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Prescott starts last two games for MSU while Russell recovers See Sports | Page 6
Miss. lawmakers to hold hearings
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are holding public hearings this week to start planning how to spend state tax dollars during fiscal 2015, which begins next July 1. Agency directors will appear before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to present spending requests for schools, highways, prisons, Medicaid and other services. Hearings are Monday through Thursday at the Woolfolk state office building near the state Capitol. The Budget Committee chairman, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, said state tax collections have increased the past two years and, because of a conservative revenue estimate, Mississippi finished fiscal 2013, on June 30, with a $300 million surplus. Most of that money will roll into the new budget cycle. "Whenever this happens, everyone who has a special interest wants to come and lay claim to some piece of that surplus," Reeves said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I have to caution everyone and remind them that we're doing things differently now," Reeves said. "We're now utilizing our capital expense fund to actually fix things that have historically been bonded — things like leaky roofs and new air conditioners. We're not interested in longterm debt for that anymore." For fiscal 2014, which will end next June 30, lawmakers allocated $49 million for repairs and renovations on college campuses. In the past, it was common practice for lawmakers to authorize the state to issue bonds, creating debt that would be paid off over long periods, typically 20 years. House Appropriations Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said in an interview that he wants to increase spending for all levels of education, from kindergarten through universities. But he said the chances are "slim to none" that the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, for elementary and secondary schools, will be fully funded for fiscal 2015. MAEP is a complex formula designed to give districts enough money to meet midlevel academic standards. It takes into account several factors, including enrollment and the percentage of students who live in poverty. The formula was put into law in 1997 and phased in over several years. It has been fully funded only twice. The state superintendent of education is required, by law, to request full funding for MAEP. Under a separate law, community col-
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leges are required to request "midpoint" funding — a level halfway between what K-12 schools are given and what universities are given. "There have been points made in the past where members of the Budget Committee have been critical of the state Department of Education and for the community colleges for coming in and asking for what state statute requires them to be funded at," Reeves said. "I'm not a person that is going to criticize them for asking for what their formula is. ... To the extent there needs to be any criticism, it's of the Legislature that passed that in 2007 knowing that it's an unrealistic number. And quite frankly, I don't think anybody in the legislative process ever had any intention of actually funding that." House Democrats issued a news release last
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Barbour could still shape policies
Rachel Thompson serves Ke'undrea Dodd (middle) and Marqueisha Pittman (right) at Mugshots Grill & Bar. Mugshots is one of several businesses in Starkville that has felt the economic impact football season brings to Starkville every fall. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
Businesses feel effects of game day
By ALEX HOLLOWAY Football season is an incredibly important time of year for many college towns around America, and Starkville — which markets itself as “Mississippi’s College Town” — is no exception. The Mississippi State University Bulldogs will play at home seven times during their 2013 campaign, including a Sept. 7 home-opening victory against the Alcorn State Braves and an upcoming Saturday matchup against the Troy University Trojans. Though the days add up to only one week out of a year’s 52, they are of incredible economic importance to the city. “Those six or seven weekends a year when we have home games triple the size of the city for a weekend,” said Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman. “That obviously has a significant impact on our local economy.” Football season impacts all of Starkville’s economy, but the city’s restaurants are particularly sensitive to the effects of the extra tens of thousands of people the games draw to the city. “It’s the single biggest impact on our business all year long,” said Terry Long, general manager of the Central Station Grill. “That and Mississippi’s State’s graduation impact our business the most dramatically of anything all year.” Andre Culpepper, service manager at Mugshots Grill & Bar, said the restaurant also saw a significant business impact during the season. Just how the restaurants felt the impact depended on several factors, including the opponent, game time and even the weather.
JACKSON — Once a governor, always a governor in Mississippi. The title never fades, even when the time in office expires. However, with his recent re-entry into public policy discussions about energy, Haley Barbour appears to be wearing "Gov." as more than an honorary title. Call him Shadow Gov. Barbour — a person who still pushes ideas that, for better or worse, might shape Mississippi's economic future. When Actual Gov. Phil Bryant was in Brazil on an economic development trip this past week, fellow Republican Barbour earned headlines with a speech defending rate increases for a new power plant and advocating the possibilities of nuclear waste reprocessing — two projects that aren't far from the wallets of Barbour and his current professional colleagues. Barbour said Mississippi should explore options for storing or reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, a topic promoted in recent weeks by Mississippi Energy Institute, a group that Barbour started in 2009. He said if a state has the right kind of geology, it could lure "gigantic investment" and high-tech jobs that offer residents big paychecks. "This is going to be an enormous economic Godsend for somebody," Barbour told more than 250 people at a Madison County Business League luncheon. The chairman of Mississippi Energy Institute is Barry Cannada, an attorney at the Butler Snow law firm in Ridgeland where Barbour has worked in government relations and business development since finishing his second term as governor in January 2012. The MEI president is Patrick Sullivan, who worked on Barbour's gubernatorial staff as an energy policy adviser. Jason Dean, a former Barbour education adviser who now works for a unit of Butler Snow, spoke to a state Senate committee in late August to advocate that Mississippi explore nuclear reprocessing. After the speech, The Associated Press asked Barbour whether he could benefit financially from energy projects he discussed. "I don't get paid anything by Butler Snow," Barbour replied. "And as far as I know but you'll have to ask, I don't think Butler Snow gets paid anything by Mississippi Energy Institute."
