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MSU camps introduce youths to engineering. — See Page 4
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Monday, July 1, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 182
50 Cents
An AP News Analysis
Leaders must name charter board members
By JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON — And now the waiting begins. With the July 1 effective date for Mississippi's expanded charter school law, the next step is to nominate seven members of the Charter School Authorizing Board. The governor and lieutenant governor are each supposed to name three members, one from each of the state's three Supreme Court districts. The state superintendent of education is supposed to name the seventh member. The law specifies that appointments must be made before Sept. 1. That seventh member could be Lynn House herself, the interim state superintendent. House confirmed to The Associated Press that she's willing to serve if the state Board of Education agrees. She said the board could give her the nod at its regular July meeting. "That's got to be the board's decision, but I'd be happy to serve on the charter school board," House said. "We're not going to drag our feet." The list of possible nominees by the governor and lieutenant governor is a little less obvious. One name you can take off the list is Joel Bomgar, founder and CEO of Ridgeland software maker Bomgar Corp. The state Senate's Education Committee rejected House Speaker Philip Gunn's nomination of Bomgar to the state Board of Education in April, citing Bomgar's membership on the board of the conservative-leaning Mississippi Center for Public Policy, his choice to home-school his children and his policy preferences for education. At the time, some suggested Bomgar would be better suited to the charter school board. But Bomgar said last week that his focus is on improving all of education in Mississippi and said he's confident that there are plenty of other good people who could serve on the charter board. Charter school supporters including the Center for Public Policy and Mississippi First say they are circulating a joint list of possible nominees to Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. They won't volunteer who's on it, but say that naming the board could be tricky. First, both the lieutenant governor and the governor must nominate using the three court districts. Center for Public Policy Executive Director Forrest Thigpen says there could be a glut of candidates in the Central District, which includes Jackson and the southern part of the Delta regions, while the Northern and Southern districts have fewer obvious choices. "It's a little bit difficult because it's the Supreme Court districts," he said. Plus, the law specifies that the leaders must "ensure diversity" on the board, as well as nominate members with experience in management, finance, public school leadership, education law, curriculum, instruction and assessment. The state Senate, which has to confirm all the nominees, will ultimately get to decide whether Bryant, Reeves and House meet those criteria with their choices. Once the board is in place, it may face an even thornier problem, hiring a leader. The law, whether intentionally or by mistake, reads that the executive director must also be the board's chief lawyer, licensed to practice in Mississippi and knowledgeable about education law. Thigpen says one problem is Mississippi lawyers with education experience are likely to be school board attorneys, and inexperienced with charter schools. Thigpen said such lawyers "are not necessarily people who are likely to be huge supporters of the charter school law."
GED grads celebrate
Ricardo Thompson hugs his grandmother Brenda Perkins after graduating from Emerson Family Center’s GED program in a ceremony Sunday at the Greensboro Center. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Ceremony held Sunday at Greensboro Center
By STEVEN NALLEY After her graduation ceremony at the Greensboro Center, Tori Gifford hurried to catch her teacher Amanda Page at the stage’s front, packing up graduation gowns. “Ms. Mandy, I’ve got to show you something,” she said. “I didn’t know it was here, and I would have never known it was here if my daddy hadn’t shown me.” What Tori Gifford’s father Shandon Gifford showed her was her grandfather Vernon Gifford, who taught curriculum and instruction at MSU, immortalized in the Starkville School District Education Hall of Fame. Shandon Gifford said his father’s legacy was a key reason he was proud to see his daughter graduate. “It means that lineage is not going to be broken,” Shandon Gifford said. “My father and mother grew up on a farm. My dad was a college professor ... and my mother taught in public schools. Children of people who get their educations tend
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2013 graduates from Emerson Family Center’s GED program pose for a group shot before their ceremony at the Greensboro Center. Front row, from left: Janquilla Bateast, Shequita Gregg, Hope Oglesby, Quinton Bell, Tori Gifford and Antonio Caradine. Second row, from left: DeShun Jordan, Zack Blanchard, Brian Sangster and Normea Henderson. Back row, from left: LaQuinton Brim, Marcus Martin and Gary Edwards. Not pictured: Ricardo Thompson. (Photo by See GRADS | Page 3 Steven Nalley, SDN)
Spirit of Oktibbeha
Tommie Zacharias makes difference behind scenes
By STEVEN NALLEY In Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus Christ teaches that the best works of kindness are done in private. “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them,” Christ says, in the New International Version. “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” The Rev. James Winter, pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, said this is a principle by which longtime member Tommie Zacharias lives. “She’s very quiet about the different things she does, and she never really draws a lot of attention to Tommie Zacharias poses with her husband and former MSU President Donald Zacharias in this Mississippi State University file photo. Many of the Zacharias family’s friends and associates say Tommie Zacharias was instrumental several successes of Donald Zacharias’ administration. (Photo courtesy MSU University Relations)
(them),” Winter said. “She remains very steady in terms of being there, always willing to hear us if we ask for help. She just doesn’t talk about it much.” But others do. Many of Zacharias’ friends and associates report that she has made a difference behind the scenes in the Starkville community, particularly during her late husband Donald Zacharias’ presidency at Mississippi State University. Winter said Tommie Zacharias routinely appeared at fundraisers for local organizations, including Bridges out of Poverty. One of her friends, Beverly Smitherman, said Zacharias had also served on several boards of directors for charitable organizations and business in Starkville. The Zacharias family also did much to support public education
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2: Around Town 4: Education 6: Sports 9: Comics 10: Classifieds 12: Weather
Happy Birthday!
Donna Watts
Is there someone you’d like to wish a happy birthday? Submit names with a $5 donation to the Oktibbeha County Humane Society. Call Kayleen at 662-323-1642 by 5 p.m. two days before the birthday.
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Around Town
group — The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at A105 Starkville Church of Christ at 613 East All “Around Town” announcements Lee Boulevard. For more inforare published as a community service mation, contact Sara Murphy at on a first-come, first-served basis and (601) 987-0020. as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete u Childbirth classes — sentences and submitted in writing at Nancy Ball, RN with Starkville least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements Clinic for Women, will discuss breathing and relaxation techwill be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will niques for labor and delivery not be published for the next day’s paper. for the childbirth classes held at To submit announcements, email life@ Emerson Family School at 5:30 p.m. Childcare and nutritious snacks are provided. Pregnant Today couples are encouraged to attend these free classes. To register, u The Friends of the please call 320-4607. Starkville Public Library — The Friends of the Starkville Thursday Public Library will hold its monthly book sale from noon to u Sanitation and Environ6 p.m. Featured are “Christmas in July” books, and fiction books mental Department — The published 2002 to 2005 are of- Sanitation & Environmental fered “buy one, get one free.” Department will be closed in obThere is a continuation of the servance of Independence Day. large donation of books from The regular residential pickup the literary collection of a former schedule will resume on Friday. English professor at Mississippi State University and editor of Sunday the Mississippi Quarterly. Revenue from the sale of books is u Longview Baptist used to support library projects. Church revival — Longview u Rotary Club — Starkville Baptist Church, 991 Buckner Rotary Club’s weekly meeting St., will hold a revival July 7 will focus on Rotary Interna- through July 10. The service tional Foundation, the not-for- on July 7 will start at 11 a.m., profit corporation that supports followed by a luncheon with an all of Rotary’s worldwide efforts afternoon service at 1:30 p.m. to achieve peace and understand- Monday through Wednesday ing. The speaker will be Larry services begin at 7 p.m. All are Mullins, past club president. Ro- invited to attend and be blessed. tary meets each Monday noon at Call 662-769-4774 for more inStarkville Country Club. formation. u Oktibbeha County School District — The OktibRecurring beha County School District will hold its regular meeting at noon u The Starkville Commuin the Central Office at 106 West nity Market — The Starkville Main St. u Vacation Bible School Community Market (corner of — Zion Cypress U. M. Church Jackson & Lampkin Streets) is will have vacation Bible school in need of volunteers to assist in today through Friday, with the the setting up and taking down exception of July 4 on Thursday. of the market every Saturday this Classes will be for kindergarten summer. If you are interested in through adults. Theme: Every- lending a helping hand, please where Fun Fair Where God’s contact Jamey Matte by phone World Comes Together; Luke at 601-888-5826 or by email at 10:27. For more information u 8 Habits of Successful contact Lena Smith at 324-4674 or 312-4319. Rev. Eddie Hin- Relationships and Active Parton is the pastor. The church is enting — There will be a class located on 3743 Hwy 25 South. on the 8 Habits of Successful Relationships and Active Parenting at the Emerson Family ReTuesday source Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in May. Baru Family reunion trip — bara Culberson BSF Marriage There will be a bus going to St. Counselor and Elmarie Carr Louis, Mo., on July 19 through Brooks, Project CARE Manager July 21. The deadline to register will lead classes. All classes must is today. For more information be attended to complete the please call (662) 323-1993 or program. Call 662-320-4607 to (662) 312-5710. register. u Tai Chi class — The Wellu Teen Parenting Coaliness Connection at OCH Retion classes — Teen Parenting gional Medical Center will offer Coalision Nuturing Parenting an eight-week Tai Chi class from classes will be held 4:30-6 p.m. 