 22 .667 Utah 33 32 .508 Portland 29 34 .460 Minnesota 22 40 .355 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 45 21 .682 Golden State 37 29 .561 L.A. Lakers 34 32 .515 Sacramento 23 43 .348 Phoenix 22 43 .338 x-clinched playoff spot Wednesday’s Games Miami 98, Philadelphia 94 Indiana 107, Minnesota 91 Washington 106, Milwaukee 93 Boston 112, Toronto 88 Atlanta 96, L.A. Lakers 92 Houston 111, Phoenix 81 Oklahoma City 110, Utah 87 Sacramento 121, Chicago 79 Golden State 105, Detroit 97 Memphis 96, L.A. Clippers 85 Denver 117, New York 94 Thursday’s Games Dallas at San Antonio, late New York at Portland, late
Mississippi State head coach John Cohen and his 18-2 Bulldogs open up SEC play today. The No. 8 Bulldogs will welcome the No. 3 LSU Tigers tonight for a 6;30 p.m. first pitch at Dudy Noble Field. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN) Today College Baseball LSU at Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m. College Softball Mississippi State at Charleston Southern, noon
Today’s Games Charlotte at Toronto, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Indiana, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Washington, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Houston, 8 p.m. Orlando at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Miami at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Memphis at Denver, 9 p.m. Chicago at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Phoenix at Washington, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Cleveland at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Portland, 10 p.m. Memphis at Utah, 10 p.m. Transactions
WHAT’S ON TV
Today AUTO RACING 9:30 a.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, practice for Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300, at Bristol, Tenn. 11 a.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Food City 500, at Bristol, Tenn. 1 p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, final practice for Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300, at Bristol, Tenn. 2:30 p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Food City 500, at Bristol, Tenn. 1 a.m. NBCSN — Formula One, qualifying for Australian Grand Prix, at Melbourne, Australia BASEBALL 6 p.m. MLB — World Baseball Classic, second round, teams TBD, at Miami GOLF 8:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Avantha Masters, second round, at Delhi, India (same-day tape) 2 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Tampa Bay Classic, second round, at Tampa Bay, Fla. 5:30 p.m. TGC — LPGA, Founders Cup, second round, at Phoenix 7:30 p.m. TGC — Champions Tour, Toshiba Classic, first round, at Newport Beach, Calif. (same-day tape) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2 p.m. WGN — Preseason, Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox, at Phoenix MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m. ESPN — Big Ten Conference, quarterfinal, Indiana vs. Illinois-Minnesota ence Gonzaga, West Coast Conference Harvard, Ivy League Iona, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference James Madison, Colonial Athletic Association Liberty, Big South Conference LIU Brooklyn, Northeast Conference South Dakota State, Summit League Valparaiso, Horizon League Western Kentucky, Sun Belt Conference National Basketball Association All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB winner, at Chicago ESPN2 — Atlantic Coast Conference, quarterfinal, Miami vs. Boston College-Georgia Tech winner, at Greensboro, N.C. 1 p.m. ESPN — Big Ten Conference, quarterfinal, Wisconsin vs. Michigan-Penn State winner, at Chicago ESPN2 — Atlantic Coast Conference, quarterfinal, Virginia vs. N.C. State-Virginia Tech winner, at Greensboro, N.C. 6 p.m. ESPN — Big East Conference, semifinal, teams