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Friday, June 28, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 179
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City ranked among best in smarts
By MARY GARRISON “Smarty-pants” may carry new weight when it comes to Starkville. Lumosity — a San Francisco-based organization specializing in online “brain training” games — released a study on Thursday which ranked the 100 “smartest cities” in the U.S. in overall cognitive ability from data collected of users. Starkville came in at No. 34. Oxford, the only other Mississippi city to crack the top 100, came in at No. 74. The study looked at five core areas of development: speed, attention, flexibility, memory and problem solving. Only geographic regions with a minimum of 500 users that could be tied to a population base of at least 10,000 were evaluated. Users were separated by gender and into age
Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum speaks to the estimated 4,000 fans gathered at Dudy Noble Field Thusday night for a celebration of Bulldog baseball as Wes Rea, left, and athletic director Scott Stricklin, right, listen in. Mississippi State just completed the best season in school history with an appearance in the finals of the College World Series. For more on the night’s festivities, see sports page 6. (Photo by Dana Smith, For Starkville Daily News)
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Center to assist expectant moms
By ZACK PLAIR Shock. Uncertainty. Fear. Women who face “crisis” pregnancies could easily feel all of those things, according to Ruth Baareman of Starkville, and as they grasp for a handle on their newfound situation, some of these women may also battle shame and wonder how friends and loved ones will respond. Baareman is president of a board forming the faith-based Starkville Pregnancy Care Center, which will aim to help these women make some of the toughest decisions of their lives. Though the group hasn’t yet found a facility or hired an executive director, it has a board, a medical director, a plan and more than $200,000 in raised donations. The group hopes to find a facility and begin clinic operations by fall. The pregnancy care center, a nonprofit, non-denominational clinic for women facing unexpected pregnancies, plans to offer basic medical care — such as pregnancy tests and limited ultrasounds — as well as counseling services. Those counseling services would include informing the women of their options, Baareman said, whether it be parenting, adoption or even abortion procedures and their risks. “Sometimes there’s apprehen-
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Student loan rates feared to double Water park may open July 4
By ALEX HOLLOWAY Federal student loan interest rates are set to double on Monday. Unless Congress agrees to a last-minute deal, the rate for federal subsidized Stafford loans, which currently sits at 3.4 percent, will double to 6.8 percent. The interest hike will affect all new student loans — existing loans will keep their current rates. Paul McKinney, director of student aid at Mississippi State University, said the approaching interest rate increase won’t be the first. “They [Congress] did this last year, too,” he said. “July 1 came and By KAITLYN BYRNE Oktibbeha County Lake will soon be more than just a popular fishing spot — a water park is projected to open on the lake July 4. Wet N Wild Beach and RV owners — former Mississippi State University men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury, Mary Stansbury, Debbie Barnett and John Barnett —leased the lake from the county in order to build the park, which will feature water slides, a beach, concession stand and campground. Debbie Barnett said Wet N Wild Beach and RV would have a 12-foot tall tower with double tunnel slides and a 40-foot tall tower with a speed slide and a reverse-figure-eight slide. She said something that set Wet N Wild Beach and RV’s slides apart from other water parks was the slides exited into the lake instead of pools of water.
The speed slide and reverse-figure-eight slide are two of the attractions at Wet N Wild Beach and RV. The park is set to open July 4. (Photo by Kaitlyn Byrne)
Debbie said the accompanying 24acre camp ground gave local families an opportunity to have a vacation experience without traveling. She said the campground offered camp sites for RVs, as well as primitive camp sites for tents. “I thought Starkville doesn’t offer much for families, so this can help that,” Debbie said. “This is a place where you can come spend the day
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Happy Birthday!
Ashley Parker
Is there someone you’d like to wish a happy birthday? Submit names with a $5 donation to the Oktibbeha County Humane Society. Call Kayleen at 662-323-1642 by 5 p.m. two days before the birthday.
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Around Town
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 Starkville Community Theatre — Starkville Community Theatre is proud to present Project P.L.A.Y.’s The Rhythm. It will run at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Ticket costs are $8 for adults, and $5 for children. Children 3 and under are free. u Class Reunion — The Starkville High School class of 1988 will have a 25-year reunion at 5 p.m. today and Saturday. The reunion will meet at the Starkville Sportsplex today and at the Hunter Henry Center on Saturday. For more information, contact Dwen Outlaw-Williams at doutlawwil@ u Ingram family reunion — The family Sherman “Sport” Ingram will be today through Sunday. To learn more about your family, call Alfred “Boss Hogg” Ingram at 662-7696981 or Gloria Ingram-Hubbard at 662-323-5504. Participation is needed and welcomed. u Usher Union session — It will take place at 6 p.m. at Christian Faith M.B. Church at 701 Whitfield St. Pastor Dennis Johnson will deliever the sermon, accompanied by Mt. Airy Church family. All churches and ushers are welcomed. For more information, contact Minister Marcella J. Tipton at 662-4183776. u Shabbat Service and Oneg — The service will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Temple B’Nai Istrael at 717 Second Avenue North in Columbus.
class from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. beginning today in the OCH Aerobic Room. A form of moving meditation, Tai Chi emphasizes slow, gentle movements with deep breathing and meditation to relax the body and quiet the mind. The class will be led by Dr. Armando de la Cruz and will involve a variety of styles which leads to improved strength, coordination, flexibility, balance and better sleep. The fee for the class is $30 for Wellness Connection members and $40 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. Call 323-WELL (9355) for more information. u Alzheimer’s support group — The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at A105 Starkville Church of Christ at 613 East Lee Boulevard. For more information, contact Sara Murphy at (601) 987-0020.
Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum will be holding its annual fundraising benefit “Denim and Diamonds” at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Shrine Club. In keeping with a western theme, a BBQ buffet will be served, followed by dancing, a raffle for jewelry and silent auction of quality items. “Legends: Past and Present” recipients will be honored again. Tickets ($35 each) will go on sale July 8 at the Book Mart, Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum and from any FOM board member. Pictured are (from left) Ava Moore, Patsy Stuart, Fairfax Montgomery, Libby Thompson, Armondo de la Cruz, Wanda Thorne and Warren Housley. (Submitted photo) the Sessums community, along with the public, are invited to attend. For more information, call Walter Conley at 323-6715 or 312-7378. u Benefit for Elnora RiceBuckhalter — Linda Yeates will host a benefit for Elnora Rice Buckhalter. We ask all who are interested to render two selections. All proceeds will go toward medical bills, medicines, current treatments, travel costs and future treatments. It will be at the Greensboro Center at 6 p.m. For more information, contact one of the hosts at (662) 418-8103 or (662) 6152684. u Starkville Music Camp — First United Methodist Church will host a Summer Music Camp 2013 for children who have completed grades third through sixth. Summer Music Camp 2013 will begin on July 22 and end on July 26. The registration of $50 per camper includes lunch and snacks each day, all materials needed and a Summer Music Camp 2013 Tshirt. Registration is now open to children throughout the community. The deadline for registration is June 30. A minimum of 25 must register in order for the camp to take place. Registration forms are available at the church office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or on-line at Any questions should be directed to Peter Infanger, director of Music Ministries at 662-323-5722 or by email at peter@first-umc. org. u FBC Mathiston — There will be a special patriotic celebration at 6 p.m. at FBC Mathiston under the direction of Jason Carson. The program will feature Webster County Baptist Association Choir and Orchestra performing a variety of patriotic music. Musicians from “Our biggest complaint has been that we are privatizing the lake,” she said. “It is still open to the public. Anyone can come pay the fee for the beach or buy a boat pass.” Debbie said although the pass included boating, the entire lake was now a wake-free zone, and no water skis, jet skis or towables were allowed. “You can’t get any speed on the water,” she said. “We will have such a large swimming area, so you just can’t do it. We want to keep it peaceful and quiet like it is.” Debbie said nets, trot lines and noodling were not allowed throughout Webster County will participate in this special event. For more information about the event, contact Jason Carson at (662) 258-3491. u Lindsey Chapel U.M. Church — Lindsey Chapel U.M. Church is celebrating 41 years of church anniversary at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Our guest speaker is Rev. Jimmy Forest. u New Zion U.M. Church — New Zion U.M. Church, located 2169 South Montgomery St., will hold hymnal singing at 6 p.m. Contact Curtis Bush Jr. at 312-9959. The public is invited. editor of the Mississippi Quarterly. Revenue from the sale of books is used to support library projects. u Rotary Club — Starkville Rotary Club’s weekly meeting will focus on Rotary International Foundation, the not-forprofit corporation that supports all of Rotary’s worldwide efforts to achieve peace and understanding. The speaker will be Larry Mullins, past club president. Rotary meets each Monday noon at Starkville Country Club. u Oktibbeha County School District — The Oktibbeha County School District will hold its regular meeting at noon in the Central Office at 106 West Main St.
