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Monday, May 6, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 126
50 Cents
Candidates square off in Tuesday primary
By MARY GARRISON Residents of Starkville will soon have the opportunity to make their voices heard on mayoral and aldermen positions. Primary elections will get under way as polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Among those candidates squaring off in the primary are democrats Mary Lee Beal, a former alderman, and Parker Wiseman, the incumbent. Both agreed “what’s best for Starkville” remained in the forefront of concern, and economic and infrastructural development is paramount in achieving that goal. However, Beal has publicly questioned Wiseman’s ability to communicate with the city’s Board of Aldermen to meet that need, stating Wiseman is an “empty suit” in a recent mailer issued on her behalf. “There’s a lot of dissension between the mayor and the board,” Beal said, citing a recent partnership in the Golden Triangle Link, a group devoted to the growth of economic development in Starkville, Columbus and West Point. “The board had no input on the Starkville representatives. The board didn’t have authority to appoint anyone, but they certainly could have had input Starkville residents will cast their votes for mayoral and board of aldermen candidates into possible candidates. They didn’t know who Tuesday as primary elections get under way. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Photo they were until it came out in the papers.” However, Wiseman said he feels his relationcourtesy of Metro Creative Connection)
ship with the board is healthy, and said that some dissent is necessary to efficient government. “I think our system functions best when there’s some tension in the decision making process,” Wiseman said. “For the process to work and not break down we must work to blend those differing opinions into compromise. Progress is never easy.” Beal said as a former alderman of 20 years, she feels she has the experience to bring a more cohesive leadership role to Starkville than what she said Wiseman has offered. Among the concerns cited on the mailer, Beal’s campaign questioned decisions to build a new city hall and renovate the existing facility for use by the Starkville Police Department — a project she said will raise taxes — and the city’s lack of response to school consolidation initiatives. “I agree that the police department needs new facilities,” she said. “I just don’t understand why we’re going about it the way we are. I regret that some people think the ‘empty suit’ as negative campaigning,” Beal said. “But there’s nothing in that mailer that isn’t true.” Wiseman said the mailer detracts from the real issues facing Starkville. Over the last few days, Mary Lee Beal has
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Lawsuit filed to preserve evidence in death row case
By HOLBROOK MOHR Associated Press JACKSON — An advocacy group and the brother of an inmate scheduled for execution Tuesday have filed a lawsuit to preserve evidence in the case for additional testing, whether the man is put to death or not. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Oktibbeha County Chancery Court, a day after the FBI said there were flaws in the “microscopic hair comparison analysis testimony or laboratory report” in the case of Willie Jerome Manning. The agency offered to do DNA testing. Manning, now 44, was sentenced to death in the 1992 slayings of two students. Manning says he’s innocent and that hair found in one victim’s car was not proved to be his. The Innocence Project of Mississippi and Manning’s brother filed the suit, which seeks a temporary restraining order that would prevent the destruction of evidence in the case. A Jackson attorney who represents the Mississippi Innocence Project in the lawsuit said the group wants to preserve the evidence for DNA and other testing. “We’re hoping to get this evidence tested and let the truth come out,” Robert McDuff said Sunday. “Hopefully, the governor or the courts will stay the execution so we can determine prior to the execution what the DNA shows. But even if they don’t, there are a lot people who still want to see the evidence tested to determine once and for all who is responsible for this crime.” Manning is scheduled to die by injection at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the state penitentiary at Parchman. The Manning Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stop the execution, in a 5-4 decision. Manning’s lawyers have asked Gov. Phil Bryant for a stay. Bryant spokesman Mick Bullock has said the governor is reviewing the case. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said recently that DNA testing wouldn’t exonerate Manning. “The Mississippi Supreme Court has held that the evidence is so overwhelming as to Manning’s guilt. Even if technologies were available to determine the source of the hair, to indicate someone other than Manning, it would not negate other evidence that shows his guilt. He is a violent person who committed these heinous murders,” Hood said in the statement. Tucker Carrington, director of Mississippi Innocence Project, said in an email Sunday “that if someone involved in this crime is still out there, he breathes a sigh of relief every time state officials refuse to test this evidence.” Hood said in his statement Friday that “DNA testing was done after the crime was committed.” McDuff said, though, that DNA testing has never been done in the case and the hair was subject to less reliable examination. Hood said the state is prepared to conduct testing any
Kristen Lovelace and Jacob Beard work at the Starkville Community Gardens at Josey Park on Saturday as part of Volunteer Starkville’s Community Gardens Event. Volunteers chipped in at Josey Park and two other locations to help beautify and perform other need maintenance through the morning on Saturday. At Josey Park, supervisor Shannon Haupt said volunteers would plant food in the garden and give it away at the farmer’s market after it matured. Community Gardens are available for any community member to rent through Starkville Parks and Recreation. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
County elementary schools earn accolades
By STEVEN NALLEY Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Margie Pulley will recognize students, faculty and staff at West Oktibbeha County Elementary School and East Oktibbeha County Elementary School for awards they received in Jackson at the district’s monthly meeting today at noon in the district offices.  WOCES principal Andrea Temple said both schools received awards at the state level from “Champions of Change: Winning the Future Across America,” a national initiative from President Barack Obama’s administration.  “(EOCES) received (their) award for closing the achievement gap on education,” Temple said. “We are listed among the top schools in the state of Mississippi. We’re very honored to receive the awards, and we’re so proud of all our students, our teachers and our district. We’re doing great things in the OCSD, and we’re so proud of it.” EOCES principal Yolanda Magee said her school’s faculty, staff and students worked hard to close the school’s achievement gap, and the state’s recognition for that work was an honor. She said programs that had helped the school succeed included after school programs, Saturday school programs, and modeling best practices for teachers. “We have incentives, incentives, incentives,” Magee said. “We have Terrific Titans, homework passes, uniform passes, anything we can do to get the students engaged in learning that comes out in their achievement. (This award) does prove our students are very capable of doing what’s expected of them.” Apart from these recognitions, Pulley
said the meeting would be largely routine, including personnel and budget matters and recognition of each school’s Students and Teachers of the Month. She said she would not be discussing Gov. Phil Bryant’s recent signature of House Bill 716, which will consolidate the OCSD and the Starkville School District.  “Consolidation is not on the agenda,” Pulley said. “I will be working with the seven-member task force.” In addition to consolidating the districts’ administrations July 1, 2015, the bill will establish a seven-member commission to study what the districts need to successfully consolidate and report to the legislature in March 2014. Pulley will be a member of that commission, and she said her goals on that commission were the same as her goals as conservator.
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2: Around Town 4: Education
6: Sports 8: Comics
9: Classifieds 12: Weather
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Around Town
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email
u School District meeting — The Oktibbeha County School Districtwill hold a meeting at noon in the Central Office at 106 West Main Street. u Civitan Club meeting — The Citvian Club will meet at noon at McAllister’s Deli. u Youth Council NAACP meeting — The Oktibbeha Youth Council NAACP will have their monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Gillespie Center. u Friends of Library book sale — The Friends of the Starkville Public Library will hold their monthly book sale on from noon to 6 p.m. Along with the variety of books for sale there are miscellaneous computer items. Revenue from the sale of books is used to support library projects.