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. beginning toThursdays at the Emerson Famday in the OCH Aerobic Room. ily Resource Center. Call 662A form of moving meditation, 320-4607 to register. Tai Chi emphasizes slow, gentle u Starkville Area Arts movements with deep breathing Council Grants — Applications and meditation to relax the body for the 2013-2014 Starkville and quiet the mind. The class Area Arts Council Grants are will be led by Dr. Armando de available through June 30. Apla Cruz and will involve a variplication forms are available at ety of styles which leads to imthe SAAC office, located in the proved strength, coordination, Greater Starkville Development flexibility, balance and better Partnership Building at 101 sleep. The fee for the class is $30 South Lafayette Street, Suite 18, for Wellness Connection memor online att www.starkvilleart. bers and $40 for nonmembers. org. For more information, call Pre-registration is required. Call 323-WELL (9355) for more in- 662-324-3080. u BrainMinders Puppet formation. u Alzheimer’s support 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 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 or call 662-3231338. 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 BNI meetings — A chapter of Business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District conference room. For more information, call Barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or Matt Rose at 662-275-8003. u Dance team applications
— KMG Creations children dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or email danzexplosion@yahoo. com. u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Jesus Lives” from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Book Mart Cafe in downtown Starkville. u Quilting group meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilt Guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. All interested quilters are invited to attend. For more information, call Luanne Blankenship at 662323-7597. u Childbirth classes — North Miss. Medical Center in West Point will host childbirth classes Thursdays, Feb. 21-March 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is $35. For more information, call 662-495-2292 or 1-800-843-3375. u Sanitation Department schedules — A reminder of collection days for the City of Starkville Sanitation and Environmental Services Department. Schedule 1: Household garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recycling collection - first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: Household garbage collection – Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection – Tuesday only, recycling collection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should 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:// 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. or 662325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at or 662325-3070. 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 662-6151519 or email carly.wheat@ u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-418-5535 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 662-323-3890, Margaret Prisock at 662- 324-4864, 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 662323-8871 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 662-2950823. 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 Enrich-
ment 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 323-1499. 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 662-2427962. 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 662-324-2551 or 662418-3876. 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 u Starkville Writer’s 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 u Brotherhood breakfast — Men and boys are welcome to attend a brotherhood breakfast at Austin Creek Church of Christ Holiness (USA) at 2298 Turkey Creek Rd. in Starkville every second Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. followed by yard work at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring yard supplies. Officer elections will be held at the end of the year. Call Willie Thomas at 662-323-2748. u Casserole Kitchen — The Casserole Kitchen serves free meals to anyone in need from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lunch is served on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. All meals will be served in the Fellowship Hall (ground floor) of First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. Call 662-312-2175. u Free childbirth classes — To pre-register, call 320-4607. Free childcare and snacks are provided. Space is limited. u Tutoring — New Century Mentoring & Tutoring Summer Program, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. For students pre-K through sixth grade. For more information, call 662-418 3930. Longview Baptist u Church — Longview Baptist Church, 991 Buckner St., Longview, has Sunday school at 10 a.m., morning worship at 11 a.m., discipleship training at
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to get their educations.” Tori Gifford was one of 33 students to graduate from Emerson Family Center’s GED program this year, and one of 14 who celebrated their achievements in a graduation ceremony at the Greensboro Center Sunday. At 17 years old, Tori Gifford might not seem so different from peers who graduated from local high schools in May, but she said Page made all the difference for her. She said she was originally homeschooled, but she met a setback when she attempted to transfer to a regular school program. “They told me they didn’t recognize home schooling and dropped me back a few grades,” Tori Gifford said. “I was going to be 17 in eighth grade. So, my grandparents told me about Emerson. Ms. Mandy helped me out a lot. She was a real inspiration. I had a lot of problems in math and writing essays, so she had me write essays for her and do math problems until she thought I was ready to take the GED. I really don’t think I could have done it without her.” Page said Tori Gifford was a quick study. She said Gifford passed the GED the first time she took it, after less than a year with Emerson’s program, and she was one of several students who filled her with pride. “It’s a wonderful feeling that I could help some of them reach their goal and go on to college or to something they wanted,” Page said. “It’s like our new beginning to a new year of helping students. They’re very wonderful people ... from all backgrounds and all different times of their lives, so it’s a it’s a great experience to share that with them.” Another Emerson GED student who graduated Friday was 25-year-old Ricardo Thompson. He said he dropped out of high school to take care of his mother, who was battling breast cancer. She passed away when he was 20 years old, he said, and at age 24, he set out to
pursue a GED, dedicating the effort to her. “I had noticed that times were getting hard, and I wasn’t going to get anywhere in life without a high school education,” Thompson said. “I figured I wasn’t going to get anywhere without any higher education. I determined to get my GED before things got worse.” Macon native and author Robert Little was the guest speaker for the ceremony. He told the story of a group of high school students he once addressed, calling three of them to the stage to tell the story of what they wanted to be when they grew up. The first two young women he spoke to expressed firm desires to be college professor and a pediatrician, he said, but the third was less confident, saying he had changed his mind, dropping his head and laughing nervously. “I went over and put my arm around the young man,” Little said. “He held his head up and said, ‘I want to be a cook and open my own restaurant.’ Everyone started laughing at him. They were comparing him with the young (ladies). They didn’t hear the part about him saying he wanted to open his own restaurant. I said, ‘You have no reason to hold your head down. ... Young man, don’t be concerned about the talents, skills and abilities of others. Focus on the dream that was given to you.” Thompson said now that he had his GED, he wanted to start his own cooking business while he attended East Mississippi Community College, studying automobile mechanics. “That’s something I like to do and that I already kind of know how to do,” he said. Meanwhile, Tori Gifford said she had more than one plan for her future post-GED. “My dream is actually to join the Air Force and become a helicopter pilot, but I’m going to school for computer networking right now at EMCC,” Tori Gifford said. “That’s my fallback plan in case something goes wrong, because you never know.” herself the extra work she had put in behind the scenes. She said Zacharias often brought guest lists, seating arrangements and dinner plans with her, working on them as Smitherman worked on her hair. Once, Smitherman said she found herself running late for a morning appointment Zacharias had at her hair salon. Smitherman’s daughter was attending MSU at the time and was very ill, she said, prompting Smitherman to bring medicine to her daughter’s dorm. She said Zacharias was waiting for her when she arrived at the salon. “Her only comment was ... she would have loved to have stopped by (my daughter’s dorm), because she was coming through campus,” Smitherman said. “Her comment was, ‘I would have been delighted to take (the medicine) to her for you.’ She’s really become like a sister to me and embraced our family.” Lynn Phillips-Gaines, local financial planner, said Zacharias had also done much to support her and other fellow female professionals. In the past, she said, she was a frequent speaker at Business and Professional Women’s Foundation meetings. “When I came along, it wasn’t like it is now, that women were expected to be (in business),” Phillips-Gaines said. “She would always champion those of us who were working in accountancy, working in what were considered to be male-dominated fields. One word of encouragement from her was worth a lot of gushing from other people. When you received one from her, you knew you had done well.” Phillips-Gaines said when she was a student, she saw Tommie Zacharias as her strongest role model. She said Zacharias was everything she had ever hoped to be. “She was who I wanted people to see when they looked at me,” Phillips-Gaines said. “She’s very articulate, very well read. She never forgets a face. She remembers you and remembers something very specific about you. She’s one of the most elegant women I’ve ever known, and she does have a very compassionate heart.”
