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Delayed SSD strategy talks begin tonight
By STEVEN NALLEY he said stakehold-
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 24
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The Starkville School District will hold the first of four meetings to develop its strategic plan 6 p.m. Thursday in Starkville high School Theatre, informing stakeholders of the district’s current status to help them make suggestions to move the district forward. The meeting was originally set for the previous Thursday at the same time and location, but SSD schools closed that day due to potentially hazardous winter weather, including snowfall. Starkville School District Superintendent Lewis holloway said these meetings will convene 40 stakeholders selected from the community and 30 stakeholders selected from among SSD employees. The SSD will serve dinner to these stakeholders at 6 p.m. in the ShS library before formally beginning discussion at 6:30 p.m. holloway said this first session will serve primarily to inform stakeholders of where the district currently stands on matters including finance, staffing, technology, test scores, instruction, curriculum, buildings and facilities. because of the large quantity of information involved, he said he has asked stakeholders to bring their smartphones and email the district any questions they have. “We intend to answer those questions over the next week and hopefully get an electronic dialogue going,” holloway said.
ers will also be asked to answer two key questions before the second Holloway meeting Feb. 21: “What do you value most in the SSD?” and “What do you believe are the top three priorities of the SSD?” he said phil hardwick, coordinator of capacity development at the John C. Stennis Institute of government and Community Development, will oversee this second session, where stakeholders will help the SSD develop its mission, vision and values. The SSD board of Directors has discussed these three items before, holloway said, but it is looking to incorporate more stakeholder feedback. At the third meeting on March 21, holloway said the SSD and stakeholders will discuss what goals the district wants to achieve and what resources it has to achieve them. Finally, on April 11, the SSD and stakeholders will discuss strategies to achieve those goals. “We’re targeting that this group will be done by April 11, then on April 12 through May 13, we will get it to the parent-teacher organizations,” holloway said. “hopefully by May 14, we will have it to the school board for final approval. That doesn’t say we might not get bogged down with some issues and have to amend our timeline.”
Mississippi State University Director of Bands Elva Kaye Lance leads MSU Wind Ensemble members during a rehearsal Wednesday in advance of this week’s annual Honor’s Band Clinic. (Photo by Matt Crane, SDN)
Students experience music, campus life at band clinic
By MATT CRANE Over 200 high school band students will have the opportunity to grow musically and scholastically this week as Mississippi State university hosts its 61st annual honor band Clinic Thursday through Saturday with public performances scheduled throughout the week. MSu Director of bands Elva Kaye Lance said the clinic — founded by former director of bands and music department head W. Thomas West — is one of the oldest and largest clinics in the Southeast. “While on campus, students will take part in rehearsal and activities designed to not only help them grow as musicians, but expose them to our band program and life here on the MSu campus,” she said. “This event is among our largest and most important recruiting events of the year.” Lance said participating students were chosen among 300 high school musicians after a competitive audition in December. “We used an electronic submission system this year for the auditions that worked out very well as opposed to doing site auditions,” she said. “With everyone’s busy schedules, this afforded students and directors the opportunity to not worry about attending a fixed site for auditions and is more economical. We are looking to use this for future auditions.” Lance said students will have the opportunity to work with three guest clinicians throughout the three-day event as well as MSu faculty and students. “Working with our guest clinicians, students will explore new and different literature as well as experience life here at MSu,” she said. “They will also have the chance to interact will our band faculty and students and hear our wind and Jazz ensembles.” guest clinicians for the 2013 honor band Clinic include Keith bearden, retired director of the goin’ band From Raiderland at Texas Tech university;
Asian economic leader visits MSu
By STEVEN NALLEY Alabama and their
Chinese companies are bringing jobs to the u.S., and Larry Mullins wants to help bring those jobs Mississippi’s way. Mullins, a board member with the greater Starkville Development partnership, said the Alabama-China partnership (ACp), through symposiums where dozens of Chinese companies convene, brought in a $100 million venture called golden Dragon Copper to Thomasville, Ala. in recent years. he said the partnership began with a visit from Donald Tong, hong Kong’s commissioner for economic and trade affairs with America, facilitated by the SoZo group, a hong Kong-based consulting firm. “Once the commissioner visited with the governor of
(Mississippi Development Authority) equivalent, then a symTong posium was put together,” Mullins said. “So, they arranged for Chinese companies interested in expanding to the united States to come in and visit Alabama. SoZo had made a visit here this summer, and they were very impressed with what was going on here at (Mississippi State university). The thought was that a similar process would take place in Mississippi, starting with ... the commissioner meeting the governor, the MDA and officials here at MSu.” Tong spoke to students at
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MSU Wind Ensemble members practice for their upcoming performance during the 2013 Honors Band Clinic. MSU will host over 200 high school band students this week. (Photo by Matt Crane, SDN) Myra Rhoden, director of the Fayette velop and get to know the personality of County high School band in Fayetteville, our school.” Lance said the variety in MSu’s band ga.; and Ricky Suk, director of the Ohio program is a testament to the leadership university Marching band. Along with workshops for students, its students possess throughout campus. “The students in our program are maLance said visiting music instructors will enjoy a clinic of their own as Tuscaloosa joring in a variety of majors, showcasing County high School band director Jed a new side of their campus involvement Smart presents “What’s App’ening — and leadership,” she said. “The MSu Current Trends in ipad/Tablet use for the band program is a microcosm of life here at MSu.” Instrumental Music Educator.” public performances during the clinic “This opportunity for the directors gives us a chance to interact with the will be held in the McComas hall Theater and include: Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the teachers as well,” she said. Lance said any time the department of honors Jazz band and MSu Jazz band music brings students to campus is always conducted by Associate Director of bands Clifton Taylor; Friday at 7:30 p.m., the a positive time. “We look at this like Super bulldog MSu Wind Ensemble conductor by Weekend in that it’s a chance for visiting Lance; and Saturday at 1 p.m., the honor students to be involved with our program band final concert. For more information, call 662-325for a few days and get to know us,” she said. “It is always a joy being able to make 2713 or email eklance@colled.msstate. music with them as we watch them de- edu.
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5: Weather 5: Obituaries
6: Sports 10: Classifieds
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Around Town
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email
u TPC meeting — The Teen parent Coalition will hold nuturing parenting, healthy relationship, job readiness and career development class Thursday, Jan. 24 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Center. Elmaire Carr brooks and Meghan Artz will lead the class. To register, call 662-3204607. u Health and wellness program — Modern Woodmen will host a health and wellness program Thursday, Jan. 24 at 8 a.m. at the Wellness Center at OCh. guest speaker will be Eddie Myles. RSVp to barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or u Client appreciation dinner — Modern Woodmen will host a client appreciation dinner Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. at CJ’s pizza in Starkville. The cost is $5 per person. RSVp to barbara Coats at 662418-7957 or barbara.r.coats@ u Historical and genealogical society meeting — The Oktibbeha County historical and genealogical Society will meet Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Starkville public Library. guest speaker will be Lynn Spruill. u HEHC meeting — The home Economist in home and Community will meet Thursday, Jan. 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive. guest speaker will be Michael Newman. For more information, call helenSue parrish at 662-324-1683. u Speaker series — The Starkville 175th birthday Committee will host speaker Jack Forbus Thursdsay, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the John grisham room of the Mitchell Memorial Library at MSu. Forbus’s talk is titled “The Road from Mayhew Mission.” u Tea Party meeting — The Starkville Tea party will meet Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the golden Triangle planning and Development building on Miley Road. For more information, call 662546-0675 or email u NARFE meeting — The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet Thursday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. at the hilton garden Inn. u Humane Society meeting — The Oktibbeha County human Society will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Energy Institute in the Thad Cochran Research park. Special guest will be Dr. phil bushby. For more information, call Michele Anderson at 662-338-9093.
National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis, left, talks with Mississippi State University sophomore Jing Liao after his presentation at McCool Hall Jan. 17. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN) building on pat Station Road in Starkville. For more information, call Orlando Trainer at 662-769-0071 or email u Women’s conference — The True Vine Women’s Conference will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. at True Vine M.b. Church in Starkville. guest speakers will be Retha boyd of The Victory Center in Starkville, Sandra bolden of Tupelo and Dana Clayborne of True Vine. For more information, call 662-272-8549. u Spiritual renewal weekend — Life Church will hold its annual Spiritual Renewal weekend Jan. 26-27. pastor Mark Correll of birmingham, Ala. will speak Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. at the hilton garden Inn and Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. at hollywood premier Cinemas in Starkville. For more information, call 662-684-9099 or visit u Coat giveaway — Faith and Works Community Church will host a coat giveaway Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. until. Coats will be available for children and adults. The church is located at 403 MLK Drive in Starkville. u Fitness and wellness workshop — The New bell Zion fitness and wellness workshop will meet Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at bell Chapel united Methodist Church. For more information, call Carolyn Jackson at 662-324-8188. will host its 2013 gospel music workshop Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Starkville. Elder Michael Virgil of St. paul COgIC in Kilmichael will be the instructor. The closing concert will begin Monday 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the church. For more information, u Rotary meeting — The call Towanda Williams at 662Starkville Rotary Club will meet 275-2494. Monday, Jan. 28 at noon at the Starkville Country Club. guest Thursday speaker will be palmer home for Children CEO Drake basu TPC meeting — The sett. Teen parent Coalition will hold u Active parenting class — Emerson Family Center will nuturing parenting, healthy rehost an active parenting class for lationship, job readiness and parents with children ages 1-4 career development class ThursMonday, Jan. 28 from 10:30- day, Jan. 31 from 4:30-5:30 11:30 a.m. Laura Thurmond p.m. at the Emerson Family will lead the class. To register, Center. Elmaire Carr brooks and Meghan Artz will lead the call 662-320-4607. u Board meeting — The class. To register, call 662-320prairie Opportunity, Inc. board 4607. u Mason degree — Abert meeting will be held Monday, Lodge No. 89 will host a MasJan. 28 at 6 p.m. at the prairie Opportunity office at 501 hwy ter Mason degree on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. For more in12 West. formation, call Will Mitchell at 662-312-2914. speaker will be Dannett purnell of Second baptist Church. For more information, call Dorothy Watt at 662-323-6378.