175th birthday will conclude at 1 p.m. at the Starkville Public Library. It will be followed by a showing of the movie “The Grass Harp.” u Gospel Explosion — A gospel explosion will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Pittsboro. For more information call Dorothy Petty at 662-628-1565 or 662417-8601 u Cheer Tryouts — North Mississippi Elite Cheer will host cheer tryouts in Ackerman. Boys and girls ages 3-18 are welcome to try out. For more information, contact Paige Perrigin at 662-552-9825 or Lauren Tidwell at 662-769-3033.
u 8 Habits of Successful Relationships and Active Parenting — There will be a class on the 8 Habits of Successful Relationships and Active Parenting at the Emerson Family Resource Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in May. Barbara Culberson BSF Marriage Counselor and Elmarie Carr Brooks, Project CARE Manager will lead classes. All classes must be attended to complete the program. Call 662320-4607 to register. u DHS Foster/Adoptive support group — There will be a DHS Foster/Adoptive support group classes from 5-7 p.m. on May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Elmarie Carr Brooks, Project CARE Manager and Marlon Thomas, BA Permanency Specialist, will lead the class. Call 662-320-4607 to register. u Teen Parenting Coalition classes — Teen Parenting Coalision Nuturing Parenting classes will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 662320-4607 to register. u Starkville Area Arts Council Grants — Applicaitons for the 2013-2014 Starkville Area Arts Council Grants are available through June 30. Application forms are available at the SAAC office, located in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Building at 101 South Lafayette Street, Suite 18, or online att www.starkvilleart. org. For more information, call 662-324-3080. u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at 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 662-323-6290. u Samaritan Club meet-
ings — 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 or call 662-323-1338. u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. 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 dkwolf@copper. net 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 662418-7957 or Matt Rose at 662275-8003. 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 informa-
u Kiwanis meeting — Kiwanis will meet at noon in the Hilton Garden Inn. The speaker will be Ian Munn from MSU’s Forestry Department. u Early Learning Guidelines — There will be Early Learning Guideline Classes from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Resource Center on May 7 and 28. Lynn Phillips, EFRC volunteer will lead the class. Call 662-320-4607 to register.
u Arthritis support group — The Arthritis Support group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Montgomery Gardens Assisted Living Facility. The speaker will be Dr. Butler and the topic will be “joint replacement.” u NAACP meeting — The Oktibbeha County branch of the NAACP will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Chris Taylor at 662-617-3671.
u La Leche League of Starkville and Columbus monthly meeting — The La Leche League of Starkville and Columbus will meet at 11 a.m. at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Linda McGrath and Jennifer Collins will lead the class. Call 662-320-4607 to register.
u 175th birthday event — The celebration of Starkville’s
tion, 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 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 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 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 or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at 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 662323-2294. 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 carly. 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 662418-1843. 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@ 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 327-8941 or visit 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 information, 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 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. Community call-in u 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 601-5271553. 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. u Sassy Sirens Game Day — On the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., the Sassy Sirens will host a Game Day at the Senior Citizens Building “Fun House.” RSVP to Starkville Writer’s u Group — The Starkville Writers’ Group will meet on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Book Mart in downtown Starkville. Contact Stan Brown at
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Police: US soccer referee punched by player dies
MURRAY, Utah (AP) — Ricardo Portillo's daughters had begged him to stop refereeing in a soccer league because of the growing risk of violence from angry players. Now they're faced with planning his funeral after he succumbed to injuries late Saturday that had put him in a coma for a week since a 17-year-old goalie punched him in the head. Authorities say the teen punched Portillo after the youth was called for a foul and issued a yellow card. "The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once in the face as a result of the call," Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal in a press release. The suspect has been booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault. Hoyal said authorities will consider additional charges since the 46-year-old Salt Lake City man has died. Hoyal said an autopsy is planned. No cause of death was released. Portillo suffered swelling in his brain and had been listed in critical condition, Dr. Shawn Smith said Thursday at the Intermountain Medical Center in the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray. The victim's family spoke publicly of Portillo's plight this past week, but has asked for privacy, Hoyal said. The unaffiliated soccer league, Liga Continental de Fútbol, updated its Facebook posting Sunday with a tribute to Portillo including a number of photographs of him refereeing and playing soccer. It also set up a bank account to accept donations for his family. No plans have been announced for a funeral or memorial services. Mario Vazquez, the league president who also was a friend and worked with Portillo, said Sunday everyone in the league had the greatest respect for him. "We will miss him at the soccer fields. He loved the game and loved doing his job. Ricardo always had a great sense of humor and loved being in the service of others," Vazquez said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Portillo family during this difficult time. Ricardo will always be with us," he said. Daughter Johana Portillo, 26, said last week that she wasn't at the April 27 game in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville, but she said she's been told by witnesses and detectives that the player hit her father in the side of the head. "When he was writing down his notes, he just came out of nowhere and punched him," she said. She did not immediately respond to a text message request for comment The Associated Press sent her on Sunday. Accounts from a police report, Portillo's daughter and others offer further detail what occurred. The teenager was playing goalie during a game at Eisenhower Junior High School in Taylorsville when Portillo issued him a yellow card for pushing an opposing forward trying to score. In soccer, a yellow card is given as a warning to a player for an egregious violation of the rules. Two yellow cards lead to a red card and expulsion from the game. The teenager, quite a bit heavier than Portillo, began arguing with the referee, then punched him in the face. Portillo seemed fine at first, then asked to be held because he felt dizzy. He sat down and started vomiting
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been trying to deceive the citizens of Starkville with her attack mail pieces distorting my record of getting things done in Starkville,” Wiseman said in a statement issued to the press. I am proud of the things we have accomplished in Starkville and stand by my record. It is a record of seeing over 100 new businesses opened in Starkville in the last 4 years; becoming 1 of only 2 cities in the state with both a Class 4 fire rating and a nationally accredited police department; making a thriving downtown even stronger; helping to lead our region into a first of its kind regional economic development partnership; and finally building new city facilities without raising taxes. My campaign will continue to run on our record and our plan to continue to build a better Starkville. We would love to hear what Mary Lee Beal’s plans are for Starkville and engage in a positive discussion about how to continue to move Starkville forward.” Beal said if elected, she hopes to continue strengthening infrastructure in historic Starkville, particularly in stormwater drainage improvements and sewage, as well as working to make the city “a cheerleader” for school consolidation. “We need to develop a plan to be ready to capitalize on new opportunity,” Beal said. “I feel that Starkville is ready to jump to the next level as a healthy, viable, active community, and I hope to be a part of that.” Similarly, Wiseman said the most critical objective is to continue a cycle of growth in the city by improving quality of life, expanding the tax base and raising expectations for better city services. “It’s all interrelated,” Wiseman said. “We need to continue that forward momentum. It provides the resources for additional job and shopping opportunities for our citizens and a better quality of life.” The winner of Tuesday’s primary will face Republican candidate Dan Moreland in the June 4 general election. In addition to the mayoral race, 12 Starkville residents are vying for seven seats on the city’s Board of Aldermen. Republican candidates Ben Carver of ward 1 and Scott Maynard of ward 5 have solidified seats
on the board in uncontested races. In ward 2, democrats Sandra Sistrunk, the incumbent and vice-mayor, will face Lisa Wynn. Ward 3 republican candidates Eric Parker, the incumbent, and David Little will face public vote, while democrats John Gaskin and Jason Walker contend for the ward 4 seat. Sitting alderman Roy A. Perkins will face Lerin Pruitt in ward 6, and democratic incumbent Henry Vaughn will contend with Janette Self for a chance to represent ward 7. While spirited, Parker said he feels the election has been civil and the sharing of new ideas among candidates has been exciting and beneficial. And like the mayoral candidates and fellow aldermen hopefuls, Parker said he hopes to continue economic growth through new initiatives and those already started. “I’d really like to continue to see the fruits of our labor through,” Parker said. “We’ve started a lot of really good things in the last four years. I’d like to continue with the widening project on South Montgomery, so maybe we can get at least the first phase complete in the next term. I’m also hoping to look at our city ordinances and revise some of them to make them more business friendly.” Little, Parker’s opponent, was unavailable for comment as of press time; however, in a recent candidate forum, he pointed out improvements to the city he hoped to pursue with additional tax funding, including better drainage, additional lighting, more sidewalks and improvements to the Starkville Sportsplex. “We need better ingress and egress,” Little said. “We need better parking. I’ve seen visitors from out of town come here and get frustrated because there’s no room for them and they have to park in the mud.” Tuesday’s election will determine final results in each ward. In the event of a tie, a primary runoff will be held on May 21. Residents may cast their votes from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. at local polls. Polls can be found in the following locations: Ward 1, National Guard Armory; wards 2 and 3, Starkville Sportsplex gymnasium; ward 4, City Hall courtroom; ward 5, North Jackson Fire Station; Ward 6, Mt. Peiler MB Church fellowship hall; and ward 7, courthouse annex.
blood, triggering his friend to call an ambulance. When police arrived around noon, the teenager was gone and Portillo was laying on the ground in the fetal position. Through translators, Portillo told emergency workers that his face and back hurt and he felt nauseous. He had no visible injuries and remained conscious. He was considered to be in fair condition when they took him to the Intermountain Medical Center. But when Portillo arrived to the hospital, he slipped into a coma with swelling in his brain. Johana Portillo called detectives to let them know his condition had worsened. That's when detectives intensified their search for the goalie. By Saturday evening, the teenager's father agreed to bring him down to speak with police. Portillo's family said he had been attacked before, and Johanna Portillo said she and her sisters had pleaded with their father to stop refereeing because of the risk from angry players, but he continued because he loved soccer. "It was his passion," she said. "We could not tell him no."