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Swain’s activism doesn’t go unnoticed 
By MORGAN UPTON Margo Swain has made an impact on the city of Starkville. Whether it be through her work as a volunteer or her time as a social worker, her efforts have not gone unnoticed. She has always had a concern for families and children and spent many years working with the Department of Public Welfare, which is now the Department of Human Services, throughout the state of Mississippi. Her twin sister, Martha, said it was during Margo’s time as a child welfare supervisor early in her career that she realized the help many families needed. “She certainly became aware of the needs of the families,” Martha said.  Margo graduated from Starkville High School and got her bachelor’s at Mississippi State University, but eventually left Starkville. She received her master’s in social work from the University of Oklahoma. In 1969, she returned home. For 25 years Margo was a professor of social work for Mississippi State, and was the director of the social work program for her last few years while at the university. She is the historian for the Mississippi Conference for Social Welfare and is the secretary for the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and sits on both boards. Martha said it was her sister's Christian upbringing that heavily influenced her work with families. “She was motivated to go and do social work because of her strong Christian background and because of the interest that she had when she was a sociology minor at Mississippi State,” Martha said. “She was simply endowed with a very large heart for people.” She has received numerous awards for her achievements, including social worker of the year for the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. But, it’s not just Margo’s time at Mississippi State and involvement
Margo Swain’s impact on the community and her commitment to serving those in need has proven to be a blessing for Starkville. Submitted photo
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Around Town
tee is inviting everyone to a fall park revival at 6:30 p.m. from Sept. 17-19 nightly. Our All “Around Town” announcements speaker will be Rev. Anthony are published as a community service McIntosh, pastor of Mt. Bell on a first-come, first-served basis and M.B. Church Louisville. Bring as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete your lawn chairs. Contact Rev. sentences and submitted in writing at Sylvester or Shirley Walker least five days prior to the requested @662-456-4866, Sandra Wofdates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. ford@662456-4034, or Rosie Announcements submitted after noon Vance@662456-3216. will not be published for the next day’s u Cafe Scientifique — paper. To submit announcements, email Cafe Scientifique will meet at 6 p.m. at The Veranda. Dr. Sadic Artunc will speak on “How Today To Make a Successful Political Cocktail with Landscape, Culu Rotary Club — Guest ture, History, and Economy.” speaker at the Sept. 16 weekly meeting of Starkville Rotary Wednesday Club will be Col. James Sears, Jr., Commander of the 14th u Active Parenting — AcFlying Training Wing at Cotive Parenting will meet from lumbus Air Force Base. Rotary 11 a.m. to noon at J.L. King meets each Monday noon at Center. Call 320-4607 for Starkville Country Club. u Civitan Club — more information. u Wesley Foundation — Starkville Civitan Club will It is the last day to purchase meet at noon at McAlister’s tickets for the MSU Wesley Deli. u Common Core — In- Foundation fundraiser, The troducing Common Core will History and Traditions of meet from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. Southeastern Conference Foot16 at the Emerson Family Re- ball. The fundraiser is at 6 p.m. source Center. Call 320-4607 on Sept. 26. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the for more information. u Modern Woodsmen Wesley office, board members — Please join us at 5:30 p.m. or the First United Methodist on Sept. 16 at the Mi Haci- Church office. enda Mexican Restaurant in the 911 shopping center. Meal Thursday cost is $5 per adult, $3 per child 12 and under. We will u Oktibbeha County Exprovide a special menu. Family, friends and non-members cel by 5 — Oktibbeha County are welcome. RSVP to Bar- Excel by 5 will meet from 1-2 bara Coats at 662-418-7957 or p.m. at Sudduth School. Call 320-4607 for more informaCome see what we’re all about! tion. u Teen Parent Coalition u Federation of Democratic Women — The Ok- — The Teen Parent Coalitibbeha County Federation of tion: Parent Support Group Democratic Women will meet will meet from 5-6:30 p.m. at at 6 p.m. at the county court- the Emerson Family Resource house, second floor courtroom. Center. Call 320-4607 for Brother Rogers of Stennis more information. u Alzheimer’s Program Center for Public Service Leadership at MSU will speak on — The Alzheimer’s Associaproposal to change Starkville’s tion will hold a program called form of city government. “Perspectives on Alzheimer’s” Members are encouraged to from 5-7:30 p.m. at the attend and bring a friend. For church of Christ on 1107 more information, contact Patti E. Lee Blvd. Dinner will be provided. Stan McCarver and Drapala at (662) 323-4655. u Prairie Opportunity Di- Bob Koonce will be the guest rector’s meeting — Please ad- speaker. u Friends of Noxubee vertise that Prairie Opportunity Board of Director’s monthly Refuge — The Friends of meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Noxubee Refuge will hold a at the Central Office located at general membership meeting 501 Hwy. 12 West, Suite 110, at 6:30 p.m. in the Refuge VisStarkville, MS 39760.  The itor Center. Dr. Brian Davis public is invited to attend. will give a talk on wood duck management and research. The meeting is open to the public. Tuesday u Friends of Noxubee Refuge — Mission Mississippi u Blood Drive — There will meet at 6 p.m. at Second will be a blood drive at Missis- Baptist Missionary Church. sippi Highway Patrol station The topic is “Unanticipated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The consequences of racial lanUnited Blood Services Blood- guage.” For more information, mobile will be there. Sign up contact Bill Chapman at 546online at 0010 in Starkville, or Neddie u Kiwanis — Kiwanis will Winters in Jackson at 601-665meet at noon at the Hilton 5900. Garden Inn.  Dr. Roy Ruby u Parenting session — A will have a program outlining parenting session will be held his Reflections of MSU. Visi- from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. tors & prospective members 19 at Reed’s Place, 114 Reed are always welcome. Ridge Circle. Call the Emeru Active Parenting — Ac- son Family Resource Center tive Parenting will meet from at 320-4607 or Reed’s Place at 5-7 p.m. at the Emerson Fam- 320-2333 for more informaily Resource Center. Call 320- tion. 4607 for more information. u Financial Peace Univeru Fall Park Revival — sity — Financial Peace UniUna Community Commit- versity and Eight Habits of