u Benefit program — The Nurse’s guild of Sand Creek Chapel M.b. Church will have a benefit program for Lucy barnes Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. u Founder’s Day celebration — The Starkville, Columbus, MSu and MuW chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host the annual Founder’s Day celebration Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at Second baptist Church in Starkville. u Usher Ministry program — bell Chapel united Methodist Church will hold its annual usher Ministry program Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. guest
u Grief support group — Emerson Family Center will host a grief support group Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5-6 p.m. Jada gardner will lead the class. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Financial management class — Emerson Family Center will host a financial management class Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dorothy hairston will lead the class. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Kiwanis meeting — Starkville Kiwanis will meet Tuesday, Jan. 29 at noon at the hilton garden Inn. guest speaker will be Ellen Weatherly, author of “The Captain and his Lady.”
u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Jesus Lives” every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. 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 Job training classes — building Stronger Families will host free job training and career development classes Thursdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Center. For more information, call Megan Artz at 662-418-7089. u Childbirth classes — OCh Regional Medical Center will hold childbirth classes Mondays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 6-8:30 p.m. The fee is $70. For more information, call paula
u Active parenting class — Emerson Family Center will host an active parenting class for parents with children ages 5-12 Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Laura Thurmond will lead the class. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Gospel music workshop — The blackjack M.b. Church
u UCAC meeting — unlimited Community Agricultural Cooperative will meet Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 the American Legion post No. 240
hamilton at 662-615-3364. u Childbirth classes — North Mississippi Medical Center in West point will hold childbirth classes Thursdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is $35. For more information, call 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. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit or call 662-323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. The church is located at 607 hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — gentiva hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u MSU Philharmonia — pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSu philharmonia on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. in the MSu band hall at 72 hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard human at or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy phillips at or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activites room. beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662323-2294. u Square dancing — Square dancers are needed every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. The evening promises to be filled wtih good fun and fellowship. For more information, call Nelly Lang at 662-341-6259. u Hospice volunteer opportunity — gentiva hospice is looking for dynamic volunteers to join their team. Areas of service include home visits, making phone calls, making crafts or baking for patients. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. This is an opportunity to have a wonderful impact on somone’s life. Contact Carly Wheat, manager of volunteer services, at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u Writers group meetings — “Ecclesia,” a group for nonfiction writers will meet ever first and third Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Downtown book Mart and Cafe. The group will help those interested in writing history, biography, essays, newspaper and magazine articles, book reports, etc. For more information, contact Lee Lassner at 662-648-7283 or email u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot.Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets Tuesdays at 8 p.m. upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-4185535 or 601-663-5682. u Pregnancy and parenting class — A series of classes are being held at Emerson Family Center every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. through Sept. To register, call 662-320-4607. 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- 3244864, or Charlie Smith at 662324-2989. u Clothing ministry — Rock hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock hill united Methodist Church at 4457 Rock hill Road. For more information, contact Donna poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-312-2935.
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MSu about hong Kong’s growing role as an intermediary between China and other economic superpowers Wednesday afternoon at Colvard Student union as part of a visit to Mississippi that local business leaders hope to parlay into an economic partnership akin to the ACp. Mullins said he was not present in person when Tong visited gov. phil bryant and the MDA in Jackson earlier in the day, but he had heard the visit to Mississippi has been a success so far. In addition, The golden Triangle Development LINK will host Tong for a luncheon Thursday at East Mississippi Community College’s Mayhew Campus. “They’ve already arranged some follow-up this summer in New York at a large meeting of Chinese compa-
nies,” Mullins said. “I think it coincides with Mississippi in the park, so MDA was going to be there anyway.” The CEO of the SoZo group, Raymond Cheng, introduced Tong at MSu. In Chinese, “sozo” means “healing” or “putting things back together,” he said, and its initial goal was to promote social responsibility among Chinese companies. “To create jobs and to help rural communities, particularly in the Southeast (u.S.), is our specialty now, primarily in manufacturing,” Cheng said. “In all honesty, the relationship between the u.S. and China is probably the most important relationship we are going to witness for the next few years, in our generation, in your generation and probably in your kids’ generation. For the first time, there are two superpowers that cannot be at odds with each other. For the first time, the two superpowers have to co-
exist. hong Kong will play a pivotal role in whether China will continue to succeed.” Tong said the key to hong Kong’s success as intermediary and its economic success lies in its adherence to free market principles. hong Kong spent several decades as a colony of the united Kingdom, he said, and when it changed into a special administrative region (SAR) of mainland China, business media outlets were largely skeptical about hong Kong’s economic future. however, he said, both the Wall Street Journal and the heritage Foundation have ranked hong Kong as having the world’s freest economy for the past 19 consecutive years with a per capita income of u.S. $34,000. “The cornerstone of hong Kong’s achievement is the successful implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems principle,’ which grants us a high degree of autonomy,” Tong said.
“Our cherished civil liberties such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press remain intact. Our rigorous media continues to freely comment on and criticize all aspects of society, including the hong Kong government.” As such, Tong said, hong Kong has been significant in China’s economic development, becoming Asia’s second largest asset management center and its third largest international banking center. hong Kong has played a particularly important role in the ongoing internationalization of China’s currency, the renminbi (RMb), and he said this has resulted in RMb bonds becoming a popular way for other countries’ companies to raise capital. “Currently, over 130 authorized institutions and banks in hong Kong offer RMb banking services,” Tong said. “So far, there have been around
210 RMb bond issues in our city, with total issuances amounting to over $44 billion since 2007. International companies such as McDonald’s, Yum! brands, Morgan Stanley (and) Caterpillar have issued RMb bonds in hong Kong.” In the future, Tong said he hopes to see more u.S. companies, including Mississippi companies, use RMb bonds. hong Kong has also facilitated u.S. trade as a consumer of u.S. goods, importing $36 billion in u.S. goods in 2011. hong Kong also has both Chinese and English as official languages, he said, so hong Kong extends invitations to Americans seeking jobs. “We would like to have more degree holders working in hong Kong,” Tong said. “If you go to mainland China, you have to get a visa, but if you want to come to hong Kong, (no visa is needed.)”
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Turner joins Miss. Senate: ‘I’m ready to work’
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JACKSON (Ap) — Democrat Angela Turner of West point said Wednesday she would try to live up to the legacy of her late father as she succeeds him in the Mississippi Senate. Turner was joined by her mother, sister, three children and fiancé when she took her oath of office in the Senate chamber. “I’m here. I’m ready to work,” Turner told fellow lawmakers during a reception. “I’m going to do my best to make him proud, to make my father proud and to serve the community.” The 41-year-old attorney won a Jan. 15 special election to fill the final three years of the current four-year term started by Sen. bennie Turner, D-West point, who died in November at age 64. he had served 20 years in the Senate, until his death, and had served as chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee. District 16 covers all of Clay County and parts of Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties. “The district needs to be represented well,” Angela Turner said in a brief interview. “I have intentions to look at legislation using a level head and to apply myself fully.” Angela Turner and her father were law partners, and she said she has spent her life looking up to him. As a teenager in 1987, she served as a Senate page, running errands for lawmakers inside the state Capitol. Three of her new colleagues were already in the Senate when she was a page. Tommy gollott of biloxi served in the house from 1968 to 1980 and has been in the Senate since 1980. he spent most of his career as a Democrat before switching to Republican in recent years. Democrat hillman Frazier of Jackson has been in the Legislature since 1980, the first 13 years in the house and since then in the Senate. Democrat hob bryan of Amory has been in the Senate since 1984. For years, bryan was the desk mate of bennie Turner on the Senate floor; he’s now the desk mate of Angela Turner.
Debt crisis averted; spring fight still looms
By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent WAShINgTON (Ap) — Retreating with a purpose, Republicans sped legislation through the house on Wednesday to avert the imminent threat of a government default but pointing the way to a springtime budget struggle with president barack Obama over Medicare, farm subsidies and other benefit programs. The current legislation, which cleared the house on a bipartisan vote of 288144, would permit Treasury borrowing to exceed the limit of $16.4 trillion through May 18. As it passed, Speaker John boehner pledged that Republicans would quickly draft a budget that would wipe out deficits in a decade, and he challenged Democrats to do the same. The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to approve the debt bill as early as Friday or perhaps next week. The White house welcomed the legislation rather than face the threat of a first-ever default at the dawn of the president’s second term in the White house, and spokesman Jay Carney pointedly noted a “fundamental change” in strategy by the gOp. house Republicans cast the bill as a way to force the Senate to draft a budget for the first time in four years, noting that if either house fails to do so, its members’ pay would be withheld. They called the bill “no budget, no pay,’” a slogan if not a statement of fact, since lawmakers would be entitled to collect their entire salaries at the end of the Congress with or without a budget in place. With polls showing their public support eroding, the Republicans jettisoned, for now at least, an earlier insistence that they would allow no additional borrowing unless Obama and the Democrats agreed to dollar-for-dollar federal spending cuts in exchange. The average American family “can’t buy everything they want every day; they have to make tough choices. It’s time to make Congress make the same choices,” said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., underscoring the new Republican rallying cry. Rep. paul Ryan, the Wisconsin lawmaker who will be responsible for drafting the budget for Republicans, said Congress has “a moral obligation” to prevent a debt crisis that he said will hit hardest at seniors and others who depend on government the most. As chairman of the house budget Committee, Ryan will take the lead role in crafting a blueprint expected to rely heavily on savings from benefit programs. The budget he wrote last year before being picked as the party’s vice presidential candidate was to take two decades to achieve balance. Ryan’s 10-year-budget task will be eased in part by higher tax revenues resulting from the Jan. 1 expiration of a twoyear payroll tax cut, and in part from an anticipated $600 billion generated by raising rates on upper incomes. but given the
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, flanked by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday discussing the debt limit. The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first-time default for at least four months, defusing a looming crisis setting up a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin, AP) sheer size of annual deficits in the $1 trillion range, it will be impossible to meet his goal without taking large savings from benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, farm and student loan subsidies, the federal retirement program and more. house Democrats made no attempt to defend the Senate’s failure to draft a budget over the past three years, instead saying a mere four-month extension in the debt limit would not give business and the financial markets the certainty that is necessary for the economy to grow more quickly. Rep. Chris Van hollen of Maryland, his party’s senior budget Committee member, said the good news was, “Republicans have finally recognized the government must pay its bills. ... The bad news is they only want to do it for four months.” beyond the rhetoric lay a political calculation on the part of boehner and other house Republicans that they could not afford to set up an immediate confrontation with Obama. At a closed-door retreat last week, the rank and file was presented with polling that showed their support eroding since the election into the mid-to-high 20s, and indicating that increasingly the public believes they oppose Obama out of political motives rather than on policy grounds. The same surveys show significant support for spending cuts, although backing wanes when it comes to reductions in individual programs that are popular. Several officials said the leadership and Ryan had solidified rank-and-file Republicans behind a shift in strategy by emphasizing a commitment to a budget that would eliminate deficits in a decade, and the sentiment was expressed Wednesday on the house floor.