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time “there is legitimate, exculpatory evidence” but “when the defense waits until the 11th hour to raise such claims, which could not possibly exonerate their client, courts are loathe to be subjected to these types of dilatory defense tactics.” Manning, who is black, had argued that hair found in one of the victim’s cars was not his. Testing had said that the hair was from a black person, but other black people had
been seen in the car, according to trial testimony. The FBI said in letter Thursday to state officials and others that testimony that microscopic hair comparison analysis could “determine that a questioned hair originated from a particular source or an opinion as to the likelihood or rareness of a positive association” had “exceeded the limits of science.” In a letter Saturday, the FBI said it identified another error in that “an examiner cannot testify with any statement of probability whether the hair is from a particular racial group, but can testify that
a hair exhibits traits associated with a particular racial group.” The Washington Post first reported Friday that federal officials were offering to test the DNA in the case. Federal officials said Manning’s case was part of a broad review of the FBI’s handling of scientific evidence in thousands of violent crimes in the 1980s and 1990s. Manning was handed two death sentences for the slayings of Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller, whose bodies were discovered in rural Oktibbeha County on Dec. 11, 1992. Each was shot to death, and Miller’s car was missing. The vehicle was
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“I’m going to take care of the boys and girls here in Oktibbeha County, looking out for their best interests,” Pulley said. “That’s what I’ve been sent here to do, and I’m going to do that.” The bill also leaves OCSD under her conservatorship until June 30, 2015. As such, Pulley said the bill did not change her strategy as conservator. “We are promoting teaching and learning every day and absolutely improv-
ing student achievement,” Pulley said. “That’s what I will continue to do.” On the seven-member commission, the OCSD has two representatives in Pulley and an OCSD parent selected by Interim State Superintendent of Education Lynn House. MSU President Mark Keenum will appoint a third member, House herself will serve on the committee
or appoint a fourth representative in her stead, and the SSD Board of Trustees will appoint the remaining three members. Pulley declined to comment on whether OCSD had enough representation on the commission or on whether the bill was fair to OCSD in general. “I’m not going to express personal opinions,” she said. Meanwhile, Pulley said,
state tests were coming up again for OCSD schools, and faculty, staff and students were working to improve state ratings. The Subject Area Testing Program, second edition (SATP2) begins this week, and the Mississippi Curriculum Test, second edition (MCT2) begins next week. “I feel good about the direction we’re heading on state testing,” Pulley said. 
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Monday, May 6, 2013
treats for teac h ers
Sudduth kindergarten teacher Liz Heinz, center, works with students Lucian Walker, left, and Erol Eksioglu. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Sudduth PTO to mark Teacher Appreciation Week
By STEVEN NALLEY It's been a long year for the teachers at Sudduth, and parents and students plan to give them more than an apple in appreciation. May 6-10 marks Teacher Appreciation Week at Sudduth, and the Sudduth Parent-Teacher Organization plans to recognize teachers in a different way each day with help from local businesses. Susan Ford, co-president of Sudduth's PTO, said the organization had conducted Teacher Appreciation Week for several years, long before their name changed from the Sudduth Parent-Teacher Association. What was new this year, she said, was the idea of getting local businesses involved, an idea she said came from Project CARE Coordinator Tina Green. "We put the businesses' names on our flyer, and they give our teachers discounts (this week)," Ford said. "It's new to have the businesses give a discount for teachers this time of year." Ford said having Teacher Appreciation Week at the end of the school year helped teachers alleviate stress, particularly for those who have to deal with state tests and final exams. "The end of school's pretty crazy," Ford said. "I think they've talked about pushing it a little earlier next year." Sudduth Principal Lisa Thompson said Sudduth's Teacher Appreciation Week featured different programs for each day of the week. Today, she said, parents and students were encouraged to send teachers a gift card for their favorite restaurants. On Tuesday, she said, the Sudduth PTO would sponsor a breakfast for all teachers. Ford said this breakfast would take place in the conference room, enabling teachers to come and go as their duties allowed. On Wednesday, Thompson said the PTO would encourage parents and students to bring sweet treats to teachers. Thursday, she said, would be a day to bring teachers flowers. Finally, she said, Friday would focus on ways to pamper teachers, not only through monetary gifts like manicure gift certificates or lunch from their favorite restaurant, but also through donations of time like coming to sit with students during lunch so teachers can get breaks. Businesses who are either helping with Teacher Appreciation Week or offering discounts to facilitate the giftgiving include: Buffalo Wild Wings, Campus Book Mart,
Second grade teacher Stacy Weems, left, discusses a writing exercise with her students. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN) Cold Stone, Copy Cow, CJ’s Pizza, Daniels Photography, Deep South Pout, Polka Tots, Rain or Shine,  R.Tabb & Co, Strangebrew Coffeehouse, Strombolis, Tutti Fuitti and Zaxby's. "Students are going to bring gift cards, and the PTO has something for everybody that will be in our mailboxes Monday," Thompson said. Ford said the PTO hoped for parents to take a lead role in gift-giving. "But we try to fill in so each teacher gets something," Ford said. "I think it is successful (each year), but we also fill in the gaps. I think teachers at Sudduth are the best, and they work really hard for our kids. We want to make sure they know how much we appreciate them." Ford said Sudduth PTO also conducted programs throughout the year to show appreciation for teachers, including a teacher tailgate where principals join in on the cooking.  "Also, at the first of the year, when teachers are there all day and the teachers are meeting their new students, we bring them a box lunch from their new students," Ford said. Thompson said she was grateful to Sudduth PTO for showing their appreciation to teachers. "It means so much to be appreciated not only during Teacher Appreciation Week but also during the entire year," Thompson said. "Our PTO does so many wonderful things in support of faculty, staff and students at Sudduth Elementary."