Egypt erupts with protests demanding Morsi ouster
By HAMZA HENDAWI, MAGGIE MICHAEL, and SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press CAIRO — Hundreds of thousands thronged the streets of Cairo and cities around the country Sunday and marched on the presidential palace, filling a broad avenue for blocks, in an attempt to force out the Islamist president with the most massive protests Egypt has seen in 2 1/2 years of turmoil. In a sign of the explosive volatility of the country's divisions, a hard core of young opponents broke away from the rallies and attacked the main headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, pelting it with stones and firebombs until a raging fire erupted in the walled villa. During clashes, Brotherhood supporters opened fire with birdshot on the attackers, who swelled to a crowd of hundreds. Fears were widespread that the two sides could be heading to a violent collision in coming days. Morsi made clear through a spokesman that he would not step down and his Islamist supporters vowed not to allow protesters to remove one of their own, brought to office in a legitimate vote. Thousands of Islamists massed not far from the presidential palace in support of Morsi, some of them prepared for a fight with makeshift armor and sticks. At least four people were killed Sunday in shootings at anti-Morsi protesters in southern Egypt. The protesters aimed to show by sheer numbers that the country has irrevocably turned against Morsi, a year to the day after he was inaugurated as Egypt's first freely elected president. But throughout the day and even up to midnight at the main rallying sites, fears of rampant violence did not materialize. Instead the mood was largely festive as protesters at giant anti-Morsi rallies in Cairo's central Tahrir Square and outside the Ittihadiya palace spilled into side streets and across boulevards, waving flags, blowing whistles and chanting. Fireworks went off overhead. Men and women, some with small children on their shoulders, beat drums, danced and sang, "By hook or by crook, we will bring Morsi down." Residents in nearby homes showered water on marchers below — some car-
Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president poured out onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. (Photo by Khalil Hamra, AP) rying tents in preparation to camp outside the palace — to cool them in the summer heat, and blew whistles and waved flags in support. "Mubarak took only 18 days although he had behind him the security, intelligence and a large sector of Egyptians," said Amr Tawfeeq, an oil company employee marching toward Ittihadiya with a Christian friend. Morsi "won't take long. We want him out and we are ready to pay the price." The massive outpouring against Morsi, culminating a year of growing polarization, raises the question of what is next. Protesters have vowed to stay on the streets until he steps down, and organizers called for widespread labor strikes starting Monday. The president, in turn, appears to be hoping protests wane. For weeks, Morsi's supporters have depicted the planned protest as a plot by Mubarak loyalists. But their claims were undermined by the extent of Sunday's rallies. In Cairo and a string of cities in the Nile Delta and on the Mediterranean coast, the protests topped even the biggest protests of the 2011's 18-day uprising, including the day Mubarak quit, Feb. 11, when giant crowds marched on Ittihadiya. It is unclear now whether the opposition, which for months has demanded Morsi form a national unity government, would now accept any concessions short of his re-
moval. The anticipated deadlock raises the question of whether the army, already deployed on the outskirts of cities, will intervene. Protesters believe the military would throw its significant weight behind them, tipping the balance against Morsi. The country's police, meanwhile, were hardly to be seen Sunday. "If the Brothers think that we will give up and leave, they are mistaken," said lawyer Hossam Muhareb as he sat with a friend on a sidewalk near the presidential palace. "They will give up and leave after seeing our numbers." Violence could send the situation spinning into explosive directions. In a potentially volatile confrontation after nightfall, several dozen youths attacked the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters on a plateau overlooking the capital. They threw rocks and firebombs at the walled villa, and people inside fired at the attackers with birdshot, according to an Associated Press Television News cameraman at the scene. Southern Egypt saw deadly attacks on anti-Morsi protests, and four people were killed. A protester was shot to death in Beni Suef outside the offices of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. In the city of Assiut, gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a protest, killing one person and wounding four others.
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and arts in the community, she said. And like Winter, she said it was rare to hear about any of it from Zacharias herself. “She’s a very private, quiet person,” Smitherman said. “She doesn’t do anything for recognition or fame. She just does it because it’s the right thing to do. She’s an unsung hero.” MSU University Relations Director Sid Salter said Tommie and Donald Zacharias also brought many with disabilities to MSU’s T.K. Martin Center, doing all they could to rehabilitate them. He said Tommie Zacharias had helped so many organizations that it would be a challenge to come up with one that she had not helped. “I don’t know of anybody that ever asked for her help or participation or hosting of a reception that she didn’t help,” Salter said. “Her greatest contribution was that she really opened the president’s home to guests of the university, and Dr. and Mrs. Zacharias together used that home to draw in friends and fans of MSU. She was a consummate first lady of the university, and she really was an active partner in Donald Zacharias’ administration.” Nel Slaughter, who was Donald Zacharias’ secretary, said the role Zacharias played in her husband’s administration could not be overstated. Donald, who passed away in March, launched the first comprehensive major gifts drive in MSU’s history, the Campaign for Mississippi State, raising $143 million. Many of those donors came to the Zacharias home, she said, and it was there that Tommie made the difference. “She entertained donors and convinced them that MSU was a good place to donate,” Slaughter said. “Really, people don’t understand how many hours she put in working for the university as the president’s wife. She knew how to make visitors to the university feel very special. She just went to a huge amount of trouble to make things perfect.” As Zacharias’s hairdresser, Smitherman said she saw for
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5:15 p.m., evening worship at 6 p.m. and Wednesday prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more informatin, contact Pastor Larry W. Yarber at 662-769-4774, or email u Volunteer Starkville — Have you been looking for the right volunteer opportunity for you? Or maybe you are a nonprofit organization needing help recruiting volunteers for your cause or event? We at Volunteer Starkville can help you find volunteer opportunities that match your interests and can assist your organization in your volunteer recruitment efforts at no cost.Contact us today by phone (662) 268-2865 or email at, and be sure to visit our website at u Mentors needed to Project AIM — Project AIM is recruiting community volunteers to mentor students in kindergarten through fifth grade in the Starkville School District. Each mentor will meet with his or her student an hour each week at the student’s school. Training and ongoing support are provided. Those interested in this opportunity to encourage a child are invited to contact Cathy Curtis at 662-418-4021 or at ccurtis@ for more information.
invited to come. The theme is “Kingdom Rock.” We are located at 545 Frye Road. Call 3209988 for more information. u Rotary Club — The guest speaker at July 8 meeting of Starkville Rotary Club will be Joey Deason, chief operating officer of LINK and vice president of Economic Development for Starkville and Oktibbeha County. He will be introduced by Rotarian Steve Langston. Rotary meets each Monday noon at Starkville Country Club. u Starkville Reads — Starkville Reads presents Dr. Ted Atkinson of the MSU English Department discussing the Civil War novel “Killer Angels” by Michael Schaara at 7 p.m. July 11 at the Starkville Public Library. All Starkville Reads programs are free and open to the public. Light refreshments
will be served. For more info, go to u Rotary Club — New projects underway or planned for Starkville’s Cotton District will be discussed at the July 15 meeting of Starkville Rotary Club. Guest speaker will be Cotton District Developer Dan Camp, who will be introduced by George Sherman. Rotary meets each Monday noon at Starkville Country Club. u Elementary Music Camp — Starkville First United Methodist Church offers a summer music camp for those who have completed third through sixth grade from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22 through 26. $50 fee includes all instruction and daily lunch. Contact Peter Infanger, the church’s director of music, at 200 W. Lampkin St. or www. Registra-
tion deadline is June 30. u New Zion United Methodist Church — New Zion United Methodist Church, located 2169 South Montgomery St., will hold its annual homecoming at 3 p.m. on July 7. The guest speaker will be pastor AL Lathan and Third Mt. Olive Church family of West Point. The public is invited. u Public hearing — Prairie Opportunity, Inc.Community Action Agency will conduct a public hearing at 4 p.m. on July 17 in the Board Room of the Oktibbeha County Office located at 501 Hwy 12 West. This meeting is to inform the public of proposed funding and gather information regarding service needs in the area. For more information call Laura Marshall or Canary Williams at 888-3975550.
On the horizon
u Fellowship Baptist Church VBS — Fellowship Baptist Church Vacation Bible School will be held from 6 to 8:15 p.m. July 8-12. Children in grades first through sixth are
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That could mean a stopgap appointment, followed by a request in January for the Legislature to make amendments to a law whose passage was contentious, even before Mississippi will have a single charter school. "I would guess the board would hire an interim director and encourage the Legislature to change the law," Thigpen said.