Abortion protestors say they were pepper sprayed
JACKSON (Ap) — Jackson police say three abortion protesters, including 15-year-old, have indicated they will press charges against a security guard they say sprayed them with pepper spray outside Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Jackson police spokeswoman Colendula green says the three protesters got into an argument with the guard Wednesday morning after he turned on a sprinkler system and got them wet outside the Jackson Women’s health Organization in north Jackson. green says the guard could face three counts of simple assault if the three press charges. green says the three were treated at Jackson hospital. She did not have their names. groups from both sides of the abortion issue have been demonstrating outside the clinic this week. Tuesday was the 40th anniversary of the u.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
house panel OKs bonds for medical school expansion
JACKSON (Ap) — Mississippi house lawmakers say they’re ready to borrow $31 million for a new medical school building, but a top Senate lawmaker remains noncommittal. The house voted 118-1 Wednesday to approve a bill to issue $31 million in bonds for a new five-story building on the university of Mississippi Medical Center campus in Jackson. Earlier Wednesday, the house Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved the measure. Officials said the project’s price tag has risen to $76 million from the $63 million previously estimated. Lawmakers provided $4 million for project planning earlier, and gov. phil bryant’s administration steered $10 million in federal grant money in October. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, said house lawmakers intend to provide another $31 million next year to cover the remainder of the cost.
“This is why I ran for office. This is why I came to Washington, D.C.,” said Rep. Tom Reed of New York, first elected in 2010 as part of a tea party-flavored wave that gave Republicans their majority. Another Republican, Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick of pennsylvania, answered Democratic taunts: “This is not a gimmick,” he said. Already, both sides were laying down markers for the struggle ahead. Across the Capitol, Senate Democrats had already announced their intention to approve a budget, although they have made it clear they will insist on additional tax revenue that Republicans are sure to resist. In his Inaugural address on Monday, Obama mentioned the deficit only once, and in passing. When it came to programs likely to bear the closest scrutiny from Republican budget cutters, he said, “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.” but he also said, “The commitments we make to each other — through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security — these things do not sap our initiative, they strength us. They do not make us a nation of takers, they free us to take the risks that make this country great.” The congressional calendar requires the house and Senate to approve versions of a budget by early spring. Assuming that happens, the two are then reconciled, and the resulting compromise sets the framework for spending and tax legislation for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1. The president’s signature is not required on the budget itself, but legislation that attempts to carry it out goes to him for his approval or veto.
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crats received in the 2010 mid-term elections. but now the center seems aroused — and fed-up. Obama won Joe GanDelman re-election synDiCateD with a coaliColumnist tion of his party’s base, rising demographic groups and, polls show, a big, fat chunk of moderate voters. Democratic liberals and Republican conservatives (uh, oh, here come the political equivalency police) both tend to dismiss it as “the Mushy Middle,” but at key points throughout American history our political center has proven to be “The Mighty Middle” and there are signs of its resurgence again. The moderate Republican group
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Will an aggressive Obama reshape America?
Say a prayer. put up a tombstone that reads “R.I.p.” for three prevailing political conventional wisdoms that seem to be quickly biting the dust. The first is that president barack Obama will always go along to get along, will in the end inevitably choose a mediated, moderate course to gain partial victories. That conventional wisdom is on life support as the more aggressive post-reelection-election Obama stresses that he doesn’t face re-election, he’s had enough of Republican roadblocks, and he’s going to draw lines in the sand. being the first Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt and the last president since Dwight Eisenhower to twice win a popular vote majority can do that to you. Signs this CW was dying: Obama’s ignoring gOp conservative opposition to do a full-court-press on naming former Sen. Chuck hagel as Secretary of Defense; Obama’s strong fiscal cliff position that led to partial Republican capitulation; Obama’s inaugural address which The Daily beast’s John Avlon called a Lincolnesque liberal manifesto; and his decision to convert his legendary political operation into an activist group and political action committee. Will the Koch brothers and Karl Rove’s Crossroads gpS meet their match? Let’s see if former Mayor Rudy giuliani and former Alaska gov. Sarah palin are still sneering about Obama being a lowly “community organizer” in 2014 and 2016. The second decaying CW is that America’s middle is dead. Immediately after Obama’s 2008 election, I had lunch with a well-known commentator in New York City who accurately told me: “Joe, the center is under attack.” And that’s the way it was from the moment Obama took his first oath of office with Republicans blocking some of his key proposals to the birth of the moderate-Republican-hunting Tea party, to the shellacking Obama and the DemoRepublican Main Street partnership decided to remove “Republican” from its name to try and attract centrist Democrats. Some strident radio and cable conservative talkers face ratings erosion. Liberal MSNbC’s ratings are on the rise and center-hugging CNN could get more viewers as its new boss Jeff Zucker leaves his imprint. And poll numbers show a shift. The Republican party got a 49 percent negative number in a recent poll, the lowest number since 2008, and only a 28 percent positive. The gOp’s spiritual center, the Tea party, got its lowest number yet: a 23 percent favorable rating. Republican pollster Frank Luntz, in an op-ed in The Washington Post, warned Republicans that they need to start watching their language, which will turn off more voters than attract them. In other words: to win elections Republicans must start sounding like serious problem solvers rather than aspiring talk radio hosts.
This is seemingly sinking in with some Republicans. gone are threats about throwing the country into default. Senate Republicans vow there will be more compromise. Republicans at various levels now suggest the party is ready to do serious immigration reform, because they know the gOp needs binders full of Latinos to win future elections. The third dying conventional wisdom is that Obama would be “another FDR,” or “another Carter,” as some say maybe he’ll be “another Reagan.” In reality, what we are likely seeing may be birth of a NEW “another” category — the precise negative or positive meaning to be revealed by the end of Obama’s term: one day a future president may be branded “another Obama.”
Joe Gandelman is editor-in-chief of The Moderate Voice, an Internet hub for independents, centrists and moderates. He can be reached at
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Disappointment growing with gun safety responses
EDITOR: There’s no denying we have a gun culture in our country. We’ve used guns from our earliest days to the Civil War, to the settling of the West (with its theft of Native Americans’ lands), to today, with 300 million guns in America. With so many guns, gun regulation should be an issue that unites the country for public safety’s sake. It should not be a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats alike own guns. Democrats and Republicans in Congress get grades from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and accept campaign funding from that organization based on those scores. Too many politicians are putting their self-interest ahead of the country’s safety. It seems to be shaping up as a Republican vs. Democrat issue, perhaps mainly as a reaction to president Obama himself. Mississippi is among the states with the most lax gun laws and is also a leader in the most gun deaths. Yet we have a governor who’s vowed not to uphold new gun restrictions as per president Obama’s executive actions. The NRA has 4 million members. Its leadership and its most extreme members care the most about “more guns,” influencing (or intimidating) lawmakers and obstructing any gun laws. (The NRA is now scoring lawmakers’ votes on judicial candidates, which is unprecedented.) From my perspective, the NRA leadership and gun-owner extremists — who want no restriction on gun ownership, including assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines — are on one side and rational people are on the other. National polls show that a majority of NRA members favor gun regulations. Currently, 40 percent of gun sales occur without background checks, which surprised many law-abiding gun owners. About 90 percent (one poll cites 88 percent and another, 92 percent) of the country supports background checks. Yet the NRA won’t budge on its position.
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Opposition in government is a good thing
Maybe the next four years can be better than the last four years. Americans voted to keep the status quo with divided governance in Washington, but maybe we’ll see different results. Maybe the grownups in D.C. can set aside their differences and work together to get America back on its feet and back to work. An interesting fact: every second-term president since Dwight Eisenhower has had to deal with the opposing party controlling at least one chamber of Congress. historically speaking, Washington faces nothing new or extreme in having to deal with opposing ideologies. The question is how will leaders in Washington deal with differences while improving gDp and handling difficult issues like gun control, immigration, deficits, debt and tax reform? The mainstream media will continue to paint governance problems in Washington as extreme and unprecedented. That says more about media bias than historical reality in Washington. unfortunately too many Ameriblame, although other polls are becans who don’t follow what’s reginning to show a shift with Amerially going on in Washington will cans blaming both parties for probdrink the mainstream media Koollems. There’s plenty of blame to go Aid and will believe any number around, certainly a lot more blame of myths about why the players in than solutions. Washington can’t get along. The mainstream media will conWe’ve become a blame-game tinue to root for progressive winners society. Who’s to blame in the and blame conservatives for lack of Lance Armstrong scandal? Arm- Daniel GarDner progress. strong says he doesn’t feel guilty personally, I’m glad anytime ContributinG because everybody else was doing someone in Washington opposes Columnist it too! Did his mother never warn what the mainstream media calls him about jumping off bridges? progress. government progress Someone put up a sign in an Australian library seems like an oxymoron to me. saying all books about Armstrong had been Our Founders wanted to spread out the moved to fiction. The library did not do that, power in government and actually gave more but one has to chuckle a bit about the latest ce- power to the states and “the people.” (See the lebrity scandal. but, I digress. 10th Amendment for details.) Washington has We have almost universal agreement that managed to turn that doctrine upside down to Washington is broken. Some polls indicate where 545 individuals rule over states and the the nation is evenly split regarding who is to people (Congress, president and SCOTuS).