u In Concert: The Landmarks Quartet — The Landmarks Quartet will perform at Church of God of Prophecy on Highway 15 N. in Maben at 6 p.m. on June 30. u In Concert: The Landmarks Quartet — The Landmarks Quartet will perform at Victory Baptist Church on Hwy. 15 S. in Mathiston. Lunch will be served at noon, and music will begin at 1 p.m. on June 30.
u The Friends of the Starkville Public Library — The Friends of the Starkville Public Library will hold its monthly book sale from noon to 6 p.m. Featured are “Christmas in July” books, and fiction books published 2002 to 2005 are offered “buy one, get one free.” There is a continuation of the large donation of books from the literary collection of a former English professor at Mississippi State University and
u Sessums Day Celebration — The sixth annual Sessums Day Celebration will be held on June 29 at the Sessums Community Park, which is located on Railroad Spur in the Sessums community Gates open at noon, and entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. All families should bring their own food, lawn chairs, etc. All current and former residents of
u Family reunion trip — There will be a bus going to St. Louis, Mo., on July 19 through July 21. The deadline to register is today. For more information please call (662) 323-1993 or (662) 312-5710. u Tai Chi class — The Wellness Connection at OCH Regional Medical Center will offer an eight-week Tai Chi
u The Starkville Community Market — The Starkville Community Market (corner of Jackson & Lampkin Streets) is in need of volunteers to assist in the setting up and taking down of the market every Saturday this summer. If you are interested in lending a helping hand, please contact Jamey Matte by phone at 601-888-5826 or by email at u 8 Habits of Successful Relationships and Active Parenting — There will be a class on the 8 Habits of Successful Relationships and Active Parenting at the Emerson Family Resource Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in May. Barbara Culberson BSF Marriage Counselor and Elmarie Carr Brooks, Project CARE Manager will lead classes. All classes must be attended to complete the program. Call 662-320-4607 to register. u Teen Parenting Coalition classes — Teen Parenting Coalision Nuturing Parenting classes will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 662320-4607 to register. u Starkville Area Arts Council Grants — Applications for the 2013-2014 Starkville Area Arts Council Grants are available through June 30. Application forms are available at the SAAC office, located in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Building at 101 South Lafayette Street, Suite
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with family, or you can come spend a night or two — or even a week — instead of having to go far away and spend money elsewhere instead of in town.” Despite hearing positive
feedback about the park’s opening, Debbie said the owners had also received complaints regarding public fishing on the lake. To help ease concerns, Debbie said the park would sell annual permits for boating and fishing, which allowed permit-holders to use the water 365 days a year.
while fishing on any portion of the lake. Although people cannot fish on the banks near the water park, Debbie said the owners would not stop people from fishing on the banks near the south side of the lake and Harrell Road. “Boat permits are required for fishing out on the water, but we are not going to stop people from fishing on the banks away from the park,” she said. “We have the right to charge a daily fishing fee for that, but we are not going to.” When the park was still in the planning stages, County Administrator Don Posey said
he received complaints that the water park would restrict fishing, but he said those concerns were mostly eliminated now. Posey said the county and owners went through a long negotiation process to reach this final result. Although the Wet N Wild Beach and RV now leases the entire lake, he said that decision was also heavily discussed. Originally the owners planned to only lease a portion of the lake but were recently granted permission to lease the entire lake. “Everybody that I’ve talked to who complained seems glad now with the arrangement,”
Posey said. “I don’t have any concerns about the park. Everything’s worked out so people can fish, and the children will have some entertainment.” After running into rain delays and postponing the originally-planned Memorial Day grand opening, Debbie said she was relieved the July 4 opening looked realistic. “We just can’t wait to see people on the beach, enjoying the camp grounds and seeing the sunrises and sunsets that we’ve seen out here,” she said. “I promise you no one wants it open any quicker than we do.”
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Ward 4 hearing reset for July 24
SDN staff Candidates in the Ward 4 Democratic primary will have to wait just a little longer before a conclusion can be reached. Lester Williamson Jr., specialappointed judge from the 10th District Circuit Court, met with counsel for alderman candidates Jason Walker and John Gaskin — Lydia Quarles and David Mays, respectively — on Thursday to determine the validity of Gaskin's civil suit against the Democratic Municipal Election Committee and Walker contesting the results of the primary. However, Williamson said it might not be within his jurisdiction to hear the case. "The law says judicial review should be filed within 10 days after contest has been filed with the executive committee," Williamson said. "The initial petition was filed May 24 … the petition for judicial review wasn't filed until June 11. That's 18 days." Williamson said the statute had changed from a time frame "forthwith" to the 10-day threshold in 2012 to streamline operations and clarify the boundaries of election petitions. "Election laws are very particular, and there are reasons for that," Williamson said. "It costs a lot of money to redo an election." Williamson rescheduled the hearing to 1:30 p.m. July 24 at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse Annex to give Mays time to examine the law and prepare any argument to consider the petition. Mays filed a civil suit with the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court clerk's office on Gaskin's behalf June 11 in hopes of getting a judge to review Democratic Municipal Election Committee procedures during the May 7 primary. Walker defeated Gaskin by an 194-190 in the primary, after the committee counted 12 affidavit ballots and disallowed four. Gaskin, through interim attorney Matt Wilson, later claimed the DMEC did not handle the affidavit counting process properly.
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went and of course, Congress, doing what Congress does, waited a while and after about two or three weeks they finally put it back down to 3.4 percent for the subsidized loans only. So they kicked the can down the road, so to speak, and only extended it for one year.” McKinney said the university didn’t see much of an impact from last year’s temporary rate increase. A subsidized Stafford loan is a federallyprovided student loan that doesn’t accrue interest or require repayment as long as the borrower is enrolled in school with at least six credit hours, according to McKinney. An unsubsidized Stafford loan is a federallyprovided loan that does accrue interest and requires repayment while the borrower is enrolled. McKinney said subsidized loans had other benefits as well. For example, if the borrower is unemployed after graduating, repayment can be deferred for a time. The government also works with borrowers of subsidized loans to fit payments according to their income. Ethan Archer, an incoming freshman who was at Mississippi State for an orientation session on Thursday, and his parents, Hugh and Michelle, expressed concern about the looming interest rate increase. “It’s very concerning,” Michelle said. “I
think it’d have a big impact. He’s looking at vet school, so that’s eight years of school. That’s a lot of time for interest to compile.” Ethan agreed. “It’s going to affect me,” he said. “I mean, I’m gonna have to pay that money back somewhere down the road and higher interest would just make that harder.” Hugh said he wasn’t certain that Congress would reach a deal in time to prevent the rate increase, but he wasn’t optimistic. Phil Bonfanti, executive director of enrollment for Mississippi State University, said he didn’t think the interest hike would have much effect on students going to college. “I don’t know that it’ll have an immediate impact on enrollment, or student decisions,” he said. “It’s unfortunate. We would obviously prefer to see the interest rates stay at 3.4 percent like they are now. It’s already expensive to go to school, and we’re sensitive to that. Jennifer Rogers, director of the State Financial Aid office, said the interest hike wouldn’t impact state loans. “The state only offers forgivable loans,” Rogers said. “That means student completes a service obligation and the loan turns into a scholarship. State loans are only given to students for fields where there is a workforce shortage. If the student chooses to repay the loan, all state loans are at an interest rate equal to the unsubsidized Stafthose the decision affected. “A lot of women who come to the clinics are abortion-minded,” Kight said. “We won’t shame them or do anything like that. We’ll present facts to them. Usually we’ll give them literature. “This is a life-changing decision, and we want them to have all the tools in their arsenal so these women can make wise and educated decisions about their child,” Kight added. “That said, our prayer is that they’ll choose life for their child.” However, Kight said the center would not distribute birth control. “We’re a Christian, nonprofit organization and everything we do is based on scripture,” Kight said. “The best thing to wear for safe sex is a wedding dress.” After the board officially formed about a year ago, members approached Dr. Jacob Brown, an obstetrician/gynecologist with the Starkville Clinic for Women, to be the pregnancy care center medical director. Brown said he was honored the board asked him, and he saw the role as an extension of what he did professionally. “A lot of people, once they find out they’re pregnant, are wanting to find out their options,” Brown said. “A lot of times, these women are abortion vulnerable. … It’s all about taking care of patients, meeting them where they are and making sure they have all their questions answered.” Baareman said the board was narrowing down potential properties that could house the center. She said the board would
ford loans. So as of now, the rate increase won’t affect those loans.” McKinney said more Mississippi State students took out unsubsidized loans than subsidized loans. He said some students can only take out unsubsidized loans, while others can take subsidized and unsubsidized loans. During the fall 2012 semester, the most recent semester, for which he had data, 39 percent of Mississippi State’s students took out a subsidized Stafford loan. He added subsidized Stafford loans were not available to graduate students. “If you fill out a FAFSA, we’re going to offer you an unsubsidized loan,” Bonfanti said. “No matter what your situation is, you’re set. Because you’re a student, you have the option to take out a Stafford loan rather than going the other route and taking out a private loan. But you have to show financial need to get the Stafford loan. So what they’re doing is raising the interest rates on the people that need this the most.” McKinney said he believed the interest rates would be lowered after the increase, like they were last year. “I suspect that at the end of the day, it’ll go back to 3.4 percent,” he said. “That’s just my opinion. But it won’t be on July 1 — it’ll be another two or three weeks into the month of July. None of them want to go back to their constituents and say ‘I didn’t get you 3.4 percent’ or ‘I didn’t support education.”
