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SBW bolsters local tourism
By STEVEN NALLEY At least once per year, David Chapman becomes an honorary Left Field Lounge Lizard at Mississippi State University’s Dudy Noble Field. Most of the year, Chapman said, his allegiances lay with Florida State University, as was the case six years ago when MSU’s baseball team came to FSU for a super regional baseball championship. He said he and his FSU group came from Tallahassee with a small hibachi grill in his truck, but before he could even get it set up, Denis Everett, one of MSU’s Lounge Lizards, invited him to join his tailgate. “He didn’t know us from Adam’s house cat,” Chapman said. “They had two tents set up, MSU flags and a huge grill full of meat, so we joined them and met all the Left Field Lounge Lizards that were there and proceeded to stay
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with them the entire series. Then, after they beat us, they told us we really needed to come to Starkville for a baseball series, specifically Super Bulldog Weekend. We came the first time in ‘08. We’ve been coming back ever since.” Chapman is one of thousands of visitors who come from across the Southeast and beyond for Super Bulldog Weekend, swelling Starkville’s hotels, its streets and its pockets. Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Jennifer Gregory said she estimated that Starkville’s population more than doubled during Super Bulldog Weekend (SBW), and she estimated typical spending for SBW at about $10 million. When the city’s sales, restaurant and hotel taxes were combined, she said, that spending would translate into about $500,000 in taxes collected. She said the GSDP hoped to David Chapman, right, journeys from Tallahassee, Fla. to Starkville each year for Super Bulldog capitalize on SBW spending by promoting the Weekend at MSU, joining Matt Rasberry and his fellow Left Field Lounge Lizards. Chapman is one of thousands of visitors who come from across the Southeast for Super Bulldog Weekend. See TOURISM | Page 3 (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
MDA grant to fund three new homes in Starkville
By ZACK PLAIR Minnie Rogers can’t exactly remember how many consecutive years she’s applied with the city of Starkville for a home grant to replace her 307 1/2 West Main St. residence. It had been at least 10, she said, but maybe more. She also finds it difficult to talk about how much debt she’s incurred struggling on a fixed income to repair the structure she now calls home. But it’s impossible for her to acknowledge how those struggles will soon come to an end without shedding tears of joy and relief. “God doesn’t come on your time,” Rogers said. “He comes on His time. And when he shows up, He’s on time,” Rogers said. Rogers is one of three Starkville residents who will receive a new home through a $365,000 Mississippi Development Authority Home Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Grant. The grant will also fund home reconstructions on Harlem and McKinnley streets, respectively. Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said the city applied each year for the grant but last received funding through the program in 2010. He said the $365,000 funded projects on the city’s 2012 application. “This grant is important in a couple of aspects. First of all, it offers families an opportunity to remain homeowners,” Wiseman said. “The other purpose is to revitalize neighborhoods. These three homes are in an older neighborhood in the middle of the city. Replacing these homes with new structures will have a substantial impact on revitalizing Minnie Rogers of Starkville tends to flowers in a pot hanging the entire area.” from the porch of her 307 1/2 West Main St. home. A Mississippi Each year, Wiseman said the city opened the Development Authority grant will soon fund a total reconstruction of application process to residents and held public the home. (Photo by Zack Plair, SDN) hearings to allow applicants to make their case beflooding a few years ago reached as high as its electric sockets. fore the board of aldermen. He said the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District then screened Shortly afterward, she said a limb crashed into the back baththe applications and selected five projects for the actual grant room, creating more need for repairs. Still, Rogers said she wanted to remain at her longtime application. In order for a project to qualify, the homeowner must home place. When she started applying for the home grant, own the property outright, prove residence and meet certain she said she employed prayer, faith and patience. “I’ve gotten attached to the land and the house, and I income restrictions. Wiseman said qualified structures must didn’t want to go anywhere,” she said. “I knew God was goalso be near the point of inhabitability. Rogers, 71, moved to her home with her husband and ing to let (the grant) go through sooner or later, so I stayed.” As years rolled on, bringing no grant for a new home and three children in 1967. At the time she said the house included only two bedrooms, and when child No. 4 came along, more work on the existing home, she said she “kept getting the family had to renovate to add space. Rogers said the fam- by” while trying to hold on hope. Then a phone call this ily worked hard to take care of the home over the years, but month changed her life. “When they (the city) called me and told me I got it, I after her husband died in 1999, it became increasingly hard went out in the yard and just cried.” for Rogers to shoulder the extensive upkeep alone. Though months away from the day she’ll actually step “I did the best I could by myself,” she said. Nature then railed against the seemingly snake-bitten foot in her new home, she said she already knew what she home, Rogers said, making things more difficult. Rogers re- would do first after she entered — pray. placed the floors through about 80 percent of the home after See HOMES | Page 3
Boston bombing suspect captured
By EILEEN SULLIVAN JAY LINDSAY Associated Press WATERTOWN, Mass. — A 19-year-old Massachusetts college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured hiding out in a boat parked in a backyard Friday and his older brother lay dead in a furious 24hour drama that transfixed the nation and paralyzed the Boston area with fear. The bloody endgame came four days after the bombing and just a day after the FBI released surveillance-camera images of two young men suspected of planting the pressure-cooker explosives that ripped through the crowd at the marathon finish line,
killing three people and wounding more than 180. The two men were identified by authorities and relatives as ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and were believed to be living in Cambridge, Mass. But investigators gave no details on the motive for the bombing. Early Friday morning, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a ferocious gun battle and car chase during which he and his younger brother hurled explosives at police from a stolen car, authorities said. The younger brother managed to escape.
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Richard Abraham addresses a crowd at a reception in his honor Friday at the Hunter Henry Center at Mississippi State University. The ceremony, titled “A Life in Maroon in White,” celebrated the 38 years of service Abraham has given to the university. Abraham is retiring from his position as executive director of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
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Around Town
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email
Starkville Country Club. The speaker at this week’s meeting will be Jim West, Dean of the MSU College of Architecture and Design. u Democratic fundraiser — The Oktibbeha County Democratic Party will host its annual “Beans and Greens” dinner and fundraiser at the Starkville Sportsplex on Lynn Lane. Keynote speaker will be Brandon Presley, public service commissioner for the Northern District of Mississippi. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a reception for Presley and Democratic candidates for municipal offices. Dinner begins at 7. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Tickets purchased at the door will be $17 for adults and $12 for youth. To purchase advance tickets contact Chris Taylor at 662617-3671, Nina Peele at 662418-5146, Alfreda Outlaw at 662-617-0937 or Patti Drapala at 662-323-4655. u Spring revival services — The First Church of Christ will hold spring revivals at 7:30 p.m. every night through Wednesday. George Miller of will be the evangelist. The public is invited to attend. For more information call 662324-1034.
u Cotton District Arts Festival — The Cotton District Arts Festival will be held in the Cotton District. The 2013 festival will host artisans from all over the southeast, including Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi. u IAS restoration outreach fundraiser — IAS Restoration Outreach is hosting a fundraiser starting at 6:30 a.m. at 203 North Lafayette Street. Tables, chairs, books, clothes and other things will be available. u OCMA meeting — The Oktibbeha County Ministerial Alliance’s (OCMA) monthly meeting will be at 7 a.m. at the Hilton Gardner Inn, 975 Hwy. 12 East. u Household Hazardous Waste Day — GTR Solid Waste Management will sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the GTR landfill on Old West Point Road. For a list of acceptable items, visit www.cityofstarkville.orge or call 662-324-7566. u Church leadership concert — New Zion United Methodist Church will host a non-denominational church leadership conference at 10 a.m. at 2169 South Montgomery Street. Anyone that is interested is invited to attend. u Support group meeting — The Pilot Club-sponsored Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. at Wendie Woods Counseling on East Lampkin Street (across from Starkville Daily News). For more information call Liz at 312 7625. u Arnold-Peters Happy Singers — The Arnold-Peters Singers will perform Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Children’s Village.