TBD, at New York ESPN2 — Atlantic Coast Conference, quarterfinal, Duke vs. Maryland-Wake Forest winner, at Greensboro, N.C. 8 p.m. ESPN — Big East Conference, semifinal, teams TBD, at New York ESPN2 — Atlantic Coast Conference, quarterfinal, North Carolina vs. Florida State-Clemson winner, at Greensboro, N.C. 10:30 p.m. ESPN — Pac-12 Conference, semifinal, teams TBD, at Las Vegas MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY 6 p.m. NBCSN — Hockey East Tournament, quarterfinals, Vermont at Boston College MOTORSPORTS 5 p.m. SPEED — AMA Pro Racing, at Daytona Beach, Fla. (same-day tape) NBA BASKETBALL 9:30 p.m. WGN — Chicago at Golden State TENNIS 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 — ATP World Tour/WTA, BNP Paribas Open, men’s quarterfinal, at Indian Wells, Calif. 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 — ATP World Tour/WTA, BNP Paribas Open, women’s semifinal, at Indian Wells, Calif. New York 38 24 .613 Brooklyn 38 27 .585 Boston 35 29 .547 Toronto 25 40 .385 Philadelphia 24 40 .375 Southeast Division W L Pct x-Miami 49 14 .778 Atlanta 35 29 .547 Washington 21 42 .333 Orlando 18 47 .277 Charlotte 14 50 .219 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 40 24 .625 Chicago 35 29 .547 Milwaukee 32 31 .508 — 1½ 4 14½ 15 GB — 14½ 28 32 35½ GB — 5 7½
Lady Bulldogs play on road
Following a solid 4-1 victory against Middle Tennessee Wednesday on the road, Mississippi State Lady Bulldog tennis (6-6, 0-4 SEC) stays on the move, facing a weekend of SEC competition on the road, taking on No. 13 Vanderbilt on Friday and No. 38 Kentucky on Sunday. MSu’s match against Vanderbilt will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs match against Kentucky is set for 11 a.m. on Sunday. MSu swept doubles competition in the team’s match against MT. The Lady Bulldog duo of Petra Ferancova and Georgiana Patrasc posted a particularly impressive win, blanking the Lady Blue Raider pair of Carla Nava and Yuiri Nomoto 8-0 at No. 2, raising the duo’s record to 5-3 on the season. Naomi Tran of the Lady Bulldogs clinched the MSu win with a come-from-behind 7-5, 6-4 win at the No. 3 position.
Bulldogs head to Florida
Tallahassee, Fla. - Coming off a dominating performance at the Tiger Invitational, Mississippi State heads south for the Florida State-hosted Seminole Intercollegiate held on March 15-17. The 54-hole, three-day event from Tallahassee will feature 11 teams, seven of which qualified for the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Bulldogs will face off against three top 50 ranked squads at the Seminole Intercollegiate. “We were excited about winning at Auburn, but we all know that we start from scratch on Friday morning,” Coach Clay Homan said. “We have to put together a good game plan for this particular golf course and go execute it. Several of our players have played in this tournament in the past, so we are familiar with the course; which never hurts.” The No. 40 ranked Bulldogs will be the lone SEC squad to travel to the par-72, 7,172-yard Southwood Golf Club. After defeating five ranked teams in Opelika, Ala., MSu will look for the dominance to carry over to the Florida State-hosted tournament. After his 3-under-par win at Grand National, SEC Player of the Week and junior Bulldog Chad Ramey will gun for his fifth top-five finish of the year. Ramey has finished with at least a top-10 performance five out of his last seven tournaments. Ramey is 468-99-18 on the year. Fellow juniors Joe Sakulpolphaisan and Axel Boasson both posted a top-15 performance from the Tiger Invitational on Tuesday. Sakulpolphaisan has a team leading seven top-25 finishes on the year after his 8-over-par, 224 14th-place performance. Boasson turned in a 7-over-par, 223 to finish with a 10th-place tie, to give him his second top ten of the season.