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sion. They’re scared. Many times they don’t know what to do,” Baareman said. “We want to provide a loving, non-judgmental atmosphere to talk to them and explain to them their options.” Eventually, Baareman said she hoped the facility could provide sexually-transmitted infection testing for both men and women. All services at the clinic will be free. Baareman and Linda Kight, another center board member, both moved from Alabama to Starkville with their families several years ago. Kight volunteered and later became a staff member at a pregnancy care center in Alabama. The two said they discovered Starkville was the only city connected with a Southeastern Conference university that didn’t have a care center for crisis pregnancies, and about two years ago they started laying the ground work for this project. While the center will stand principally against abortion, Kight said the board would not tolerate center staff or volunteers pressuring or coercing clients to avoid that option. The center will also allow clients to indicate on their initial information forms whether they want counselors to share their faith or pray with them. Kight said the center would not cast women who made that decision from their midst, either. In fact, the center plans to offer abortion recovery counseling to help
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brackets of under 35, 35-55 and 55-85. Lumosity analysts calculated average game scores measuring the aforementioned areas in each of the three age groups in relation to geographic location. Median scores determined overall ranking. All totaled, the study evaluated results from more than 3.3 million Lumosity users, in 1,309 cities nationwide. Starkville’s representation came from a pool of 787 participants. The results are not all that surprising given the presence of Mississippi State University, said Daniel Sternberg, Lumosity data scientist. Most of the top metro areas contain major research universities, which suggests that education is an important predictor of cognitive performance,” Sternberg said. “Neuroscience research has found that those who are engaged in learning and cognitive stimulating activities throughout the lifetime build up a “cognitive reserve” that helps maintain and improve cognitive performance. This study supports that notion, suggesting that one of the most important things you can do for your brain is to keep cognitively active in new and challenging ways. Almost all of the top 100 cities are college towns.” Sid Salter, director of MSU relations, said the university focused on its curriculum as a research-based institution with programs geared toward advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics which would naturally bolster those abilities within the surrounding community. A high concentration of faculty and students devoted to these core studies could contribute to those numbers, he said. However, he said studies such as these should be taken “with a grain of salt.” “We want to be relevant in every community in this state,” Salter said. “So long as we continue to develop our initiatives within those communities and continue to offer the quality education in those core areas … we feel like if we do a good job in that the rankings will take care of themselves.” Sternberg said it was important to remember that the pool of users evaluated was based from those already seeking to maximize brain function and
advance educational potential. A smaller population could contribute to higher results, as well. “Larger metros tend to do less well in part because they are large, which leads to more diverse populations,” Sternberg said. “College towns may have a higher density of the types of individuals who are likely to become part of a knowledge economy (and academic researchers certainly form part of this economy), as well as advanced degrees, whereas big cities such as the New York metro, and even the Bay Area have a much more varied population.” Still, Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said he felt the study was credible and would prove a positive force when marketing the community to potential economic development opportunities. “This is another tool that can go in our toolbag,” Wiseman said. “In the past three years, Starkville has been recognized as Mississippi’s healthiest hometown by Blue Cross, Blue Shield Foundation. … We’re just one of a handful from the southeast region that has received the Playful City USA designation. All of these things, plus this recognition, distinguish us from other communities. More often than not communities that are able to demonstrate that they offer a high quality of life are going to be successful in winning those (economic) opportunities because they have established themselves as ideal places to live and work.” Tori Holloway, assistant superintendent in the Starkville School District, said the ranking also indicated the foundation the city’s public schools laid as much as the university. Holloway said the study could, however, bring more attention to the network provided by the city, public schools, MSU and East Mississippi Community College. “It just reiterates that this city places a priority on continuing education,” Holloway said. “Our senior class was offered over $3 million in scholarships this year, and we produced three presidential scholars at Mississippi State.” Sternberg said Lumosity planned to continue the study each year, gathering further, more detailed information to include cognitive performance improvement over time as the site continued to grow. messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room. Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-3236290.
also hire an executive director and a nurse manager for the center before building a network of volunteers that would include nurses, counselors and office workers. Volunteering would be no simple matter, Baareman said, and the center won’t accept just anyone. All volunteers must be trained on the center’s mission, vision and procedures, as well as sign eight statements of agreement, including statements of faith, purity and one agreeing with the clinic’s overall mission. Through that, she said, volunteers would understand helping at the clinic was a commitment. Also since the board formed, the organization has hosted three fundraising events that have raised more than $200,000. One event alone, a fundraising dinner in April at Starkville Sportsplex, raised $191,000 for the clinic. Baareman said she estimated the clinic’s annual budget at $250,000-270,000, and would be fully funded by donations and private pledges. The organization is planning a fall fundraiser that will involve local churches. Board vice president Matthew Rye said he became involved with the group because of his Christian belief that life began at conception. Though the road bringing the clinic to fruition had been bumpy at times, he said public response to the group’s efforts had been overwhelming. “Through the response we have gotten, it’s obvious that God wants us to move forward.”
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18, or online att For more information, call 662-324-3080. u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Community spirit refreshing reminder
Just about any journalist who’s been around long enough will tell you, we see just a little bit of everything, and that’s the way it should be. The nature of the beast, if you will. It’s been said that journalism is the last refuge of the generalist. You have to be interested in just a little bit of everything to really be successful in what you do. After all, you can’t really make something interesting for your readers if you can’t find any interest in the subject you’re covering. It shows, and it’s a disservice to everyone involved. That said, it’s also something of a curse, because we really do see a little bit of everything and often, those things are not pleasant. I’ve seen many reporters jaded by the worst of humankind. Once you’ve covered court cases where the defendant is accused of having so many thousands of files of child pornography or accidents involving pieces of bodies, by the time all is said and done, it’s easy to let it happen. I’ve found that truly, the term “human” is entirely relative. Just because a person is a breathing, cognizant individual, doesn’t mean there’s a good spirit below the surface; there could be a monster at the root of it all. You get tired, and it’s all too simple to let the darkest moments of the job seep into the best of us. However, there are those moments that gives us some respite. I’ve seen a great many of them right here in Mary Garrison Starkville. Neighbors reNews Editor ally are willing to be neighbors and jump to the aid of another in a purely altruistic sense. It’s one of the more refreshing aspects of this community — that the term “community” actually fits. It’s a simple thing to look at, but this week is a prime example. When MSU’s baseball team went to the championship game … I’ve never seen an entire town (and beyond) rally like this one. People outright packed up and went in droves to Omaha and even here to Dudy Noble to support a handful of boys just hoping to make their school proud. Can you imagine how that support must have felt? The aftermath is no less touching, really. We didn’t win? So what. Doesn’t mean the Starkville is any less proud, and that shows, too. Thursday night’s welcome home celebration at the field is evidence enough. The point is, while it seems so small a thing, I’ve never seen such
community pride. It’s a moving sentiment, and it reminds me of the best in us. It’s something I all too easily forget, so when I’m reminded in those day-to-day ways, it’s humbling. But I’m OK with that. We like to think we know everything, that once you’ve dealt with the bad and the good you’ve tasted it all and nothing surprises you anymore. And that may be true, but humble pie never hurt anyone. Kudos Starkville, you’ve fed me mine.