u Civic League meeting — The Starkville Civic League will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Mississippi Room of Cadence Bank. For more information, call 662-323-9418. u Kiwanis meeting — Starkville Kiwanis Club will meet at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn. The speaker will be Frank Rogers.
u Modern Woodmen client appreciation dinner — Modern Woodmen will host a client appreciation dinner at CJ’s Pizza from 5-6:30 p.m. on April 25. The meal will cost $5 per person. Family, friends and non-members are welcome to attend. To RSVP, contact Barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or u Hunger banquet — There will be an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, a dinner simulation about hunger in America at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Bost S. Auditorium at MSU. It’s free and open to the public, but participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items as admission. The event is sponsored by Volunteer Starkville, Maroon Volunteer Center, AmeriCorps VISTA, Youth Service America, and Sodexo Foundation. u Speaker series — The Starkville 175th birthday speaker series will be held Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the John Grisham room at the MSU library. Guest speaker will be Jimmy Cole presenting on how Starkville relates to MSU. u Society meeting — The Oktibbeha County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. at the Starkville Public Library. Bill Crumpton will present a program on fam-
u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room. Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-3236290. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail. com or call 662-323-1338. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u Spring speaker series — A different speaker for Starkville’s 175th birthday celebration will speak at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the John Grisham room at the Mitchell Memorial Library. u GED classes — Emerson Family School, 1504 Louisville in Starkville, will offer free ABE/GED classes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. For more information call 662-320-4607. 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 or call 662-323-8152. u SOAR grant application — SOAR, the local community foundation, announces its 2013 grant application process. Application forms for Starkville area non profits applying for a startup project grant or for the expansion of ongoing projects may be obtained by email from Jan Eastman ( Application deadline is April 30. u Scholarship opportunity — David Rogers Memorial Scholarship applications are now available for graduating high school seniors.  The deadline for submission is April 15.  Applications can be obtained by calling 662-323-3977 or visit the web at u BNI meetings — A chapter of Business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesdays at the Comfort Inn and Suites. 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
u Healing crusade — Evangelist Mike Peterson will be at First Assembly of God for a healing crusade at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 218 Louisville Street. For more information, call 662-312-2736. u Church Service — A fruits of the spirit program will be presented at Boyd Chapel U.M. Church at 3 p.m. Guests from area churches will speak on each fruit. The public is in-
vited. u Revival services — Mt. Pleasant No. 1 M.B. Church of Louisville will host its annual spring revival April 2123. Sunday service will begin at 3 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday. Pastor Nathaniel Best of St. Matthew M.B. Church in ily connections. Starkville will be guest speaker. Everyone is invited.
u Johnathan Scales Fourchestra — The Jonathan u Rotary meeting — The Scales Fourchestra will perStarkville Rotary Club will form at 10 p.m. at Dave’s Dark meet at 11:45 a.m. in the Horse Tavern.
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 Recycling bags available — Recycling bags are now available for pick-up at the Sanitation and Environmental Services Department, located at 506 D.L. Conner Drive. You make pick-up your supply of bags now through April 30, Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those wishing to participate in the recycling program may sign up at any time. 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 662-323-7597. 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 662-4952292 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 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 or call 662-323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 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. 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@ or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@ or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its
activities room. Beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and Beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662-323-2294. u Square dancing — This is fun for all age couples.  Enrollment for new dancers will close at the end of April and will open again in the fall.  Enjoy our new caller and friendly help from experienced dancers.  Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportsplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Follow the covered walk 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 someone’s life. Contact Carly Wheat, manager of volunteer services, at 662-615-1519 or email 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, 662418-5535 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 662-320-4607. u Samaritan Club cheese — The Starkville Samaritan Club is selling mild, sharp, extra-sharp and round cheese. Cheese may be purchased at any of the following businesses in Starkville: John McMurray Accounting, 320 University Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 University Drive, or CB&S Bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact Hall Fuller at 662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-3233890, Margaret Prisock at 662324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. u Clothing ministry — Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, 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 locat-
ed upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email and visit http:// u Alcoholics anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 3278941 or visit www.starkvilleaa. org for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting — The PEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. PEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact Bobbie Walton at 662-323-5108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host Party Bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. To play, call 662-3389442. Senior Game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 3231499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County High School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-242-7962. u Senior Yoga — Senior yoga will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 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 SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support Group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-527-1553. u Project HELP — Project HELP with Family Centered Programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded project that can assist “homeless” students in the district and provides school uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and\or in-school tutoring. Call Mamie Guest or Cappe Hallberg at 662-3242551 or 662-418-3876. 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 662-3233322. u Sassy Sirens Game Day — On the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., the Sassy
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from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lunch is served From page 2 on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. All meals will be served in the FelSirens will host a Game Day at lowship Hall (ground floor) of the Senior Citizens Building First Presbyterian Church in “Fun House.” RSVP to OldStarkville. Call 662-312-2175. u Starkville Writer’s Group — The Starkville WritOn the horizon ers’ Group will meet on the first and third Saturday of each u Garden event — Volunmonth at the Book Mart in teer Starkville and Maroon Voldowntown Starkville. Contact unteer Center will host a volunStan Brown at spb107@ms- teer event in three community gardens from 8:45 a.m. to noon u Brotherhood breakfast April 27 in honor of Global — Men and boys are welcome Youth Service Day. Meet at to attend a brotherhood break- Starkville Sportsplex and get fast at Austin Creek Church of assignments there. Free breakChrist Holiness (USA) at 2298 fast and t-shirt for volunteers Turkey Creek Rd. in Starkville (while available). Sponsored by every second Saturday of the Sodexo Foundation and Youth month at 8 a.m. followed by Service America. yard work at 10 a.m. Attendees u Community garden prep are asked to bring yard supplies. day — The Modern WoodOfficer elections will be held at men SUMMIT group will join the end of the year. Call Willie Volunteer Starkville for a comThomas at 662-323-2748. munity garden prep day beginu Casserole Kitchen — The Casserole Kitchen serves ning at 9 a.m. on April 27 at free meals to anyone in need the Starkville Sportsplex. Breakalive to be in it because I don’t have to be.” From page 1 Rogers’ stepdaughter, Melinda Hill, has seen Rogers “I will acknowledge what struggle to get by while keepGod has done,” she said. “I’m ing up hope. She said she used going to thank God that I’m her stepmother’s strength as an
fast will be provided. Members are asked to please bring nonperishable foods to donate to Starkville food pantry. RSVP to Barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or barbara.r.coats@mwarep. org. u Cancer benefit program — A benefit program for Sondra Rena Johnson-Fields will be held at 6 p.m. on April 27 at the Greensboro Center auditorium. u Church Homecoming — Wake Forest Baptist Church in Sturgis will have its Homecoming Service at 11 a.m. April 28. Potluck lunch will follow the service. u 4-H event — The Controllers Generation II 4-H Club will host a Healthy Praise Extravaganza at 3 p.m. April 28 in the West Oktibbeha County High School cafeteria. Teen Challenge of Jackson will be the special guest. All choirs, soloists, praise teams and poets are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Rose Coffey-Graham at 662-2427962. example for herself. “It makes me a better, stronger person just knowing what kind of person she is, and I’m going to try my best to follow in her footsteps,” Hill said. “I’m so happy for her.”