Successful Relationships will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 320-4607 for more information. u Starkville Reads — Starkville Reads will host a program at 7 p.m. on Mississippi native Natasha Trethewey’s poetry collection, Native Guard Starkville Public Library. Dr. Robert West, associate professor of English, MSU, will lead the discussion. Light refreshments will be provided. Starkville Reads programs are free and open to the public.
u Cigar Lounge — Memphis songwriter Chris Milam will perform at 10:30 p.m. at the Cigar Lounge.
u 75th Church Anniversary — Starkville Church of Christ on Lee Blvd. will hold an open house from 2-4 on Sept. 21 and follow with its 75th church anniversary with Sunday school at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m. on Sept. 22. Former minister, John T. Smithson will bring the lesson. A meal will be provided after church. Everyone is invited. Open house on Saturday between 2-4. everyone is invited to come by. u Rainbow Tea — Ebenezer Baptist Church, Marriage Ministry Auxillary, will host a Rainbow Tea at 4 p.m. on Sept 21st. Rev. Rico Clark will be the guest speaker.
u Starkville School District — SSD Lunch Applications for 2013-14 school year now available. The Office of Child Nutrition is now located on the north end of the Henderson Ward Stewart Complex. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 am until 3 pm. The Office of Child nutrition has also completed the direct certification process for families who automatically qualify for certain benefits and services. For more information contact Nicole Thomas at or 662-615-0021. 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 662-320-4607 to register. u Storytime — Maben Public Library will have storytime at 10:00 on Fridays. Lots of fun activities along with a story with Ms. Mary. Children ages 3-6 are invited! u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a pup-
pet 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. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail. com or call 662-323-1338. Please see our website: http://www. u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u Spring speaker series — A different speaker for Starkville’s 175th birthday celebration will speak at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the John Grisham room at the Mitchell Memorial Library. u GED classes — Emerson Family School, 1504 Louisville in Starkville, will offer free ABE/GED classes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. For more information call 662-320-4607. u Writing group — The Starkville Writer’s Group meets the first and third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the Bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Debra Wolf at or call 662-323-8152. u BNI meetings — A chapter of Business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesdays in the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District conference room. For more information, call Barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or Matt Rose at 662-275-8003. u Dance team applications — KMG Creations children dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or e-
mail danzexplosion@yahoo. com. u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Streams in the Desert” from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday, starting Aug. 20 at the Book Mart Cafe in downtown Starkville. u Quilting group meeting — The Golden Triangle Quilt Guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. All interested quilters are invited to attend. For more information, call Luanne Blankenship at 662-323-7597. u Sanitation Department schedules — A reminder of collection days for the City of Starkville Sanitation and Environmental Services Department. Schedule 1: Household garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recycling collection - first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: Household garbage collection – Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection – Tuesday only, recycling collection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit or call 662-323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The church is located at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — Gentiva Hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We Honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays in the MSU Band Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at Richard.human@ or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@ or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activities room. Beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and Beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662-323-2294. u Square dancing — This is fun for all age couples.  Enrollment for new dancers will close at the end of April and will open again in the fall. Enjoy our new caller and friendly help from experienced dancers.  Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportsplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Follow the covered walk to the small building. u Hospice volunteer opportunity — Gentiva Hospice is looking for dynamic volunteers to join their team. Areas of service include home visits, making phone calls, making crafts or baking for patients. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. This is an opportunity to have a wonderful impact on someone’s life. Contact Carly Wheat, manager of volunteer services, at 662-615-1519 or email u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend.