Mary Garrison is the news editor at Starkville Daily News. She can be contacted at
Russell: A bit of this, a bit of that; mostly dumb
By MARTY RUSSELL Some thoughts on the news this week which has not been exactly a stellar week for news unless you’re watching the George Zimmerman/ Michael Jackson trials or the birth of another Kardashian which I’m pretty sure is one of the Biblical signs of the Apocalypse. Let’s start with Edward Snowden, the young high school dropout who spilled the beans on the government’s surveillance of all our phone and Internet usage and is now the topic of speculation as to where he’ll go next to avoid being extradited to the United States. He faces possible trial on espionage charges here. Someone really ought to buy him a red and white striped pointed cap with a tassel on top and then we could all play Where’s Waldo? Is it just me or does this guy not seem to be playing with a full deck? I mean who leaves Hawaii where he had a nice house, a job with a salary most of us only dream of and a poledancing girlfriend to move to Iceland, as is speculated to be one of his final destinations? And we learned Tuesday from Russian President Putin that while Snowden is, indeed, in Russia, he’s just been hanging out at the airport for a couple of days. Who would choose to spend time in an airport? Most of us who have had to on occasion would rather spend time at Guantanamo. Then there’s poor Paula Deen, an older white woman from the South accused of being a racist. Imagine that. No word on whether the Supreme Court took Deen and her ilk into account when striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act Tuesday. Deen, who has lost most of her TV work and endorsements in the wake of the allegations, has admitted to using the ‘n’ word on occasion. But the reporters and broadcasters never define the ‘n’ word for us. I’m assuming it’s nuked, as in Paula saying, and then I nuked that casserole for 30 seconds and it was done. That’s certainly a crime for anyone who passes themselves off as a consummate cook. But the story that really had me intrigued this week is that ancient Egyptian statue in a museum in Manchester, England, that suddenly just started turning itself around all on its own. Museum officials used time-lapse photography
to monitor the more than 2,000-year-old artifact and discovered it doing a perfect 360 over the course of a week. Scientists who have examined it speculate that it is the vibration from the foot traffic of museum visitors that is causing the statue to move although they are puzzled as to why it moves in a perfect circle. The artifact, discovered in a tomb, is inscribed on the back with a request for beer. Maybe the museum staff should just buy it a beer. If I had gone 2,000 years without one I’d be spinning in my grave too. Marty Russell writes a Wednesday column for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at
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Atkinson to lead discussion of “The Killer Angels” at SPL
For Starkville Daily News Starkville Reads encourages local readers to join in reading Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize winning “The Killer Angels," the classic novel of the Civil War and the battle of Gettysburg. This July commemorates the battle of July 1863. Sharra brings to life in his book the men of the blue and grey who fought in the epic battle. Dr.Ted Atkinson will lead a discussion of “The Killer Angels” at the Starkville Public library on July 11 at 7 p.m. Copies of “Killer Angels” are available for check out at the public library or for purchase at the downtown Book Mart.
Pearl Gober, Starkville Public Library patron, is pleased with her book sale purchases, especially Joseph Conrad’s "A Conrad Argosy." The next monthly sale is Monday from noon to 6 p.m. The inventory constantly changes, providing monthly opportunities to browse and purchase all types of books that are in good condition and inexpensive. Revenue from the sale of books is used to support library projects. (Submitted photo)
Survey finds MSU grads with top starting salaries for state schools
For Starkville Daily News A new survey by The College Database shows Mississippi State graduates leading their peers at other Magnolia State universities and colleges in starting salaries. According to the website report, graduates of the Starkville land-grant institution begin work making an average of $41,200. The complete survey is available at The next three highest starting salaries listed in the survey are $40,000 for Mississippi University for Women, and $39,000 at both the University of Mississippi and Mississippi College. MSU, MUW and Ole Miss are public institutions, while MC is private. Katrina Silberstein said the report represents a new metric created by College Database to indicate "the top Mississippi colleges with the highest financial return on investment." All institutions on the list have annual tuition rates below $20,000, the organization's managing director for communication and partnerships added. "With the cost of college a concern for many families, it's important for students to find a school that produces successful, well-paid graduates," Silberstein said. "Therefore, it's equally important to recognize the colleges and universities that offer both quality and affordable post-secondary options." The College Database is a free, non-commercial website that uses data sets from the federal government and California-based Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching." Its sources and partners include: n NCES (, the primary federal entity for
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Eddie Jenkins
Eddie Dean Jenkins "E.D." 80, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Starkville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ Sixteenth Section Missionary Baptist Church, Starkville, Mississippi with Reverend Terry Outlaw, officiating. Visitation will be Friday, June 28, 2013 from 1-6:00 p.m. at West Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Sixteenth Section Cemetery, Starkville, Mississippi. West Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the online memorial register @
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Friday, June 28, 2013
College Baseball
Celebrating good times
By BEN WAIT It has been a wild ride for the Mississippi State baseball team this season. That all came to an end on Thursday night. The Bulldogs were greeted by fans at Dudy Noble Field to celebrate the 2013 Bulldog campaign. MSU finished the season 51-20 and were the national runner-ups to the UCLA Bruins.  An estimated crowd of 4,000 fans were in attendance Thursday night to celebrate the 2013 season with the team and the unveiling of the runnerup trophy.  Jim Ellis, the voice of the Bulldogs, was the emcee for the event. “It gives everybody sort of closure to the season,” Ellis said. “These kids deserve it. They had a great year.” Ellis was joined by athletic director Scott Stricklin, MSU president Dr. Mark Keenum, MSU head coach John Cohen and co-captains Kendall Graveman and Wes Rea at the podium to give their thoughts on the season.  Ellis has been doing Bulldog baseball for a while, but this is the first time he has experienced such an event. “It’s special,” Ellis said. “We did this, I can’t remember what year it was, (but) we did something sort of like this, but we did it impromptu. To have it prepared and scripted, it makes it a lot more enjoyable for the fans.” MSU hosted its 12 regional this season. The Bulldogs went 3-1 at Dudy Noble Field during the Starkville Regional on their way to the Charlottesville (Va.) Super Regional.  The Bulldogs swept the No. 6 overall seed Virginia Cavaliers to advance to the College World Series for the ninth time in program history. MSU opened the tournament 3-0, before losing two straight to UCLA in the College World Series national championship series. “It was everything I wanted it to be, except two wins,” Graveman said. “I’m not going to let those two wins take away from everything that I envisioned and hoped that it would be.” Ellis opened the program by discussing his thoughts on the Bulldogs going into the season. He ended it by reminding Bulldog fans that there are more teams like this to come for MSU. Keenum took the stage next and he
Fans gather at Dudy Noble Field to show appreciation to Bulldogs
Pitcher Kendall Graveman tips his cap to the fans as he’s introduced at Dudy Noble Field Thursday night. (Photo by Dana Smith, For Starkville Daily News)
thanked the fans for their support of the team. Stricklin was next. He started his speech by explaining that it was his and his wife’s 20th wedding anniversary. She is a big tennis fan, so he decided he was going to plan a trip to Wimbledon in England. He looked at his calendar and saw there were no games scheduled for the last week in June when the tournament takes place. He contacted Cohen to make sure that this MSU team wasn’t going to be one of the last two teams standing. Cohen responded “This team’s special.” Stricklin didn’t book a flight, a hotel or order tickets to the tennis tournament.  Cohen took the podium and thanked the fans before introducing Graveman and Rea. Graveman made sure the 1,000plus fans knew they were appreciated. “You envision thousands of people here for a regional and super regional,” the senior right hander said. “You envision trying to win a College World Series. We’ve been there and done that, but nobody on this team envisioned having a ceremony like this at the end of the season. It’s never been talked about. We didn’t even know it was happening until two days ago. For them to put this together in a couple days and see how many people came out, that’s special.” Graveman has experienced several moments this week from celebration to disappointment. He experienced several more Thursday night during the presentation. “I went from having chills sometimes to thinking about what we experienced positively to kind of tearing up,” Graveman said. “I was really thinking the four years goes by quick. To cherish every moment is something I would tell anybody. The four years here has been great. From the ups and downs to the goods and bads, you all kind of wrap it up here in one night.” The program ended with a special presentation by Bench Mobb members Ross Mitchell, Evan Mitchell and Jacob Lindgren. They presented Keenum with a Bench Mobb hat and Ross Mitchell said, “you are now an honorary member of the Bench Mobb. You can come in the dugout any game you want.”