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During the getaway attempt, the brothers killed an MIT policeman and severely wounded another officer, authorities said. After a tense, all-day manhunt and house-to-house search by thousands of SWAT team officers with rifles and armored vehicles, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was cornered in a homeowner’s yard, where he exchanged gunfire with police while holed up in a boat, authorities said. He was taken away on a stretcher and was hospitalized in serious condition with unspecified injuries, police said. Just before 9 p.m., Boston police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. They later wrote: “CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.” A cheer went up from a crowd of bystanders in Watertown. “Everyone wants him alive,” said Kathleen Paolillo, a teacher. Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted “We got him,” along with a photo of himself talking to the police commis-
sioner. Police said three other people were taken into custody for questioning at an off-campus housing complex at the University of the Massachusetts at Dartmouth where the younger man may have lived. Up until the younger man’s capture, it was looking like a grim day for police. As night fell, they announced that they were scaling back the hunt and lifting the stay-indoors order across Boston and some of its suburbs because they had come up empty-handed. But then a break came in a Watertown neighborhood when a homeowner saw blood on his boat, pulled back the tarp and saw the bloody suspect inside, police said. Chechnya has been the scene of two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994, in which tens of thousands were killed in heavy Russian bombing. That spawned an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia and the region, although not in the West. The older brother had strong political views about the United States, said Albrecht Ammon, 18, a downstairsapartment neighbor in Cambridge. Ammon quoted Tsar-
naev as saying that the U.S. uses the Bible as “an excuse for invading other countries.” Also, the FBI interviewed the older brother at the request of a foreign government in 2011, and nothing derogatory was found, according to a federal law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The official did not identify the foreign country or say why it made the request. The search for the younger brother all but paralyzed the Boston area for much of the day. Officials shut down all mass transit, including Amtrak trains to New York, advised businesses not to open, and warned close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay inside and unlock their doors only for uniformed police. “We believe this man to be a terrorist,” Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people.” Around midday, the suspects’ uncle Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., pleaded on television: “Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness.”
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full weekend in a coordinated way. “Of course, there are many events taking place on campus, but ... the Cotton District Arts Festival, the performance by Starkville Community Theatre and other events are taking place this weekend,” Gregory said. “We think we have the unique opportunity to promote all of these activities together with one singular message, which is to enjoy the excellent variety of event opportunities in our community, as well as to encourage visitors to patronize our local retailers and restaurants.” Gregory said SBW had proven particularly lucrative for local hotels. “In fact, we had contact with most, if not all of our local hotels early this week,” Gregory said. “We were told by nearly all of them that they were completely full and had been full for
quite some time.” Jordan Gillentine, general manager of La Quinta Inn and Suites, said occupancy at La Quinta is maxed out, with some booking as far ahead as November. He said some guests found out SBW’s dates before he and his staff knew them. La Quinta opened Aug. 16, he said, so this year marks its first Super Bulldog Weekend. But that doesn’t mean the staff has never seen such a high volume of tourists. “We actually were open for the 2012 football season, and we filled up several times during the season,” Gillentine said. “It kind of gave us a crash course on how to handle high-demand weekends such as this. There’s large quantity of MSU alumni traveling to our hotel ... a lot of older alumni coming into town. “It’s a great family atmosphere here,” Gillentine added. “We’ve got several families, couples bringing in their young children, taking them to the baseball games. It’s a very lively
environment here in the mornings at breakfast.” Gillentine said his hotel had some guests from Texas, Tennessee and Georgia, but most of them came from across Mississippi. Blake Butler, front desk agent for Hilton Garden Inn, said his SBW clientele had come from across the country, with some coming from as far away as Delaware, South Carolina and Florida. Starkville’s hotels host not only the audiences for SBW games, but also the players themselves. Butler said Hilton Garden Inn had hosted teams for SBW tennis tournaments the past two years, and this year’s SEC women’s tennis tournament is no exception. “Most of (the teams, but) not all of them, stay here. They fill up a lot of our rooms,” Butler said. “We also have people coming in for the entire weekend. Usually, when the public finds out about any important date such as Super Bulldog Weekend, they try to reserve as soon as they hear those
dates. So, we’ve been pretty full (for SBW) since before January.” Butler said some of those reservations had been cancelled because of weather and other issues, opening a few rooms. “But, we try to keep it to a twonight minimum for these particular types of weekends so we can secure them staying here both nights to enjoy everything that’s going on here in Starkville,” Butler said. “We’ve been turning away a lot of people.” Gregory said she saw a demand for more hotels in Starkville, because Super Bulldog Weekend was not the only major tourism event that brought hotel vacancies to a minimum. In addition to the developing Cooley Center hotel, she said she expected to see other hotels come to Starkville. “I think that’s something that we will probably see in the near future,” Gregory said. In the meantime, hotels aren’t the only way to spend the night in
Starkville for SBW. Chapman said he and his fellow honorary Lounge Lizards stayed in hotels the first couple of years before switching to an RV. Traveling in the RV, he said, made the long trip from Tallahassee to Starkville much shorter. “We leave Tallahassee at 7:30 in the morning and get here at 2:30 in the afternoon,” Chapman said. “We make sandwiches. We make snacks. We change drivers at stoplights. We never have to stop.” That doesn’t mean Chapman and his friends don’t contribute to Starkville’s economy while visiting. He said some of his favorite restaurants in Starkville included Stagger In, Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern and City Bagel Cafe, and Starkville’s own Lounge Lizards often treat him and his FSU friends to meals. “We love Starkville (and) love the campus,” Chapman said. “We meet so many more nice people every year.”
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Stocks recover slightly, ending tough week
NEW YORK (AP) — Strong earnings from a pair of technology giants helped the stock market recover some of its losses Friday, a positive end to Wall Street’s worst week in five months. Microsoft and Google both beat earnings expectations, yields of government bonds ticked up and copper — a key industrial metal — continued its fall, losing 2 percent. Microsoft gained 3 percent to $29.77, leading the Dow Jones industrial average higher. The software giant reported earnings late Thursday that beat analysts’ forecasts and showed solid results from its Office, software tools and Xbox divisions. Google’s stock climbed 3 percent to $799.87. The leader in Internet search boosted prices for ads distributed to smartphones and tablet computers. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 13.64 points to 1,555.25, an increase of 0.9 percent. The Dow rose 10.37 points to 14,547.51, a gain of 0.1 percent. The Dow spent most of the day down, pulled lower by disappointing results from IBM. Traders, like everyone else, were following the news out of Boston, where police were hunting for one of two brothers suspected to be behind Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. One brother was killed in a gun battle with police overnight. But the news had no impact on markets, traders said. Friday’s slight gains couldn’t overcome a tough week for the market, when both the S&P 500 and the Dow lost 2.1 percent. That’s their biggest weekly drop since last November. “Compared to the rest of the week, it looks like we’re going to slide into the weekend on a quiet note,” said Jim Baird, Partner and Chief Investment Officer for Plante Moran Financial Advisors By many measures, the financial markets have endured a rough five days. News that economic growth had slowed in China set off a plunge in commodity prices on Monday, leading the stock market to its worst day of the year. Gold dropped below $1,400 an ounce for the first time in two years. The stock market bounced back the next day, then fell again on Wednesday, its third worst day this year. Most big corporations have managed to beat analysts’ low expectations for first-quarter profits. Of the 104 companies that turned in results through Friday morning, 70 have trumped forecasts, according to S&P Capital IQ. Analysts estimate that earnings for companies in the S&P 500 inched up just 2 percent over the previous year, a slowdown from the 7.7 percent rise in the fourth quarter of 2012. Next week marks another big week for earnings as 10 members of the Dow and 181 companies in the S&P 500 report results.
Penguins from SeaWorld are escorted by their handlers on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the company’s IPO on Friday in New York. The broad Standard & Poor’s 500 index opened higher early Friday. (Photo by Richard Drew, AP)
On Friday, IBM fell 8 percent to an even $190. Quarterly earnings for the country’s largest provider of computer services fell short of forecasts for the first time since 2005. IBM said delays in closing several large software and mainframe computer deals hindered sales. u SeaWorld Entertainment soared in its first day of trading as a public company. The theme park operator raised $702 million in its initial public offering, with the bulk of the money going to the Blackstone Group, the private equity firm that still controls the company. SeaWorld’s stock jumped 24 percent to $33.52, up from its IPO price of $27.