BASEBALL American League MINNESOTA TWINS — Optioned RHP Kyle Gibson and LHP Caleb Thielbar to Rochester (IL). Reassigned RHP Anthony Slama, C Kyle Knudson and INF James Beresford to their minor league camp. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Optioned RHP Chase Anderson, RHP Charles Brewer, LHP Eury De la Rosa and OF Alfredo Marte to Reno (PCL) and RHP Keon Broxton, RHP Eric Smith and RHP Zeke Spruill to Mobile (SL). Reassigned INF Nick Ahmed, RHP Josh Booty, INF Matt Davidson, C Ed Easley, LHP David Holmberg, RHP Garrett Mock, INF Chris Owings and RHP Bo Schultz to their minor league camp. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Optioned OF Eury Perez to Syracuse (IL) and RHP Nathan Karns, C Sandy Leon and INF Anthony Rendon to Harrisburg (EL). Reassigned LHP Pat McCoy, INF Will Rhymes and INF Matt Skole to their minor league camp. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association CHARLOTTE BOBCATS — Signed G Jannero Pargo to a 10-day contract. International Basketball League IBL — Added the Kitsap (Wash.) Admirals for the 2013 season. FOOTBALL National Football League ATLANTA FALCONS — Agreed to terms with RB Steven Jackson on a three-year contract. CHICAGO BEARS — Signed DT Nate Collins to a one-year contract. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Agreed to terms with RB Chris Ogbonnaya on a two-year contract and TE Gary Barnidge on a three-year contract. DETROIT LIONS — Re-signed LS Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract. Announced the retirement of OT Jeff Backus. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Signed DL Ricky Jean Francois. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Released QB Matt Cassel. Agreed to terms with CB Sean Smith on a three-year contract. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Signed C Joe Berger and DB Jamarca Sanford. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Signed WR Danny Amendola. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Signed CB Keenan Lewis to a five-year contract. NEW YORK GIANTS — Re-signed CB Aaron Ross. Signed S Ryan Mundy. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Signed CB Cary Williams to a three-year contract and S Kenny Phillips. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Signed DE Cliff Avril to a multiyear contract. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Signed OT Jeremy Trueblood.
College Softball
MSu sweeps College of Charleston in doubleheader
For Starkville Daily News Charleston, S.C. – Scoring a total of 13 runs in the first two innings, the Mississippi State softball team improved to 19-6 with a doubleheader sweep of College of Charleston Thursday afternoon. The Bulldogs won the first game at Patriots Point by a score of 8-0 in run-rule fashion (five innings), before concluding the sweep with a 12-1 five-inning victory in game two. “Our number one goal on offense is to cross home as many times as possible, so it was encouraging to see our hitters take the zero-to-zero scoreboard mentality to the dish in every atbat,” Assistant Coach Alan Reach said. The Bully Bomber trio of juniors Heidi Shape, Sam Lenahan and Logan Foulks combined to go 12-for-16 (.750) with 13 RBIs, 10 runs, four doubles, two home runs and a pair of walks. State’s speed also showed up at the diamond, as the Bulldogs tallied seven infield singles and stole five bases on the
MSu hopes momentum continues
Five days removed from its season-best second-place finish, the Mississippi State women’s golf team is set to tee off in the talent-packed SunTrust Gator Invitational hosted at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville. Facing four of the nation’s top six teams, the Lady Bulldogs will look to continue their stellar play that concluded the JMu/Eagle Landing Invitational just a week ago. Behind a season-best 293 in the final round, MSu carded an 891 en route to a runner-up finish. “It was exciting to see this young team grow and mature last weekend right in front of our eyes,” third-year MSu coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “We didn’t play as well as we could have the first round but overcame that by the final round for an outstanding tournament. If the girls keep playing like that this weekend, we can show everyone what is in store for golf at Mississippi State.”
day. “All three in the middle of the order did a great job of working the process and treating every at-bat the same,” Assistant Coach Beth Mullins said. “They were rewarded with barrels all day long.” The 12 runs tied for the most by a Stuedeman-coached team, while the 15 hits were one shy of the most under Stuedeman since her arrival in Starkville in June 2011. Stuedeman’s pitching staff continued to baffle hitters, as the combination of junior right-hander Alison Owen (10-3) and senior left-hander Stephanie Becker started the doubleheader sweep and held Cougar batters to a microscopic .091 average (2-for-22). Due to Becker only pitching two innings in game two, freshman Jacey Punches picked up her second collegiate victory (2-0), throwing a scoreless fourth and fifth frame to end game two. College of Charleston dropped to 11-9 for the season.