High School Athletics
Henderson joins Hill, Bradberry in MAC Hall
By DANNY P. SMITH Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt knew she was playing for a special coach during her high school days at Madison-Ridgeland High School in the 1970s. It wasn’t until later that Schmidt realized just how important Jerry Henderson was in her life. If it had not been for Henderson, Schmidt may not have been introduced into coaching in a career that has led to three State championships of her own at Starkville High School and Starkville Academy. “When you are in high school, you know you’ve got a good coach, a good person and a good man as a coach and a leader, but you don’t really realize until you get away from them the impact they have on your life,” Schmidt said. “He inspired you to work hard and be the best you could be. “The gym was open and we could always get in it, but more than that, it was a family atmosphere. His wife (Cricket) was involved, and he taught you about winning and losing together. You win or lose together and if you lose, you go back to the gym and work hard.” Henderson, who won 896 games and lost 351 during his coaching career for a 72 winning percentage, will be inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame, along with four others tonight in Jackson. The 47-year coaching career for Henderson began in 1965 at Madison-Ridgeland, where he worked with both the boys and girls programs. He had a 473-111 record, five state runner-up finishes and a State championship in 1983 with the girls team. “We sure did win a lot at Madison-Ridgeland,” Schmidt said. Henderson made other coaching stops at Warren Central, Grace Christian in Louisville and Starkville Academy. He was the head women’s basketball coach at Mississippi State from 1989 until 1995. At Warren Central, Henderson won three State championships in 1986, 1987 and 1989 with one State runnerup finish and a 170-37 record. One of those titles at Warren Central came against Schmidt’s Starkville Lady Yellowjackets. “I got to play for him, against him and know him as a colleague,” Schmidt said. “He’s a wonderful man.” Henderson attended Mississippi State from 1958-61 and graduated from Mississippi College in 1963. He returned to MSU as coach of the women’s basketball team in 1989. The Lady Bulldogs had a 62-101 record during Henderson’s tenure and the program had its first back-to-back winning seasons in school history in 1991 and 1992. Henderson was nominated as National Coach of the Year from Region 5 in 1990 and was chosen as MAC girls basketball coach of the year in 1983 and 1986. “The underlining thing I realized when I got away from him and I got to be a couple of years older was he was a great man of the Lord,” Schmidt said. “He was a Bible scholar and that had a huge impact on me, mostly when I got away from him, and I realized that’s who he was. Jerry Henderson was a highly successful high school girls basketball coach in “I owe him so much. When you are a young fe- Mississippi and worked with the Mississippi State women’s basketball program from 1989-1995. He will join four others in the Mississippi Association of Coaches See HENDERSON | Page 7 Hall of Fame. (Photo submitted by MSU athletic media relations)
The number of No.1 overall draft picks that have won a NBA title with the team that drafted them, since ABA-NBA merger in 1976.
Hughes dismissed from MSU team
Mississippi State senior linebacker Chris Hughes is no longer with the football team. It was reported Thursday by that the Mobile, Ala. native was arrested in Port City, Ala. last month for a domestic violence charge and had been dismissed from the team.  It was revealed last Friday by a MSU spokesperson that Hughes was suspended indefinitely, while senior wide receiver Ricco Sanders had already been dismissed from the Bulldog football team on an unrelated incident.  Moblie Police Corporal Christopher Levy confirmed that the charges stem from a May 24 incident in which Hughes, 21, is alleged to have struck his girlfriend multiple times in the face.  Hughes is still in jail according to Levy. This is the third time Hughes has been arrested. He was also arrested twice in Mobile in 2011 on assault and domestic violence charges. He was found guilty on the domestic violence charge and was in jail for five days. Hughes made 31 tackles in 2012 for the Bulldogs.  – Ben Wait
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College Baseball Collegiate Baseball Poll Record Pts Pvs 1. UCLA 49-17 497 6 51-20 493 7 2. Mississippi St. 3. North Carolina 59-12 489 2 4. Oregon St. 52-13 488 3 50-16 486 5 5. N.C. State 6. Indiana 49-16 484 8 7. Louisiana St. 57-11 481 1 8. Louisville 51-14 479 4 9. Vanderbilt 54-12 478 9 51-10 476 10 10. Cal St. Fullerton 11. Virginia 50-12 473 11 12. Florida St. 47-17 469 12 13. South Carolina 43-20 464 13 14. Rice 44-20 462 14 45-19 460 15 15. Kansas St. 16. Oklahoma 43-21 457 16 17. Oregon 48-16 448 17 18. Arkansas 39-22 445 18 19. Arizona St. 37-22-1 442 19 40-22 439 20 20. Virginia Tech 21. Cal Poly 40-19 437 21 22. Oklahoma St. 41-19 436 22 23. Troy 42-20 432 23 24. Florida Atlantic 42-22 427 24 25. Central Arkansas 42-22 426 25 26. Liberty 36-29 422 26 27. Clemson 40-22 420 27 28. William & Mary 39-24 416 28 29. Austin Peay 47-15 413 29 37-25 411 30 30. San Diego Youth Baseball Starkville Baseball Association All-Stars 9-year-old roster Coach: Robert Buckner Coach: Charlie Hornburger Brody Bennett John Paul Buckner Bo Carter Hayes Davis Stewart Davis Chipper Hornburger TJ Kent Koby Livingston Harris McReynolds Will McReynolds Xavier Shreman Porter Skelton Graham Stevens Jon Paul Yates 10-year-old roster Coach: Ben Knight Coach: Ronnie Betts Coach: Russ Lyle Coach: Robert Clark Brice Baker Carson Betts Sam Clark Will Davis Jack Hevesy Stephen Louis Knight Sam Lyle Lawson McReynolds Matt Miller Ahmir Taylor Thomas Henry Tucker Dash Turman (Editor’s Note: All-Star coaches are encouraged to send in their rosters so they can be published by The Starkville Daily News. Those will also be helpful in the coverage of the teams. Rosters can be faxed to 662-323-6586 or emailed to sports@ Major League Baseball National League At A Glance All Times EDT East Division W L Pct GB 45 34 .570 — Atlanta Washington 39 39 .500 5½ Philadelphia 38 41 .481 7 32 43 .427 11 New York Miami 27 50 .351 17 Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 48 30 .615 — St. Louis 48 30 .615 — Cincinnati 45 34 .570 3½ Chicago 33 44 .429 14½ Milwaukee 32 45 .416 15½ West Division W L Pct GB Arizona 42 36 .538 — San Diego 39 40 .494 3½ Colorado 39 41 .488 4 San Francisco 38 40 .487 4 Los Angeles 35 42 .455 6½ Wednesday’s Games Miami 5, Minnesota 3 Oakland 5, Cincinnati 0 Pittsburgh 4, Seattle 2 Boston 5, Colorado 3 Washington 3, Arizona 2 Kansas City 4, Atlanta 3, 10 innings Chicago Cubs 5, Milwaukee 4 N.Y. Mets 3, Chicago White Sox 0 Houston 4, St. Louis 3 Philadelphia 7, San Diego 5, 13 innings L.A. Dodgers 4, San Francisco 2 Thursday’s Games Chicago Cubs 7, Milwaukee 2 Arizona 3, Washington 2, 11 innings N.Y. Mets 3, Colorado 2 Philadelphia at L.A. Dodgers, late Today’s Games Milwaukee (Hellweg 0-0) at Pittsburgh (Cole 3-0), 7:05 p.m. San Diego (Volquez 5-6) at Miami (Nolasco 4-7), 7:10 p.m. Washington (Detwiler 2-6) at N.Y. Mets (Harvey 7-1), 7:10 p.m. Arizona (Delgado 0-1) at Atlanta (Teheran 5-4), 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati (Cueto 4-1) at Texas (M.Perez 1-1), 8:05 p.m. San Francisco (Zito 4-5) at Colorado (Chacin 6-3), 8:40 p.m. St. Louis (S.Miller 8-5) at Oakland (Colon 10-2), 10:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 5-6) at Seattle (Iwakuma 7-3), 10:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Lannan 0-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Capuano 2-4), 10:10 p.m. Saturday’s Games Washington at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Arizona at Atlanta, 4:05 p.m. St. Louis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado, 4:10 p.m. San Diego at Miami, 7:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Seattle, 7:15 p.m. Cincinnati at Texas, 7:15 p.m.
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“I’m not sure when I can come back.”
New York Yankee player Alex Redriquez said today about his injured hip.
The Area Slate
Today Youth Baseball Dizzy Dean State Tournaments 9-year-olds At Winona Starkville vs. Grenada, 3 p.m. 11-year-olds At Winona Starkville vs. Hernando, 12:30 p.m.