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wa x m u se u m
Kim Robertson’s and Karla Mitchener’s fourth grade classes at Starkville Academy ended their study about Famous Mississippians by getting into character as they participated in a WAX Museum. The students told a brief history about each Mississippian as parents, grandparents and SA students visited their museum on campus. They also made posters for the project. (Photos submitted)
meas u rin g u p
Eighth grade pre-algebra students at Starkville Academy used their own heights and hand spans to learn how to graph Finally, Starkville Academy students charted their heights Then, Starkville Academy students measured each other's and hand spans on a scatter plot. Pictured are Colt Prisock, scatter plots. First, students measured each other's heights. Pictured are Hays Miller and Savannah Hubbard. (Submitted hand spans. Pictured are Jala Gordman and Shelton Spivey. Chandler McCafferty, Ethan Hester and Manley Peterson. photo) (Submitted photo) (Submitted photo)
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College Baseball
Delivering in the clutch
Bradford gets winning hit as the Bulldogs edge Tide
C.T. Bradford had a feeling he was going to deliver in the clutch moment for Mississippi State. The junior outfielder didn't disappoint. Bradford singled home a run in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the No. 28 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs to a 7-6 win over Alabama to sweep the Southeastern Conference series Sunday at Dudy Noble Field. Bradford came to the plate with runners on first and second with one out in the 11th inning. MSU head coach John Cohen pulled Bradford aside in the on deck circle to talk strategy. Bradford showed the head coach his confidence. "He said 'Coach, I'm on this guy," Cohen said. "I'm going to hit a ball hard. I'm seeing this really well.' You want older kids to tell you that." Bradford hit the first pitch from Jon Keller over the second baseman's head allowing Hunter Renfroe to score from second base for the walk-off win. "I had a good feeling," Bradford said. "I had been getting out early on in the weekend with that pitch so that's what I was sitting on. "We're good all the way through the order, so it's kind of tough to kind of put guys on (base) on purpose." The Bulldog dugout found themselves doing whatever they could to bring good luck to the MSU batters at the plate in the 11th inning. They resorted to walking around in circles in Jonathan Holder throws a pitch in 7-6 win over Alabama. (Submitted by Dana Smith, for which Bradford called the "walk-off walk." It helped as it was the second walk-off win in Starkville Daily News)
as many games for the Bulldogs, who improved to 36-13 overall and 13-11. Bradford's walk-off singled capped off a good weekend for the Pace, Fla. native. He went 7-for-15 with three RBI for the weekend. "I have been working really hard and kind of carried it over to (Sunday)," Bradford said. MSU was coming off a sweep at the hand of the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville, Tenn. last weekend.  The MSU players didn't seemed bothered by it. "We're just coming to the ballpark every day to play," Bradford said. "We got swept last weekend. (On) Monday (and) Tuesday (at) practice, you had no clue we even got swept. That's the way our guys are and we're just ready to come and play every day." The Bulldogs trailed 6-3 entering the bottom of the seventh inning. RBI singles by Wes Rea and Jacob Robson and a RBI double by Bradford evened up the game at 6-6. "He came fastball in to a couple of lefties with two strikes," Bradford said. "I got down with two strikes and that's kind of what I was sitting on." The MSU bullpen did their part to keep the team in the ballgame. Senior left hander Chad Girodo pitched 2.2 innings giving up only two hits against a heavy right-handed hitting Alabama club. "The issue with Chad is he's been left-onleft," Cohen said. "They're such a right-hand dominate club, and we needed to see him roll through some right-handed hitters. He did a good job with that. His slider is really good,
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Holder keeps MSU in game with a curve
By DANNY P. SMITH Mississippi State relief pitcher Jonathan Holder can be an intimidating presence on the mound with his 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame and a fastball. When his curve ball was working like it was Sunday, it's almost not fair to opposing hitters. Holder struck out six Alabama batters in three innings and got the win as the Bulldogs defeated the Crimson Tide 7-6 in 11 innings at Dudy Noble Field. In the ninth, 10th and 11th, Holder was effective in mixing his pitches and keeping Alabama guessing. His curve at times seemed to really confuse the Tide. "Sometimes when my arm slows up and I'm a little more tired, I get a little more spin on it and it bites a little bit," Holder said. Holder had a respect for Alabama's offense and said, "one through nine, they are a good hitting club with Ben Moore, (Brett) Booth and (Austen) Smith." Holder's teammates on defense enjoy seeing him at work against the Tide. "I can see it from center," MSU centerfielder C.T. Bradford said. "(His curve) starts around their eyes and ends up around their ankles. It's a good pitch and he'll keep throwing that pitch for sure." Holder struck out the side in the 10th after starting the inning with a walk and struck out the first two batters in the 12th. He said the Bulldog coaching staff was going to leave him in the game as long as there wasn't a big hit given up. "At the end, I was just using my legs," Holder said. "I threw a good bit (Saturday), so I was using my legs and letting my arm work." Holder has shown an ability to hold leads for MSU this season as evidence being his 13 saves this year that has tied the single-season record. With Sunday's victory, Holder improved his record to 2-0. It doesn't matter to him whether he is getting saves or wins as long as the team is successful. "Whatever helps us win," Holder said. "I will do whatever." The Bulldogs know their chances of winning are pretty good when Holder is in the game at the end.
"He's like an artist at work," MSU coach John Cohen said. "It's fun to watch. The ballclub has so much confidence late in the game and extra inning games when Jonathan Holder is on the mound. You feel like he is going to keep the other team from scoring." MSU won back-to-back walk-off games against Alabama and swept the three-game series. After being swept at Vanderbilt, Holder said the Bulldogs did a good job of shaking off the disappointment and went back to work. "We needed it for our confidence," Holder said about winning three from the Tide. "We practiced like nothing happened last week and that's what good teams do. We come out and get our work done. It paid off." 
High School Football
Starkville Academy Jackson raises bar for Bulldogs starts spring drills
By DANNY P. SMITH The Starkville Academy Volunteers may have a young football team when it hits the field for spring practice this afternoon. There is one thing that SA football coach Jeff Terrill is excited about. Even though the Vols won't have a great deal of experience, Terrill will have pool of potential talent to evaluate. "We're real excited about our numbers," Terrill said. "We'll be in the 40's with kids out for football which is big for a school our size." Terrill said the key this spring will be identifying the right players at certain positions. Starkville Academy lost many key players off last year's squad that had a 5-7 record and lost in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs on the road to Magnolia Heights. The Vols will be searching to replace Drew Pellum at quarterback and Colby Runnels at running back, but that's not where it stops. "The most difficult thing is almost every position is open," Terrill said. "We've got to find a starting quarterback to starting right tackle. There will be a lot of new young faces, but we're real excited about what is going to take place." With back-to-back years of championship success with the SA junior high program, Terrill is anxious to have those young players available. "We've had two really good junior high years in a row," Terrill said. "All of those kids are up now and will be out there battling for the different starting positions, so it's going to be a lot of fun." The Vols will practice for two weeks and have tentatively made plans to participate in the Eupora High School jamboree on May 16. Terrill said that has not been finalized as of yet. By JASON EDWARDS   Mississippi is a state that according to track and field coach Steve Dudley is “very rich in tradition and athletic skill.” “In the state of Mississippi, it doesn’t matter if it’s 5 minutes down the road or 5 hours down the road, there is a lot of talent in the state,” Dudley said. “It’s just a lot of times, it is identified in football, basketball and baseball, and a lot of times, it’s not identified in track and field simply because there is not a lot of emphasis put on it in the high schools.” So when Dudley found outstanding track and field athlete Marcus Jackson on the recruiting trail, he knew he had found something special. “I saw an athletic skill-set that I had never really seen in a high jumper before,” Dudley said. “Marcus was very, very talented and very, very raw. I knew if we could get him to Mississippi State and get a good jumps coach in place, that those two together would be a really good equation.” It is clear to see what made Jackson stand out to MSU’s coach, but how did he hone his ability in a sport that oftentimes gets left behind in Mississippi high schools. According to Dudley, that can be attributed to Jackson having a coach that understood the sport and knew the talent he was presented with. “Having a coach that can identify a skill-set and put him the right area doesn’t
MSU's Marcus Jackson attempts to leap over the bar in the high jump. (Photo courtesy of MSU athletic media relations) always happen in the state, but when it does, you can see what can happen by looking at Marcus,” Dudley said. “There are more Marcus Jacksons in the state of Mississippi. They just haven’t been identified yet.” Jackson brought a great amount of talent to the Bulldogs, but he still had room to grow and jumps coach Steve Thomas was just the man for the job. Working day in and day out with the athlete has allowed Thomas to see how far Jackson has come since he first stepped foot onto State’s campus. “(Marcus) has matured a lot,” Thomas said. “He knows what he is doing. He has finally grown up and understood the talent he has got and I think he has worked a lot harder this year that the previous years. He knows he can be one of the best high jumpers in the world and I think that’s keeping him focused and going in
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Number of consecutive games in which Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz has secured a hit.