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NATIONAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL
LSU advances to SEC quarters
By TERESA M. WALKER Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — LSu coach Johnny Jones decided to start junior forward Shavon Coleman, a rare move for someone who’s usually his first player off the bench. The move paid off Thursday as Coleman scored 24 points, and the Tigers held off Georgia 68-63 Thursday to give the first-year coach a win in his Southeastern Conference tournament debut. It was just Coleman’s seventh start this season, and he hit a career-best four of his five 3-pointers. “We’re very fortunate he was able to get into a rhythm,” Jones said. “He knocked a couple down and became very confident out there and made big plays.” Coleman was just shy of his career-high of 25, which he had in the second game of the season. He hadn’t scored in double figures the past four games. “I just had the hot hand, and the team kept coming to me,” Coleman said. LSu, which started league play by losing its first four games, now has won three of four. The Tigers (19-11) will play No. 13 Florida in the quarterfinals Friday. The Gators beat LSu 74-52 on Jan. 12 in the Tigers’ second game in league play. Georgia (15-17) has lost two straight and left the SEC tournament with a loss in its opening game for the first time since 2009. On the fifth anniversary of the tornado that hit Atlanta during the 2008 tournament, which the Bulldogs won, coach Mark Fox expected much more after a few good practices following their loss at Alabama last weekend on a half-court buzzer beater. “I obviously didn’t have us where I thought I did,” Fox said. The Bulldogs trailed by as much as 23 before whittling away LSu’s lead. They used a 12-3 run to pull within 66-63 with 28.5 seconds left. Andre Stringer, who hit a 3 with 36 seconds left, also made two free throws to finish off the win after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit off the left rim from 25 feet away.
LSU forwards Johnny O’Bryant III, left, and Shavon Coleman (5) embrace after defeating Georgia 68-63. (Photo by Dave Martin, AP) “We were fortunate our guys were able to hang on,” Jones said. Caldwell-Pope, the SEC coaches’ pick for player of the year, had 25 of his career-high 32 points in the second half trying to bring Georgia back. He also had 13 rebounds. The sophomore guard had a couple of options before attempting his 15th 3. “He’s earned the right to take whatever shot he wants, he’s had such a great year ...,” Fox said. “We still ended up with Kentavious having the ball in his hands. He had an opportunity to shoot the 3 or drive it and get back to the foul line, and he just missed it. He just missed a shot. He’s made a lot of them for us. He just missed that one.” Stringer finished with 16 points for LSu. Johnny O’Bryant III added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Charles Mann had 15 points for Georgia.
Georgia managed to outrebound LSu 4834, but the Tigers outshot the Bulldogs 43.4 percent (23 of 53) to 28.6 percent (16 of 56). The Bulldogs repeatedly missed close looks in the paint as Nemanja Djurisic and John Florveus struggled and combined to go 2 of 14 from the floor. Donte’ Williams fouled out with only two points. LSu led 39-19 at halftime before a 33-13 Georgia edge on the boards in the second half, along with going 19 of 24 at the line, helped the Bulldogs get back into the game. “We came out in warm-ups and shootaround, and we looked good,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We just didn’t carry it over into the game.” He did his best to get them going in the second half. His fifth 3 got the Bulldogs within 10 for the first time at 54-44, and Mann’s 3 with 6:20 left got them within 60-51 — the first time Georgia had been within single digits since 18-9. O’Bryant, who had been 1 of 7 at the line, hit five of his next six free throws to push the lead back to 63-51. Mann hit two more free throws with 1:06 left to pull Georgia within 63-61, only to see Stringer hit his fourth 3 over Kenny Gaines with 36 seconds left. That was LSu’s first field goal since 8:37, and it proved enough as the Tigers held on to win. “The shot clock was going down,” Stringer said. “I believe when I looked up it was 7. I initially wanted to drive to the basket. I tried to create some room, and I let it fly. I felt it was going in when it left my hand.” The Tigers just had more energy from the start and took care of the ball with a seasonlow five turnovers. The Bulldogs led only once, at 2-0, as LSu jumped on them from the start, hitting six of its first eight shots. The Tigers took the lead for good on a jumper by Coleman, and he quickly pushed the lead to 12-4 with back-to-back 3-pointers. Anthony Hickey added another 3, and Stringer’s 3 gave LSu its first double-digit lead at 18-7, which it pushed to as much as 23 late in the half.