Even our children’s civic books teach the supremacy of the federal government in contradiction of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, not to mention the Federalist papers. progressives try to make arguments about what the Founders could not have foreseen. What about what the Founders had just gone through in regards to britain’s ironclad rule over the colonies? I suspect that war was still fresh on their minds when they drafted the Constitution. They certainly foresaw how power-hungry individuals would eventually corrupt the system they had set in place. We can all rest a little bit easier when there’s opposition within the government in Washington.
Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville. Contact him at
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IbM's results lift Dow average to a 5-year high
NEW YORK (Ap) — Strong earnings from tech giants nudged the stock market to a five-year high Wednesday. Investors drew encouragement from a vote by the house of Representatives to let the government keep paying all of its bills for another four months. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 67.12 points to close at 13,779.33. That's the highest level since Oct. 31, 2007, a month before the great Recession started. google and IbM reported surprisingly solid fourth-quarter earnings late Tuesday, a hopeful sign for investors who expected tech companies to struggle at the end of last year. IbM's results beat expectations, thanks to its lucrative Internet-based "cloud computing" business and sales of software services to brazil, Russia and other developing countries. The company also raised its earnings outlook for the current year. IbM led the Dow's 30 stocks, rising $8.64 to $204.72. Without IbM's 4 percent gain, the Dow would have been nearly flat. Other indexes made slight gains. The Standard & poor's 500 index inched up 2.25 points to 1,494.81, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 10.49 points to 3,153.67.
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The stock market has climbed so quickly this month that it will likely take more than good earnings to keep it heading higher. "This market is really stretched," said Clark Yingst, chief market analyst at the securities firm Joseph gunnar. "We've essentially gone straight up since January 2. There's certainly room for people to take profits." The S&p 500 index is already up 4.8 percent in 2013. That's more than half of what most stock-fund investors hope to make in a single year. The house passed a bill Wednesday afternoon to suspend the government's borrowing limit until May 19. Senate Majority Leader harry Reid, D-Nev., said his chamber would immediately move the legislation to the White house. house Republicans had previously said they would use the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip to push for deeper government spending cuts. google gained 6 percent after its earnings climbed at the end of last year as online advertisers spent more money in pursuit of holiday shoppers. google rose $38.63 to $741.50. Another tech giant, Apple, fell in after-hours trading after reporting sales that fell short of forecasts. Slumping coal shipments have been a drag on railroad operators, but CSX and Norfolk Southern posted better revenue and profits than expected. The railroads managed to offset some of the hit from falling coal demand by getting more money from carrying car parts, building materials and other products.
COCO thanks donors, announces scholarship
For Starkville Daily News The Council of Community Organizations of Oktibbeha County Inc. held its annual appreciation luncheon and announced Jan. 12 that scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2013 David Rogers Memorial Scholarship from high school graduates. The Scholarship honors David Rogers, who contributed freely his time, energy and abilities toward improving education and the development of the community. The 3rd Annual David Rogers Memorial Scholarship will be awarded this spring to two high school seniors. The selection committee has established eligibility guidelines, criterion and application procedures. They will evaluate applications based on criteria such as involvement in extracurricular and community service activities; character, integrity and leadership skills; satisfactory academic records; recommendations; and a written two-page essay. “As far back as I can remember my father had always shared with me his love for education. The community and the many organizations he was involved in benefitted enormously from his insight, knowledge and love of education,” said COCO president peggy J. Rogers. A winner of the scholarship will be named by May 15.
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Full information about the scholarship and application forms will be provided to high school counselors and principals in Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Lowndes County and neighboring school districts. Applications may also be obtained by calling peggy J. Rogers at 662-3233977 or emailing her at drpjrogers1@ Visit The deadline for submitting applications and documented forms is April 15. The Council of Community Organizations was founded in 1984 as a provider of services to the community. The organization advocates self-reliance, self help and cooperative effort on jobs too big for the individual.
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First united Methodist Church sanctuary in Starkville. Welch Funeral home of Starkville is in charge of arrangements. She was a homemaker and member of First united Methodist Church in Starkville, where she was a member of the church choir. She is survived by her husband, george parsons of Starkville; sister, gaye Walker of Calhoun, La.; brother, Finner Nale of Camden, Ark.; and a host of nieces and nephews. You can go online and sign the guest register at http://www.
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neutral object. The research finding is this: Merely the presence of a gun increases aggression. The Stand Your ground laws in states such as Florida and Texas have demonstrated that the presence of a gun escalated into situations that promoted vigilantism and resulted in unnecessary deaths. In past times, people might have an argument, but a fist fight would ensue, not a fatality by a gun. On the same day as the Newtown disaster, a man in Japan attacked 22 children. The difference was that he attacked them with a knife, and they all survived. A gun-rights woman on a recent TV panel show stated that if everyone carried a gun and there were no “gun free” zones (churches, schools, colleges, malls, theaters, etc.), the people who mow down people would meet resistance from other gun owners. Someone pointed out that Ft. hood’s incident was in a place with lots of guns, but the gun violence’s death toll still occurred. A security officer was on site at Columbine high School, yet gun violence resulted in deaths. gun owners who want everyone to be armed have said: “If people had been packing in the Aurora movie theater, the perpetrator would have been stopped sooner.” Law enforcement did not concur with that assessment. A “gunfight at OK Corral” wasn’t deemed a desirable outcome, with the probability of deaths from crossfire.
The rest of the world looks at America’s love affair with guns and its toll of gun deaths and can’t comprehend it. It’s been said that the world view is that in America, life is cheap. The statistics for gun deaths in the united States is totally out of whack with other developed countries. On a recent cruise, my husband and I met a man from Canada who had been to more than 130 countries. his assessment: America’s the most dangerous country. please permit me a personal example. My father, brother, uncles, cousins and nephews were or are hunters. My husband and I used to enjoy target shooting with a .22 rifle early in our marriage, and we even belonged to the Starkville gun Club at one time so that we could use its shooting range. however, we had a burglary in 1971, in which our .22 pistol was stolen. I had been tricked out of the house while the burglary took place. If I had returned home while the burglar was still inside, he might have used our gun on me. Statistics show that a gun in the home is many more times likely to be used against the home owner by an intruder or to be used for suicide by a family member. We chose not to replace the pistol. Our house now is guarded by two barking dogs and a security alarm system. For the common good, I hope that rational people — including responsible, sensible gun owners in both political parties — will speak up for sanity, call out the NRA leadership’s inflexibility and help win the fight against the “crazies.”
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Thursday, January 24, 2013
High School Soccer
Putting best foot forward
Yellowjackets advance in playoffs with 6-0 win
By DANNY P. SMITH The Starkville Yellowjackets know the effort has to step up a notch in the Class 5A playoffs if they are to match what they done last season in winning a state championship. That’s why ShS junior Justin gordon said, “we had to put our best foot forward.” gordon and three other Jackets used their feet to score goals in a 6-0 victory against Saltillo in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs Wednesday at home. “Everybody went hard and we talked about that before the game,” gordon said. “We knew (Saltillo) wasn’t going to take us lightly. We’ve been chilling around throughout the season, but we knew in the playoffs, we were going to have to put everything out there.” Dylan howard opened the scoring with a goal for Starkville and Juan Salazar got the first of his two goals before gordon scored the third goal of the match with 2:50 left in the first half. After Taylor Wise scored the final goal of the first half to give the Jackets a 4-0 lead, he got another within the first minute of the second half. Salazar’s second goal came on a penalty kick for the final point. ShS boys coach brian bennett said it’s been a pretty common sight to have Salazar, gordon and Wise providing the scoring. he was happy to see howard get in on the fun. “You’ve got four spots scoring,” bennett said. “If we can get a couple more going, we can be completely dangerous. I think our outside halfbacks played good (Wednesday night) and really looked well when getting it out wide. They did a good job of
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Starkville’s Justin Gordon (7) looks to gain control of the soccer ball against Saltillo Wednesday night. (Photo by Kim
College Basketball
Women’s staffs for MSu, A&M are like a family
It’s going to be like a family reunion tonight at humphrey Coliseum. When the women’s basketball coaching staffs of Mississippi State and Texas A&M get together for tonight’s Southeastern Conference matchup, it will be a chance to renew acquaintances and compete against each other at the same time. Starting at the top, Texas A&M head coach gary blair and MSu’s Vic Schaefer coached together on the bench for 15 years. The two also coached together at Arkansas. blair and Schaefer helped the Aggies and Razorbacks to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, while Texas A&M claimed two big 12 Tournament championships (2008 and 2011), the big 12 regular season title in 2007 and the NCAA national crown in the school’s first-ever appearance in the Women’s Final Four in 2011. Schaefer values the knowledge he’s gained from blair. “You don’t work for a hall of Fame coach 15 years and not learn something,” Schaefer said. “It’s different when you’ve been with someone 15 years. We won 333 games together in those 15 years. We had a lot of success. We won some championships and won Texas A&M women’s coach Gary Blair, left, and Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer worked together for 15 one real big one (national championship years. (Photo by David J. Phillip, AP) in 2011). We’ve had some good times
together both on and off the court.” blair said he is looking forward to the opportunity to see how his former coaches and players are doing surrounding the 7 p.m. tipoff in Starkville. When it comes to coaching against Schaefer, blair wants it to be known that it will be easier than meeting him on the golf course. “I’d rather play him on the basketball court than the golf course,” blair said of Schaefer. “he’s better than I am on the golf course.” Not only will blair see Schaefer again, but also Aqua Franklin, Johnnie harris and Maryann baker. They are former players and coaches who have joined Schaefer’s staff with the bulldogs. “You are not usually going to a place and see four of them all sitting on the bench down the way,” blair said. “The biggest thing a head coach can have is a family tree of former players and former coaches, who are head coaches, or former players, who are in coaching. “(baker and Franklin) are there and they meant a whole lot to our program. You sit here and look at Johnnie harris and the great job she did for us here as one of the best recruiters in the country, one of the best coaches and one of the best momma figures to all of the players. She helped me solves problems over the years. It’s invaluable what they’ve been
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bulldogs fail to withstand punch from hogs, powell
From Wire Reports FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Ap) — Marshawn powell scored 17 points as Arkansas continued its home dominance with a 96-70 win over Mississippi State on Wednesday night. The Razorbacks (12-6, 3-2 Southeastern) improved to 12-1 at home this season, with their lone loss coming to No. 3 Syracuse. Arkansas has yet to win away from home. powell had 13 points in the first half for the Razorbacks, who only trailed after the game’s first basket and forced a season-worst 29 turnovers by the bulldogs — leading to 42 points. Leading scorer bJ Young, who came off the bench for the first time this season, added 13 points for Arkansas, while Coty Clarke added 13. Fred Thomas led Mississippi State (7-10, 2-3) with 17 points, while gavin Ware added 11 and Craig Sword 10.