SSA Under-17 holds tryout
Tryouts for the Starkville Soccer Association Bulldogs Under-17 Boys Select (D1) soccer team for the 2013-2014 soccer season will be held in Starkville at the Sportsplex over the week following the D1 State Cup weekend, on Thursday May 30 at 6 p.m. and Saturday June 1 at noon. There is a rain make-up day of Tuesday, June 4 at 6 p.m. Tryouts will be at the Starkville Sportsplex soccer complex. Shin guards, cleats and plenty of fluids to drink should be brought. The SSA Bulldogs are a highly competitive soccer team that are currently ranked second in Mississippi for the under-16 age group in both the Got Soccer and the Soccer in College ranking systems. For this past season, the Bulldogs represented the Mississippi Soccer Association in the Region 3 Central Division Premier League, a very competitive league representing some of the best teams from each state within a 5 state region. The Bulldogs recently won the top bracket at the John Talley Showcase in Memphis There are some core philosophies to be mindful about before trying out for the SSA Bulldogs. The SSA Bulldogs have a strong sense of community, family and team commitment. Many of the core members of our group have been playing together for over 10 years. They believe that every solid and keen soccer player within all of the towns in our local area should have the opportunity to keep playing competitive soccer as they get older. The SSA Bulldogs exist primarily to provide such players with the chance to keep playing high level soccer without the need to travel far from their local community. Players are welcome from surrounding towns and areas, and schedule practices times and days to accommodate player travel commitments. The SSA Bulldogs strongly support player involvement in local high school soccer, and are careful to schedule practices and tournaments so that they do not conflict with high school soccer commitments. Further details will be posted on the Starkville Soccer Association web-site ( For any questions regarding the SSA Bulldogs, contact team manager Andrew Mackin at 662-418-3277, or at
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College Baseball Southeastern Conference Glance All Times CT EASTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct. Vanderbilt 21-2 .913 41-6 .872 So. Carolina 13-10 .565 33-14 .702 Florida 12-12 .500 25-23 .521 Kentucky 10-14 .417 27-19 .587 Missouri 7-17 .292 15-28 .349 Tennessee 6-16 .273 18-26 .409 Georgia 5-16 .238 17-28 .378 WESTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct. LSU 19-5 .792 43-6 .878 Arkansas 15-8 .652 32-16 .667 Miss. State 13-11 .542 36-13 .735 Ole Miss 12-12 .500 33-16 .673 Alabama 11-12 .478 27-21 .563 Texas A&M 10-13 .435 26-22 .542 Auburn 9-15 .375 27-19 .587 Tuesday’s Games Middle Tennessee 7, Tennessee 6 SE Missouri St. 9, Missouri 7 LSU 7, McNeese State 3 Texas A&M 6, Grambling 2 Arkansas 6, Missouri State 3 Wednesday’s Game Ole Miss 8, St. Louis 7 Thursday’s Game LSU 3, Florida 2 Friday’s Games Alabama at Miss. St., ppd. rain Georgia 8, Tennessee 7 Arkansas 2, Kentucky 1 LSU 5, Florida 0 Ole Miss 6, Auburn 1 Vanderbilt 3, South Carolina 2 Texas A&M 2, Missouri 1 Saturday’s Games Miss. State 10, Alabama 6, first game Miss. State 5, Alabama 4, second game LSU 18, Florida 6 Texas A&M 6, Missouri 5 Auburn 8, Ole Miss 5 Georgia at Tennessee, ppd rain Vanderbilt 5, South Carolina 2 Arkansas 5, Kentucky 3, first game Kentucky 4, Arkansas 3, second game Today’s Games Miss. St. 7, Alabama 6 Arkansas at Kentucky, ppd rain Vanderbilt at South Carolina, ppd rain Georgia at Tennessee (DH), ppd rain Auburn 5, Ole Miss 4 Texas A&M, 4, Missouri 1 Major League Baseball National League East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 18 12 .600 — Washington 17 15 .531 2 Philadelphia 14 18 .438 5 New York 12 16 .429 5 Miami 10 22 .313 9 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 20 11 .645 — Cincinnati 18 14 .563 2½ Pittsburgh 17 14 .548 3 Milwaukee 14 16 .467 5½ Chicago 11 20 .355 9 West Division W L Pct GB San Francisco 18 12 .600 — Colorado 18 13 .581 ½ Arizona 16 15 .516 2½ Los Angeles 13 16 .448 4½ San Diego 13 18 .419 5½ Saturday’s Games Cincinnati 6, Chicago Cubs 4 St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 6 Washington 5, Pittsburgh 4 Miami 2, Philadelphia 0 N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, ppd., rain Colorado 9, Tampa Bay 3 Arizona 8, San Diego 1 San Francisco 10, L.A. Dodgers 9, 10 innings Sunday’s Games Atlanta 9, N.Y. Mets 4 Washington 6, Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 10, Milwaukee 1 Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 4 Miami 14, Philadelphia 2 San Diego 5, Arizona 1 Tampa Bay 8, Colorado 3 L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, late Today’s Games Atlanta (Maholm 3-3) at Cincinnati (Arroyo 2-3), 7:10 p.m. Texas (Tepesch 2-2) at Chicago Cubs (Feldman 2-3), 8:05 p.m. Arizona (Cahill 1-3) at L.A. Dodgers (Capuano 0-1), 10:10 p.m. Miami (LeBlanc 0-4) at San Diego (Cashner 1-2), 10:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Lee 2-2) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 3-0), 10:15 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Detroit at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Atlanta at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. Texas at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Miami at San Diego, 10:10 p.m. Philadelphia at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct GB Boston 20 11 .645 — New York 18 12 .600 1½ Baltimore 19 13 .594 1½ Tampa Bay 14 16 .467 5½ Toronto 11 21 .344 9½ Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 19 11 .633 — Kansas City 17 10 .630 ½ Cleveland 14 14 .500 4 Minnesota 13 14 .481 4½ Chicago 12 17 .414 6½ West Division W L Pct GB Texas 20 11 .645 — Oakland 18 14 .563 2½ Seattle 15 18 .455 6 Los Angeles 11 20 .355 9 Houston 8 24 .250 12½ Saturday’s Games Cleveland 7, Minnesota 3 N.Y. Yankees 4, Oakland 2 Seattle 8, Toronto 1
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“It’s tough, but we’ll see. It’s a great story line.”
Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade said about Chicago Bulls injured guard Derrick Rose playing.
What’s on tv
Monday, April 29: Atlanta 102, Indiana 91 Wednesday, May 1: Indiana 106, Atlanta 83 Friday, May 3: Indiana 81, Atlanta 73 Chicago 4, Brooklyn 3 Saturday, April 20: Brooklyn 106, Chicago 89 Monday, April 22: Chicago 90, Brooklyn 82 Thursday, April 25: Chicago 79, Brooklyn 76 Saturday, April 27: Chicago 142, Brooklyn 134, 3OT Monday, April 29: Brooklyn 110, Chicago 91 Thursday, May 2: Brooklyn 95, Chicago 92 Saturday, May 4: Chicago 99, Brooklyn 93
WESTERN CONFERENCE Oklahoma City 4, Houston 2 Sunday, April 21: Oklahoma City 120, Houston 91 Wednesday, April 24: Oklahoma City 105, Houston 102 Saturday, April 27: Oklahoma City 104, Houston 101 Monday, April 29: Houston 105, Oklahoma City 103 Wednesday, May 1: Houston 107, Oklahoma City 100 Friday, May 3: Oklahoma City 103, Houston 94 San Antonio 4, L.A. Lakers 0 Sunday, April 21: San Antonio 91, L.A. Lakers 79 Wednesday, April 24: San Antonio 102, L.A. Lakers 91 Friday, April 26: San Antonio 120, L.A. Lakers 89 Sunday, April 28: San Antonio 103, L.A. Lakers 82
Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Maholm is scheduled to start today against the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Paul Sancya, AP)
Monday, May 6 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6 p.m. ESPN — Atlanta at Cincinnati NBA BASKETBALL Time TBA TNT — Playoffs, doubleheader, conference semifinals, teams TBD NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Playoffs, conference quarterfinals, game 3, Washington at N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m. CNBC — Playoffs, conference quarterfinals, game 4, Anaheim at Detroit 9 p.m. NBCSN — Playoffs, conference quarterfinals, game 4, St. Louis at Los Angeles SOCCER 1:55 p.m. ESPN2 — Premier League, Stoke City at Sunderland
Today High School Baseball Class 5A Playoffs Starkville at Oxford, 6 p.m. Class 2A Playoffs Loyd Star at Ackerman, 4:30 p.m.