Vanderbilt downs Arkansas 75-72 in SEC tournament
By TERESA M. WALKER Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kedren Johnson hit all four of his free throws in the final 19.8 seconds, and the 10th-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores upset No. 7 seed Arkansas 75-72 Thursday night in their first chance at defending their Southeastern Conference tournament championship. The Commodores (15-16) lost the top six players off that title team with three now playing in the NBA. They will play No. 2 seed Kentucky in the quarterfinals Friday night in a rematch of last year’s championship game. Arkansas (19-13) lost for the 12th time in 13 games away from Fayetteville including three times on neutral courts. Not even the fans calling the hogs helped it feel enough like home as the Razorbacks last led at 7-4. Rod Odom led Vanderbilt with 20 points, Kyle Fuller had 19, Johnson finished with 13 and Dai-Jon Parker 11. BJ Young led Arkansas with 16 points. Marshawn Powell had 13 before fouling out late and Michael Qualls added 10. These young Commodores made it way too interesting as Arkansas clawed its way back, trimming a 59-43 lead to 70-68 on a pair of free throws by Young with 50.9 seconds left. Then Vanderbilt, which had hit as many 3-pointers in
the second half as free throws (6 of 15), hit 5 of 6 at the line in clinching the win in the final 19.8 seconds. Vanderbilt finished 17 of 30 at the line. Only three of the current Commodores even averaged more than three minutes a game on last season’s team, and the growing pains were very obvious all of this season as the Commodores racked up 10 close losses in the SEC including one in overtime, two by four points, one by two points and a pair of road games by a point. But the Commodores now have won five of their last six, and they used their shooting prowess beyond the arc. Vanderbilt ranks eighth out of 347 Division I teams, taking 43.6 percent of its shots from 3-point range, and third nationally scoring 38.5 percent of its points off 3s. Five different Commodores hit at least one 3, and Fuller got it started coming for a 3-pointer that tied it up at 7 with 14:36 left. Then Johnson scored on a layup putting Vanderbilt ahead to stay at 9-7 before Fuller added his own layup and another 3. Then Odom took his turn, hitting consecutive 3-pointers. Johnson knocked down his own 3 before Odom hit his third 3-pointer of the half for a 31-17 lead with 7:28 left. Vanderbilt wound up shooting better beyond the arc than overall, hitting 42.9 percent (12 of 28) from deep compared to 41.1 percent (23 of Vanderbilt guard Kyle Fuller (11) moves the ball against Arkansas’ BJ Young (11) during the 56). second half. (Photo by Dave Martin, AP)
Porter, Georgetown oust Cincinnati, move on in New York
From Wire Reports sists for the fifth-seeded Orange (25-8), who will meet top-seeded Georgetown in the semifiNEW YORK (AP) — Otto Porter Jr. scored nals Friday night. 18 points and fifth-ranked Georgetown advanced to the Big East tournament semifinals by No. 4 Louisville 74, pulling away from Cincinnati for a 62-43 vicVillanova 55 tory Thursday. Markel Starks had 14 points and reserve NEW YORK — Russ Smith scored 28 D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 13, including a points in a bittersweet homecoming, leadtiebreaking 3-pointer that sparked a game-turning No. 4 Louisville into the Big East tournaing run for the top-seeded Hoyas (25-5). Georgetown, looking to land a No. 1 seed ment semifinals with a victory over Villanova in the NCAA tournament, squandered an early only hours after the death of his esteemed high 16-point cushion and fell behind briefly in the school coach. Smith and the defending champion Cardisecond half before clamping down with its signals (27-5) harassed Villanova into 25 turnovers nature defense. and advanced to play Notre Dame or Marquette in the late game Friday night at Madison Square No. 19 Syracuse 62, Garden. McGary chipped in with 10 points and 11 re- almost the entire game. bounds, helping Michigan to a 28-15 advantage in second-chance points. No. 21 uCLA
No. 7 Kansas 91, Texas Tech 63
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ben McLemore scored 24 points to lead Kansas to a rout of Texas Tech, setting up an intriguing date with Iowa State in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. The regular-season co-champion, Kansas was pushed by Texas Tech in their meeting in Lubbock earlier this season, but used a big run early in the second half to put this one away early.
80, Arizona State 75
LAS VEGAS — Shabazz Muhammad scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, Travis Wear hit a jumper with 11 seconds left and uCLA rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Arizona State in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament.