Southern Mississippi 102, Marshall 46
hATTIESbuRg — Jerrold brooks netted 20 points as Southern Mississippi rolled over Marshall for its largest ever Conference uSA win. The golden Eagles (16-4, 5-0) also had their largest offensive output since joining the conference and tied a Arkansas’ B.J. Young (11) drives to the basket against Mississippi State’s school record with their 23rd consecuCraig Sword (32) on Wednesday night. (Photo by April L. Brown, AP) tive home victory.
The number of times baylor women’s basketball player brittany griner has dunked in her career.
hoops times set for ShS juniors
The semifinals of the conference tournament for the Starkville 8th and 9th grade basketball teams will be today in Tupelo. The top-seeded Armstrong 8th grade girls play at 4 p.m. with the site being Tupelo Middle School, while the secondseeded ShS 9th grade girls play at 7:45 p.m. with the site being Tupelo high School. At Tupelo Middle School at 7:45 p.m., the No. 2 seed Armstrong 8th grade boys are in action, then at Tupelo high School at 4 p.m., the No. 1 seed ShS 9th grade boys play.
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College Basketball Men’s SEC Glance All Times CT Florida Ole Miss Alabama Missouri Arkansas Kentucky Texas A&M Vanderbilt Auburn Miss. State Tennessee LSU S. Carolina Georgia SEC 5-0 4-0 4-1 3-2 3-2 3-2 2-2 2-3 2-3 2-3 1-3 1-4 1-4 1-4 Pct. 1.000 1.000 .800 .600 .600 .600 ,500 .400 .400 .400 .250 .200 .200 .200 Ovr. 15-2 15-2 12-6 14-4 12-6 12-6 12-5 8-9 8-10 7-10 9-7 10-6 11-7 7-11 Pct. .882 .882 .667 .778 .667 .667 .706 .471 .444 .412 .563 .625 .611 .389 Saturday’s Games Tennessee 72, Miss. State 57 Ole Miss 76, Arkansas 64 Vanderbilt 58, S. Carolina 51 Florida 83, Missouri 52 Alabama 50, Texas A&M 49 Georgia 67, LSU 58 Kentucky 75, Auburn 53 Tuesday’s Games Missouri 71, S. Carolina 65 Alabama 59, Kentucky 55 Wednesday’s Games Arkansas 96, Miss. State 70 LSU 58, Texas A&M 54 Vanderbilt 73, Auburn 61 Florida 64, Georgia 47 Men’s Top 25 Fared Wednesday 1. Duke (16-2) lost to No. 25 Miami 90-63. Next: vs. Maryland, Saturday. 2. Michigan (17-1) did not play. Next: vs. Purdue, Thursday. 3. Kansas (17-1) did not play. Next: vs. Oklahoma, Saturday. 3. Syracuse (18-1) did not play. Next: at Villanova, Saturday. 5. Louisville (16-3) did not play. Next: at Georgetown, Saturday. 6. Arizona (16-1) did not play. Next: vs. UCLA, Thursday. 7. Indiana (17-2) beat Penn State 72-49. Next: vs. No. 13 Michigan State, Sunday. 8. Florida (15-2) beat Georgia 64-47. Next: at Mississippi State, Saturday. 9. Butler (16-3) lost to La Salle 54-53. Next: vs. Temple, Saturday. 10. Gonzaga (17-2) did not play. Next: vs. BYU, Thursday. 11. Kansas State (15-3) did not play. Next: at Iowa State, Saturday. 12. Minnesota (15-3) at Northwestern. Next: at Wisconsin, Saturday. 13. Michigan State (17-3) did not play. Next: at No. 7 Indiana, Sunday. 14. Ohio State (14-4) did not play. Next: at Penn State, Saturday. 15. New Mexico (17-2) beat Colorado State 66-61. Next: at San Diego State, Saturday. 16. Oregon (16-2) vs. Washington State. Next: vs. Washington, Saturday. 17. Creighton (17-3) lost to Drake 74-69. Next: at Southern Illinois, Sunday. 18. N.C. State (15-4) did not play. Next: vs. North Carolina, Saturday. 19. VCU (16-3) did not play. Next: at Richmond, Thursday. 20. Wichita State (18-2) beat Missouri State 62-52. Next: vs. Bradley, Saturday. 21. Cincinnati (16-4) did not play. Next: vs. Rutgers, Wednesday, Jan. 30. 22. Missouri (14-4) did not play. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Saturday. 23. Mississippi (15-2) did not play. Next: vs. Tennessee, Thursday. 24. Notre Dame (15-4) did not play. Next: at South Florida, Saturday. 25. Miami (14-3) beat No. 1 Duke 90-63. Next: vs. Florida State, Sunday. Women’s SEC Glance All Times CT Kentucky Tennessee Texas A&M Georgia S. Carolina Vanderbilt LSU Florida Missouri Auburn Alabama Arkansas Miss. State Ole Miss SEC 6-0 6-0 4-1 4-2 4-2 3-2 3-3 2-3 2-3 2-4 1-4 1-4 0-5 0-5 Pct. 1.000 1.000 .800 .667 .667 .600 .500 .400 .400 .333 .200 .200 .000 .000 Ovr. 18-1 15-3 14-5 16-3 16-3 13-5 12-7 13-6 13-6 13-6 11-7 13-5 8-10 7-11 Pct. .947 .833 .737 .842 .842 .722 .632 .684 .684 .684 .611 .722 .444 .389
Thursday, January 24, 2013 • Page 7
“You don’t work for a Hall of Fame coach 15 years and not learn something.”
Mississippi State women’s coach Vic Schaefer said about his association with Texas A&M coach gary blair.
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MSu baseball receives ranking
Mississippi State baseball has garnered its second preseason top 20 ranking for 2013. National baseball scouting service perfect game has the bulldogs listed at No. 16 in the online publication’s annual preseason rankings released Tuesday. State was picked 13th in the first national preseason poll announced last month by Tucson-based Collegiate baseball newspaper. North Carolina nudged out Arkansas for the top spot in perfect game’s Top 25. Included in the poll are seven bulldog opponents, all members of the Southeastern Conference with No. 2 Arkansas, No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 5 LSu, No. 7 Florida, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 13 Kentucky and No. 19 Ole Miss. The bulldogs launch formal team preseason practice Friday with a 4 p.m. scrimmage at Dudy Noble Field. MSu will also scrimmage Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., and all the practices are open to the public. State hosts portland Feb. 15-17 in a four-game weekend series to begin a school-record 37-game homestand. The bulldogs play the first 19 and 23 of its first 24 games at home before opening SEC road competition with a three-game set at Kentucky Mar. 22-24. perfect game’s Top 25 will be released each Monday morning throughout the upcoming college baseball season.
16. Texas A&M (14-5) did not play. Next: at Mississippi State, Thursday. 17. Dayton (15-1) did not play. Next: vs. George Washington, Thursday. 18. South Carolina (16-3) did not play. Next: vs. No. 5 Kentucky, Thursday. 19. UCLA (13-4) did not play. Next: vs. Arizona, Friday. 20. Colorado (15-2) did not play. Next: at No. 7 California, Friday. 20. Oklahoma (15-3) did not play. Next: at No. 1 Baylor, Saturday. 22. Florida State (15-3) did not play. Next: vs. Georgia Tech, Friday. 23. Michigan (15-3) did not play. Next: at Indiana, Thursday. 24. Iowa State (13-4) lost to No. 1 Baylor 66-51. Next: at West Virginia, Saturday. 25. Michigan State (16-2) did not play. Next: at Nebraska, Thursday. National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct 25 14 .641 New York Brooklyn 26 16 .619 Boston 20 21 .488 Philadelphia 17 25 .405 Toronto 15 27 .357 Southeast Division W L Pct 27 12 .692 Miami Atlanta 24 18 .571 Orlando 14 27 .341 10 32 .238 Charlotte Washington 9 30 .231 Central Division W L Pct Indiana 26 16 .619 24 16 .600 Chicago Milwaukee 22 18 .550 Detroit 16 25 .390 Cleveland 11 32 .256 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 33 11 .750 Memphis 26 14 .650 22 22 .500 Houston Dallas 18 24 .429 14 27 .341 New Orleans Northwest Division W L Pct 9 .786 Oklahoma City 33 Denver 26 18 .591 22 19 .537 Utah Portland 20 21 .488 Minnesota 17 22 .436 Pacific Division W L Pct 32 11 .744 L.A. Clippers Golden State 25 15 .625 L.A. Lakers 17 24 .415 16 26 .381 Sacramento Phoenix 13 28 .317 Wednesday’s Games Atlanta 104, Charlotte 92 Miami 123, Toronto 116, OT Denver 105, Houston 95 Brooklyn 91, Minnesota 83 Detroit at Chicago, late L.A. Lakers at Memphis, late New Orleans at San Antonio, late Washington at Utah, late Indiana at Portland, late Phoenix at Sacramento, late Oklahoma City at Golden State, late Today’s Games Toronto at Orlando, 7 p.m. New York at Boston, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. College Football MIssissippi State 2013 commitments Scott Austin, WR, Biloxi, Miss. Jeremey Chappelle, WR, Tyler, Texas Shelby Christy, WR, Geismar, La. Jamaal Clayborn, OG, Flowood, Miss. Kivon Coman, S, Chatham, Va. Justin Cox, S, Scooba, Miss. Kent Flowers, OT, Hollandale, Miss. Donald Gray, WR, Memphis, Tenn. B.J. Hammond, WR, Gadsden, Ala. Dezmond Harris, ATH, Mccalla, Ala. Tyre’oune Holmes, ATH, Tylertown, Miss. Chris Jones, DE, Houston, Miss. Ulric Jones, DE, Oxford, Ala. Deon Mix, OT, Batesville, Miss. Gabe Myles, CB, Starkville, Miss. Artimas Samuel, TE, Chatham, Va. Cord Sandberg, QB, Bradenton, Fla. Trent Simpson, TE, Oxford, Ala. Ashton Shumpert, RB, Tupelo, Miss. Corey Smith, WR, Scooba, Miss. Jake Thomas, OT, Columbus, Miss. Brandon Wells, ATH, Bogue Chitto, Miss. De’Runnya Wilson WR, Birmingham, Ala.