Baltimore 5, L.A. Angels 4, 10 innings Kansas City 2, Chicago White Sox 0 Detroit 17, Houston 2 Texas 5, Boston 1 Colorado 9, Tampa Bay 3 Sunday’s Games Minnesota 4, Cleveland 2 Oakland 5, N.Y. Yankees 4 Toronto 10, Seattle 2 Kansas City 6, Chicago White Sox 5, 10 innings Texas 4, Boston 3 Baltimore 8, L.A. Angels 4 Detroit 9, Houston 0 Tampa Bay 8, Colorado 3 Today’s Games Chicago White Sox (Sale 3-2) at Kansas City (Shields 2-2), 2:10 p.m. Oakland (Parker 1-4) at Cleveland (U.Jimenez 1-2), 7:05 p.m. Minnesota (Worley 0-4) at Boston (Buchholz 6-0), 7:10 p.m. Toronto (Buehrle 1-2) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 1-2), 7:10 p.m. Texas (Tepesch 2-2) at Chicago Cubs (Feldman 2-3), 8:05 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Detroit at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Kansas City at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Oakland at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Minnesota at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Houston, 8:10 p.m. Texas at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. National Basketball Association Playoff Glance All Times EDT FIRST ROUND (x-if necessary) (Best-of-7) EASTERN CONFERENCE Miami 4, Milwaukee 0 Sunday, April 21: Miami 110, Milwaukee 87 Tuesday, April 23: Miami 98, Milwaukee 86 Thursday, April 25: Miami 104, Milwaukee 91 Sunday, April 28: Miami 88, Milwaukee 77 New York 4, Boston 2 Saturday, April 20: New York 85, Boston 78 Tuesday, April 23: New York 87, Boston 71 Friday, April 26: New York 90, Boston 76 Sunday, April 28: Boston 97, New York 90, OT Wednesday, May 1: Boston 92, New York 86 Friday, May 3: New York 88, Boston 80 Indiana 4, Atlanta 2 Sunday, April 21: Indiana 107, Atlanta 90 Wednesday, April 24: Indiana 113, Atlanta 98 Saturday, April 27: Atlanta 90, Indiana 69
Golden State 4, Denver 2 Saturday, April 20: Denver 97, Golden State 95 Tuesday, April 23: Golden State 131, Denver 117 Friday, April 26: Golden State 110, Denver 108 Sunday, April 28: Golden State 115, Denver 101 Tuesday, April 30: Denver 107, Golden State 100 Thursday, May 2: Golden State 92, Denver 88
Phillies’ Halladay to have tests
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Roy Halladay has discomfort in his right shoulder and the struggling Philadelphia Phillies pitcher is headed to Los Angeles for tests. Halladay was roughed up Sunday by the Miami Marlins in a 14-2 defeat, his second poor outing in a row. After the game, the two-time Cy Young Award winner acknowledged he has been pitching with a sore shoulder. He said he will be examined this week in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum. Halladay, who turns 36 this month, said it’s not the same injury that sidelined him for a while last season. He did not take questions from reporters after the game. The right-hander said he started feeling discomfort the morning after an April 24 start against Pittsburgh. He has made two ineffective starts since.
Memphis 4, L.A. Clippers 2 Saturday, April 20: L.A. Clippers 112, Memphia 91 Monday, April 22: L.A. Clippers 93, Memphis 91 Thursday, April 25: Memphis 94, L.A. Clippers 82 Saturday, April 27: Memphis 104, L.A. Clippers 83 Tuesday, April 30: Memphis 103, L.A. Clippers 93 Friday, May 3: Memphis 118, L.A. Clippers 105
CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Miami vs. Chicago Monday, May 6: Chicago at Miami, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8: Chicago at Miami, 7 p.m. Friday, May 10: Miami at Chicago, 8 p.m. Indiana 1, New York 0 Sunday, May 5: Indiana 102, New York 95 Tuesday, May 7: Indiana at New York, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11: New York at Indiana, 8 p.m.
Ernst wins Wells Fargo in a playoff
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A strange week at Quail Hollow held one more surprise Sunday when 22-year-old rookie Derek Ernst won the Wells Fargo Championship in a playoff. Ernst was playing only his ninth PGA Tour event. He was ranked No. 1,207 in the world. None of that mattered when he hit into 4 feet for birdie on the 18th hole for a 2-under 70 to get into a playoff with David Lynn of England. It was one of only four birdies in the final round on the closing hole. In the playoff, he hit his approach into 15 feet as Lynn took four shots to reach the green. Ernst won with a par. Phil Mickelson had a one-shot lead with four holes to play, but made bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes.
WESTERN CONFERENCE San Antonio vs. Golden State Monday, May 6: Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8: Golden St. at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 10: San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City 1, Memphis 0 Sunday, May 5: Oklahoma City 93, Memphis 91 Tuesday, May 7: Memphis at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11: Oklahoma City at Memphis, 5 p.m. Transactions
Carlesimo out as Nets coach
NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King says P.J. Carlesimo will not return as coach. The Nets’ first season in Brooklyn ended Saturday night with a Game 7 home loss to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. Carlesimo replaced Avery Johnson, who was fired in December after the team lost 10 of 13 games. Under Carlesimo, the Nets righted themselves and finished 49-33 and in second place in the Atlantic Division. Brooklyn was the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
BASEBALL American League CLEVELAND INDIANS — Sent RHP Blake Wood to Akron (EL) for a rehab assignment. Designated OF Ezequiel Carrera for assignment. Recalled LHP Scott Barnes from Columbus (IL). MINNESOTA TWINS — Sent RHP Cole De Vries to Fort Myers (FSL) for a rehab assignment.
Braves beat Mets 9-4
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman is returning to form and Brian McCann is returning to the lineup. That’s good news for the Atlanta Braves. Freeman homered and drove in three runs, Tim Hudson pitched into the eighth inning and Atlanta beat the New York Mets 9-4 on Sunday. Reed Johnson also had three RBIs for the Braves. Freeman, who finished with three hits, smacked a two-run double off left-hander Jonathon Niese in a five-run third and added a sixth-inning homer off reliever Jeurys Familia. The left-handed hitting Freeman hit his home run to left field. The opposite-field shot showed manager Fredi Gonzalez that Freeman is back in form after missing two weeks in April with a strained left oblique. “When he’s doing that, when any hitter is driving the ball to the opposite field, you know he’s starting to get locked in,” Gonzalez said. It was an important rebound for the Braves, who had scored a combined six runs in three straight defeats, including a 7-5 loss to the Mets in 10 innings Friday night. Freeman boosted his batting average to .313. “I feel good,” he said. “It’s a work in progress. The last couple of days everything has been working out.” The Braves had 12 hits and seven walks. “I thought our approach at the plate was outstanding,” Gonzalez said. “The last couple of games I think our offense is picking up a little bit.” Atlanta’s lineup will receive another boost Monday when McCann, a six-time All-Star catcher, comes off the disabled list. McCann has been recovering from offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
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Pacers beat Knicks 102-95
By BRIAN MAHONEY Associated Press NEW YORK — Bigger, badder, and so far better. Physical beat finesse Sunday, as the Indiana Pacers outworked and outmuscled the New York Knicks in a victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. David West scored 20 points and Paul George added 19 for the Pacers, who outrebounded the Knicks 44-30, showing the smaller team that in the rugged East, size does matter. "I thought guys did a good job just putting them on their heels," West said. "We were attacking, we were aggressive." D.J. Augustin had 16 points for the Pacers, who built a 16-point lead while Carmelo Anthony was on the bench in foul trouble in the third quarter, and easily held on to spoil the Knicks' first second-round game since 2000. Anthony finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, but was frustrated by the Pacers' tough defense and by the referees. He shot 10 of 28 from the field and was perhaps thrown out of sync having to defend West, a natural power forward, inside. "Right now they're just being really physical with him, they're trying to bang him, they're trying to frustrate him," Knicks point guard Raymond Felton said. "But we're going to be fine, he's going to be fine." Game 2 is here Tuesday night, and then the series takes a lengthy break before Game 3 on Saturday in Indiana. The Pacers, who allowed the secondfewest points per game and the lowest field goal percentage in the league during the regular season, mixed in solid offense as well. They outscored New York 59-38 across the middle two quarters and were comfortably ahead throughout the fourth. "Just a strong defensive effort and then
Indiana Pacers forwards David West (21) and Paul George (24) defend against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the second half of Game 1 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo by Kathy Willens, AP)
offensively guys played with great poise," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "Just a complete team effort, very proud of them." Roy Hibbert scored 14 points in thoroughly outplaying counterpart Tyson Chandler, and George Hill also had 14 for the Pacers, adding seven rebounds and six assists. Lance Stephenson added 11 points and 13 rebounds playing in his hometown. J.R. Smith scored 17 points but was 4 of 15. Felton had 18 and Kenyon Martin added 12 for the Knicks, who hope to have reserves Amare Stoudemire (right knee surgery) and Steve Novak (back spasms) back for Game 3 and certainly looked as if they could use the help. Both teams wrapped up their first-round series Friday night, the Knicks' victory in Game 6 in Boston giving them their first series victory in 13 years and sending them on to face a familiar postseason foe in Indiana, which ousted Atlanta.