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msu engineering camps
Seung (Seth) Lee, left, and Jarkeyla Walker work on an transportation activity through the Mississippi Summer Transportation Institute an the campus of MSU with the Bagley College of Engineering. (Submitted photos)
MSU camps introduce youths to engineering
By STEVEN NALLEY the vehicles are complete, she said, they could be controlled remotely. Fletcher said vehicle engineering was At the Mississippi Summer Transporta- divided into two age groups: regular vetion Institute, chocolate and concrete are hicle engineering for grades 4-6 and junior not so different. vehicle engineering for grades 1-3. She Concrete can be strengthened by add- said MSU adjusted the material for junior ing reinforcing steel bars, chemical addi- vehicle engineering to increase safety and tives, and other items mixed into the con- introduce concepts at a level suitable for crete. In the same way, Kimberly Fletcher, younger learners. graduate assistant for outreach at Missis“With grades 4-6, you can make it a sippi State University’s Bagley College of little tougher,” Fletcher said. Engineering, said stronger chocolate is all Finally, MSU hosted Bulldog Bytes in the mix. June 23-27, teaching women in grades 7-9 “(Campers) could strengthen their about identity theft and computer pro‘concrete’ using candies and nuts and gramming. Sarah Lee, director of underthose sorts graduate computer of things,” science and engi“If you don’t teach them (about Fletcher said. neering studies at identity theft) now, then when they’ve MSTI is MSU, directs the got bank accounts and finances they’ll one of several camp, and she said engineering give all that out. If you teach them now, while MSU had camps MSU hosted it for the when they get older and run into more hosted last past three years, serious problems, they’ll be ready.” week, includthis was the first ing two vehiyear it had been a cle engineering camps and a Bulldog Bytes middle school camp. program for young women. “There’s a lot of literature (saying) Fletcher said MSTI, held June 16-29, you’ve got to get them before high school centered on civil engineering, teaching if you want to get them interested in comyoung men and women entering ninth puter science,” Lee said. “Most of them and 10th grade about waterways, railways, have not used technology before in a comhighways and other modes of transporta- puter science way. They’ve all used techtion. For instance, she said, the students nology, but they have not used technology split into teams of two and built “battle to create anything.” boats” from boogie boards, bottles, wood Lee said this was also the first year and other supplies. Bulldog Bytes had been funded by a grant “They’ll be battling each other in the from the National Center for Women in pool and trying to sink each other’s boats,” Technology, applied for by MSU freshFletcher said. “We also have a section on man Rian Walker, one of the camp’s counintermodal transportation, which is kind selors. Walker said this program was imof focused on transportation in a more portant to her for two reasons, the first of environmentally friendly way. It could be which dealt with the prevalence of social any mixture (of modes of transportation) media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram that’s appropriate for the area, like buses and MySpace. and trains in the same area.” “They ask for (your) name, address, The vehicle engineering camp, held phone number, where you live and what Monday-Friday, focused on building skel- you do,” Walker said. “If you don’t teach etal miniature model vehicles, Fletcher them (about identity theft) now, then said, teaching students about major fea- when they’ve got bank accounts and fitures like gears, wheels and motors. Once nances they’ll give all that out. If you teach
Campers at MSU’s Bulldog Bytes work on videos warning their peers about the dangers of identity theft. At front is Emma Armstrong, and visible behind her is Alexis Turner. them now, when they get older and run into more serious problems, they’ll be ready.” The second reason, she said, was that computer technology is a male-dominated field right now, and women needed to know they could break into the field. For that reason, she said, campers used the programming language Scratch to create videos passing on the lessons they learned about identity theft. These videos are on YouTube on the channel Annabition. “The technology world needs more women,” Walker said. “They can do just as well as the men or better. The field needs more women for more ideas. We teach them, ‘Don’t let the male-dominated aspect of it intimidate you.’”
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A look ahead
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James Harrell Jr. extends his project out a window of McCain Hall before letting it go to test its durability, as well as safety around the egg cradled inside. Harrell was a member of the Minako Clay, left, and Oscar Rezek begin their lego construction as part of their participate in the Jr. Vehicle Engineering summer academy with the Bagley College of Engineering. BCoE's BATMEN summer academy.
From left: Elliot Rezek, Andrew Walters and Christopher Dutton in the BCoE Vehicle Ben Buehler, left, and Minako Clay test out a remote controlled device they built in their Early Engineering summer academy at the Bagley College of Engineering. Engineering summer academy testing out their remote controlled lego vehicles.
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Jarkayla Walker, right, works on an engineering activity as she participates in the Mississippi Summer Transportation Institute at the Bagley College of Engineering.
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Tennis tournament benefits future MSU students from county
By JASON EDWARDS   Some lucky Oktibbeha County students headed to Mississippi State University will have their pockets a little heavier thanks to the local alumni chapter. Beginning on Friday, the Oktibbeha County Alumni Chapter held its fourth annual tennis tournament, which serves to raise scholarship funds for area students. “All proceeds will go to fund general scholarships for Oktibbeha County students who plan to attend Mississippi State,” tournament director Robert Cadenhead said. “The tennis tournament is just one of our fundraisers. We also do a golf tournament as well as a football bracket. Last year, we offered 14 scholarships to students from the various schools all of those funds come from the fundraisers.” This is the fourth year for the chapter to host the tennis tournament and each year they have seen the number of participants increase. One contributor to that growth might be the change in tournament time. “The first year we did it in conjunction with our fall football blast, then three years ago we decided to do it in the summer which is more tennis time,” Cadenhead said. The change in seasons definitely seems to help as tournament participation increased from 44 to 58 this year alone. Those participants are spread across three classifications of doubles competition including women’s, men’s and mixed doubles. Each classification is then broken down into flights in order to accommodate the large number of participants with three flights of women’s doubles, two flights of men and a single flight in the mixed doubles competition. “The tournament started on Friday and we actually got rained out part of Friday so we had to jam some extra matches in on Saturday,” Cadenhead said. “We played all day Saturday and then Sunday the championships began at 1 (p.m.).” In order to attract such a large number of participants, the tournament committee starts early contacting interested parties through various sources like the alumni association and tennis
Oktibbeha County Alumni Chapter tennis tournament at the Pitts Complex on MSU campus to raise scholarship funds for area students. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN) player circuits. With the tournament growing each year, the chapter reached out to MSU about using the A.J. Pitts Tennis Complex. “The athletic department is nice enough to let us use the facility,” Cadenhead said. “That is kind of a treat for a lot of the tennis players who get the opportunity to play on these nice courts and on the big stage.”
Tennis action at the Pitts Complex wrapped on Sunday, but Cadenhead wishes to remind community members and fellow alumni that there are other ways to get involved and support the MSU student body. “We just want to emphasize to the MSU alumni and friends that we appreciate their support at our various events because that is how we support our local students who got to MSU,” Cadenhead said.
High School Basketball
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Carter exposes Jackets to camp opportunities
Greg Carter has presented his Starkville Yellowjackets with several different looks with the basketball this summer. Whether it's team camp or the one-day shootout at Mississippi State, the Itawamba Community College camp, the New Hope camp for three days, the West Point camp or their own camp, the Jackets have not lacked for opportunities to improve and get better. The exposure to a variety of styles was just the type of situation Carter wanted for his SHS squad. Carter had enough players to split into two teams to get the most out of the summer. "We've played a wide-range of competition with teams from Alabama and Memphis as well as the local area," Carter said. "We've been able to get a lot of guys some minutes. (With two teams) Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has been getting his players We were able to get people a lot of minutes. Some young guys, who didn't get to play much last year, experience at summer camps. (Photo by Kim Murrell, For Starkville Daily News)
got to play a lot this summer and guys who played a lot last year and have improved, have showed what they have improved on and keep playing." Richard Evans and Zeb Rice made strides with the Jackets during the course of last season. Going into their senior years, they may have the most to gain from a busy summer. Rice spent last week at the Elite 25 Travis Outlaw Camp. Starkville generated some momentum toward the end of last season, which is something Carter hopes carries on into the fall. "We were probably playing our best ball in late January," Carter said. "I wish we could have lasted a couple of more weeks. (If we had,) we would have been all right. "We lost three guys from last year's team so there are some guys who have to step up and do a little more than they did last year."   (Editor's Note: The Starkville Daily News has been profiling area basketball coaches as their teams participate in summer camps or leagues.)
By RACHEL COHEN Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Inbee Park set many golfing goals. Etching her name alongside Babe Zaharias was never one of them. Yet now they're the only two players to win the first three majors of the year. Park became the first to accomplish the feat in the modern era Sunday with her second U.S. Women's Open title. "Trying to put my name next to hers means just so much," Park said. "I would think I would never get there; it's somewhere that I've never dreamed of. But all of a sudden, I'm there." The world's top-ranked player finished at 8 under to win by four strokes. Her 2-over 74 in the final round was more than enough, with Sebonack's trying conditions keeping any rivals from making a run. Only three players were under par for the tournament. Fellow South Korean I.K. Kim also shot 74 for her second runner-up finish at a major. Zaharias won the year's first three majors in 1950 — back when there were only three. Now there are five, so Grand Slam might not quite be the right term if Park wins all of them. Ahead by four strokes at the start of the round, Park birdied the ninth and 10th holes to extend her lead. She has won six times already this year, including three straight tournaments. Park added to another historic U.S. Women's Open victory in 2008, when she became the event's youngest champion at age 19. "I didn't know what was going on at that time," Park said. "I played very good golf then, but I didn't know what I was playing for, and that was just my first win. It was a great championship then, but now I think I really appreciate more and I really know what this means."
Park wins US Women’s Open for 3rd straight major
So Yeon Ryu shot 72 to finish third at 1 under. South Korean players took the top three spots and have won the last five majors. Ryu and Na Yeon Choi, the last two U.S. Women's Open champs, sprayed Park with champagne after she made her final putt on the 18th green. With lashing wind and devilish greens, Sebonack was a classically troublesome U.S. Women's Open course. And once Park built a lead, nobody could mount a charge. She certainly wasn't going to make enough mistakes to come back to the field. Park had just 10 bogeys and no double bogeys in four rounds. She predicted Saturday that shooting even par in the final round would be enough, and she sure was right. All of four players were under par Sunday — though that was still more than the third round, when only Park achieved it. Kim birdied No. 2 to pull within three strokes; she couldn't claw closer. And when she bogeyed the fourth hole, the deficit was back to four shots. Park bogeyed the sixth and seventh, but so did Kim. Kim had what would have qualified as a sensational week if not for Park, finishing at least three strokes better than everyone but the player currently dominating the sport. "You can obviously feel for someone like I.K. Kim who would be winning any other U.S. Open on this golf course if it weren't for Inbee," said seven-time major champion Karrie Webb. This was Kim's fourth top-four finish at a U.S. Women's Open, but she's still seeking her first major title. She was a foot away last year at the Kraft Inbee Park, of South Korea, holds the championship trophy after winning the U.S. Women's Nabisco, then missed a short putt on No. 18 that would have clinched the championship and went Open golf tournament at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. (Photo by Frank Franklin II, AP) on to lose in a playoff.