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Kendra Grant and the Mississippi State Bulldogs run into a tough Texas A&M team today at Humphrey Coliseum. The tip for the Southeastern Conference action is set for 7 p.m. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Today Women’s College Basketball Texas A&M at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. High School Basketball Immanuel Christian at Starkville Christian, 4 p.m. Hamilton at Ackerman, 6 p.m. High School Soccer Jackson Prep at Starkville Academy, 5 p.m.
MSu First pitch tickets on sale
Tickets for the 2013 First pitch/Fan Day baseball celebration set Saturday, February 9 at Mississippi State are on sale now through the Mississippi State Athletic Ticket Office in the bryan Athletic Administration building. Ticket price is $12 per person. The bulldogs, sporting their highest preseason national ranking (13th) since 2003, open their 123rd season of baseball Feb. 15-17 with a four-game weekend series against first-time foe portland. This year’s meet the team baseball celebration opens at 11 a.m. in the griffis boardroom with a hamburger/hot dog lunch and an autograph session with members of the 2013 Mississippi State baseball team in the adjoining palmeiro Center. The “First pitch” program, emceed by MSu head baseball coach John Cohen, follows at 12:45 p.m. The bulldog baseball-filled program a formal introduction of the MSu team and staff and an appearance by former Mississippi State standout and current Washington Nationals outfielder Tyler Moore. baseball fan day activities conclude at Dudy Noble Field with a 2:15 p.m. “opening day dress rehearsal” scrimmage, open to the public. Moore, a native of brandon, was drafted by and signed with the Washington Nationals following the 2008 season and last April became the 49th athlete from Mississippi State to advance to play or coach on the Major League level of professional baseball. The list of guest speakers at State’s past “First pitch” events reads like a who’s who of Mississippi State baseball. Moore joins a group that includes former MSu baseball standouts Jeff brantley, Will Clark, head coach John Cohen, Dave “boo” Ferriss, Dave Klipstein, Alex grammas, paul Maholm, burke Masters, Joel Matthews, Mitch Moreland, Jonathan papelbon, Jay powell, Jim Robinson, Nat Showalter, bobby Thigpen and Dan Van Cleve. best-selling author and MSu alumnus John grisham and MLb hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, the longtime manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have also served as “First pitch” guest speakers at MSu. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the MSu Athletic Ticket Office (662-325-2600) and online at www.hailState. com/tickets and Feb. 9 at the griffis boardroom door. For additional information contact the MSu baseball Office (662-3253597).
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Today CYCLING 2:30 p.m. NBCSN — Tour Down Under, stage 3, Unley to Stirling, Australia (same-day tape) EXTREME SPORTS 2 p.m. ESPN — X Games, at Aspen, Colo. 8 p.m. ESPN — X Games, at Aspen, Colo. GOLF 4 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Qatar Masters, second round, at Doha, Qatar 2 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Farmers Insurance Open, first round, at San Diego MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Missouri 73, Ole Miss 72 Tennessee 96, Alabama 69 S. Carolina 52, Florida 44 Kentucky 97, Auburn 53 LSU 54, Vanderbilt 51 Texas A&M 64, Georgia 46 Today’s Games Texas A&M at Miss. State, 7 p.m. Kentucky at S. Carolina, 6 p.m. Ole Miss at Florida, 6 p.m. Arkansas at Missouri, 7 p.m. Auburn at Alabama, 8 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. Women’s Top 25 Fared Wednesday 1. Baylor (17-1) beat No. 24 Iowa State 6651. Next: vs. No. 20 Oklahoma, Saturday. 2. Notre Dame (17-1) beat Pittsburgh 7347. Next: vs. Providence, Saturday. 3. UConn (17-1) did not play. Next: at Cincinnati, Saturday. 4. Duke (16-1) did not play. Next: at Clem6 p.m. ESPN — Purdue at Michigan ESPN2 — Tennessee at Mississippi 8 p.m. ESPN2 — UCLA at Arizona 10 p.m. ESPN2 — BYU at Gonzaga NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. TNT — New York at Boston 9:30 p.m. TNT — L.A. Clippers at Phoenix TENNIS 11 a.m. ESPN2 — Australian Open, men’s semifinal, at Melbourne, Australia (same-day tape) 2:30 a.m. ESPN2 — Australian Open, men’s semifinal, at Melbourne, Australia son, Thursday. 5. Kentucky (18-1) did not play. Next: at No. 18 South Carolina, Thursday. 6. Stanford (16-2) did not play. Next: vs. Utah, Friday. 7. California (15-2) did not play. Next: vs. No. 20 Colorado, Friday. 8. Penn State (15-2) did not play. Next: vs. Minnesota, Thursday. 9. Tennessee (15-3) did not play. Next: at Vanderbilt, Thursday. 10. Maryland (15-3) did not play. Next: vs. No. 11 North Carolina, Thursday. 11. North Carolina (18-1) did not play. Next: at No. 10 Maryland, Thursday. 12. Oklahoma State (14-3) lost to Kansas State 76-70, OT. Next: at Kansas, Saturday. 13. Louisville (16-4) did not play. Next: vs. St. John’s, Sunday. 14. Georgia (16-3) did not play. Next: vs. Florida, Sunday. 15. Purdue (15-3) did not play. Next: vs. Northwestern, Thursday.
MSu softball to host clinic
The Mississippi State softball program will host a pitching and hitting clinic Saturday. Campers from grades 9th through 12th can register online beginning now at The clinic will be held at the MSu Indoor Softball Complex, just behind the MSu Softball Stadium on the north side of campus. Instruction for the camps will be provided by Stuedeman, along with assistant coaches beth Mullins and Alan Reach. The pitching clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, with pitchers choosing two pitches to work on. The hitting clinic will follow it from 4:30-6:30 p.m. In between both sessions, campers will be allowed to watch the 2013 MSu softball squad practice from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the MSu Softball Stadium. Registration is available online only and is limited to the first 25 campers for each clinic, with no walk-up registration taking place. Check in begins at 9:30 a.m. for pitching and 4 p.m. for hitting. Cost for a single hitting or pitching session is $40. Campers looking to maximize their instruction can attend both sessions for $70. For questions regarding the clinics, please contact Mullins at 662-325-0572, or email
Sunday’s Games
National Basketball Association
From Wire Reports ChARLOTTE, N.C. (Ap) — Josh Smith had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and the Atlanta hawks snapped a sixgame road losing streak with a 104-92 win Wednesday night over the Charlotte bobcats. Kyle Korver added 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc as the hawks sent the bobcats to their 16th straight home loss, three shy of the NbA record. Smith finished two assists shy of a triple-double. Ivan Johnson added 12 points and 15 rebounds. Ramon Sessions led the bobcats with a season-high 27 points. Kemba Walker, who had a career-high 35 points on Monday, was limited to 11 on 4-of-11 shooting. The win gave the hawks a four-game sweep of the season series and extended their overall winning streak to seven against the bobcats.
Smith leads hawks over bobcats 104-92
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni had talked before the game about how having an AllStar team with players not having learned their pecking order. Yet Los Angeles lost its seventh consecutive road game, and center Dwight howard missed the second half after aggravating his sore shoulder in the first half. Rudy gay, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added 12 points apiece as Memphis improved to 12-0 when scoring at least 100 points. Randolph also grabbed 10 rebounds. The grizzlies had a 60-34 edge in the paint with howard out the second half.
Alan Anderson scored 20 points for Toronto, leading seven Raptors in double figures. Jose Calderon scored 17, Terrence Ross had 16, Amir Johnson finished with 15 points.
Nuggets 105, Rockets 95
ICC soccer hosting tryouts
FuLTON – The Itawamba Community College Lady Indians’ and Indians’ soccer teams will be hosting open tryouts on Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. for the women and 3 p.m. for the men. The tryouts will be held at the ICC Soccer Complex, near the Davis Event Center and directly across from Eaton Field and Cresap Field. All potential players will have to sign a waiver and fill out a questionnaire when they arrive for the tryouts. participants are responsible for bringing all soccer gear and shin guards are required to participate. please contact head coach Mike Sullivan (mjsullivan@iccms. edu) or assistant coach Cody Carson ( with any questions. For more information on ICC soccer and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs visit
heat 123, Raptors 116, OT
MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 35 points, Lebron James got his 34th career triple-double and the Miami heat rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Toronto. James finished with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Miami, getting the last board on Toronto’s final shot of the night. Wade added seven assists, including the one that set up Ray Allen for the 3-pointer that clinched the win with 59.3 seconds left in overtime. Allen scored 18, Mario Chalmers scored 14 and Chris bosh had a 12-point, 12-rebound night for Miami. The heat finished overtime on a 13-2 run, erasing a fourpoint hole.
hOuSTON — Ty Lawson scored 21 points, Wilson Chandler had 20 and Denver pulled away in the third quarter of a victory over mistake-prone houston. Danilo gallinari sank three 3-pointers and scored 18 points for the Nuggets, who converted 28 points off 23 houston turnovers to beat the Rockets for the fifth straight time.
Nets 91, Timberwolves 83
grizzlies 106, Lakers 93
MEMphIS, Tenn. — Darrell Arthur scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 19 as Memphis beat Los Angeles, handing the Lakers’ their fourth straight loss and 10th in 12 games.
MINNEApOLIS — brook Lopez strengthened his push for a spot on the All-Star team with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping brooklyn hold off Minnesota. The Nets improved to 12-2 under interim coach p.J. Carlesimo, and they’re 9-1 with their preferred starting lineup: Lopez, the NbA’s highest-scoring center, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans. Williams and Johnson scored 18 points apiece.