For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-4185535 or 601-663-5682. u Pregnancy and parenting class — A series of classes are being held at Emerson Family Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday through September. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Samaritan Club cheese — The Starkville Samaritan Club is selling mild, sharp, extra-sharp and round cheese. Cheese may be purchased at any of the following businesses in Starkville: John McMurray Accounting, 320 University Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 University Drive, or CB&S Bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact Hall Fuller at 662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-3233890, Margaret Prisock at 662324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. u Clothing ministry — Rock Hill Clothing Ministry will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock Hill United Methodist Church at 4457 Rock Hill Road. For more information, contact Donna Poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-295-0823. u Healing rooms — From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville Healing Rooms provide a loving, safe and confidential environment where you can come to receive healing prayer. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email and visit http:// u Alcoholics anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 3278941 or visit www.starkvilleaa. org for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting — The PEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. PEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact Bobbie Walton at 662-323-5108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host Party Bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. To play, call 662-3389442. Senior Game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 3231499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County High School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-242-7962. u Gentle Yoga — Gentle yoga will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 607 Hospital Road in Starkville.
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with social work that makes her a pillar in the community. Margo sits on boards for United Way and the Boys and Girls Club. Roy Ruby has served with Margo on the board for the Boys and Girls Club and said she had great insight for the program. “She’s a very valuable member of the Boys and Girls Club,” Ruby said. “She’s always concerned about the students and children and the program that’s presented to them. She’s got great insight and suggestions." Nikki Rives, executive director of United Way of North Central Mississippi, said Margo has served as a board member, as well as on the Executive Committee and the Budget and Allocation Committee for the organization, and has been board secretary for many years. Rives said Margo embodies what a volunteer should be. “She doesn’t just say she’s a volunteer, she lives as a volunteer,” Rives said. “Margo is a very compassionate person who truly cares about the lives of others.”   Margo also served as an adviser for the Helping Hands Ministry and spent many years as the coordinator for the Adopt-A-Family program. The program selected 100 families that can be “adopted” during the holiday season. Churches, organizations or individuals can adopt the families and provide whatever needs the families have. Jeannie Godbold, a longtime family friend, said Margo is humble about all of the work she does, and said much of work goes undetected or isn’t realized until later. “She’s one of these quiet people who does things for people behind the scenes,” Godbold said. “You kind of find out accidentally the things she’s done because she would never tell you. She’s just so caring and giving and quietly does nice things for people without ever wanting to have recognition for doing the nice things she does.” As a member of First Presbyterian Church, one of the things Margo did quietly was set up a permanent fund in honor of its former pastor,
Reginald Parsons. The income from the fund is used for compassion assistance. The fund helps families pay for groceries, electricity or other basic needs. Vicki Schramm, church administrator at First Presbyterian, said Margo was intensely interested in helping those in the community. “She has a heart for benevolence, the community and helping those that need help,” Schramm said. Schramm said the fund was important because it was the only compassion fund the 500-member church has, and that it was special for Margo to entrust the fund with the church. “She’s a living student of faith in the community and church entrusting us to be stewards,” Schramm said. In all facets of her life, Margo tries to help and serve others. Starkville Police Department Chief David Lindley has known Margo for more than 20 years through their service with different organizations. While he said Margo spent much of her time working with organizations, she's also involved in other things that make her a community activist. He said she occasionally brings fresh fruit for all the officers at the police department. Lindley said it was good for the entire community to have someone like Margo. “She continues to be a force for positive things ... for community activism and helpfulness with not only the city, but the students at MSU, means a lot,” he said. “People like that are rare.” While Margo may want her work to go unnoticed, it has made an impact on all who know her. Rives said not only was Starkville lucky to have Margo, but she was lucky to work with Margo. “This community has been her home, a place to work, a place to retire and a place for her to volunteer and make some differences in the lives of others,” she said. “Margo is truly a blessing to have in the community. Starkville is very lucky to have such an amazing woman doing so much good for the community. I am proud to say I have worked with and continue to work with Margo Swain.”