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Saturday, April 20, 2013
College Baseball
Series deadlocked
Rally by MSU falls short in game two
State caps with ‘B’ on auction block
Mississippi State showed little offensive production in the first eight innings. The Bulldogs came to life in the ninth inning, but it was a little too late. The No. 18 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs fell to the Auburn Tigers 3-1 in game two of a Southeastern Conference series Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. “We just had some things work against us,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. The Bulldogs took a 6-3 victory over the Tigers in the resumption of game one of the series that took place after the conclusion of game two. With the split, MSU took its records to 3110 overall and 9-8 in the SEC, while Auburn stands 24-15 and 6-11. The Bulldogs entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 3-0. Junior outfielder C.T. Bradford led off the inning with a double down the right field line. He was driven home by senior catcher Nick Ammirati’s single to right field. “We still had that first game on our minds,” Bradford said. “We tried to get through it. It just didn’t happen. I thought we hit some balls hard.” With runners on first and second, junior third baseman Alex Detz grounded out second base to end the game. MSU had trouble taking advantage of base runners in the early going. Auburn junior left hander Michael O’Neal (8-2) found himself in trouble in several innings but was able to escape to pick up the victory.  Junior shortstop Adam Frazier led off the bottom of the first inning for the Bulldogs with a single, but was cut down at second base when Detz grounded into a fielder’s choice. Detz was stranded at first base. The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the sixth inning with one out, but sophomore first baseman Wes Rea grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the MSU threat. “I really felt like Wes was going to hit a ball real hard and he did,” Cohen said. “He just hit it right at the second baseman. They converted some double plays on us.” MSU ran themselves out of the inning when Ammirati tried to score from second on a ball that stayed in the infield. Auburn shortstop Mitchell Self fielded a ground ball by Fra-
The Mississippi State Bulldogs wore maroon “B” baseball caps in game one of the Southeastern Conference series with the Auburn Tigers on Thursday night to recognize and remember the recent bombings in Boston. To further support the city of Boston, the hats were available for auction on beginning Friday afternoon and will be on the auction block until April 26 at 5 p.m. All proceeds from the auction will go to One Fund Boston, to raise money for victims and families who were impacted at the Boston Marathon bombings. “It’s a small gesture on our part and a huge gesture and effort on the part of adidas to make it happen in a very short period of time,” said Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen said in a release from the school. A total of 24 hats are available for bidding and in the short time in which they have been available, over $17,000 has already been accumulated.  
Bulldogs attract largest crowd of baseball season
Entering Super Bulldog Weekend 2013, the top nine on-campus baseball attendance records belonged to Mississippi State. On Friday evening, MSU fans set a new attendance record for the season. With 10,143 present at Dudy Noble Field, the Bulldogs played in front of the largest crowd during this year’s campaign. While the figure does not qualify for national rankings, it was the 25th largest ever to watch a game at Polk-Dement Stadium.  
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Mississippi State pitcher Kendall Graveman (49) shows the umpire his glove after making a tag against Auburn on Friday. Bulldog shortstop Adam Frazier, left, looks to see the call. (Photo by Dana Smith, For Starkville Daily News)
  Friday evening saw the conclusion of a suspended game from Thursday and with it came standout pitching from the Bulldog relievers. Having been strong all season, Ross Mitchell came in for relief and in the process secured his seventh win of the season. The win moves Mitchell from a tie with Luis Pollorena to No. 1 in the wins category for the 2013 Bulldog campaign, but he is not the only MSU pitcher
Pitching stands strong for Mississippi State
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College Baseball
Maroon-White Spring Game closes drills for the Bulldogs
By BEN WAIT The Mississippi State Bulldogs have been working all spring towards the annual Maroon and White football game. Today, they have reached the game and get to showcase what they have learned to the fans. The Bulldogs will square off at Davis Wade Stadium today at 1 p.m. in the spring game. It will be the last time MSU will be on the field this spring. The last real practice of the spring for the Bulldogs came on Thursday. “That’s what we talked about (Tuesday),” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said after Tuesday’s practice. “They have to get some rest, get ready to go Thursday and come out with the right mindset. That’s really it. Friday, we’re just in helmets, (and) Saturday (is) the spring game. We’ll split the team up and that’s really kind of a celebration for our fans to be out there. (It will be) their first look at a lot of these guys and a real fun deal for them. so Thursday is a big day for us.” The split roster was announced on Friday. Senior quarterback Tyler Russell and offensive lineman Gabe Jackson headline the White team, while senior defensive end and senior defensive back Nickoe Whitley will lead the Maroon squad. “While the spring game is a great opportunity for our fans to come back to campus as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, it’s also a chance for our team to have fun, celebrate the end of spring practice and continue to compete,” Mullen said in a school release. “As we’ve done in the past, the losing team will be up here Sunday morning cleaning the stadium, so there’s an added sense of emphasis to be on the winning team.” Russell will also have starting center Dillon Day on his team. Russell and Day have found a groove this spring with very little mishandling of snaps. That is something Mullen expects out of his center and quarterback. “To me, that’s a skill,” Mullen said. “If I’m serious, I tell our centers all the time, you don’t need us to work on that. If you want to master your skill, you should be snapping every single day and night. I mean, go watch ‘The Simpsons’ and then go get 500 snaps in. That’s a skill and you have to go master your skills.” Russell will also have some of his favorite targets. Junior wide receiver Jameon Lewis and junior wideout Robert Johnson were also put on the White team. In the two spring scrimmages, Russell has shown good chemistry with the two wide receivers. For the Maroon squad, they will be led by junior tight end Malcolm Johnson. Sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott is also on the team, but he has been sidelined all spring after having surgery on one of his big toes. Redshirt freshman Brandon Holloway has seen a good bit of action this spring. He has been used at wide receiver as well as running back.
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Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen, right, makes a point during practice. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Allen Mays
The number of years that Mae Louise Allen Mays was married to Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays. The wife of Mays has died at age 74.
Starkville Saints to meet
The Starkville Saints youth tackle football team will have a parent meeting on April 29 downstairs inside the Starkville Sportsplex building. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For any questions, contact Fred Tate at 662-769-9733.
Starkville Daily News
College Baseball Southeastern Conference Glance All Times CT EASTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Vanderbilt 14-1 .933 33-5 Florida 9-7 .563 21-18 So. Carolina 8-7 .533 28-10 Kentucky 7-8 .467 24-12 Tennessee 5-11 .313 17-19 Missouri 4-12 .250 12-21 Georgia 3-12 .200 14-24 Pct. .868 .538 .737 .667 .472 .364 .368 WESTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct. LSU 14-2 .875 36-3 .923 Arkansas 9-7 . 563 25-15 .625 Miss. State 9-8 .529 31-10 .756 Ole Miss 8-8 .500 27-12 .692 Alabama 8-8 .500 23-17 .575 Texas A&M 7-9 .438 22-17 .564 Auburn 6-11 .353 24-15 .615 Thursday’s Game Auburn at Miss. State, suspd. rain Friday’s Games Miss. State 6, Auburn 3, first game Auburn 3, Miss. State 1, second game Ole Miss 5, Tennessee 0 LSU 5, Alabama 0 Texas A&M 5, Arkansas 3 Florida 8. Missouri 6 Kentucky at S. Carolina, ppd. rain Vanderbilt at Georgia, ppd. rain Today’s Games Auburn at Miss. State, 4 p.m. Ole Miss at Tennessee, 3 p.m. LSU at Alabama, 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Arkansas, 7:30 p.m. Florida at Missouri, 2 p.m. Kentucky at S. Carolina, first game, noon Kentucky at S. Carolina, second game, 4 p.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia, first game, 11 a.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia, second game, 3 p.m. Sunday’s Games Ole Miss at Tennessee, 1 p.m. LSU at Alabama, 1 p.m. Texas A&M at Arkansas, 1 p.m. Florida at Missouri, noon Kentucky at S. Carolina, 12:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia, 1 p.m. Collegiate Baseball Poll Record Pts Pvs 1. North Carolina 34-2 499 2 2. Louisiana St. 34-3 498 1 3. Vanderbilt 33-4 497 3 4. Cal St. Fullerton 31-5 493 5 5. Oregon St. 28-6 489 6 6. Florida St. 30-6 486 7 7. Oregon 27-8 482 9 8. Louisville 28-7 479 11 9. Virginia 31-6 476 4 10. Oklahoma 28-8 474 8 11. UCLA 22-10 471 15 12. Clemson 26-11 469 17 13. Arkansas 25-12 467 10 14. Georgia Tech 26-10 463 18 15. N.C. State 28-10 460 19 16. Cal Poly 24-9 458 20 17. Stanford 19-11 455 23 18. Mississippi St. 30-9 452 26 19. Florida 19-18 446 NR 20. Mississippi 26-10 443 NR 21. Arizona 23-12 441 25 22. South Carolina 27-10 439 12 23. Kentucky 24-11 437 14 24. Arizona St. 22-10-1 435 27 25. Pittsburgh 24-9 434 NR 26. Coastal Carolina 24-12 432 NR 27. Rice 25-13 429 21 28. South Florida 22-14 426 NR 29. Houston 25-11 423 28 30. Bryant 23-9-1 420 NR Baseball America Top 25 Record Pvs 1. North Carolina 34-2 1 2. Vanderbilt 33-4 2 3. Louisiana State 34-3 3 4. Cal State Fullerton 31-5 4 5. Oregon State 28-6 6 6. Florida State 30-6 7 7. Virginia 31-6 5 8. Louisville 28-7 8 9. Arizona State 22-10 15 10. Oregon 27-8 16 11. Oklahoma 28-8 9 12. Arkansas 25-12 10 13. UCLA 22-10 17
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“This is pretty much last resort for getting it right.”