Today AUTO RACING 8 a.m. NBCSN — Formula One, practice for British Grand Prix, at Towcester, England 10:30 a.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Quaker State 400, at Sparta, Ky. 12:30 p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, “Happy Hour Series,” final practice for Quaker State 400, at Sparta, Ky. 2:30 p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, pole qualifying for Feed the Children 300, at Sparta, Ky. 4 p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Quaker State 400, at Sparta, Ky. 6:30 p.m. ESPN — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Feed the Children 300, at Sparta, Ky. BOXING 8 p.m. ESPN2 — Middleweights, Grzegorz Proksa (29-2-0) vs. Sergio Mora (23-32), at Jacksonville, Fla. EXTREME SPORTS 11 a.m. ESPN2 — X Games, at Munich Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:15 p.m. Philadelphia at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Sunday’s Games San Diego at Miami, 1:10 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Arizona at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m. Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. Cincinnati at Texas, 3:05 p.m. St. Louis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Seattle, 4:10 p.m. Philadelphia at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado, 4:10 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct GB Boston 48 33 .593 — Baltimore 43 36 .544 4 42 36 .538 4½ New York Tampa Bay 41 38 .519 6 39 39 .500 7½ Toronto Central Division W L Pct GB 42 35 .545 — Detroit Cleveland 40 37 .519 2 5 Kansas City 36 39 .480 Minnesota 34 40 .459 6½ Chicago 32 43 .427 9 West Division W L Pct GB 46 33 .582 — Texas Oakland 46 34 .575 ½ Los Angeles 36 43 .456 10 34 45 .430 12 Seattle Houston 30 49 .380 16 Wednesday’s Games Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 0 Miami 5, Minnesota 3 Oakland 5, Cincinnati 0 Pittsburgh 4, Seattle 2 Boston 5, Colorado 3 Cleveland 4, Baltimore 3 Texas 8, N.Y. Yankees 5 L.A. Angels 7, Detroit 4 Kansas City 4, Atlanta 3, 10 innings N.Y. Mets 3, Chicago White Sox 0 Houston 4, St. Louis 3 Thursday’s Games Texas 2, N.Y. Yankees 0 L.A. Angels 3, Detroit 1, 10 innings Cleveland at Baltimore, late Boston 7, Toronto 4 Kansas City at Minnesota, late Today’s Games Cleveland (Bauer 1-2) at Chicago White Sox (H.Santiago 3-5), 5:10 p.m., 1st game N.Y. Yankees (D.Phelps 5-4) at Baltimore (Gausman 0-3), 7:05 p.m. Detroit (Scherzer 11-0) at Tampa Bay (Colome 1-0), 7:10 p.m. Toronto (Jo.Johnson 1-2) at Boston (Webster 0-2), 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Cueto 4-1) at Texas (M.Perez 1-1), 8:05 p.m. Kansas City (Shields 2-6) at Minnesota (Walters 2-3), 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Williams 5-3) at Houston (B.Norris 5-7), 8:10 p.m. Cleveland (Carrasco 0-3) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana 3-2), 8:40 p.m., 2nd game St. Louis (S.Miller 8-5) at Oakland (Colon 10-2), 10:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 5-6) at Seattle (Iwakuma 7-3), 10:10 p.m. Saturday’s Games St. Louis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 4:05 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 4:10 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 4:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Houston, 4:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Seattle, 7:15 p.m. Cincinnati at Texas, 7:15 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:15 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:15 p.m. Sunday’s Games Toronto at Boston, 1:35 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1:40 p.m. 6 p.m. ESPN2 — X Games, at Munich (sameday tape) 9 p.m. ESPN — X Games, at Munich (sameday tape) GOLF 8 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, The Irish Open, second round, at Maynooth, Ireland 11:30 a.m. TGC — Champions Tour, Senior Players Championship, second round, at Pittsburgh 2 p.m. ESPN2 — USGA, U.S. Women’s Open, second round, at Southampton, N.Y. TGC — PGA Tour, AT&T National, second round, at Bethesda, Md. 5 p.m. TGC — Tour, United Leasing Championship, second round, at Newburgh, Ind. (same-day tape) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. MLB — Regional coverage, Cincinnati at Texas or Kansas City at Minnesota 9 p.m. WGN — Chicago Cubs at Seattle TENNIS 6 a.m. ESPN — The Wimbledon Championships, early round, at London Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Houston, 2:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Texas, 3:05 p.m. St. Louis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Seattle, 4:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 8:05 p.m. League Leaders National League BATTING – YMolina, St. Louis, .357; Cuddyer, Colorado, .351; Tulowitzki, Colorado, .347; Segura, Milwaukee, .332; Scutaro, San Francisco, .323; Votto, Cincinnati, .322; Craig, St. Louis, .320. RUNS – CGonzalez, Colorado, 62; MCarpenter, St. Louis, 58; Holliday, St. Louis, 57; Votto, Cincinnati, 55; Choo, Cincinnati, 52; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 52; Fowler, Colorado, 49; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 49; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 49. RBI – Goldschmidt, Arizona, 67; Craig, St. Louis, 62; Phillips, Cincinnati, 60; CGonzalez, Colorado, 58; Bruce, Cincinnati, 55; DBrown, Philadelphia, 54; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 51; Tulowitzki, Colorado, 51. HITS – Segura, Milwaukee, 102; YMolina, St. Louis, 99; GParra, Arizona, 95; Votto, Cincinnati, 95; MCarpenter, St. Louis, 94; Craig, St. Louis, 94; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 91; CGonzalez, Colorado, 91. DOUBLES – YMolina, St. Louis, 26; Bruce, Cincinnati, 24; GParra, Arizona, 24; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 23; Pence, San Francisco, 22; Rizzo, Chicago, 22; MCarpenter, St. Louis, 21; Posey, San Francisco, 21. TRIPLES – CGomez, Milwaukee, 8; Segura, Milwaukee, 8; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 7; CGonzalez, Colorado, 6; Span, Washington, 6; Hechavarria, Miami, 5; DWright, New York, 5. HOME RUNS – CGonzalez, Colorado, 21; DBrown, Philadelphia, 20; PAlvarez, Pittsburgh, 19; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 19; Beltran, St. Louis, 18; Bruce, Cincinnati, 18; Tulowitzki, Colorado, 16. STOLEN BASES – ECabrera, San Diego, 31; Segura, Milwaukee, 24; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 22; Revere, Philadelphia, 20; Pierre, Miami, 18; CGomez, Milwaukee, 15; McCutchen, Pittsburgh, 15. PITCHING – Zimmermann, Washington, 11-3; Lynn, St. Louis, 10-2; Wainwright, St. Louis, 10-5; Corbin, Arizona, 9-0; Lee, Philadelphia, 9-2; Marquis, San Diego, 9-3; Minor, Atlanta, 8-3; JDe La Rosa, Colorado, 8-4; SMiller, St. Louis, 8-5; Maholm, Atlanta, 8-6. STRIKEOUTS – Harvey, New York, 121; Kershaw, Los Angeles, 118; Samardzija, Chicago, 115; Wainwright, St. Louis, 106; Lee, Philadelphia, 105; HBailey, Cincinnati, 102; Bumgarner, San Francisco, 102. SAVES – Grilli, Pittsburgh, 26; Kimbrel, Atlanta, 22; RSoriano, Washington, 21; Mujica, St. Louis, 21; Chapman, Cincinnati, 19; Romo, San Francisco, 18; Street, San Diego, 15; Papelbon, Philadelphia, 15. American League BATTING – MiCabrera, Detroit, .368; Mauer, Minnesota, .337; CDavis, Baltimore, .330; JhPeralta, Detroit, .322; Lind, Toronto, .321; DOrtiz, Boston, .319; Machado, Baltimore, .319. RUNS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 59; Trout, Los Angeles, 57; AJones, Baltimore, 55; CDavis, Baltimore, 54; Longoria, Tampa Bay, 52; Pedroia, Boston, 52; Encarnacion, Toronto, 51. RBI – MiCabrera, Detroit, 78; CDavis, Baltimore, 73; Encarnacion, Toronto, 64; Fielder, Detroit, 60; NCruz, Texas, 57; DOrtiz, Boston, 57; AJones, Baltimore, 55. HITS – MiCabrera, Detroit, 112; Machado, Baltimore, 109; Trout, Los Angeles, 102; Pedroia, Boston, 99; AJones, Baltimore, 98; Mauer, Minnesota, 96; HKend-
Starkville 11 All-Stars drop first game
WINONA – The Starkville 11-year-old All-Stars lost a 19-12 decision to Oxford in the first game of the Dizzy Dean State Tournament on Thursday, John Thomas Cox led the Starkville offense by reaching base four times and scoring three times. Tanner Graves reached base three times and scored twice. Starkville plays Hernando today at 12:30 p.m.