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College Football
Te’o tells Couric girl he knew died
From Wire Reports NEW YORK (Ap) — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o admitted to Katie Couric he answered questions about his “dead,” online girlfriend even after he received a call Dec. 6 from a woman posing as the fake person. Te’o also maintained he played no part in the hoax. pressed by Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, the All-American said he was convinced the woman he knew as Lennay Kekua died in September. Te’o claims he never met Kekua in person but developed a serious relationship with her through phone calls and electronic messages. “Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on Sept. 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on Sept. 12,” Te’o said in an interview to air Thursday on Couric’s syndicated talk show. A segment of the interview with Te’o and his parents was broadcast Wednesday on “good Morning America.” “Now I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she’s alive and then I’m going be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?” Te’o said. The heisman Trophy finalists made at least three references to his girlfriend in media interviews after Dec. 6, including during ESpN’s heisman presentation show on Dec. 8. Te’o’s father defended his son when Couric pointed out that many people don’t believe the Irish star, suspecting he used the situation for personal gain. “people can speculate about what they think he is. I’ve known him 21 years of his life. And he’s not a liar. he’s a kid,” brian Te’o said with tears in his eyes. On Tuesday, the woman whose photo was used as the “face” of the Twitter account of Te’o’s supposed girlfriend says the man allegedly behind the hoax confessed and apologized to her. Diane O’Meara told NbC’s “Today” show that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo used pictures of her without her knowledge in creating a fake woman called Lennay Kekua. Te’o told ESpN last week that Tuiasosopo had contacted him to apologize for the hoax soon after broke the news with a long report. Te’o told ESpN that not until Tuiasosopo confessed did he finally, fully realize Kekua did not exist.
In this Jan. 22, 2013 photo released by ABC, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, right, speaks with host Katie Couric during an interview for “Katie,” in New York. Te’o has told Katie Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn’t exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. Pressed by Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, Te’o said he believed that his girlfriend Lennay Kekua had died of cancer and didn’t lie about it until December. The interview will air today. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua, Disney-ABC, AP) Tuiasosopo has not commented on the scheme. The top FbI agent in northern Indiana said authorities don’t believe a crime was committed, so there is no investigation. “I don’t think there was any financial harm
to Mr. Te’o,” said Robert Ramsey, FbI supervisory special agent for northern Indiana. “There was no federal violation regarding the Internet hoax perpetrated against Mr. Te’o.” If there had been a crime, it would fall under federal jurisdiction, he said.
College Basketball
From Wire Reports AThENS, ga. (Ap) — No. 8 Florida shook off a sluggish first half and romped past another Southeastern Conference opponent, beating georgia 64-47 on Wednesday night behind 17 points from Scottie Wilbekin. Florida (15-2, 5-0 SEC) trailed 27-24 at halftime, making just 1 of 9 attempts beyond
No. 8 Florida starts slow but beats georgia 64-47
the 3-point arc. but the gators quickly turned things around after the break. Wilbeken and Mike Rosario hit consecutive 3s and forced georgia into three straight turnovers. The gators led the rest of way, holding georgia (7-11, 1-4) to only one field goal in the first 11 1-2 minutes of the second half. Despite never leading in the first half, Florida added to its run of dominance in conference play. The gators have won their first five SEC games by an average of nearly 25 points. Wilbeken, who was averaging 8.3 points a game, matched his career high from a November victory over Central Florida. Kenny boynton added 14 points, while Erik Murphy had 13. Florida already had beaten georgia 77-44 two weeks ago in gainesville, but the bulldogs were more competitive in this one, at least for a half. Kentavious Caldwell-pope led the home team with 16 points, but no other georgia player was in double figures. before a half-filled Stegeman Coliseum, the bulldogs went right at the gators from the opening tip, scoring the first six points and quickly building an 11-2 lead. Florida tied it a couple of times but, surprisingly, never had the lead before the break. georgia stayed on top with accurate shooting from beyond the arc, knocking down 6 of 11 by halftime. The gators, by comparison, made just 1 of 9. Caldwell-pope finished off the half by swishing a long 3-pointer just before the buzzer, sending the bulldogs racing off the court with the lead. It didn’t last. Florida has won 17 of the last 20 in the series and made up for a 76-62 loss in Athens late last season. The gators finished 8 of 20 on 3-pointers. georgia was coming off its first SEC win of the season, a 67-58 victory over LSu. but the bulldogs just didn’t have enough talent to knock off the gators, having already lost nonconference games at home to Youngstown State, Southern Miss and Iona. The bulldogs’ second-half woes were summed up by Kenny gaines, who went up for a dunk with about 5 minutes left but didn’t even clear the rim. The crowd groaned, many of them deciding that was a good time to head for home. by the end, about the only fans left were wearing blue. Fuller scored 14 points, bright added 12 and Jeter had 10 as the Commodores won their seventh straight against Auburn. Rob Chubb and Frankie Sullivan each scored 14 points and brian greene Jr. added 11 for the Tigers, who have dropped three straight.
LSu 58, Texas A&M 54
Vanderbilt 73, Auburn 61
NAShVILLE, Tenn. — Kedren Johnson scored 15 points to lead Vanderbilt over Auburn. Four players scored in double figures to help the Commodores (8-9, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) win consecutive games for the first time in more than a month. The Tigers (8-10, 2-3) cut the deficit to five points twice in the second half before Vanderbilt used the long ball to sprint away. Kyle Fuller, Sheldon Jeter and Kevin bright each drained 3-pointers during a 13-3 run. Rod Odom emphatically capped off the spurt with a two-handed dunk after Josh henderson found him streaking to the basket for a 52-37 lead with 12:28 left.
bATON ROugE, La. — Anthony hickey scored 10 points and grabbed 8 steals, as LSu head coach Johnny Jones picked up his first Southeastern Conference win by beating Texas A&M. The Tigers (10-6, 1-4) attempted 19 more shots than the Aggies (12-6, 2-3) but led for less than 10 minutes. The Aggies jumped out to a 19-5 lead and held the advantage from the game’s opening field goal until the 14:51 mark of the second half, when LSu’s Malik Morgan hit his only 3-point shot of the contest. The lead went back-and-forth until the 2:48 mark, when LSu guard Charles Carmouche stole the ball and raced the length of the court for a fast-break layup. The Tigers would not trail again.
No. 1 Duke falls hard on the road to Miami
By STEVEN WINE Associated Press CORAL gAbLES, Fla. — With a steady din coming from the sea of orange behind the visitors’ basket, No. 1-ranked Duke had a tough time making a shot. The blue Devils went more than 8 minutes without a field goal in the first half Wednesday night, and a sellout became a blowout for No. 25 Miami, which delighted a boisterous crowd with a 90-63 victory. The defeat was the third-worst ever for a No. 1 team, and Duke’s worst in nearly five years. Durand Scott scored a season-high 25 points for the hurricanes, and Kenny Kadji added a season-high 22. Shane Larkin had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Durham, N.C. native Julian gamble had 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Miami (14-3, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a No. 1 team for the first time, taking control with a stunning 25-1 run midway through the opening half. The blue Devils missed 13 consecutive shots despite numerous good looks, while four hurricanes hit 3-pointers during the run that transformed a 14-13 deficit into a 38-15 lead. Duke (16-2, 3-2) fell to 0-2 when playing on an opponent’s court. The blue Devils’ other loss came at North Carolina State, a defeat cost them the No. 1 ranking. They regained the top spot this week but seemed rattled by the capacity crowd, only the 10th in 10 years at Miami’s on-campus arena. Students began lining up for seats outside the arena
almost 24 hours before tipoff, a rarity for the attendance-challenged hurricanes. but South Florida loves a winner, and the hurricanes are alone atop the league standings. They won their sixth consecutive game and beat Duke for the second straight time — but only the fourth time in the 19-game series. Miami had been 0-6 against No. 1 teams. Coach Jim Larranaga also beat a No. 1 team for the first time. Seth Curry, Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook went a combined 1 for 29 for the blue Devils, who shot a season-low 30 percent. Rasheed Sulaimon led them with 16 points. Duke went 4 for 23 from 3-point range, while Miami went 9 for 19 and shot 57 percent overall. Miami senior center Reggie Johnson came off the bench in his first action since being sidelined with a broken left thumb Dec. 18. he had two points and five rebounds in 16 minutes. Kadji made two 3s during the hurricanes’ firsthalf spurt, then capped it with a three-point play. Duke shot 22 percent in the first half, including two for 11 on 3-pointers, and trailed 42-19 at halftime. There was no letup by the hurricanes to start the second half. They scored the first seven points to lead 49-19. A Duke mistake early in the second half had coach Mike Krzyzewski red-faced and on the court, screaming at his team. but he couldn’t inspire a turnaround. “Over-rated,” the fans chanted with 3 minutes left. When the game ended, they poured onto the court and mobbed their team.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 • Starkville Daily News • Page 9
Junior College Basketball
EMCC Lions win fifth-straight game
For Starkville Daily News SCOObA – On the strength of 15 made three-point baskets, the Lions of East Mississippi Community College claimed their fifth straight win with an 84-66 home triumph over rival Itawamba Community College Tuesday night in MACJC North Division play. In the women’s game, the visiting ICC Lady Indians posted a 65-45 victory over the Lady Lions at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The hot-shooting EMCC Lions grabbed an early double-digit lead at 18-6 six minutes into the contest following consecutive baskets by sophomore Jarekious bradley. Later in the half, Jacolby Mobley’s four-point play at the 8:12 mark pushed the advantage to 20 points (32-12). In going up by as many as 25 points (47-22) late in the half, the Lions owned a comfortable 47-28 halftime cushion. After connecting on 18-of-32 (56 percent) field goals, including 9-of-19 shooting from beyond the three-point arc in the opening half, the Lions continued their blistering pace following the intermission with three more made treys early in the second stanza. Following a dry the victory marked EMCC’s 10th consecutive series win over Itawamba dating back to the 2008-09 season under the guidance of head coach Mark White. For the game, the EMCC men shot 58 percent from the field on 33-of-57 field goals, including an even 50 percent (15-of-30) from 3-point range. In addition, the Lions were credited with 22 assists on their 33 made field goals for the night. Improving to 11-4 overall and remaining unbeaten in four division outings, the EMCC Lions were led by Mobley and bradley with 25 and 21 points, respectively. A freshman from Starkville high School, Mobley hit 9-of-12 shots from the field, including 5-of-8 accuracy from three-point land. Evening their record to 8-8 overall and 1-4 within the division, the ICC Indians were paced by Quintin Lee’s 19 points. The ICC Lady Indians never trailed in the women’s contest. With the visitors owning a 31-21 halftime lead, EMCC’s Lady Lions battled to keep the margin within reach during the early portion of the second half. Wilma Davis’ 3-pointer made it a 12-point (46-34)