Matt Harrison of the Texas Rangers said about his pending back surgery.
The Area Slate
Today College Baseball Auburn at Mississippi State, 4 p.m. College Softball Mississippi State at Alabama, 4:30 p.m. High School Baseball Eupora at Bruce, noon (JV) High School Softball Class 2A Playoffs Eupora at Hatley, 1 p.m.
2-0), 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 0-2) at Milwaukee (Burgos 0-0), 7:10 p.m. Arizona (Cahill 0-2) at Colorado (J.De La Rosa 1-1), 8:10 p.m. San Diego (Richard 0-1) at San Francisco (Lincecum 1-0), 9:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games Miami at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. San Diego at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Colorado, 4:10 p.m. St. Louis at Philadelphia, 8:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Miami at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Atlanta at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. Milwaukee at San Diego, 10:10 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct GB Boston 11 4 .733 — New York 9 6 .600 2 Baltimore 8 7 .533 3 Toronto 7 10 .412 5 Tampa Bay 6 10 .375 5½ Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 9 6 .600 — Kansas City 8 6 .571 ½ Minnesota 6 7 .462 2 Chicago 7 9 .438 2½ Cleveland 5 9 .357 3½ West Division W L Pct GB Oakland 12 5 .706 — Texas 9 6 .600 2 Seattle 7 10 .412 5 Los Angeles 4 10 .286 6½ Houston 4 11 .267 7 Thursday’s Games Chicago Cubs 6, Texas 2 Seattle 2, Detroit 0 Arizona 6, N.Y. Yankees 2, 12 innings Boston 6, Cleveland 3 Baltimore 10, Tampa Bay 6, 10 innings Toronto 3, Chicago White Sox 1 Friday’s Games L.A. Dodgers at Baltimore, ppd., rain N.Y. Yankees 9, Toronto 4 Tampa Bay 8, Oakland 3 Kansas City at Boston, ppd., local manhunt Seattle at Texas, late Cleveland at Houston, late Minnesota at Chicago, ppd., cold, windy conditions Detroit at L.A. Angels, late Today’s Games L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 2-1) at Baltimore (Hammel 2-1), 1:05 p.m., 1st game N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 2-1) at Toronto (Buehrle 1-0), 1:07 p.m. Kansas City (Shields 1-2) at Boston (Buchholz 3-0), 1:10 p.m. Detroit (Porcello 0-1) at L.A. Angels (Richards 0-0), 3:05 p.m. Minnesota (Worley 0-2) at Chicago White Sox (Peavy 2-1), 3:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Beckett 0-2) at Baltimore (W.Chen 0-2), 7:05 p.m., 2nd game Cleveland (Kazmir 0-0) at Houston (Humber 0-3), 7:10 p.m. Oakland (Parker 0-2) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 0-1), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (Maurer 1-2) at Texas (Tepesch 1-1), 8:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Kansas City at Boston, 1:35 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m. Oakland at Tampa Bay, 1:40 p.m. Cleveland at Houston, 2:10 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m. Seattle at Texas, 3:05 p.m. Detroit at L.A. Angels, 3:35 p.m. Monday’s Games Oakland at Boston, 6:30 p.m. Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Miami at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m. Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.
Local Pitch, Hit, Run event set
Area youth are encouraged to participate in the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run hosted locally by Starkville Parks and Recreation on April 27 at 9 a.m. The location will be McKee Park on fields 2 and 3. Pitch, Hit and Run is the official skills competition of major league baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills. Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions (7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14), and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at major league ballparks and the National finals at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champion in each age group and gender group at the local competition will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/ waiver form prior to the start of competition. For questions concerning the competition, please contact local coordinator William Pochop at 662-323-2294.
Today BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN2 — Nike Hoop Summit, United States Junior Team vs. World Select Team, at Portland, Ore. COLLEGE BASEBALL 12:30 p.m. FSN — Rice at Houston COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon NBCSN — Intrasquad, Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game, at South Bend, Ind. GOLF 8 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Open de Espana, third round, at Valencia, Spain (same-day tape) Noon TGC — PGA Tour, The Heritage, third round, at Hilton Head Island, S.C. 2 p.m. CBS — PGA Tour, The Heritage, third round, at Hilton Head Island, S.C. TGC — Champions Tour, Greater Gwinnett Championship, second round, at Duluth, Ga. 5:30 p.m. TGC — LPGA, LOTTE Championship, final round, at Kapolei, Hawaii MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1:30 p.m. FOX — Regional coverage, Washington at N.Y. Mets, Detroit at L.A. Angels, or Minnesota at Chicago White Sox 6 p.m. MLB — Regional coverage, St. Louis at Philadelphia or Atlanta at Pittsburgh NBA BASKETBALL 2 p.m. ABC — Playoffs, first round, game 1, Boston at New York 4:30 p.m. ESPN — Playoffs, first round, game 1, Golden State at Denver 7 p.m. ESPN — Playoffs, first round, game 1, Chicago at Brooklyn 9:30 p.m. ESPN — Playoffs, first round, game 1, Memphis at L.A. Clippers NHL HOCKEY 6 p.m. NBCSN — Washington at Montreal SOCCER 8:55 a.m. ESPN2 — Premier League, Arsenal at Fulham 9:30 p.m. NBCSN — MLS, Kansas City at Los Angeles Arizona San Francisco Los Angeles San Diego 9 6 .600 2 9 7 .563 2½ 7 8 .467 4 5 10 .333 6
SHS fast pitch sets fundraiser
The Starkville High School fast pitch softball team will be holding a bar-b-cue dinner fundraiser on May 3 to support specific needs for the program. The plates will cost $10 each and will be available to be picked up on the visitor’s side of the SHS football stadium. Members of the softball team will be selling tickets, but anyone having trouble obtaining a ticket can contact Donna Bishop at 662-769-0636 to make arrangements.