The number of hits for Los Angeles Dodger rookie player Yasiel Puig in his first 100 career at-bats.
College Baseball
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Youth Baseball Starkville Baseball Association All-Stars 8-year-old roster American Coach: Charles Williamson Coach: Jason Williams Coach: Chris Pulliam Coach: Eric Hallberg Garrett Matthew Carson Elijah Harper Dale Cyrus Brehm Hallberg Cooper McNeel Mac McReynolds Justin Wilson Ming Xavier Amir Prater Ethan Christopher Pulliam Karsten Rivers Upchurch Trey Williamson Brennon Tyler Wright Drew Todd Williams 9-year-old roster Coach: Robert Buckner Coach: Charlie Hornburger Brody Bennett John Paul Buckner Bo Carter Hayes Davis Stewart Davis Chipper Hornburger TJ Kent Koby Livingston Harris McReynolds Will McReynolds Xavier Shreman Porter Skelton Graham Stevens Jon Paul Yates 10-year-old roster Coach: Ben Knight Coach: Ronnie Betts Coach: Russ Lyle Coach: Robert Clark Brice Baker Carson Betts Sam Clark Will Davis Jack Hevesy Stephen Louis Knight Sam Lyle Lawson McReynolds Matt Miller Ahmir Taylor Thomas Henry Tucker Dash Turman 11-year-old roster Coach: Randy Carlisle Ben Brown Braden Carlisle John Thomas Cox Tanner Graves Izak Hansan Jaden James Zak Kelly Garrett Lewis Justin Rook Jon Spearmon Kamden Upchurch Jermaine Williams (Editor’s Note: All-Star coaches are encouraged to send in their rosters so they can be published by The Starkville Daily News. Those will also be helpful in the coverage of the teams. Rosters can be faxed to 662-323-6586 or emailed to sports@ Major League Baseball National League At A Glance All Times EDT East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 48 34 .585 — Washington 41 40 .506 6½ Philadelphia 39 44 .470 9½ New York 33 45 .423 13 29 51 .363 18 Miami Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 51 30 .630 — St. Louis 49 32 .605 2 Cincinnati 46 36 .561 5½ Chicago 35 45 .438 15½ Milwaukee 32 48 .400 18½ West Division W L Pct GB Arizona 42 39 .519 — Colorado 41 42 .494 2 San Diego 40 42 .488 2½ San Francisco 39 42 .481 3 Los Angeles 38 43 .469 4 Saturday’s Games N.Y. Mets 5, Washington 1 Atlanta 11, Arizona 5 St. Louis 7, Oakland 1 Colorado 2, San Francisco 1 Miami 7, San Diego 1 Chicago Cubs 5, Seattle 3, 11 innings Cincinnati 6, Texas 4, 11 innings Pittsburgh 2, Milwaukee 1
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“I didn’t think there was any way that we were going to hold on for that win.”
Nascar driver Matt Kenseth said after winning the 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Evan Mitchell opts to leave Bulldogs
By BEN WAIT Evan Mitchell will not be returning to Starkville for his senior season. The Mississippi State junior right hander tweeted Sunday morning that he was going to forgo his last season with the Bulldogs and sign with the Cincinnati Reds. “Big thanks to everyone for the love shown to me the past 3 years at MSU,” Mitchell Mitchell tweeted from his account @E_ Mitchell51. “I’ll never forget it but now it’s on to chase my dream with the Reds!” Mitchell was drafted in the 13th round by the Reds earlier this month in the professional baseball first-year player draft. The Marietta, Ga. native made nine appearances this season and seven starts. He was 0-1 with a 3.74 earned run average. He pitched just 21 2/3 innings this season.  Mitchell is the second underclassman to announce he will go pro this week. Junior right hander Daryl Norris tweeted Friday afternoon that he was going to sign with the Detroit Tigers who drafted him in the 22nd round.
The Area Slate
Today High School Basketball Summer League At Starkville Sportsplex Boys Varsity East Webster vs. Starkville Christian, 5 p.m. Heritage Academy vs. Oak Hill Academy, 5 p.m. Starkville Academy vs. Starkville Christian, 6 p.m. Oak Hill Academy vs. East Webster, 6 p.m. Starkville Academy vs. Heritage Academy, 7 p.m.
Today CYCLING 5:30 a.m. NBCSN — Tour de France, stage 3, Ajaccio to Calvi, Corsica MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon MLB — Detroit at Toronto L.A. Dodgers 4, Philadelphia 3 Sunday’s Games Miami 6, San Diego 2 Washington 13, N.Y. Mets 2 Atlanta 6, Arizona 2 Pittsburgh 2, Milwaukee 1, 14 innings Texas 3, Cincinnati 2 Oakland 7, St. Louis 5 Chicago Cubs 7, Seattle 6 L.A. Dodgers 6, Philadelphia 1 San Francisco 5, Colorado 2 Today’s Games Milwaukee (Gallardo 6-7) at Washington (Zimmermann 11-3), 7:05 p.m. Arizona (Miley 4-7) at N.Y. Mets (Marcum 1-9), 7:10 p.m. San Diego (Marquis 9-3) at Miami (Fernandez 4-4), 7:10 p.m. San Francisco (Kickham 0-2) at Cincinnati (Arroyo 6-6), 7:10 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Milwaukee at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Arizona at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Miami at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. San Diego at Boston, 7:10 p.m. San Francisco at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. St. Louis at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct GB Boston 50 34 .595 — Baltimore 46 36 .561 3 New York 42 38 .525 6 39 .524 6 Tampa Bay 43 Toronto 40 41 .494 8½ Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 43 37 .538 — Cleveland 44 38 .537 — Kansas City 38 41 .481 4½ Minnesota 36 42 .462 6 Chicago 32 47 .405 10½ West Division W L Pct GB Texas 48 34 .585 — Oakland 48 35 .578 ½ 43 .476 9 Los Angeles 39 Seattle 35 47 .427 13 Houston 30 52 .366 18 Saturday’s Games St. Louis 7, Oakland 1 Toronto 6, Boston 2 Cleveland 4, Chicago White Sox 3 Minnesota 6, Kansas City 2 L.A. Angels 7, Houston 2 Chicago Cubs 5, Seattle 3, 11 innings Cincinnati 6, Texas 4, 11 innings Tampa Bay 4, Detroit 3, 10 innings Baltimore 11, N.Y. Yankees 3 Sunday’s Games Boston 5, Toronto 4 Tampa Bay 3, Detroit 1 Cleveland 4, Chicago White Sox 0 Kansas City 9, Minnesota 8 L.A. Angels 3, Houston 1 Texas 3, Cincinnati 2 Oakland 7, St. Louis 5 Chicago Cubs 7, Seattle 6 N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, late Today’s Games Detroit (J.Alvarez 1-1) at Toronto (Dickey 7-8), 1:07 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 5-6) at Minnesota (Diamond 5-7), 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (M.Moore 10-3) at Houston (Keuchel 4-4), 8:10 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Detroit at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. San Diego at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Baltimore at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Cleveland at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. St. Louis at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. League Leaders National League BATTING – YMolina, St. Louis, .345; Cuddyer, Colorado, .344; Segura, Milwaukee, .327; Votto, Cincinnati, .326; Posey, San Francisco, .322; MCarpenter, St. Louis, .322; Scutaro, San Francisco, .319. RUNS – CGonzalez, Colorado, 63; MCarpenter, St. Louis, 60; Holliday, St. Louis, 59; Votto, Cincinnati, 56; Choo, Cincinnati, 54; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 53; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 52. RBI – Goldschmidt, Arizona, 67; Craig, St. Louis, 63; Phillips, Cincinnati, 61; CGonzalez, Colorado, 60; DBrown, Philadelphia, 57; Bruce, Cincinnati, 56; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 53; FFreeman, Atlanta, 53. HITS – Segura, Milwaukee, 105; MCarpenter, St. Louis, 100; YMolina, St. Louis, 100; Votto, Cincinnati, 100; Craig, St. Louis, 97; GParra, Arizona, 97; CGonzalez, Colorado, 94. DOUBLES – YMolina, St. Louis, 26; Bruce, Cincinnati, 24; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 24; GParra, Arizona, 24; Rizzo, Chicago, 24; MCarpenter, St. Louis, 23; Posey, San Francisco, 23. TRIPLES – CGomez, Milwaukee, 9; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 8; Segura, Milwaukee, 8; Span, Washington, 7; CGonzalez, Colorado, 6; Hechavarria, Miami, 5; DWright, New York, 5. HOME RUNS – CGonzalez, Colorado, 22; DBrown, Philadelphia, 21; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 20; Beltran, St. Louis, 19; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 19; Bruce, Cincinnati, 18; Tulowitzki, Colorado, 16. STOLEN BASES – ECabrera, San Diego, 31; Segura, Milwaukee, 24; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 22; Revere, Philadelphia, 20; Pierre, Miami, 18; CGomez, Milwaukee, 16; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 16. PITCHING – Zimmermann, Washington, 11-3; Wainwright, St. Louis, 11-5; Lynn, St. Louis, 10-2; Corbin, Arizona, 9-0; Lee, Philadelphia, 9-2; Marquis, San Diego, 9-3; Maholm, Atlanta, 9-6. STRIKEOUTS – Harvey, New York, 132; Samardzija, Chicago, 120; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 118; Lee, Philadelphia, 115; Wainwright, St. Louis, 114; Latos, Cincinnati, 109; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 107. SAVES – Grilli, Pittsburgh, 27; Kimbrel, Atlanta, 23; RSoriano, Washington, 21; Mujica, St. Louis, 21; Chapman, Cincinnati, 20; Romo, San Francisco, 19; Street, San Diego, 15; Papelbon, Philadelphia, 15. American League BATTING – MiCabrera, Detroit, .373; CDavis, Baltimore, .333; Pedroia, Boston, .322; Mauer, Minnesota, .320; HKendrick, Los Angeles, .317; DOrtiz, Boston, .317; Machado, Baltimore, .316; Donaldson, Oakland, .316. RUNS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 64; CDa6 p.m. ESPN — San Francisco at Cincinnati TENNIS 6 a.m. ESPN2 — The Wimbledon Championships, round of 16, at London 7 a.m. ESPN — The Wimbledon Championships, round of 16, at London
Youth Baseball
Starkville 9’s finish second in State
From Staff Reports WINONA - Sunday was the culmination of a long weekend of games for the 9-year-old Starkville All-Star team. After battling for seven games, the team finished the Dizzy Dean State tournament as the second-place team. “I had a great group of kids and we had a really good time,” Starkville coach Robert Buckner said. They played amazing in every game and had very positive attitudes. They were winners the whole time. We got down a few innings and they just kept on digging in.” The day started out as the team faced East Central from Dekalb. After battling back and forth, the score stood 15-10 with Starkville on top headed into the top of the sixth. East Central managed to score three runs before Starkville struck the last batter out to end the game with a 15-13 victory. “It was a good game,” said Buckner. “They had some good pitchers who threw really hard. Our guys did really well on the bats today and we were happy to get out of that game with a win.” Starkville’s win placed them in the championship series where they needed to beat Louisville twice. Things did not go Starkville’s way in the first game as they ultimately saw their tournament ride end with a 15-0 loss to Louisville. “We couldn’t get things going,” Buckner said. “They batted first and it took us awhile to get out of that inning. They had an incredible pitcher and they are a very good team.” Starkville may not have won it all, but Buckner and his team enjoyed their stint in Winona and the amount of games they got to play. “It was a really good weekend,” Buckner said. “I enjoyed the tournament, because we got to play so many games. Our kids got better and better. We played seven games total and the kids just kept getting better.”
vis, Baltimore, 59; Trout, Los Angeles, 57; AJones, Baltimore, 56; Encarnacion, Toronto, 54; Bautista, Toronto, 53; Pedroia, Boston, 53. RBI – MiCabrera, Detroit, 82; CDavis, Baltimore, 79; Encarnacion, Toronto, 66; Fielder, Detroit, 62; NCruz, Texas, 61; AJones, Baltimore, 57; DOrtiz, Boston, 57. HITS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 118; Machado, Baltimore, 112; Pedroia, Boston, 104; Trout, Los Angeles, 104; AJones, Baltimore, 101; HKendrick, Los Angeles, 99; CDavis, Baltimore, 98; Ellsbury, Boston, 98. DOUBLES – Machado, Baltimore, 37; CDavis, Baltimore, 25; Trout, Los Angeles, 25; Mauer, Minnesota, 24; 8 tied at 22. TRIPLES – Ellsbury, Boston, 7; Drew, Boston, 6; Trout, Los Angeles, 6; Gardner, New York, 5; DeJennings, Tampa Bay, 4; Kawasaki, Toronto, 4; HKendrick, Los Angeles, 4; LMartin, Texas, 4. HOME RUNS – CDavis, Baltimore, 30; MiCabrera, Detroit, 25; Encarnacion, Toronto, 23; ADunn, Chicago, 21; NCruz, Texas, 20; Bautista, Toronto, 19; Ibanez, Seattle, 19. STOLEN BASES – Ellsbury, Boston, 32; McLouth, Baltimore, 24; Trout, Los Angeles, 20; RDavis, Toronto, 19; Kipnis, Cleveland, 19; Altuve, Houston, 18; AlRamirez, Chicago, 18. PITCHING – Scherzer, Detroit, 12-0; Colon, Oakland, 11-2; MMoore, Tampa Bay, 10-3; Masterson, Cleveland, 10-6; Buchholz, Boston, 9-0; Tillman, Baltimore, 9-2; 6 tied at 8. STRIKEOUTS – Darvish, Texas, 151; Scherzer, Detroit, 131; Masterson, Cleveland, 125; FHernandez, Seattle, 123; Verlander, Detroit, 114; Sale, Chicago, 114; Shields, Kansas City, 104. SAVES – Nathan, Texas, 27; JiJohnson, Baltimore, 27; Rivera, New York, 26; Frieri, Los Angeles, 21; AReed, Chicago, 21; Perkins, Minnesota, 20; Balfour, Oakland, 19. Golf U.S. Women’s Open Scores Sunday At Sebonack Golf Club Southampton, N.Y. Purse: $3.25 million Yardage: 6,821; Par: 72 (a-amateur) Final Inbee Park 67-68-71-74-280 I.K. Kim 68-69-73-74—284 73-69-73-72—287 So Yeon Ryu Paula Creamer 72-73-72-72—289 Angela Stanford 73-68-74-74—289 70-69-74-76—289 Jodi Ewart Shadoff Brittany Lang 76-69-73-72—290 70-71-76-73—290 Jessica Korda Shanshan Feng 71-75-75-70—291 Brittany Lincicome 72-72-74-73—291 68-74-77-73—292 Anna Nordqvist Ai Miyazato 76-70-72-74—292 75-69-76-73—293 Lexi Thompson Karrie Webb 73-73-73-74—293 Lindy Duncan 71-73-75-75—294 70-75-74-75—294 Catriona Matthew Mariajo Uribe 70-76-76-73—295 71-73-77-74—295 Haeji Kang Na Yeon Choi 71-77-72-75—295 Lizette Salas 68-72-82-74—296 70-76-76-74—296 Jennifer Rosales Morgan Pressel 73-74-75-74—296 70-72-77-77—296 Karine Icher Cristie Kerr 72-72-74-78—296 a-Casie Cathrea 75-73-79-70—297 75-74-75-73—297 Hee Kyung Seo Chella Choi 3-75-76-73—297 74-76-73-74—297 Julieta Granada Ha-Neul Kim 66-77-78-76—297 Mi Jung Hur 75-71-75-76—297 71-79-77-71—298 Meena Lee Gerina Piller 73-76-76-73—298 75-75-74-74—298 Christina Kim Mika Miyazato 72-77-74-75—298 Caroline Hedwall 68-75-79-76—298 72-76-79-72—299 a-Lydia Ko, $0 Dewi Claire Schreefel 76-71-77-75—299 75-75-73-76—299 Ayako Uehara Soo Jin Yang 72-72-79-76—299 Thidapa Suwannapura 75-74-73-77—299 74-75-72-78—299 Kristy McPherson Jane Park 73-76-76-75—300 4-74-77-75—300 Mo Martin 72-73-78-77—300 Ryann O’Toole Stacy Lewis 71-76-75-78—300 Pornanong Phatlum 71-77-76-77—301 Sarah-Jane Smith 71-76-76-78—301 Austin Ernst 75-74-82-71—302 Azahara Muñoz 73-74-73-82—302 a-Doris Chen 74-74-79-76—303 Laura Diaz 76-74-76-77—303 Amy Yang 74-72-78-79—303 Maude-Aimee Leblanc 69-77-77-80—303 a-Yueer Feng 72-77-79-76—304 Jenny Shin 78-71-78-77—304 Caroline Masson 71-74-81-78—304 Carlota Ciganda 76-72-82-75—305 Amy Meier 74-72-82-77—305 a-Brooke Henderson, 71-76-83-77—307 Caroline Westrup 74-76-78-79—307 Eun-Hee Ji 73-77-83-75—308 Natalie Gulbis 70-78-76-84—308 Cynthia Lacrosse 74-74-82-79—309 a-Nelly Korda 73-77-79-81—310 Moira Dunn 78-72-77-83—310 Becky Morgan 75-73-79-83—310 Danah Bordner 73-74-82-83—312 Jackie Stoelting 75-74-82-82—313
Knicks, Raptors discussing Bargnani
NEW YORK (AP) — The Knicks and Toronto Raptors are discussing a trade to bring former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani to New York. The Knicks' push to land the forward from Italy was put on hold Sunday when a deal was not completed, but a person with knowledge of the discussions says the talks will continue. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were to remain private. The New York Times reported Sunday that the teams had agreed to a deal, with the Knicks sending Steve Novak, former Raptors center Marcus Camby and a future No. 1 pick to Toronto. But the deal was not approved for salary reasons and the teams will keep looking for ways to make it work. Bargnani was the top pick of the 2006 draft.