No. 18 Arizona 79, Colorado 69
No. 17 Pittsburgh 59
No. 11 Kansas State 66, Texas 49
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rodney McGruder scored 24 points and sparked an 11-0 run in the second half, lifting No. 11 Kansas State past Texas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. An all-conference senior who ranks in the top 10 in 14 of Kansas State’s career categories, McGruder also had a team-leading seven rebounds as the second-seeded Wildcats (26-6) whipped the Longhorns for the third time this year. Julien Lewis scored 13 points and Jonathan Holmes had 10 for Texas (16-17), which trailed
NEW YORK — James Southerland had a second straight great effort from 3-point range and Michael Carter-Williams scored Syracuse’s last seven points as the 19th-ranked Orange held off Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. Southerland had 20 points as he did in the second-round win over Seton Hall. The senior was 6 for 6 on 3s against Pittsburgh, a day after going 6 for 9 from beyond the arc against Seton Hall. Carter-Williams had 11 points and seven as-
No. 6 Michigan 83, Penn State 66
CHICAGO — Trey Burke scored 21 points to lead Michigan over Penn State in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, avenging a shocking loss to the Nittany Lions during the regular season. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskas each added 15 points for the Wolverines (26-6), who will play fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the quarterfinals Friday. Freshman reserve Mitch
LAS VEGAS — Nick Johnson scored 18 points and hit a contested shot with 34 seconds left, helping No. 18 Arizona beat Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals.
No. 20 Memphis 81, Tulane 68
TuLSA, Okla. — Chris Crawford set careerhighs with 24 points and six 3-pointers, Adonis Thomas scored 17 points and No. 20 Memphis beat Tulane in the quarterfinals of the Conference uSA tournament. The top-seeded Tigers (28-4) took control by scoring the final 14 points of the first half.
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Falcons get Steven Jackson; Matt Cassel to Vikings
By ARNIE STAPLETON Associated Press The Atlanta Falcons replaced Michael Turner with another proven, productive running back. Steven Jackson, the top running back in free agency, agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Falcons on Thursday. Also getting new deals were backup quarterback Matt Cassel in Minnesota, pass rusher Cliff Avril in Seattle and cornerback Jackson Keenan Lewis in New Orleans. The New York Giants signed defensive backs Ryan Mundy and Aaron Ross. And the Houston Texans were rolling out the red carpet to make their pitch to safety Ed Reed. Day 3 of the NFL’s free agency frenzy was highlighted by the 30-year-old Jackson moving on from St. Louis after his eighth straight 1,000-yard season. “I think this is a very big signing for us,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told The Associated Press. “It continues to bolster our offensive firepower. It gives us not only strength, power in running ability but also the versatility to catch out of the backfield, which is a very important part of this offense.” Jackson would have earned $7 million with the Rams in 2013 before he opted out of his contract to become a free agent. His 10,135 yards rushing for his career are the most of any active player. The Falcons released Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson on March 1. Turner had 800 yards rushing last season, his low total in his five seasons in Atlanta. Jackson averaged 4.1 yards per carry with the Rams and gives Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan another receiver. Jackson had at least 38 catches in each of his last eight seasons in St. Louis. “We’re hoping he has his best years ahead of him, there’s no question about that,” Dimitroff said. “We think he still has much fuel in the tank and I know that he believes that.” The Broncos have gone on a spending spree for the second straight spring and on Thursday, Wes Welker, among the top prizes in this year’s free agent class, was welcomed to town. He
said that while he was sad to leave Tom Brady in New England, he was thrilled to join Peyton Manning in Denver. The most productive receiver in the league over the past six seasons, Welker said he’s also eager to team up with young 1,000-yard receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker to give the Broncos the “Three Amigos” Version 2.0. “I think they were another big part of me wanting to come here,” Welker said. “They did a great job last year and hopefully I can just come in and try to help out.” Welker signed a two-year, $12 million deal in Denver after spurning the Patriots’ offer of $10 million over two years. Also introduced at the Broncos headquarters Thursday was right guard Louis Vasquez, who signed a four-year, $23.5 million contract, the largest of Denver’s seven signings so far, a number that’s surprised some seeing as how they went 13-3 last season. “We accomplished a lot, and we’re trying to accomplish more,” Broncos coach John Fox said. And anyone who thought Broncos quarterback-turned-boss John Elway would stand pat after a 13-3 season: “They don’t know John Elway,” said former Bronco safety John Lynch.