College Baseball
LSU blanks Alabama
For Starkville Daily News TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sophomore right-hander Aaron Nola tossed his first career complete game shutout and senior All-American Raph Rhymes collected three hits with three RBI as second-ranked LSU rolled past Alabama 5-0 in the opening game of a Southeastern Conference series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Friday night.  The Tigers (36-3, 14-2 SEC) remained perfect in Friday night contests this year and maintained their four-game lead in the SEC Western Division standings. Alabama (23-17, 8-8), which was swept last weekend at Ole Miss, dropped its fourth consecutive league contest.  Nola (7-0) was brilliant from start to finish, allowing only three hits while walking one and striking out 10. He retired the final 12 batters of the game. His flawless performance was his second straight complete game, becoming the first LSU pitcher since Kevin Gausman last season to achieve the feat. Gausman fired complete games against Vanderbilt on May 11 and South Carolina on May 18. 
14. Georgia Tech 26-10 15. North Carolina St. 28-10 16. Mississippi State 30-9 17. Kentucky 24-11 18. South Carolina 27-10 19. Indiana 26-7 20. Clemson 26-11 21. Mississippi 26-10 22. Rice 25-13 23. Cal Poly 24-7 24. Gonzaga 23-10 25. UNC Wilmington 26-11
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Thursday’s Games Milwaukee 7, San Francisco 2 Chicago Cubs 6, Texas 2 Colorado 11, N.Y. Mets 3 Arizona 6, N.Y. Yankees 2, 12 innings Atlanta 6, Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 4, Philadelphia 3 Cincinnati 11, Miami 1 Friday’s Games Pittsburgh 6, Atlanta 0 Philadelphia 8, St. Louis 2, 7 innings L.A. Dodgers at Baltimore, ppd., rain Miami 2, Cincinnati 1 N.Y. Mets 7, Washington 1 Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, late Arizona at Colorado, late San Diego at San Francisco, late Today’s Games L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 2-1) at Baltimore (Hammel 2-1), 1:05 p.m., 1st game Miami (LeBlanc 0-3) at Cincinnati (Arroyo 2-1), 1:10 p.m. Washington (G.Gonzalez 1-1) at N.Y. Mets (Hefner 0-2), 3:05 p.m. Atlanta (Maholm 3-0) at Pittsburgh (Ja. McDonald 1-2), 7:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Beckett 0-2) at Baltimore (W.Chen 0-2), 7:05 p.m., 2nd game St. Louis (Lynn 2-0) at Philadelphia (Lee
Major League Baseball At A Glance All Times EDT National League East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 13 3 .813 — Washington 9 7 .563 4 New York 8 7 .533 4½ Philadelphia 7 10 .412 6½ Miami 4 13 .235 9½ Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 9 7 .563 — Cincinnati 9 8 .529 ½ Pittsburgh 8 8 .500 1 Milwaukee 6 8 .429 2 Chicago 5 9 .357 3 West Division W L Pct GB Colorado 11 4 .733 —
Ole Miss 5, Tennessee 0
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Junior right-hander Bobby Wahl threw a complete-game shutout of Tennessee as No. 17 Ole Miss opened the weekend series with a win over the Volunteers. Wahl (8-0) allowed three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in picking up the win.
2013 MISSISSIPPI STATE BASEBALL Auburn at #10 Mississippi State Apr 18, 2013 at Starkville, Miss. (Dudy Noble Field)
Auburn 3 (24-15,6-11 SEC)
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2013 MISSISSIPPI STATE BASEBALL Auburn at #10 Mississippi State Apr 19, 2013 at Starkville, Miss. (Dudy Noble Field)
Auburn 3 (24-14,6-10 SEC)
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Mississippi State 6 (31-10,9-8 SEC)
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Mississippi State 1 (30-10,8-8 SEC)
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Adam Frazier ss Alex Detz 3b Hunter Renfroe rf Brett Pirtle 2b Wes Rea 1b C.T. Bradford cf Daryl Norris dh Trey Porter ph Nick Ammirati c Demarcus Henderson lf Jacob Robson ph Kendall Graveman p Trevor Fitts p Totals R H 3 10 1 8 E 2 2
5 3 3 3 4 4 2 1 4 3 1 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 2 3 0 0 2 1 4 0 1 1 0 2 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
0 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
6 27 10 10
1 0
0 1
2 3
0 0
0 0
0 2
0 0
0 0
0 X
E - Cooper, G.(6); Austin, B. 2(5); Kendrick, C.(1); Ammirati(3). DP - AU 2; MSTATE 2. LOB - AU 8; MSTATE 6. 2B - Cooper, G.(10); Kelley, H.(7). HR - Rea(4). HBP - Wacker, C.; Rea. SF - Frazier(3); Rea(3). SB - Tella, R.(12); Self, M.(1). CS - Ammirati(1).
Auburn ip h r er bb so ab bf np 98 18 22 Mississippi State ip h r er bb so ab bf np 66 43 36
Score by Innings Auburn Mississippi State
1 0
0 0
1 0
0 0
1 0
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 1
E - Cooper, G.(5); Tomscha, D.(10); Renfroe(2); Graveman(1). DP - AU 2; MSTATE 1. LOB - AU 8; MSTATE 10. 2B Bradford(4). HBP - Pirtle. SF - Wacker, C.(5). CS - Kelley, H.(3).
Auburn ip h r er bb so ab bf np 96 38 Mississippi State ip h r er bb so ab bf np 106 26
Conner Kendrick Trey Cochran-Gill Dillon Ortman
5.1 5 6 2 4 3 21 26 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 1.2 2 0 0 0 1 5 6
Luis Pollorena Ross Mitchell Jonathan Holder
3.1 3.0 2.2
5 4 0
3 0 0
3 0 0
2 1 0
3 14 17 1 12 13 7 8 8
Michael O'Neal Terrance Dedrick
7.0 5 0 0 4 4 24 29 2.0 3 1 1 0 2 9 9
Kendall Graveman Trevor Fitts
7.0 10 3 1 1 5 29 31 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 6 7
Win - Mitchell, R. (7-0). Loss - Kendrick, C. (2-2). Save - Holder (12). WP - Ortman, D.(6); Holder(3). HBP - by Pollorena (Wacker, C.); by Ortman, D. (Rea). BK - Cochran-Gill(1). Pitches/strikes: Kendrick, C. 98/58; Cochran-Gill 18/10; Ortman, D. 22/11; Pollorena 66/43; Mitchell, R. 43/26; Holder 36/28. Umpires - HP: Scott Cline 1B: Ray Miller 2B: John Bennett (cc) 3B: John Brammer Start: 6:32 pm Time: 2:49 Attendance: 7974 Weather: Overcast skies, 78 degrees Game notes: Super Bulldog Weekend series now even at 1-1 ... Contest suspended in Bottom of 7th inning Thursday; completed after regularly scheduled Friday game ... Teams complete series at 4 p.m. Saturday
Win - O'Neal, M. (8-2). Loss - Graveman (5-3). Save - Dedrick, T. (4). WP - Graveman(2). HBP - by O'Neal, M. (Pirtle). Pitches/strikes: O'Neal, M. 96/53; Dedrick, T. 38/28; Graveman 106/72; Fitts 26/15. Umpires - HP: Ray Miller 1B: John Bennett 2B: John Brammer 3B: Scott Cline (cc) Start: 6:35 pm Time: 2:17 Attendance: 10143 Weather: Clear skies, 54 degrees Game notes: Auburn wins opening game of weekend SEC series ... Series resumes with completion of Friday night's suspended game at 9:25 p.m. today O'Neal, M. faced 1 batter in the 8th.