Brazil beats Spain 3-0 to win Confederations Cup
By TALES AZZONI Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — The crowd at Maracana Stadium was noisy, hoping for and maybe even anticipating a triumph by Brazil. The Selecao rewarded the fans with a comprehensive victory over the best national team of the 21st century, an ego-boosting 3-0 smothering of world champion Spain in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday night. Nice, yes. But Brazil is focusing on the really big prize: the World Cup that it hosts next year. "We know that the tournament that we will be playing next year will be a lot more difficult," Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. "Now we have more confidence. That's what we needed." In the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup final next July 14, Fred put Brazil ahead in the second minute, Neymar doubled the lead in the 44th with his fourth goal of the tournament and Fred added his fifth in the 47th. While there was a crowd of 73,000 in the renovated stadium, outside protesters clashed with riot police on the final night of the two-week prep tournament. "Brazil has shown to the world that this is the Brazilian national team and that we must be respected," said 21-yearold Neymar, awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament's top player. "I think that today we had a great victory against the best team of the world, with some of the best players in the world." In a matchup of new and old powers, the five-time world champion defeated the reigning world and European champion and ended Spain's 29-game, three-year winning streak in competitive matches. "We are happy with what we have done over the last few years," Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said. "But one loss — you have to look at it, but not overreact to it. We are not content with the loss. But when a team is superior, you have to accept it. It was a deserved defeat." Brazil won its third straight Confederations Cup and has not lost a competitive home match since 1975. Yet, no reigning Confed Cup winner has gone on to capture the following year's World Cup. Spain, which had not lost a competitive game since its 2010 World Cup opener against Switzerland, had a miserable night. Sergio Ramos sent a penalty kick wide in the 55th and defender Gerard Pique was ejected by Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers with a straight red card for fouling Neymar in the 68th. "The first minutes and the last minutes of the halves are critical," Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta said. "And they scored their three goals at the beginning and ends of the halves, which is the worst time. Those are the most demoralizing moments." Eliminated in the quarterfinals of the last two World Cups, the Selecao entered the tournament having not played a competitive match since the
2011 Copa America. Brazil had slipped to 22nd in the FIFA rankings, between Ghana and Mali. Spain, ranked first for the past 20 months, is the most accomplished national team of recent decades, winning its first World Cup in 2010 between titles in the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. But in the stadium where 170,000plus watched Brazil lose to Uruguay in the last game of the 1950 World Cup, Brazil dominated La Furia Roja. "The champion is back," the crowd chanted. It also didn't take long before the fans — in a sea of yellow jerseys — started teasing the Spaniards, chanting "Wanna play, wanna play!? Brazil will teach you."
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Red Sox win over Blue Jays
By HOWARD ULMAN Associated Press BOSTON — The Red Sox have 50 wins by the end of June after getting 69 all last year. They're in first place in the AL East one season after finishing last. Boston's turnaround rolled on with a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. There were smiles in the clubhouse but hardly a sense of satisfaction. "With 50 wins, people are going to keep talking about that. It's not enough," Shane Victorino said. "We've got to keep going." His hard grounder eluded first baseman Josh Thole for an error as Jonathan Diaz raced home with the winning run in the ninth inning. Thole entered in the bottom of the third when Adam Lind left with mid-back tightness and Thole was playing first base for just the second time in 316 major league games. "You've just got to know who to hit it to, I guess," Victorino said with a smile. "I played against Josh all those years in New York and he was a catcher." Thole, acquired from the New York Mets along with pitcher R.A. Dickey in December, had played first at Triple-A Buffalo before he was called up on June 7. "I've played first base. That's what I'm here for," he said. "I've got to catch the ball and make an out." Jose Bautista tied the game in the ninth against Koji Uehara (1-0) with a solo homer, his 19th of the season and third in two games. On the previous at-bat, Victorino made a sliding catch near the right-field line on Jose Reyes' fly ball. "I think a lot of people doubted this team, the capabilities that we had," Victorino said. "We've got that target on our back because we're in first place. But you know what? We're up for the challenge." Brandon Snyder singled with one out in the bottom half against Juan Perez (1-1), Jacoby Ellsbury walked and Casey Janssen relieved. Diaz ran for Snyder, and Thole couldn't handle Victorino's shot. The Red Sox won for the fifth time in six games and improved to an AL-best 50-34. For the first time since 2009, they've won 50 games before any other AL team. They also reached 50 wins by the end of June for the fourth time in team history following 1946, 1978 and 2008. Their longest losing streak is three games. "We've been consistent," manager John Farrell said. "I think it speaks of overall depth of the team. It's certainly not a milestone by any means. We've got a long way to go." Toronto has lost five of seven following an 11-game winning streak that tied the club record. At 40-41, the Blue Jays are in last place, 8 1-2 games behind the Red Sox. "I don't think it's where we expected or wanted to be in spring training," Toronto starter Mark Buehrle said. "Hopefully, we can go on some more winning streaks." Manager John Gibbons said the Blue Jays had plenty of chances before Thole's error. "That might be the most frustrating loss of the year right there," he said, "I can't remember that many opportunities." Reyes homered leading off the seventh, his second of the season and first since April 5. Reyes returned Wednesday after missing 66 games because of a severely sprained left ankle. Boston starter Ryan Dempster allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings. Buehrle gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. Ryan Lavarnway's RBI double and Snyder's two-run double gave Boston a 3-0 lead in the second. It was the first big-league hit of the season for Snyder, brought up from Triple-A on Tuesday when struggling third baseman Will Middlebrooks was sent to Pawtucket. Colby Rasmus' RBI single and Maicer Izturis' run-scoring forceout cut the gap to 3-2 in the fourth. After Jonny Gomes' RBI double boosted
Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino, top right, celebrates with Koji Uehara, top left, after reaching on a fielding error by Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Thole allowing the Red Sox's Jonathan Diaz to score in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston. (Photo byMichael Dwyer, AP)
the margin in the fifth, the Blue Jays loaded the Dempster got J.P. Arencibia to pop out, and bases with no outs in the sixth on a walk to Craig Breslow retired Izturis on a popout and Thole and singles by Rajai Davis and Rasmus. then struck out pinch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio.
Darvish breaks drought as Rangers beats Reds
By STEPHEN HAWKINS Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish brought the heat to win for the first time in eight starts and the Texas Rangers squeezed out a series-clinching victory. Relying heavily on his fastball, primarily a four-seamer, Darvish struck out eight in 6 2-3 scoreless innings and the Rangers scored twice on a squeeze bunt in a 3-2 victory over Mat Latos and the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. "His performance was good. He was going against another good one, and they matched zeroes," manager Ron Washington said. "Once we put the runs on the board, Darvish did what we needed him to do. Looked like the same Darvish to me." The Rangers finally scored against Latos (7-2) in the fifth when Elvis Andrus bunted. Latos made a barehanded grab and scoop in one motion. The toss home hit the earflap of Engel Beltre, who was still on the ground when Leonys Martin also scored for a 2-0 lead. "It was just a reaction. He bunted it pretty hard. I felt I could make a play," Latos said. " As I look back, I should have held on to the ball." Darvish (8-3) won for the first time since May 16, ending his longest professional winless drought — in his two years with the Rangers or seven in Japan before that. The righthander was 0-2 with a 2.93 ERA in those seven games, when Texas scored only 12 runs while he was on the mound. "As a starter, if the team doesn't win the day that you pitch, that can be really frustrated, so that was my thing," Darvish said through his translator, though he insisted later he wasn't overwhelmed by the winless streak. "I was think-
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish of Japan delivers to the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tony Gutierrez, AP)
ing how I could live day by day, and nothing really special." The AL West-leading Rangers have won 10 of 13 games since a six-game losing streak. Cincinnati has lost seven of nine. Darvish threw 77 of 117 pitches for strikes on a sunny afternoon when the game-time temperature was 90 degrees— 10 degrees cooler than at the start of Friday night's series opener. While increasing his majors-best strikeout total to 151, he walked four and scattered four hits with only one 1-2-3 inning. There was an 11-pitch at-bat in the first inning against Brandon Phillips, who didn't get a breaking ball while at the plate. The first ball didn't come until the ninth pitch, and he eventually struck out to end the inning. That set a tone for what Darvish was trying to do. "I love when he throws more fastballs," shortstop Andrus said. "I think that he gets a little tougher. That's when his slider works way better too. He did a great job of keeping us in the game. ... When you've got your ace out there, you always want to win and score some runs early so he can feel better." Joe Nathan, the fifth Texas reliever, pitched a perfect ninth for his 27th save in 28 chances. Latos, 21-6 in his 50 career starts for the Reds, struck out nine and walked two in 6 2-3 innings. He gave up three runs, two of them earned. Beltre led off the fifth by dragging a bunt past the mound for a hit before Martin's hustling double. Martin extended his hitting streak to 14 games, matching the longest by a Rangers player this season, on the hit to right-center when he slid inside of second base and reached back to grab it while avoiding the tag.