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“With a 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. game, we’ll get a pretty good push before, but it can depend on the weather,” Long said. “When it’s nice out, people tailgate. When it’s too hot, or too cold or its raining, we’ll get a lot bigger push. We’ll get a break during game time, then be busy from postgame to closing.” Long said 11 a.m. kickoffs tended to delay the business rush until after game time. Late games allowed a rush through the morning and afternoon, and one final push after the game. Culpepper said Mugshots saw a similar pattern, depending on kickoff time, and added that how close a game was could impact when customers began returning. “For example, with the Alcorn State game, we were busy from the time we opened until 1:30-2 p.m.,” he said. “Then it just went dead. Nobody walked through the door from 2:30 p.m. to 4-4:30 p.m. It started to pick up at about 5 p.m., since most people left the game at halftime with it being out of hand and not being one of the major games.” Both restaurant managers said staffing was an important consideration to take in the time leading into home game Saturdays. Long said the Grill doubled its staff on home game days to make sure everything flowed smoothly. Culpepper, who moved to work at the Starkville Mugshots from the Meridian
location, said home game days weren’t only more fully staffed, but were more desirable days to work for some employees. “The servers look forward to those home games, because it puts a lot more money into their pockets,” he said. “Doing the schedule in Meridian versus doing them here, it’s one of the things I wouldn’t have noticed. People want to work those weekends. They’ll want one or two off to watch the games, but they want to be here making that extra money.” Wiseman said Starkville didn’t just feel home games’ impact on the game-day Saturdays, but throughout the weekend. He said the city worked to embrace that, and noted efforts through groups like the Main Street Association to try to have festivals downtown the Friday before home football games, and coordination efforts with local restaurants for Sunday brunches. “You have the opportunity that’s there and is always going to be there for the Saturdays,” he said. “Those six or seven Saturdays are precious, so you want to try to expand them as much as you can. The idea is to entice people to come to Starkville as early as possible and to stay as late as possible. The longer our economy is filled with tourists, the more capital that comes from somewhere else sticks in the Starkville economy.” Long and Culpepper said road games also impacted their businesses. “We can air all the State games,” Long said. “We’ll do a half-price happy hour during game time, so that helps with sales
some. All the TVs are in the front of the restaurant, so the front will fill up and the back will be empty because everyone wants to sit where they can see. We try to turn the front of the restaurant to have a sports bar type of feel.” He said business tended to slow some as road games began and customers settled in to watch. “You might get a little flux at halftime, depending on how it’s going,” he said. “For the most part, once kickoff happens, you’re looking at what you’re going to have for those next three hours or so.” Culpepper said business kept a steady flow during away games, rather than home games’ drop off during game time. “You’ll have a percentage that will come in and sit and watch the game," he said. "You also have those people that didn’t go out of town for the weekend or didn’t go home or didn’t go to the game and they come in and it’s a normal day Saturday for them.” Wiseman said one of the main factors that’s helped the city feel a bigger boon was the development of the Mississippi State game-day experience during the last decade. He said as the experience improved, the city worked to embrace the growing opportunity. “You have many people that come to town that may not even attend the ballgame,” he said. “They come to hang out and eat at local restaurants and see the city and what it has because Starkville has established itself as a place they want to be on a football Saturday.”
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The course is free and tailored to beginners. u Community call-in prayer service — The Peter’s Rock Temple COGIC will sponsor a call-in prayer service for those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your name, number and prayer request and the Prayer Team will contact you. Call 662-615-4001. u SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support Group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-527-1553. u Project HELP — Project HELP with Family Centered Programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded project that can assist “homeless” students in the district and provides school uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and\or in-school tutoring. Call Mamie Guest or Cappe Hallberg at 662-3242551. u PROJECT CLASS — PROJECT CLASS is seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference in the life of a young student by practicing reading and arithmetic with them in a one-on-one session for one hour per week. Call 662-3233322. u Sassy Sirens Game Day — On the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., the Sassy Sirens will host a Game Day at the Senior Citizens Building “Fun House.” RSVP to u Starkville Writer’s Group — The Starkville Writers’ Group will meet on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Book Mart in downtown Starkville. Contact Stan Brown at u Brotherhood breakfast — Men and boys are welcome to attend a brotherhood breakfast at Austin Creek Church of Christ Holiness (USA) at 2298 Turkey Creek Rd. in Starkville every second Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. followed by yard work at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring yard supplies. Officer elections will be held at the end of the year. Call Willie Thomas at 662-323-2748. u Casserole Kitchen — The Casserole Kitchen serves free meals to anyone in need from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lunch is served on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. All meals will be served in the Fellowship Hall (ground floor) of First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. Call 662-312-2175. u Free childbirth classes — To pre-register, call 3204607. Free childcare and snacks are provided. Space is limited. u Tutoring — New Century Mentoring & Tutoring Summer Program, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. For students pre-K through sixth grade. For more information, call 662-418 3930. u Longview Baptist Church — Longview Baptist Church, 991 Buckner St., Longview, has Sunday school