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College Softball
MSU knocks off No. 4 Bama
For Starkville Daily News TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – It has been 12 days since the Mississippi State softball defeated No. 3 Florida on the road. The Bulldogs were at it again Friday night. Mississippi State made another national statement, beating No. 4 Alabama 3-2 at Rhoads Stadium. The win made it the second time in school history the Bulldogs defeated the defending national champion as well as two top-five teams in the same season (both 2002). MSU improved its records to 2914 overall and 7-9 in the Southeastern Conference, while Alabama fell to 38-7 and 10-6. “Credit a great Alabama team,” State coach Vann Stuedeman said. “It was a great ballgame (Friday night). I could not be more proud of our seniors for getting the victory. I am proud of our team and the Bulldog Nation.” Senior left-hander Stephanie Becker earned the starting assignment, striking out seven in five strong innings of work. The southpaw improved her overall record to 9-6 in her final campaign, giving up two runs (one earned). Junior righty Alison Owen earned her SEC-leading fifth save of the season with two shutout frames to end the game. “Tip your hat to Stephanie Becker,” Stuedeman said. “What a great game she threw.” Junior Jessica Offutt continued her torrid pace with a pair of hits and two RBIs, while fellow junior Heidi Shape went 1-for-3 with one driven in. Senior Jessica Cooley (1for-3), redshirt sophomore Julia Echols (1-for-3) and freshman Kayla Winkfield (0-for-1, walk) scored the three runs for the Bulldogs. After two scoreless innings, Echols jumpstarted the MSU offense with a leadoff single to left to start the third. Echols advanced to second on a passed ball and then stole third for her fifth swipe of the season. Winkfield joined her teammate on the base paths thanks to a 3-1 walk and stole second to put another Bulldog in scoring position. With two outs, Offutt pinched a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Echols and Winkfield for an early 2-0 lead. State added the game-winning run in the top of the fourth. Cooley hit a gapper to right field, ending up underneath the tag of the Alabama third baseman for her second career triple. Shape stepped up to the dish next and drove in Cooley with a hard-and-low single up the middle. Alabama scored its first run of the game with a solo homer by cleanup batter Molly Fichtner in the bottom of the fourth, and plated its last run of the game with an RBI single by Kaila Hunt in the fifth. Hunt, an All-American, struck out with the tying run on base to end the game. “If we focus on playing in the moment, we can do special things,” Stuedeman said. The Bulldogs, who are riding a six-game winning streak, including five straight in the SEC, return to action today at Alabama for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch. Sunday’s 1 p.m. series finale will broadcast live on Fox Sports South, with Dave Neal calling the game and Cheri Kempf analyzing the action. For live in-game updates of the series, follow the program on Twitter at @MStateSB.
Stephanie Becker picked up another win for the Mississippi State softball team Friday. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN file)
High School Softball
Eupora beaten in first round game of Class 2A playoffs
By DANNY P. SMITH EUPORA – It wasn’t the type of start the Eupora Lady Eagles were looking for in the Class 2A State softball playoffs. After falling behind 5-0 the Hatley Tigers in the first inning, the Lady Eagles cut the margin to two runs before giving up eight more runs in the fourth frame and ended up losing a 14-4 decision at home in five innings. “It was two bad innings,” Eupora softball coach Kaley Harris said. “We just couldn’t put it together and didn’t have it. Hopefully, we will (today). We couldn’t pull out hits. (Against) a lefthanded pitcher, we just weren’t seeing the ball.” Hatley pitcher Ashton Wright scattered seven hits and did a good job of keeping the Lady Eagles off-stride for the game. While Eupora was searching for its offense, the Lady Tigers didn’t have that problem. Hatley batted around the order in its fiverun first and eight-run fourth. The Lady Tiger also added a run in the fifth. The Lady Eagles closed the gap to 5-3 in the second inning on a two-run double by Marlee Ray and an RBI single by Hal-Leigh Hodges. Allie Steadman hit her fourth home run of the season to put the fourth and final run in the book for Eupora. Ray had a double and a single for the Lady
Eagles, while Ja’Lisa Bell added a pair of singles. Other than Steadman’s homer, Hodges and Claire Henderson had one single each. Eupora now must win two games in Hatley today to stay alive in the postseason. The first game is set to begin at 1 p.m. “We’ve got to win two,” Harris said. “(We’ve) got to bring it and hit the ball. (There must be) no more errors. Maybe we can pull it together (today).”
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He will bring good versatility to the Maroon team. “They are young kids, (and) there’s opportunities to make plays,” Mullen said. “They’ve got to continue to do it. Again, there is a lot of time before we’ve got to go play and those guys are going to have a lot more opportunities to make plays.” Many Bulldog fans will get to see what the squad has worked on all spring today. Mullen doesn’t try to read too much into big plays. “You don’t want to build over-confidence on something that worked because of a terrible mistake on the other side of the ball,” Mullen said. “(We) don’t worry so much about maybe the scheme because somebody else made a terrible mistake. It’s those type of things that we’ve got to look at and evaluate as coaches. (We’re) making sure we’re always putting guys in the right positions.”
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to improve his status. Jonathan Holder struck out seven of the eight batters faced on Friday and now leads the team in strikeouts with 49, as well as leading the team in saves, with 12, following his appearance in game one. Holder’s 12th save ties him for third all-time at MSU with Caleb Reed. In a unique twist of events, Holder now has 21 saves with the Bulldogs which also ties him for third all-time with Reed. “He (Reed) taught me everything that I know,” Holder said. “Whether it’s closing because he closed, he set up and started for us. I learned just about everything that I got here from him.”
  Mississippi State has 15 games slated for the month of April and 10 of those games have eclipsed. With them came much success for the Bulldogs. Thus far ,the team holds an 8-2 record heading into the home stretch of the month.  
Month of April shines on Bulldog baseball
  This weekend’s series marks the fourth time that MSU has hosted Auburn for Super Bulldog Weekend.
Mississippi State holds all-time record over SBW foe
The Bulldogs were not content. In In those games, the Tigers hold a 6-5 record and as this year’s series comes to the first two games of the series, MSU a close today, the Bulldogs look to even turned three more double plays to bring its season total to 55. the score.   Despite losing to the Tigers in four of the last five series, MSU holds an Bradford comes up impressive 93-87-1 record all-time. In big in hits category games played in Starkville, the Bulldogs   are 49-29. C.T. Bradford was the lone Bulldog   to cross the plate in game two of the Double-plays continue Super Bulldog Weekend series with Auto take place at MSU burn. In the process of reaching home,   Bradford provided the team with two If there is one thing that the Bulldogs hits to mark his 15th multi-hit game of excel at in 2013, it is the art of turning a the year. Previously in game one, Bradford was double play. Having already turned 52 thus far two-for-four from the box while posting this season, MSU leads the NCAA in one RBI in the Bulldogs 6-3 victory over the Tigers. that category. eighth inning for sophomore right hander Trevor Fitts. Graveman (5-3) gave up all three runs, but only one was earned as the Bulldogs committed two errors. He allowed 10 hits, walked only one and struck out five. “I really was proud of Kendall,” Cohen said. “Kendall did not have his best stuff. I don’t think he felt as good as the previous three or four times out there, but he just gutted
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zier up the middle. He flipped to second baseman Jordan Ebert, but not in time as Demarcus Henderson slid in safely. Ammirati was rounding third, but Ebert threw home catching Ammirati in a rundown to end the Bulldog threat. O’Neal was pulled after
walking Detz to start the bottom of the eighth inning. The Tigers brought in junior right hander Terrance Dedrick. He struck out a pair and got a ground ball to end the inning. O’Neal pitched seven innings giving up no runs and only five hits. He walked four batters and struck out another four. “Their left hander did a fabulous job, O’Neal,” Cohen said. “I was really impressed
with him. I thought at the end he was getting a little tired. I thought we were going to get to him and have a knockout punch.” Dedrick picked up his fourth save of the season in his two innings of work. MSU senior righty Kendall Graveman was looking for his fourth-consecutive complete game. He pitched seven innings, but was pulled to start the
through it and kept competing.” The Tigers scored a run in the first, third and fifth. Patrick Savage had two RBI singles and Cullen Wacker had a sacrifice fly. The two teams square off in a rubber game today. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Auburn will throw junior left hander Will Kendall, while the Bulldogs will toss sophomore lefty Jacob Lindgren.