Durant, Thunder edge Grizzlies 93-91 in Game 1
By JEFF LATZKE Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Derek Fisher turned a tough situation for the Oklahoma City Thunder into the worst-case scenario for the Grizzlies. With the Thunder down by one in the final minute, Fisher poked the ball away from Memphis' Mike Conley, springing three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant into the open court with a chance to put Oklahoma City on top. Durant pulled up and connected on a jumper with 11.1 seconds left for the last of his 35 points, lifting the Thunder to a 93-91 victory over the Grizzlies on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. "I just wanted to get up the floor as quick as possible and find a shot," said Durant, who finished second in league MVP voting announced Sunday. "That was the only shot I could find and, by the grace of God, it went in." Game 2 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. Thabo Sefolosha kept the Grizzlies from going back ahead, deflecting a pass that Conley was able to corral — but only after diving out of bounds. Reggie Jackson then hit a pair of free throws for a three-point lead, and Quincy Pondexter couldn't force overtime after getting fouled while attempt-
ing a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left. Pondexter, a 72 percent career free-throw shooter, missed the first free throw. He made his second attempt before intentionally missing the third, but Durant swatted the rebound away and Marc Gasol's attempt at a buzzer-beater was late. "We couldn't get stops. That's why we lost," said Gasol, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds. "We didn't lose because of free throws." Kevin Martin scored 25 for Oklahoma City, which trailed for much of the game but was able to avoid repeating its Game 1 loss from when these two teams met in the West semifinals two years ago. The Thunder were able to rally and win that series in seven. Fisher, a five-time NBA champion who only joined the Thunder after asking to be released by Dallas for family reasons earlier in the season, turned this game around with his defense. Conley had gotten past him on a drive to the basket when Fisher reached in from behind and knocked the ball free. It was just the stop Oklahoma City needed. "He makes plays, whether it's tipping the ball out and getting a steal or hitting the big shot to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during Game 1 of a Western Conference start the fourth," Durant said. "Or just his leadership in the huddles and the locker room is big for Semifinals NBA basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki, AP) us. We need that."
James selected NBA’s MVP
By TIM REYNOLDS Associated Press MIAMI — LeBron James was at his best this season, and the voters tasked with selecting the NBA's Most Valuable Player took notice. Every voter except one, that is. The NBA still does not have a unanimous MVP, though no one has come closer than James did this season. The Miami Heat star was presented with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy for the fourth time in his career on Sunday after collecting 120 of the 121 first-place votes, with Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks picking up the lone remaining top choice. "It was probably a writer out of New York that didn't give me that vote," James said. "And we know the history between the Heat and the Knicks, so I get it." A panel of 120 sports writers and broadcasters cast ballots in the NBA MVP voting, with a combined online fan vote also being taken into account. Shaquille O'Neal got every first-place vote but one in the 1999-2000 season, when one person cast his ballot for Allen Iverson — who finished seventh that year. This season, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder finished second, well ahead of Anthony, who was third and didn't even appear on nine of the ballots cast. James was the only player listed on all 121 ballots; Durant was omitted from two, according to the results released by the NBA. "I'll take that vote," Anthony said, adding that James was a deserving winner. For months, there really had only been two questions about this season's MVP race: When will James get the award, and would the results be unanimous? The first of those answers became known Friday, the other on Sunday, and even as he was on the dais to pick up the award the nowfour-time MVP quickly started steering all of his attention back to the goal of helping the Heat win a second straight title. Miami hosts Chicago in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night, when NBA Commissioner David Stern will present James with the trophy, largely just for the benefit of giving Heat fans a pregame reason to cheer. "My ultimate goal is to win an NBA championship," James said. "That's what I was brought here for. That's why I signed here as a free agent in 2010. It wasn't to win MVP trophies. It was to win a championship — and win multiple championships — and that's still my No. 1 priority." James averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists this season, leading Miami to a leaguebest 66-16 record while shooting a career-high 56 percent. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Bill Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four) have as many MVP awards, only Russell won four in a five-year span, and only Abdul-Jabbar went back-to-back twice, like James did with trophies in 2009 and 2010 and
now again in 2012 and 2013. Sunday's ceremony was filled with tributes and even some laughs, like when James' younger son Bryce posed for photographers on stage while his father was speaking and older brother LeBron Jr. looked on — and when James' fiancee, Savannah Brinson, appeared on a congratulatory video and called him "Honeybunny." "I know you're embarrassed when I call you that," Brinson said. "But whatever." Over on the far side of the dais, set up on the floor of the Heat home court, James' teammates roared in hysterics — and Udonis Haslem made sure James knew that they were talking about Brinson's pet name for her future husband. The 14 other Heat players were dressed casually in team garb, while James donned a dapper suit for the festivities. As he did on Saturday, a day after it became widely known that the award would be his again, James thanked his teammates. "I'd rather be sitting over there in shorts and a T-shirt, wondering what the hell they're joking about, because I want to be a part of that joke," James said. "And I hate being out of all the jokes. I want to know what was happening, OK, guys? I would much rather be with my guys over there because that's what it's all about. Without those guys, this trophy is not possible." Much of the ceremony was tinged with emotion. Brinson's mother dabbed tears away from her eyes when James thanked his soon-to-be in-laws for what they do for his family. Dwyane Wade (who was 10th in the voting) spoke in a hushed tone on the video, with soft music playing in the background as he told James to "continue to lead this team because we believe in you, so congratulations, Mr. MVP." James seemed genuinely touched when dozens of students who are part of his "I Promise" educational program chanted for him when the proceedings were complete. "And all the ones that I've observed and I've watched and I've seen, somewhere they've always gotten better," said Heat President Pat Riley, talking about all the game's stars that he's witnessed in his 46 NBA years. "They always got better as their career advanced. And most importantly, they've always made their teammates and their team better. In my humble opinion ... I think the man that we're looking at right here is the best of all of them." James was the only player in the NBA to lead his team in scoring, rebounding and assists per game this season, had a record six straight games of scoring at least 30 points while shooting at least 60 percent, became the youngest player in league history to break the 20,000-career-point plateau and won five of the six Eastern Conference player of the month awards. James is now the second player in NBA history to post at least 2,000 points, 600 rebounds, 500 assists and 100 steals in a season twice, joining Larry Bird, who did it three times. The only other player to do it once was Jordan.
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Ragan steals last-lap victory at Talladega
By JENNA FRYER Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala. — Rain and wrecks pushed NASCAR to the edge of darkness Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where three of the biggest names in the sport led the field to final flag. NASCAR was giving it one final go to get the rain-delayed race wrapped up, and Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson were at the head of the pack for the two-lap overtime sprint to the finish. None of them ever saw David Ragan coming. Heck, Ragan barely even saw teammate David Gilliland hook onto his rear bumper. But Gilliland locked up with Ragan for that last-gasp push to the finish and the Front Row Motorsports drivers sliced their way to the front and put Ragan into Victory Lane for the tiny organization's first victory. "This is a true David versus Goliath moment here," Ragan said. It was the second career victory for Ragan — he also won at Daytona in July 2011 when he drove for Roush Fenway Racing — and Gilliland finished second for a 1-2 finish for Front Row Motorsports. "I wouldn't want to line up and have to do it again," said Ragan, who didn't realize Gilliland was pushing him until he exited Turn 2 on the last lap. "That gave me a little extra confidence ... that I could make the right moves and I knew that he was going to stick with me. I had a great teammate. David Gilliland gave us a great push. I owe him a lot. I'll definitely buy him lunch this week or something." The victory came a day after Regan Smith won the Nationwide Series race and Ragan was flooded with misfired congratulatory messages on Twitter. "All fans- please send all congrats to (at)ReganSmith. Not this Ragan..... He is the Winner today!! Haha," he tweeted Saturday night. Now Ragan has his own win — just in time to qualify for the Sprint All-Star race in two weeks. Gilliland wanted the win but was content settling for second on a day his team earned its first victory. "What a great day for Front Row Motorsports, an underfunded team coming in here and being able to finish 1-2 is awesome," Gilliland said. "I'm very proud of David Ragan. I know he would have done the same for me. I had a heck of a run, we were pushing, I was locked to his bumper and I wasn't going to let him go." The race took seven hours to complete after rain stopped it for 3 hours, 36 minutes midway through the event. With darkness quickly closing in, contact between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and J.J. Yeley triggered a frightening crash that sent Kurt Busch's car airborne and on top of Ryan Newman's car. Newman has been in numerous harrowing accidents at Daytona and Talladega, where NASCAR uses restrictorplates to control the speeds, and was sharp with his criticism after exiting the infield care center. He said he only stopped to do a live television interview to criticize cars still being able to go airborne. "They can build safer race cars, they can build safer walls. But they can't get their heads out of their (expletive) far enough to keep them on the race track, and that's pretty disappointing," Newman said. "I wanted to make sure I get that point across. Y'all can figure out who 'they' is." He also was upset NASCAR continued the race with darkness closing in on the track so quickly. "That's no way to end a race," he said. "That's just poor judgment in restarting the race, poor judgment. I mean, you got what you wanted, but poor judgment and running in the dark and running in the rain. That's it, thank you." Busch wasn't injured in the accident. "We just got hit from behind, and along for the ride we went," he said,
adding "Yes, lovely," when asked if he was OK. NASCAR sent the race into overtime after the final accident for one attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, and it seemed as though it might have been Kenseth's race to win. He led a race-high 142 laps and was the leader on the final restart but was passed by Edwards on the first lap of overtime. He tried to get the lead back and was battling Edwards with no drafting partner. He never saw the pack coming behind him and, with nowhere to go, fell out of contention in the blink of an eye. "Carl just got a rocket restart there, and he cleared me down the backstretch," Kenseth said. "He just got a huge run somehow. I was still second. I thought we still had a shot. I tried to get around Carl but he blocked, which you should. We got real wide getting up there and got pretty far to the top, and I just didn't watch the runs from the guys way in the back.