spell, in which the Indians outscored EMCC 9-2 during a 5-minute stretch to cut the deficit to 14 points (62-48) with 8:55 remaining, bradley got the home team back on track by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to bump up the margin to 20 points by the 7:46 mark. From there, the Lions’ lead ballooned to a game-high 26 points (77-51) on a three-point play by Mobley with 5:17 left in the game. Settling for the convincing 18-point decision,
contest with around 13 minutes remaining, but Itawamba answered with four-straight baskets to increase its lead to 20 points. The EMCC women could only get as close as 15 points the rest of the way in falling to 3-12 overall and 1-3 in division play. head coach Sharon Thompson’s Lady Lions were led by freshmen Savannah Kimmons and Davis, of West point, with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Improving to 10-6 overall and 4-1 within the division, the Lady Indians were paced by Ty-Nita baker’s double-double performance of 23 points and 11 rebounds. The East Mississippi basketball teams stay in division play by traveling to Senatobia to take on Northwest Mississippi Community College today in a hoops doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.. All EMCC basketball games throughout the 2012-13 season are slated to be video-streamed live on the school’s ustream channel at www., which can be easily accessed through the school’s newly launched athletics website,
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Stephens defeats Serena Williams, creates quite stir
By JOHN PYE Associated Press MELbOuRNE, Australia — Sloane Stephens wiped away tears as she thought about hanging a poster of herself on a wall in the place of her childhood hero. The 19-year-old American seemed to be in shock, barely able to compute how she’d produced the upset of the Australian Open by beating 15-time major winner Serena Williams in the quarterfinals Wednesday. It was her first trip that far in seven grand Slam tournaments. A poster of Williams had adorned the wall on Stephens’ bedroom as a child. Now, in her view, they’re peers. “This is so crazy,” Stephens said in a post-match TV interview after rallying from a set and a break down against an injured and angry Williams. “Oh my goodness. I think I’ll put a poster of myself (up) now.” The 29th-seeded Stephens won 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. She calmed the nerves and started swinging harder and lifting her tempo at 4-3 in the second. That’s when Williams jarred her back trying to pull up before the net as she chased down a drop shot. Williams let out a loud scream and hopped away. Stephens had a look back over the net, seemingly in concern. Williams started taking time between points, limping, and trying to stay in the shade at the back of the court. Williams later called for the trainer between games. She had a three-minute medical timeout and came back serving at a pace well below her usual speed. “Well, at that point you just have to pretend like nothing’s wrong,” Williams said. “You think of worst case scenarios. You know, I just thought, Ok, just pretend nothing’s wrong and just try your best.” Stephen’s surprise win did instant wonders for her celebrity. before the match, Stephens said she had about 17,000 followers on Twitter. A few hours after reaching her first grand Slam semifinal, she had more than 40,000. And she sounded like an excited schoolgirl as she gushed about receiving a congratulatory tweet from American singer John Legend. “I want John Legend to sing at my wedding!” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh my god. he tweeted me. What can I do?’” She re-tweeted the sentiments from Legend: “Just found out her dad is John Stephens from the pats. (that’s my real name) I had his football card when I was a kid. I was so proud, ha ha.” Stephens’ father, former New England patriots player, died in 2009. Retired basketball star Shaquille O’Neal sent a message that read: “When u defeat a legend you become a legend.” The Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki wrote, “Wow. What a win for Sloane. Some amazing defense. She gets every ball back.” Stephens checked her phone during her post-match news conference and said there were 213 text messages waiting for her. Like many a teenager, her first concern was about how high her phone bill might be. “I thought it was free to receive text messages, but someone told me otherwise,” she said. her mother “is going to be like, ‘The money you were going to buy yourself something nice with, you’re going to pay your phone bill.’” She’s set for her biggest payday, regardless of the result in Thursday’s semifinal against defending champion Victoria Azarenka, who beat two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-1 in the previous match in Rod
Sloane Stephens hits a forehand return to compatriot Serena Williams during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open on Wednesday. (Photo by Andy Wong, AP) Laver Arena. The semifinal losers earn $525,000, double what the quarterfinal losers receive. For Williams, there’s a further $1,500 deduction after she was fined for racket abuse. Stephens had practiced with Williams for the Fed Cup, but had played her only once, a straight sets loss at the brisbane International earlier this month. “brisbane helped me because I got the first time we played out of the way,” she said. “First time is always tough. Definitely I was glad that I got it there ... it helped me raise my level.” She’ll need to maintain that level within 24 hours to play the top-ranked Azarenka on Thursday. That will follow the semifinal between No. 2-ranked Maria Sharapova and No. 6 Li Na, the 2011 French Open champion. The makeup of the men’s semifinals was as expected, although all but one of the four players had some difficulties getting there. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will continue his bid for a third consecutive Australian title Thursday when he takes on No. 4 David Ferrer. No. 2 Roger Federer and No. 3 Andy Murray will meet Friday. Djokovic had to get through a five-hour five-setter against No. 15 Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round. Ferrer had trouble in his quarterfinal against fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, who served for the match in the third and fourth sets before losing in five. Federer, a 17-time grand Slam champion, hadn’t dropped serve in the tournament until the first set against 2008 finalist JoWilfried Tsonga on Wednesday. he ended up with a struggle on his hands before advancing to his 10th consecutive Australian Open semifinal with a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 win in 3 hours, 34 minutes. “I thought he played very aggressive,” Federer said. “I love those four-set or five-set thrillers, and I was part of one tonight.” Murray beat Jeremy Chardy of France 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 earlier Wednesday and hasn’t dropped a set this tournament. Stephens’ previous best run at a major tournament was at last year’s French Open, where she was the first American teenager to reach the fourth round since Williams in 2001. She was the youngest player in the year-end top 50 despite missing the last six weeks of the season with an abdominal injury. “I took a lot of time off just kind of being a normal kid, doing whatever,” she said. That means shopping, social networking and other things teens do. Stephens was under real pressure early, and it showed. She double-faulted to give Williams triple break point in the eighth game, but could save only two. Williams started pumping her fist and yelling, “Come On.” Williams broke her serve again in the opening game of the second set. “From then on, I got aggressive, started coming to the net more and just got a lot more comfortable,” Stephens said. That paid off when she broke back in the fourth game. Williams had injured her ankle in her first-round win, and
the back injury compounded her problems in what she said later was her worst major tournament in a long time. The five-time Australian champion shanked a forehand to fall behind 2-1 in the third, then smashed her racket into the court, twice, flinging it toward the courtside chairs. She picked up her service speed and was called for a foot fault, further annoying her. Williams got the first break of the set and seemed to be back on track for victory, but Stephens answered immediately. Serving to stay in the match, Williams hit an attempted passing shot long and looked up to the sky, muttering to herself. She hit backhands into the net on the next two points, and her winning streak had ended. Williams walked around the net post to shake Stephens’ hand. The quick turnaround between matches makes it difficult for Stephens’ family to make it to Australia for her semifinal. “I’m kind of upset my mom’s not here, and my brother,” she said.
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getting the balls to those goal scorers.” bennett did not think the Jackets played their best on the artificial surface of the Mississippi State football practice field during a 2-1 victory at New hope last Friday. he was glad to be back on the familiar turf of Yellowjacket Stadium. “It’s a good way to open the playoffs with a good strong showing,” bennett said. “The surface helps. We were able to play longer balls, let it hang up for us and give us a chance to get under them. On that hard surface, that just doesn’t happen. I was very pleased with the effort.” Starkville improved its record to 15-1-1 and hosts hernando Saturday in the second round. The Jackets play at 4 p.m. and following the ShS girls’ match against Center hill at 2 p.m. Despite the competition getting tougher, gordon believes the Jackets are set to meet the challenge. “We’re a small team, but we have to play hard against those big guys,” gordon said. different (tonight), but we’ll be playing against A&M and those kids,” Schaefer said. “Obviously, I know those kids well and helped recruit them, Johnnie and I both, so it’s going to be a unique deal.” Mississippi State may have records of 8-10 overall and 1-5 in the SEC, but blair expects the bulldogs to play much better than their record. “We’re going to get their best game,” blair said. “They’ve been off a week before playing us. I’m sure they are getting healthier and the (Kendra) grant kid is having a great year and (Martha) Alwal is one of the best post players in the league.” grant leads MSu by scoring 12.7 points per game, while Alwal is averaging 11.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per outing. Even though the bulldogs have yet to win in the SEC, Schaefer said the goal is to become better each day and that Wednesday was one of those days where they did improve. “We had a real good day and you continue to lay the wood so to speak,” Schaefer said. “We are laying a foundation and we won’t be finished laying a foundation around here for a few years. It’s just teaching kids how to play hard and how to compete. These young ladies are wonderful. We just continue to teach them on and off the court.”
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able to do for this program. “Eventually, you’ve got to say thank you and it’s time for you to go on to your next job, the next place and try to move up that ladder. That’s what all of them are trying to do.” It’s not the first time blair and Schaefer have coached against each other. blair remembers the time when his Stephen F. Austin team was almost beaten at home by Schaefer’s Sam houston State squad. With that to consider, blair won’t be entering humphrey Coliseum with the thought it’s going to be easy for the Aggies, who enter the matchup with records of 14-5 overall and 4-1 in the league. “On paper, I’ve got the better team, but paper doesn’t win games,” blair said. “The difference for this game is our kids will be fired up out of respect for that coaching staff and for what they did. We’re going to come in there and play Mississippi State like we would play a Kentucky or Tennessee. That’s respect.” Schaefer is familiar with the Texas A&M personnel, including junior Kelsey bone, who averages a double-double with 17.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. “It will certainly be a little
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