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Bulldog Bits
Men’s Golf
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Powered by junior Chad Ramey’s 1-under-par day, the No. 25 Mississippi State men’s golf team finished sixth at the Southeastern Conference Championship after 18 holes. MSU turned in a 6-over-par 286 to navigate up the leader board for a sixth-place finish on Friday. The Bulldogs finished 11 strokes back of leader No. 19 Auburn Tigers, who State defeated at the Tiger Invitational back in March. “I feel like we got a pretty decent first round under our belt,” MSU coach Clay Homan said. “The course played difficult today with a constant 25 mile per hour wind. We avoided the double bogeys, which is what you have to do around here. The wind is forecasted to keep blowing over the next two days, so we just have to keep grinding away and avoid making the big mistakes like we did (Friday).” The field at the Sea Island Golf Course includes 13 Top 50 ranked teams. No. 9 Florida finished the day at 21-over-par for a last-place finish in Friday’s opening round. Ramey, who finished tied for fifth on Friday, shot a 1-underpar 69 for the opening 18 holes. The performance in round one placed Ramey only four strokes off of the lead. The junior has already picked up seven Top 10’s this season; Ramey finished with a seventh-place card at last year’s SEC Championship. Finishing even on the day, junior Axel Boasson tied for 12th in the first round. Aiding Boasson’s score was four birdies, adding to his team-leading total of 105 birdies. The Iceland native has finished with an 11th place finish or better in six of his last seven outings. Junior Barrett Edens and senior Robi Calvesbert both finished outside of the Top 25. Edens fired off a 3-over-par 73 to finish Friday with a 30thplace card. Calvesbert turned in a 4-over-par 74 to finish tied for 35th. Rounding out the Bulldog scoring from Sea Island was junior Joe Sakulpolphaisan, who finished at 10-over-par on for the opening round. Sakulpolphaisan has finished in the Top 25 10 out of the 11 tourneys played this season. Homan’s squad will tee off at Hole No. 1 at 8:20 a.m. today. MSU will be paired with Alabama and Texas A&M. Live stats are available through Fans can also follow the men’s golf program through Facebook at and on Twitter at @mstateMG. Kickoff for the match is set for 11:30 a.m., and admission is free. State has posted an unbeaten 3-0-1 mark in spring action this season. The Bulldogs knocked off Memphis in Tupelo Tuesday night, scoring the game’s lone goal on an Elisabeth Sullivan strike. The Bulldogs played to a scoreless tie against Northwestern State in Jackson last Saturday. State opened the spring with 1-0 and 4-0 victories against Georgia State and Jackson State, respectively. would prevail, taking the match and the doubles point 9-8(4). In singles, State needed four victories to take the match and advance to quarterfinal play. UK upped their lead to 2-0 when No. 21 Jomby defeated a tough 55th-ranked Malte Stropp on court two 6-3, 6-4. MSU then answered back when senior James Chaudry defeated UK’s Charles Minc 6-1, 6-3 on court three to bring State within one. At the top spot, UK’s No. 17 Rossi downed MSU’s No. 12 Bogaerts 6-3, 7-5 to bring the Wildcats within one of victory. State once again answered, as freshman Angus defeated Kentucky’s Lai 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 4 position. The deciding match came at the No. 5 spot, where MSU’s White battled UK’s Pennington. In a back and forth first set, White earned the first break to go up 6-5, but Pennington broke back to force a tiebreaker. The two continued to battle in the tiebreak, but Pennington fought off White to take the first set 7-6(7). Pennington rode the momentum of the first set win to take the match 7-6(7), 6-0, clinching the match for the
opening the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate with a 1-overpar 73 just two weeks ago. It is also her career-lowest SEC Tournament round. The sophomore trio of No. 34 Ally McDonald, Rica Tse and Elena Warren each fired a 5-over-par 77 and are tied for 18th through the first 18 holes. McDonald posted a 1-overpar through the first nine but bogeyed three of her final five holes to fall out of a tie for first. Tse posted 14 pars on the day to earn her place in the Top 25, while Warren negated a few bogeys with birdies on No. 3 and No. 16. Freshman Gabi Oubre’ capped the MSU scoreboard with a 9-over-par 81. Second-round action will begin at 10 a.m. with the Lady Bulldogs slated to tee off alongside Kentucky and South Carolina at 10:50 a.m. Live stats will be available through Fans can also follow the women’s golf program on Twitter, @ mstateWG, and on Facebook at
Wildcats. Play at the No. 6 spot was suspended, with MSU’s Dumont leading UK’s Murra 6-1, 5-3. State (16-9, 6-6 SEC) will now await word on the 2013 NCAA Championships, which begin May 10-12 with first and second round action. The Bulldogs expect to earn their 22nd NCAA bid all-time and are in position to be selected as one of the 16 hosts for first and second round play for the second year in a row. The selections will be announced April 30.
Track and Field
After earning 19 Top 3 finishes in Baton Rouge, the Mississippi State track and field team will make the two-hour drive northwest to Oxford for the Mississippi Open hosted by Ole Miss today. Joining the Bulldogs at the Ole Miss Track and Field Complex include the 11th-ranked Ole Miss men, along with Missouri State and Murray State. The MSU men’s squad enters the weekend ranked No. 14 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association Poll, paced by the NCAA’s secondranked high jumper Marcus Jackson and Top 15 sprinters Nathan Arnett and Daundre Barnaby. Arnett’s victory in the 400-meter hurdles (51.26) helped lead the Bulldogs to a fifth-place finish at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou last weekend. On the women’s side, Mississippi State’s Jody-Ann Muir and Kanishia Carey posted top speeds for the Lady Bulldogs as they finished fourth overall. Muir’s time of 53.25 placed her second in the 400-meter dash, while Carey finished third in the 800-meter run, turning in a 2:11.24. “We’ve had a successful season so far, but you can never get complacent,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “I always tell the athletes that to be competitive, you have to constantly be better tomorrow than you were today. Traveling to Oxford will give us not only the opportunity to get more track time under our feet, but also the chance to compete against some premier athletes.” Competition gets underway with throwing events at 9 a.m. Running events will begin at 10:30 a.m. Following today’s meet, MSU will travel to Philadelphia for the historic Penn Relays next weekend. For live updates on the Mississippi Open, follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@msutracksarah) and visit olemisssports. com.
  OXFORD – In a match that lasted to nearly 3 a.m. Friday, the No. 9 Mississippi State men’s tennis squad fell in a heartbreaking loss to the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats 4-2 in the second round of the 2013 Southeastern Conference Championship. Doubles proved to be a crucial point in the match, as the Wildcats just edged out the Bulldogs with wins on courts one and three. UK struck first, as the duo of Juan Pablo Murra and Anthony Rossi defeated MSU’s Romain Bogaerts and Zach White 8-5. However, State evened the score when the tandem of Pedro Dumont and Ethan Wilkinson downed the UK team of Ryuji Hirooka and Beck Pennington 8-5. The doubles point came down to court one, where the No. 10 MSU duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp went toe-to-toe with the No. 9 UK team of Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai. Down 8-7, the Bulldog team fought off four match points to force a tiebreaker at the top spot, but the Wildcats
Men’s Tennis
Women’s Golf
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Junior Mary Langdon Gallagher fired a 3-over-par 75 in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Championship at Greystone Country Club to lead the Mississippi State women’s golf team to an 18-over-par 306. The Lady Bulldogs own a share of thirdplace, just three strokes back of first. Needing a strong finish to fortify its postseason resume, MSU notched its best SEC Tournament card since the second round of 2010 championship. No. 31 LSU is the current tourney leader at 15-over, while second-ranked Alabama owns the runner-up position. MSU shares its third-place sitting with No. 18 Georgia, No. 34 Kentucky and No. 40 South Carolina. Gallagher’s 75 garnered a share of seventh-place, only two strokes shy of the individual leaders Sarah Harris (Kentucky) and Stani Schiavone (Ole Miss). The Greenwood native posted a stellar opening round for the second event in a row after
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Aaron Gordon’s Mississippi State soccer team wraps the spring slate today as it hosts Southern Mississippi at the MSU Soccer Field as part of Super Bulldog Weekend presented by Regions Bank.
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