Puig's 1st 4-hit game leads Dodgers to defeat Phillies
By JOE RESNICK Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig ended his sensational first month in the major leagues with his first four-hit game, Stephen Fife scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Sunday. Puig finished June with 44 hits, surpassing the 42 by Pittsburgh's Bob Elliott in September 1939 for the second-most in a player's first full calendar month in the major leagues. Joe DiMaggio had 48 in May 1936. Puig also eclipsed the Los Angeles Dodgers' record for most hits in a month by a rookie, set by Steve Sax in August 1982. The Cuban-born right fielder got his first major league triple in the fifth inning and scored on Adrian Gonzalez's double for a 4-0 lead. Puig singled his first two times up and stole second base both times. He scored the game's first run in the fourth inning on a single by Hanley Ramirez. Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr. also had RBI singles that inning. The only reason Puig led off the fourth was because Fife was picked off first base by catcher Carlos Ruiz for the final out in the third. Puig doubled in the seventh. A.J. Ellis had an RBI double among his three hits and threw out two baserunners trying to steal, helping lead the Dodgers to their
eighth victory in nine games. He finished the month with a .436 average, 16 RBIs and seven home runs. Fife (3-2) had five strikeouts in his second straight win. The right-hander has a 2.21 ERA over in six starts since being inserted into the rotation on June 3. Jose Dominguez, promoted from Triple-A on Saturday, pitched a perfect eighth inning in his big league debut. The righty struck out his first batter, Delmon Young, on a fastball that registered 101 mph on the Dodger Stadium speed gun. Kyle Kendrick (7-5) gave up four runs and 10 hits in six innings. The right-hander was saved by his batting helmet in the sixth when a pitch glanced off the back of it as he tried to duck out of the way. Fife squatted on the front slope of the mound, showing concern for Kendrick before the Phillies pitcher went to first base. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt came out to settle down Fife, who included Michael Young to hit into a forceout and got Chase Utley to ground into an inning-ending double play. Philadelphia's Tyan Howard, back in the lineup after sitting out the previous two games because of left-handed starters, was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. The 2006 NL MVP is Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, left, hits a triple as Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos hitless in his last 20 at-bats with 11 strikeouts. Jimmy Rollins had a two-out RBI single in Ruiz looks on during the fifth inning of their baseball game in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill, AP) the ninth.
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Kenseth wins Sprint Cup race at Kentucky
By GARY GRAVES Associated Press SPARTA, Ky. — Matt Kenseth's fuel-only pit road gamble helped him beat Jimmie Johnson late and win Sunday's rescheduled 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. A race that was Johnson's to lose ultimately became Kenseth's series-high fourth victory of the season even though he passed on getting new tires following the race's ninth caution. He widened his lead after a wild four-wide restart on lap 246 that saw Johnson's No. 48 Chevy spin from second place on a dominant day he led three times for 182 of 267 laps. The series points leader finished ninth and leads Carl Edwards by 38 points. Kenseth led twice for 38 laps, including the final 23 in the No. 20 Toyota. Second was Jamie McMurray in a Chevy, followed by the Toyotas of Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. Rain on Saturday forced NASCAR officials to postpone the race to a daytime start. The race was red-flagged for 18 minutes following a six-car wreck involving defending race and Sprint Cup winner Brad Keselowski, who returned to finish 33rd. Kenseth, like Johnson, was due for a breakthrough on the 1.5-mile oval after finishing seventh here last year and sixth in the 2011 inaugural race. But victory didn't seem likely for the 2003 Cup champion after qualifying 16th and running outside the top 20 during the first quarter of the 267-lap event. From that point, the first-year Joe Gibbs Racing driver was a perennial top-five contender. Trouble was, he and other hopefuls seemed to need Johnson to suffer misfortune to have any shot of catching him. Turns out, Kenseth needed to rely on his tires. Taking fuel only allowed him to gain three spots and the lead coming off pit road, and the rubber held up on the rough, bumpy track, both on the restart and through the final laps. The surprising late turn of events and the tense finish capped a weekend when a number of drivers were projected to win at Kentucky. Friday's pole qualifying generated enough excitement for the series' third visit, with eight drivers breaking Johnson's year-old track record of 181.818 mph. The group included the five-time champion, who shattered his own mark at 183.144 mph before Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 183.636 mph speed in the No. 88 Chevy snatched the record and the pole, leaving Johnson to settle for the third spot. Earnhardt's run in NASCAR's new Gen 6 vehicle sealed his first pole since last fall at Richmond and only his third top-10 start this season. But it continued an encouraging trend for Junior at Kentucky, where he started seventh last year and finished fourth. His objective was ending a 37-race victory drought and improving his seventh-place points standing coming in. Keselowski sought to break his own drought as well and entered the race on a roll. On Friday night, the Michigan native dominated the second half of the Nationwide series race before earning a rain-shortened victory, which followed his runner-up finish in the Truck event on Thursday. The combination of strong finishes gave Keselowski early bragging rights over fellow Cup veteran Kyle Busch, competing in the grueling tripleheader weekend as well. Busch wasn't far off from Keselowski, running a spot
behind him in the Truck race and finishing fifth in Nationwide. Edwards quickly got past Earnhardt after the green flag and led the first 32 laps, although a competition caution allowed Earnhardt to reclaim the lead with a two-tire stop, a strategy followed by the top 10. Denny Hamlin was one of those and restarted sixth on lap 36, but he quickly had to return to the pits when his right front tire went down. Hamlin's misfortune quickly created concern for Earnhardt and Johnson when the rubber slid off the tire rim during his exit and flew back on to the track. Earnhardt ran over it, bending his splitter's right side, before the tire flew off and bounced off Johnson's hood to bring out the race's second caution on lap 39. Another wreck sent Hamlin to the infield care center and left him 35th. The biggest incident came 10 laps later when Kurt Busch spun out Keselowski near turn 1, triggering a six-car accident that redflagged the race. Greg Biffle slammed into Keselowski, lifting his car off the asphalt and leaving both Fords mangled. Somehow, both returned.
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et of the week
For Starkville Daily News The month of June is almost gone, but our kittens are not. June is kitten/cat adoption month; all kittens/cats adoption fees are half price. We have so many cats/ kittens in need of a wonderful home, and they would love to make your family their forever family. We have kittens of all colors and sizes and long hair kittens or short hair kittens. Please visit OCHS and give a kitten a forever home. The adoption fee is only $30, which includes their spay/neuter, all vaccines and wormer. Please come by and visit us during kitten/cat adoption month to show your appreciation for our great shelter. OCHS is a United Way Agency. For details regarding the OCHS low cost spay/neuter program, "Pet PALS," call the Humane Society at (662) 338-9093, visit the website at or email us at  Also, do-
nations are needed for the Pet PALS program. This program is vital to our community because it prevents unwanted litters which are brought to our shelter. The Starkville Animal Shelter is located at 510 Industrial Park Road in Starkville. We are open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call the Starkville Animal Shelter at (662) 338-9093 for our adoption fees. The adoption fee includes the animals vaccinations, wormer, spay/neuter, flea/tick treatment and heart worm prevention.  OCHS is currently looking for foster families for special situations, including fosters for our accepted Homeward Bound puppies and dogs. If you are interested, contact Anita Howard, at foster@ochsms. org. OCHS is also looking for dedicated volunteers! To find out how you can help, please contact Sherrie Wiygul, volunteer coordinator, at
There is something for almost everyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of our animals.    OCHS would like to encourage you to spay or neuter your pet to help control the pet population.     The shelter is always in need of supplies. Some primary needs are: hand sanitizer, dog collars and leashes, paper towels, wet dog food, kitten food, cat food, dog and cat toys, dog and cat treats and disposable gloves. For a complete listing of the shelter needs, visit the OCHS website, The shelter is still collecting clean aluminum cans. For your convenience, you can either drop the aluminum cans at the Starkville Animal shelter or take them directly to Starkville Recycling, located on 211 CC Clark Road. If you elect to take them to Starkville Recycling, please state, "Oktibbeha County Humane Society ticket," so we may receive credit.
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