BASEBALL
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nings – or even six innings into a ballgame – it sets up our bullpen nicely to have a chance to win baseball games.” MSu sophomore first base-
man Wes Rea has not seen much playing time this season. He has started three games and played in only seven games this season due to a nagging quad injury. His status for this weekend is still in the air, but Cohen
feels more than likely he will not play. “Wes can’t run full speed right now,” Cohen said. “We feel like we can’t play him. The last time he went out he re-injured his quad and it’s very painful for him to run full
speed. Certainly, we feel like we’re at our best if he’s part of our lineup. It’s possible he could play this weekend, but it’s possible he could get going full speed again and re-injure the leg. We’ll play that day-by-day and we’ll see what happens.”
The Tigers, who have won 11-straight, will throw sophomore right hander Aaron Nola (2-0, 2.77) today, junior righty Ryan Eades (3-0, 1.80) on Saturday and sophomore left hander Cody Glenn (3-0, 0.73).
Offensively, LSu is led by freshman outfielder Mark Laird. Laird is sporting a .410 batting average. Senior Mason Katz leads LSu with 27 RBI. Junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe leads MSu with a .436 batting average and 23 RBI.
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Mississippi State guard Trivante Bloodman (4) speaks to an official during the second half. (Photo by John Bazemore, AP)
HOOPS
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points represented a career high for the redshirt freshman. Craig Sword scored 19 points, Colin Borchert had 12 and Trivante Bloodman added 10 for Mississippi State (1022). Golden passed up an opportunity after the game to discuss his team’s NCAA hopes. “That’s something we’re not thinking about,” Golden said. “We’re in the SEC tournament trying to make sure we get an SEC championship. All we thought about was Mississippi State. Now our focus is on Alabama.” They’re hoping they made enough of a case on the floor. Mississippi State scored the first four points of the game, but Tennessee answered with a 12-0 run and never looked back. The short-handed Bulldogs were feeling the effects of playing their second game in as many days. The Bulldogs entered the SEC tournament with just six scholarship players after four members of its roster had season-ending injuries. Junior
guard Jalen Steele and freshman guards Andre Applewhite and Jacoby Davis tore anterior cruciate ligaments. Senior forward Wendell Lewis fractured a right patella tendon. “I’m really looking forward to coaching these young men in the offseason and seeing what we can do with 13 scholarship players instead of six,” Ray said. Mississippi State still managed to beat South Carolina 70-59 on Wednesday by outworking the Gamecocks and going 7 of 15 on 3-point attempts. The Bulldogs shot just 34.5 percent overall (20 of 58) and 21.4 percent from 3-point range (3 of 14) against Tennessee. Even though Mississippi State fought to make a game of it in the second half, the Bulldogs never made a serious threat. McRae sank a 3-pointer and converted a steal into a conventional three-point play to start the 12-0 run that helped the Vols take control. Tennessee went on a 14-2 spurt later in the first half to lead by as many as 19. That 14-2 run culminated with a Chievous dunk.
After totaling 32 points in Tennessee’s first 29 games, Chievous has 17 points over his last two contests. Chievous, the son of Missouri all-time leading scorer and former first-round draft pick Derrick Chievous, had seven points Saturday against his father’s old team. Mississippi State played much better in the second half while Tennessee coasted and got careless with the ball. The Bulldogs chipped away at the lead, and Sword’s free throw made it 58-49 with 4:43 remaining. Once the lead got into single digits, Tennessee broke out of its second-half funk. After Sword’s free throw, McRae drove to the basket and scored while drawing a foul. Although he missed the ensuing free throw, Stokes tipped in the offensive rebound to extend Tennessee’s lead to 62-49. The lead wouldn’t drop below 11 again, as McRae provided some late excitement by doing a 360 on a game-clinching dunk with 1:26 left. “I wasn’t really thinking about it,” McRae said. “I don’t know what made me do it. I just did it.”
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