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AP: Do you work for Butler Snow for free? "I'm of counsel to Butler Snow, so I don't do their clients, really. I mean, they pay me but it's not for doing legal work," Barbour said. During the speech, Barbour said it's normal for utility rates to increase anytime a new power generating plant opens. Mississippi Power Co. rates are anticipated to increase 22 percent because of a coal-fired plant being built in Kemper County; the state Public Service Commission has already approved most of the increase. Because of a law Barbour signed as governor, the company was able to start seeking rate increases while the project is under construction. Barbour acknowledged that Mississippi Power Co.'s corporate parent, Southern Co., has been a client since 1981 of BGR, the Washington lobbying firm he co-founded decades ago as Barbour Griffith & Rogers. He noted that he was not working for BGR while he was governor; his assets were in a blind trust. Barbour aimed most of his energy speech at a wide audience, but he fell back into the gubernatorial habit of dispensing advice to policymakers. "I will say to y'all involved with the schools: We've got to quit stigmatizing skills training," Barbour said, noting that not everyone needs a college degree to earn a solid income. He also said the U.S. "desperately needs to begin investing again in transportation infrastructure in many modes," including highways, bridges and ports: "And all of this, I will say to my friends in the Legislature, is going to require major expenditures by the federal government and by the state government and by the private sector."
at 10 a.m., morning worship at 11 a.m., discipleship training at 5:15 p.m., evening worship at 6 p.m. and Wednesday prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more informatin, contact Pastor Larry W. Yarber at 662-769-4774, or email ynyministry@yahoo. com. u Beth-el M.B. Church — Beth-el MB Church,1766 MS Highway 182 West, Starkville, has morning worship at 8 and 10:45 a.m., Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., children’s church on second Sundays at 10:45 a.m., midmorning Bible study on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and a prayer meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact 662-324-0071. u Volunteer Starkville — Have you been looking for the right volunteer opportunity for you? Or maybe you are a nonprofit organization needing help recruiting volunteers for your cause or event? We at Volunteer Starkville can help you find volunteer opportunities that match your interests and can assist your organization in your volunteer recruitment efforts at no cost.Contact us today by phone (662) 2682865 or email at, and be sure to visit our website at www. u Legacy Hospice of the South — Legacy Hospice of the South is looking for veterans in the area to work with veteran patients. The organization’s goal is to improve care for veterans facing terminal illness by matching them with volunteers who have similar experiences and/or backgrounds. For more information, contact Polly Briggs at 338-0007 or polly.briggs@legacyhospice. net u Disaster Action Team — American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to join the Disaster Action Teams (DAT) to respond to disasters as soon as possible in order to help anyone who has been affected. Training is required and provided by American Red Cross. Interested volunteers may contact Cheryl Kocurek at 8426101 or u Crisis line volunteer — Contact Helpline seeks volunteers to take phone line shifts in four- to eight-hour segments
answering the Crisis lines. This is great for students learning in the psychology and family studies field and for elderly or retired individuals looking to give back to the community. Volunteers must attend a comprehensive crisis training class. For more information, contact Kat Speed at 327-2968 or u Food and clothing ministry — The Rock Hill United Methodist Church will hold a free clothing and canned food ministry from 8-11 a.m. each Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. For more information, call Donna Poe at 323-8871 or Pastor Jerome Wilson at 3122935. u Knitting Guild —The Golden Triangle Knitting Guild meets on the fourth Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room #204 of the First United Methodist Church in Starkville (200 Lampkin Street). Knitters of all skill levels are welcomed! For more information, contact GTKG President Emily Marett at or visit u Healing Rooms — The Starkville Healing Rooms are open from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday evenings (except holidays) at the Sportsplex for the public to receive prayer for physical healing, encouragement, or other needs. Our teams consist of Spirit-filled Christians from different local churches. Everyone is welcome. There is no appointment needed. u Homesteading Classes — The Mississippi Modern Homesteading Center offers classes in crochet, knitting and other fiber arts, including help on specific projects. Classes are held Fridays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Cost is $14, or $9 for MMHC members. For more information, call (713) 412-7026 or email coffeedogcrochet@att. net. u Bible Study — I Am Somebody Resetoration Outreach Women/Children Destiny Foundation will begin a Bible study from 10 a.m. to noon each Tuesday at 2031/2 N. Lafayette St. The theme is “Get Up Woman.” Shavell Rice is the evangelist. Contact
her at 662-418-7132 for more information. u Adult Piano Lessons — Mississippi State will offer a series of 10 evening classes for adults who want to learn the basics of piano. The one-hour sessions begin at 5:30 and are organized by Jackie EdwardsHenry. Only 10 spaces are available, filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost is $150. For more information contact Edwards-Henry at 662-3252864 or
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u Blood Drive — A blood drive will take place on Sept. 22 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 607 Hospital Road. United Blood Services is facilitating the drive and requires a photo ID. If you have questions in advance or would like to make an appointment please call Joan Mylroie at 324-1272 or go on-line to and use sponsor code:  trinitypc. u Rotary Club — Rotarian Martin Jue, owner of MFJ Enterprises, will discuss his experiences as the business he founded in Starkville in 1972 has grown into one of the nation’s major manufacturers of a wide range of products for the amateur radio industry. MFJ now owns five subsidiary companies and markets products throughout the world. He will be introduced by Joe Thompson. Rotary meets each Monday noon at the Starkville Country Club. (Sept 23) u Active Parenting — Active Parenting will meet from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 320-4607 for more information. u Fall Revival — The Pleasant Ridge M.B. Church in Woodland will hold its fall revival at 7 p.m. from Sept. 24-26 nightly. Rev. Anthony McIntosh, pastor of Mt. Bell M.B. Church in Louisville will be the guest speaker. Contact Brenda Hamilton at 662-4564311 for more information. u Active Parenting — Active Parenting will meet from 11 a.m. to noon on Sept. 25 at J.L. King Center. Call 3204607 for more information.