rick, Los Angeles, 95. DOUBLES – Machado, Baltimore, 36; CDavis, Baltimore, 24; Mauer, Minnesota, 24; Trout, Los Angeles, 24; JCastro, Houston, 22; AJones, Baltimore, 22; Seager, Seattle, 22. TRIPLES – Ellsbury, Boston, 7; Trout, Los Angeles, 6; Drew, Boston, 5; Gardner, New York, 5; Kawasaki, Toronto, 4; LMartin, Texas, 4; 5 tied at 3. HOME RUNS – CDavis, Baltimore, 28; MiCabrera, Detroit, 22; Encarnacion, Toronto, 22; NCruz, Texas, 20; ADunn, Chicago, 20; Ibanez, Seattle, 18; Longoria, Tampa Bay, 17; Trumbo, Los Angeles, 17. STOLEN BASES – Ellsbury, Boston, 32; McLouth, Baltimore, 24; Trout, Los Angeles, 19; AlRamirez, Chicago, 18; Altuve, Houston, 17; Kipnis, Cleveland, 17; Andrus, Texas, 16. PITCHING – Scherzer, Detroit, 11-0; Colon, Oakland, 10-2; MMoore, Tampa Bay, 10-3; Buchholz, Boston, 9-0; Tillman, Baltimore, 9-2; Masterson, Cleveland, 9-6; Lester, Boston, 8-4; FHernandez, Seattle, 8-4; Sabathia, New York, 8-5; Verlander, Detroit, 8-5. STRIKEOUTS – Darvish, Texas, 143; FHernandez, Seattle, 123; Scherzer, Detroit, 122; Masterson, Cleveland, 117; Verlander, Detroit, 110; Sale, Chicago, 104; AniSanchez, Detroit, 101. SAVES – JiJohnson, Baltimore, 27; Rivera, New York, 26; Nathan, Texas, 26; AReed, Chicago, 21; Frieri, Los Angeles, 19; Perkins, Minnesota, 19; Balfour, Oakland, 18. 2013 NBA Draft Selections¢
Major League Baseball
Diamondbacks salvage final game against Nats
From Wire Reports WASHINGTON (AP) — Didi Gregorius drove in the goahead run with a bunt single in the 11th inning and Aaron Hill homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Thursday night to salvage the finale of a threegame series. Miguel Montero led off the 11th with a ground-rule double off Craig Stammen (4-3). A.J. Pollock ran for Montero and Cody Ross bunted him to third. After Jason Kubel drew a walk, Gregorius bunted down and Pollock ran on contact, scoring the go-ahead run as Gregorius beat the throw at first. Josh Collmenter (4-0) pitched the 10th inning and Heath Bell picked up his 14th save as the Diamondbacks snapped a three-game losing streak.
Mets 3, Rockies 2
DENVER — Marlon Byrd hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and threw out a runner from right field in the ninth to lead New York past Colorado in a makeup of a snowed-out game April 17.
Cubs 7, Brewers 2
MILWAUKEE — Matt Garza struck out 10 in seven solid innings and Dioner Navarro hit a three-run homer, sending Chicago to a victory over Milwaukee.
Thursday At The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. First Round 1. Cleveland, Anthony Bennett, F, UNLV 2. Orlando, Victor Oladipo, g, Indiana 3. Washington, Otto Porter, Jr., f, Georgetown 4. Charlotte, Cody Zeller, c, Indiana 5. Phoenix, Alex Len, c, Maryland 6. New Orleans, Nerlens Noel, c, Kentucky 7. Sacramento, Ben McLemore, g, Kansas 8. Detroit, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, g, Georgia 9. b-Minnesota, Trey Burke, g, Michigan 10. Portland, C.J. McCollum, g, Lehigh 11. Philadelphia, Michael Carter-Williams, g, Syracuse 12. Oklahoma City (from Toronto via Houston), Steven Adams, c, Pittsburgh 13. c-Dallas, Kelly Olynyk, c, Gonzaga 14. b-Utah, Shabazz Muhammad, f, UCLA 15. Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokunbo, f, Filathlitikos (Greece) 16. c-Boston, Lucas Riva Nogueira, c, Estudiantes (Spain) 17. Atlanta, Dennis Schroeder, g, New Yorker Phantoms (Germany) 18. Atlanta (from Houston via Brooklyn), Shane Larkin, g, Miami 19. Cleveland (from L.A. Lakers), Sergey Karasev, f, Triumph (Russia) 20. Chicago, Tony Snell, g, New Mexico 21. b-Utah (from Golden State via Brooklyn), Gorgui Dieng, c, Louisville 22. Brooklyn, Mason Plumlee, c, New Jersey 23. Indiana, Solomon Hill, f, Arizona 24. New York, Tim Hardaway, Jr., g, Michigan 25. L.A. Clippers, Reggie Bullock, f, North Carolina 26. d-Minnesota (from Memphis via Houston), Andre Roberson, f, Colorado 27. Denver, Rudy Gobert, c, Cholet (France) 28. San Antonio, Livio Jean-Charles, f, ASVEL (France) 29. e-Oklahoma City, Archie Goodwin, g, Kentucky 30. Phoenix (from Miami via L.A. Lakers and Cleveland), Nemanja Nedovic, g, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4
BOSTON — Jon Lester pitched into the eighth inning before leaving with an apparent injury, and Dustin Pedroia homered in a seven-run second to help Boston beat Toronto in the opener of a four-game series.
Proposed Trades a-New Orleans and Philadelphia traded the rights to selected players. b-Minnesota and Utah traded the rights to selected players. c-Dallas and Boston traded the rights to selected players. d-Traded to Golden State for a future second-round pick. e-Traded the rights to Golden State for the rights to Andre Roberson, f, Colorado and a future second-round draft pick. Tennis Wimbledon Results
Rangers 2, Yankees 0
NEW YORK — Derek Holland tamed a team that often tagged him, pitching a two-hitter as Texas finished an impressive road trip with a win over New York.
Angels 3, Tigers 1, 10 innings
DETROIT — Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and Los Angeles beat Detroit for a three-game sweep and its ninth straight victory over the Tigers.
Twins 3, Royals 1
MINNEAPOLIS — Samuel Deduno pitched seven sharp innings and one of Justin Morneau’s two doubles drove in Minnesota’s first run in a victory over Kansas City. Deduno (4-2) gave up only five hits and, more importantly, one walk.
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male at an impressionable age in your life, then you’ve get a father-figure as a coach, you know he’s looking out for you. It was a life-lesson experience for me.” Along with Henderson and former high school football coach David Bradberry, another coach being inducted into the MAC Hall of Fame with local ties is Eupora native Lee Hill. Hill coached basketball, baseball and track at Collins High School. He spent his entire 34-year career at Collins and had the most success working with the boys basketball team with 525 wins, 220 losses, two conference championships, seven district titles and two South State crowns. Henderson, Hill and Bradberry will be inducted, along with Rudolph Sellers and Tony Stanford, during tonight’s banquet at Hilton Hotel in Jackson. With the latest class, the MAC Hall of Fame membership will increase to 212 members.
Thursday At The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club London Purse: $34.9 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Grass-Outdoor Singles Men Second Round Andreas Seppi (23), Italy, def. Michael Llodra, France, 7-5, retired. Kevin Anderson (27), South Africa, def. Michal Przysiezny, Poland, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Bernard Tomic, Australia, def. James Blake, United States, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. Tomas Berdych (7), Czech Republic, def. Daniel Brands, Germany, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-2. Juan Martin del Potro (8), Argentina, def. Jesse Levine, Canada, 6-2, 7-6 (7), 6-3. Kei Nishikori (12), Japan, def. Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2. Feliciano Lopez, Spain, def. Paul-Henri Mathieu, France, 6-3, 5-1, retired. Ivan Dodig, Croatia, def. Denis Kudla, United States, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 7-5. Richard Gasquet (9), France, def. Go Soeda, Japan, 6-0, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3. Igor Sijsling, Netherlands, def. Milos Raonic (17), Canada, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, def. Bobby Reynolds, United States, 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-1. Grega Zemlja, Slovenia, leads Grigor Dimitrov (29), Bulgaria, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 9-8, susp., rain. Alexandr Dolgopolov (26), Ukraine, leads Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, 6-4, 3-0, susp., rain. Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, leads Jeremy Chardy (28), France, 2-6, 7-5, 2-1, susp., rain. Women Second Round Sabine Lisicki (23), Germany, def. Elena Vesnina, Russia, 6-3, 6-1. Li Na (6), China, def. Simona Halep, Romania, 6-2, 1-6, 6-0. Dominika Cibulkova (18), Slovakia, def. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, Spain, 6-0, 6-1. Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan, def. Alexandra Cadantu, Romania, 6-4, 7-5. Petra Martic, Croatia, def. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, 7-6 (7), 6-1.