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College Softball
Texas A&M defeats MSU
For Starkville Daily News   In a span of 6 minutes, the Mississippi State Bulldogs experienced every emotion possible in college softball. With the bases loaded and her team four outs away from defeat, MSU junior Heidi Shape pulled a two-run single down the left-field line, giving the Bulldogs a slim 2-1 lead, then 6 minutes later in the bottom of the sixth, Texas A&M All-American Mel Dumezich hit a gamewinning, three-run home run. The 4-2 victory by the No. 14 Aggies (39-14, 10-13 SEC) eliminated the Bulldogs’ chances of making the 2013 SEC Tournament. State (32-21, 8-16) will learn its NCAA postseason fate during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, to be televised live May 12 on ESPNU at 9 p.m. “You have to love the fight in these Bulldogs,” MSU head coach Vann Stuedeman said. “That is what we have been saying all year. We will fight to see that we make the NCAA Tournament. We have had some really big wins this season.” Dumezich also picked up the win in the circle, moving to 26-6 in her final collegiate season with the completegame victory. The righty struck out 10, walked one and gave up two runs on six hits and a walk. State right-hander Alison Owen suffered the loss to fall to 16-11, giving up four runs on a pair of long balls. The junior fanned five and walked one. After two and a half scoreless innings, A&M catcher
Mississippi State's Julia Echols swings at pitch in a game earlier this year. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN, File)
Meagan May put the home team on the board first with a solo homer to left. The two teams played scoreless softball in the fourth and fifth, before the drama unfolded. Freshman Loryn Nichols stood on third and junior Jessica Offutt covered first when fellow junior Sam Lenahan loaded the bases for the Bulldogs thanks to a twoout walk. With the bases juiced and the crowd of nearly 1,000 channeling the 12th Man, Shape fought off several pitches before sneaking a single behind the hot corner at third for a clutch two-run base knock. State had a chance to add to it with a pair in scoring position, but redshirt junior Erin Nesbit popped up to the catcher for the third and final out of the frame. The Aggies did some damage in the sixth inning as three-hole hitter Amber Garza reached first as the leadoff hitter when she was hit by a pitch. Cali Lanphear joined her on the base paths with a zero-out bunt single, before Owen retired two straight A&M hitters. With the tension as high as the southwest sun, Dumezich sent Owen’s first pitch over the wall in straightaway center for the game-winner, sending the Aggies into euphoria. Stuedeman’s squad will finish the regular season today with a non-conference contest at Houston. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Free live audio streaming will be provided through HSTV as usual, featuring MSU play-by-play caller Anthony Craven. For live in-game updates of the regular series finale, follow the program on Twitter at @MStateSB.
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the right direction.” If the heights put up while at MSU are any indicator, Thomas is right and Jackson is well on his way to being one of the best in the world. Just this year alone, Jackson has finished second at the NCAA Indoor Championships where he defeated the 2012 Olympic silver medalist with his height of 7-06. With the height, Jackson leaped his way to No. 1 on the Bulldog alltime indoor list and found his way into the top 5 nationally in the event. The Carrollton native has posted some impressive numbers, but according to his coach, the heights are only going to get higher as Jackson gets more experience under his belt. “He’ll eventually jump in the 7-08 range before he leaves,” Thomas said. “His jump at the indoor nationals (is something) people are still talking about how high over 7-06 he got.
He could be one of the top high jumpers in the world, but he has still got to understand the event better. He is very young and I think he has to get to that experience level and once he does he is going to be one of the best jumpers in the world.” The potential that lies inside Jackson is also easily seen by Dudley who is impressed with the accomplishments he has witnessed and what lies ahead for the high jumper. “He’s been good every year,” Dudley said. “This year he has kind of exploded and for him to go to the NCAA championships, compete against the silver medalist, the bronze medalist and actually beat the silver medalist is pretty astonishing. One day he is going to the World Championships or the Olympics and has a chance for a medal so he has taken himself to a whole new level.” Taking himself to a new level has translated both on and off the track for Jackson. The knowledge that he can be among the great track
athletes has sparked a new focus in the junior. “Once he saw he could compete with the best in the world, it motivated him to be consistent in practice,” Dudley said. “Even away from the track, academically, he is leaps and bounds from where he was a year ago and a lot of it contributes to the fact that he is starting to become a well-rounded person. He is growing a lot and the maturity is helping him in the high pressure situations against Olympic caliber athletes. One thing that is not changing in Jackson is his laid-back nature. When meeting the high jumper, one immediately notices his “even-keel” nature and it is that ability to stay calm that Thomas attributes to some of Jackson’s success. “He doesn’t get real hyper and he doesn’t get real down when he doesn’t perform,” Thomas said. “He looks inward and tries to figure out things. Under big situations that is a good quality to have. He doesn’t get rattled by someone making the bar in front of him and him missing the bar. He just keeps competing.”
Dudley notices the ease in Jackson’s nature, but the coach also sees a fire inside Jackson that causes him to believe that “when it comes to big meets (Jackson) is dialed in like it’s nobody’s business.” What Dudley does notice in Jackson is his commitment to those around him and just how grounded the athlete is when it comes to what matters most. “He’s very laid back,” Dudley said. “He is a guy that likes to relax. He cares about his family a lot. He goes and sees his family here in Mississippi a good bit and I find that respectable because sometimes kids will leave home and never look back. He is not one of those. His roots are pretty solid down home.” Laid-back or not, one thing is almost certain and that is Jackson has a bright future ahead of him. It is also safe to say that if things continue on the path they are now, people might just be seeing Marcus Jackson listed among those great athletes from the state of Mississippi.
"Chad and Jonathan were the heroes for us," Cohen said. "They held the thing at bay and we finally put a run across there From page 6 in the 11th." and I thought that allowed us to get through some innings." The Bulldogs took an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the MSU sophomore closer Jonathan Holder (2-0) pitched the bottom of the first. final three innings to pick up the win. The Crimson Tide, who fell to 27-21 and 11-12, fought back Holder gave up no hits and struck out six batters. He now scoring a run in the third and fourth inning. has 60 strikeouts. He had only 30 in his freshman season. Alabama freshman Mikey White hit a three-run home run off
of Ross Mitchell in the fifth inning to give the Tide a 5-2 lead. It was the first career home run for White. White led Alabama with three hits. Kyle Overstreet and Austen Smith each had two. Bradford paced the Bulldogs with four hits. Alex Detz had two. MSU will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Oxford to take on in-state rival Ole Miss.
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