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week calling for full funding of MAEP, which was enacted largely as a way to head off equity funding lawsuits. "When it comes to growing our economy and securing our children's future, there is no substitute for full funding of our current education model," said Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, a former Budget Committee member and former House Education Committee chairman. "Without full funding, Mississippi children are robbed of their best chance at success." Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature and hold 11 of 14 seats on the Budget Committee. Democrats, particularly in
the House, have pushed for Mississippi to expand Medicaid to an estimated 300,000 additional low-income residents, as allowed under the federal health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010. Mississippi's program already enrolls more than 640,000. Republican leaders, including Gov. Phil Bryant, say they don't believe that the federal government will fulfill its promise to pay most of the tab for expansion. Frierson said the Budget Committee is unlikely to entertain Medicaid expansion. "Corrections, debt service and Medicaid are eating our lunch," Frierson said. "I know my liberal friends don't like it when I say that about Medicaid, but it's true."
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along. This is what we get for electing an inexperienced president, my nicer Republican friends say. The othBill Crawford ers say harshSyndicated er things. Columnist So, if there is a lesson to be learned here, does it, should it apply to similarly inexperienced Republicans? Logic says yes. Political spin says no.
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Crawford: Rubio or Cruz the next Obama?
And the worm turns… Look back at the presidential campaign of 2008. Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden strongly criticized young, first term U.S. Senator Barack Obama for his lack of experience. He won’t be ready on “day one,” said Clinton. Republican nominee John McCain agreed and used Clinton’s and Biden’s remarks in television ads. All to no avail, as we know. The inexperienced senator won the Democratic nomination and the presidency. Jump ahead to the present. Who are the acknowledge frontrunners for the GOP nomination in 2016? Two are young, first term Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas. Obama was age 44 three years out from his election as president. Rubio and Cruz are 42. Obama’s résumé was mainly political when he ran. The same goes for Rubio and Cruz. Part of Obama’s appeal was that he would be our first black president. Rubio or Cruz would be our first Hispanic president. This comparison comes to mind as we watch Obama stumble and bumble through the Syrian chemical weapons crisis. After he stumbled and bumbled through the Egyptian crisis. As America loses its sway, many say, with its international allies. As malicious gridlock persists between the White House and the House of Representatives. As the economic “recovery” lurches Experienced John McCain lost in 2008. Experienced Mitt Romney lost in 2012. Republicans want to win in 2016 and if it takes inexperienced, heritage appealing candidates to do so, well, the Democrats started it. We all need to recognize that we live in two parallel worlds today – the real world, with its real opportunities, challenges, and catastrophes, and the political world, where only two things matter, winning the day in the media (traditional and social) and winning the next election. The gulf between the two worlds seems to grow wider each year. Perhaps that’s why Obama struggles so. His talents lie in the political world, not so much the real world.
Can the same be said for Rubio and Cruz? Cruz certainly seems to be a talented talker and media manipulator. But, his demeanor with his Republican colleagues in the Senate raise questions about his real leadership ability. Rubio clearly plays well in the media, but did exhibit real world leadership in helping forge the Senate’s pragmatic immigration bill. He seems, to be regretting that, though, due to flack from the political world. Hmmm. Lessons from the real world seem to mean little in today’s political world.
Crawford ( is a syndicated columnist from Meridian.