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one final h u ddle
The participants and volunteers of the Elite 25 Travis Outlaw basketball camp huddle to close the event on Thursday. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN)
Volunteers offer their time for Outlaw’s Elite 25 camp
By JASON EDWARDS   It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. At the Elite 25 Travis Outlaw basketball camp held this week at the Starkville Sportsplex, that saying could not be more true as a whole host of volunteers came together to teach area children the game of basketball and life. It’s an idea that Outlaw came up with about three years ago while talking with his brother John Outlaw Jr. “It was something Travis said he wanted to do,” Outlaw Jr. said. “He came up with it, not me or my mom or dad. It was all him. He said I feel like I can come back and share something and for him to want to give back was a good thing.” Travis may have come up with the idea all on his own, but his brother did have a slight influence when he reminded Travis of the time he met one of his NBA heroes. “When he got the chance to meet Tracy McGrady, it had a big effect on him,” Outlaw Jr. said “He said it was like he couldn’t believe it. To meet somebody you see on TV in the NBA and to have the physical ability to speak to them makes all the difference in the world.” Travis now has that same opportunity as he enters the third year of camp production and he has already seen the impact his presence is having. Earlier in the week, Travis was approached by one young camper who expressed his awe in the fact that he gets the opportunity to meet and learn from an Osa Esene, left, and Leroy Hollingshed Jr. address the actual professional athlete. participants on the final day of the Elite 25 Travis Outlaw Travis and his brother are not the only basketball camp. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN) ones giving of their time this week. Joining the pair are a handful of former and current coaches as well as one friend of the brothers who comes down from Portland every year to lend a hand. “Helping Travis out is a blessing because I have known him since he was playing in Portland,” former University of HawaiiHilo standout Osa Esene said. “Every summer I come down here and do this with him and everyone is welcoming. It is always a blessing to come impact the lives of the youth so I am definitely thankful for the opportunity.” Esene, who played in Germany for four years after graduating from Hawaii-Hilo, says that the camp is about much more than just the on-the-court skills. Teaching the kids qualities like respect and hard work are all a part of a day’s work for the volunteers. “We let them know basketball is like life,” Esene said. “There are good days and bad days just like there are days when you are making all your shots and days when you are making no shots. The very fundamentals of basketball is work and teamwork because you can’t do it all by yourself and those are just two of the things we are trying to instill this week.” Seeing the area children get the opportunity to learn life skills while also getting a head start on the court is just one of the reasons Starkville High School graduate Leroy Hollingshed Jr. made the decision to help out. “It means a lot and this a great thing Travis is doing in giving back to the community and trying to get these guys started out in the right direction,” Hollingshed Jr. said. “I know coming up I wasn’t afford-
ed that opportunity and it is really a great thing he’s got going in giving these young guys an earlier start learning the fundamentals and what to do on the court.” Since graduating in 1995, Hollingshed Jr. says he does not get much chance to “fool with basketball,” so he always jumps at the chance to lend a helping hand. “I definitely look forward to it each year,” Hollingshed Jr. said “I watch these younger guys get to know and understand the game and that makes me feel good. Coming up, I didn’t have the chance to go to many camps or anything. These guys now can come to the camp, keep coming, learn the fundamentals and understand what basketball is all about because it is more than just shooting, rebounds and defense.” Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter gets to see firsthand what all goes into the game of basketball and he is always more than willing to teach a new generation what it takes to be successful. “The camp is great and I enjoy it,” Carter said. “It is his way to give back to the community and try to give someone the advice he received along the way. It is important and it’s a lot of fun for me. It really gives them a glimpse of the skills you need on the high school level and to move on to the college level.” The fun each volunteer has while getting to share their love of the game with a new generation is what keeps them coming back, and as the camp wraps up, one thing is for certain. If Travis calls again, each person will be more than willing to join him in Starkville next year.
Cavs take Bennett with No. 1 pick in NBA draft
From Wire Reports NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Bennett became the first Canadian No. 1 overall pick, and Nerlens Noel tumbled out of the top five and right into a trade in a surprising start to an unsettled NBA draft. One of the favorites to be taken first Thursday night, Noel fell to No. 6, where the New Orleans Pelicans took him and then dealt his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package headlined by AllStar guard Jrue Holiday, according to a person familiar with the details. The Cleveland Cavaliers started things by passing on centers Noel and Alex Len, who went to Phoenix at No. 5, in favor Bennett, the UNLV freshman forward who starred for Canada’s junior national teams and was the Mountain West Conference freshman of the year. “I’m just as surprised as anyone else,” Bennett said. There was suspense right until the end, either because the Cavs were unsure who they wanted or were trying to trade the pick. Most predictions had them taking one of the big men, with Noel largely considered the favorite for the No. 1 choice even after a torn ACL that ended his lone season at Kentucky in February. “I thought everything was in the air, so I wasn’t thinking I was the No. 1 pick,” Noel said.
David Stern, booed heavily in his final draft as commissioner, added to the surprise of the moment by pausing slightly before announcing the Cavs’ pick, their first at No. 1 since taking All-Star Kyrie Irving in 2011. Orlando passed on both of the big men, too, going with Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 pick. Washington took Otto Porter Jr. with the third pick, keeping the Georgetown star in town.
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No United States men left at Wimbledon
By HOWARD FENDRICH Associated Press LONDON — What a stark statistic for the nation of Bill Tilden and Don Budge, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi: It’s been 101 years since no men from the United States reached Wimbledon’s third round. And the last time it happened, way back in 1912, no Americans even entered the oldest Grand Slam tournament. By the end of Thursday, all 11 U.S. men in the 2013 field at the All England Club were gone, with top-seeded Novak Djokovic accounting for the last one by beating 156th-ranked qualifier Bobby Reynolds 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-1. Earlier in the day, former top-five player James Blake lost to Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, while qualifier Denis Kudla was beaten by Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-1, 7-6 (4), 7-5. That trio joined 18th-seeded John Isner, 21st-seeded Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison, Steve Johnson, Alex Kuznetsov, Wayne Odesnik, Rajeev Ram and Michael Russell on the way home. “It’s a tough stat to hear, but I still believe, right now, where U.S. tennis is, not too many guys are in their prime. That’s why the numbers are like that. But a lot of guys are, maybe, in the tail end of their careers and a lot of guys are coming up,” said Kudla, a 20-year-old from Arlington, Va., who is ranked 105th. “Maybe next year, or the year after that, things could change. You have to Kudla go through a little bit of a struggle to get some success.” Led by top-seeded and defending champion Serena Williams, the U.S. women still are represented in singles at Wimbledon this year. Williams extended her winning streak to 33 matches, the longest on tour since 2000, by eliminating 100thranked qualifier Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-2, while 18-year-old Madison Keys knocked off 30th-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany 6-4, 6-2. Keys next plays 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, and Williams goes from a 19-year-old opponent in Garcia to a 42-year-old opponent in Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest woman to reach the third round at Wimbledon since the Open era began in 1968. “I have so much respect for her. I think she’s so inspiring to be playing such high-level tennis at her age,” said Williams, who at 31 is the oldest No. 1 in WTA rankings history. “And she’s a real danger on the grass court, I know that. I definitely will have to be ready.” Already into the third round with a victory a day earlier was No. 17 Sloane Stephens, while yet another American, wild-card entry Alison Riske, had her match against Urszula Radwanska — Agnieszka’s younger sister — postponed by rain Thursday. “I can’t put my finger on why the women are doing better than the men,” Reynolds said. He wound up facing Djokovic with Centre Court’s retractable roof closed because of the first drizzles of the fortnight, which prevented five singles matches from starting and forced the suspensions of three others in progress. The precipitation wasn’t the only change Day 4 brought. After the chaos of Wednesday, when Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova were among seven former No. 1s who lost, results went mostly to form Thursday. Only one seeded man departed: No. 17 Milos Raonic of Canada, who was beaten 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4) by 64th-ranked Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands. There were, however, two more injury-related exits, raising the total of players pulling out of the second round to nine, which equals the Open era Grand Slam record for any round. All told, 12 players have withdrawn before a match or stopped during one, one short of the Wimbledon record for a full tournament, set in 2008. “It was a bit strange to see so many top players either lost or retired,” Djokovic said. “But grass is a very special surface. It requires a different kind of movement. ... If grass at the start of Wimbledon is still not so used and, I guess, a little bit slippery, it can be dan-
gerous, until you really get your right footing on the court. That’s probably the reason why they all felt uncomfortable and they all injured themselves, unfortunately.” Djokovic himself took a tumble midway through his tight first set against Reynolds, a 30-year-old based in Atlanta, then quickly rose and whacked his heels with his racket. About 25 minutes later, Reynolds hit a 122 mph service winner to hold for 6-all, and the crowd roared, eager to see whether this guy they’d never heard of could continue to push Djokovic, who is ranked No. 1 and owns six major titles, including at Wimbledon in 2011. But from there, it wasn’t close. Reynolds missed two forehands early in the tiebreaker, helping Djokovic take a 5-0 lead before ending the set with a 117 mph ace. “He just puts so much pressure on you, point after point after point,” Reynolds said. “He moves unbelievably well. ... You think you hit a good shot, but he’s right there, crushing it back at you.”
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