Let us never forget those who sacrificed
By JENNIFER SMITH The Sun Herald I was reading on the Syrian crisis, and another article caught my attention. Sept. 15 marks the 50th anniversary of the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Ala. As a journalism major and one at heart, I often read news stories and research different columns to stay informed. I remember watching the HBO documentary "Four Little Girls" and being enthralled in a sadness and anger I could not express except in tears and a lot of prayer afterwards. That could have been myself, the ladies I grew up with or anyone in my family. In my journalism classes. I also recall the name of Eugene Patterson, a journalism icon whose heartfelt and poignant editorial in The Atlanta Constitution published the day after the bombing was read on the "CBS Evening News." Believe it or not, it transcends into today's world. I pray every day so hard over the lives of everyone I know, my family, my daughter, my significant other and his son for God's protection because we never know. Let us never forget who sacrificed for us all to be free.
SBC is wrong to restrict military chaplains
By RANDY WEEKS The Greenwood Commonwealth On Aug. 29, 2013, the Southern Baptist Convention became less Baptist. Because of that, throughout the rest of this article I will no longer use the acronym “SBC” but rather “S_C”. I have quite a few ideas about what should replace the “B” but won’t waste ink on that. The North American Mission Board, the division of the S_C that oversees S_C-endorsed chaplains and counselors, clarified its guidelines in response to the June 26 ruling of the Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The clarification bars S_C appointed chaplains from performing same-sex unions, participating in any way in a ceremony that unites a same-sex couple (even if another minister is the officiant) or counseling same-sex couples. You may read the document for yourself at the NAMB website, This column is not about whether or not same-sex unions or homosexuality are right or wrong. That’s another issue that needs to be addressed separately. What this is about is the continuation of heavy-handed ecclesiastical dictatorship within the S_C that is as far from Baptist tradition as deepfried Twinkies are from healthy eating. Granted, the S_C and the NAMB have the right to require that their appointed chaplains move in lock-step to their doctrinal beliefs, but in requiring this they depart from the long-held belief that it is the right and responsibility of every person to interpret and apply Scripture in the ways they believe it should be done. They move toward a hierarchical system of church government that no longer upholds the tenet that trained, ordained individuals have a right to their own convictions if their convictions differ from those of the denominational party line. A body that has for all its existence eschewed creedalism has become more legalistic and dogmatic than ever before. They are saying that the only valid interpretation of Scripture is theirs, and that just ain’t Baptist! This latest decree continues what began in the S_C around 1960 and became a full-blown insurgency in the late 1970s. People like Paige Patterson, Adrian Rogers and Paul Pressler began a systematic political takeover of S_C agencies and schools, eventually assuring that the powerful forces within the denomination were doctrinally conservative. Before long, revered seminary professors were fired and those working for the denomination found themselves in danger of losing their jobs if their beliefs were very far left of their right-wing bosses. The “Baptists” who are telling their chaplains they can’t minister in certain ways to the LGBT community are following the same line of thinking as those who would have banned ministers from performing interracial marriages just a few decades ago. They are following a similar line of thinking as those that refused to let a black couple marry in a traditionally all-white S_C church in our own state just a year or two ago. Real Baptists believe that it should be up to the minister/chaplain whether to minister to same-sex couples. Real Baptists believe that Christians have to decide for themselves whether they believe that such relationships are sinful or not. Real Baptists may not agree, but real Baptists recognize that we all answer to our Maker for ourselves. I am a Baptist. I was brought up in a Southern Baptist church, trained and educated in two Southern Baptist colleges and a Southern Baptist seminary, ordained by a Southern Baptist church. There have been times, like now, when I was embarrassed by the S_C, but I refuse to disavow my tradition because of those who have hijacked the denomination.
What the leadership of the S_C has done is wrong. The S_C leadership is clearly saying that there is no room in our ranks for those who don’t goosestep to their tune. It’s a sad, sad day for the denomination. Sadder still is the fact that many will, once again, be rejected by those who claim to love and care. Welcome to organized religion and good Christian attitudes. I think I hear Jesus weeping again. I’m reminded of a verse out of a song I wrote about 20 years ago: “Once I found a church with a steeple – thought I’d go in and worship with all the other people – but they said they didn’t need me or my ponytail neither. God said, ‘That’s okay. They won’t let me in either!’” God help the S_C. No one else can.
Randy Weeks is an ordained minister and a licensed professional counselor. He lives in Oxford with his wife, Dr. Jeannie Falkner.
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Singer-songwriter Domingo Jr. to perform in Tupelo on Sept. 21
TUPELO (AP) — Placido Domingo Jr. is coming to what he calls "Elvis' land." The Mexican singer, songwriter and producer will perform in Tupelo — Elvis Presley's birthplace — on Sept. 21. "The king rules and I am invited to be a part of this great town with such an amazing history," he told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Domingo says his father — the internationally known tenor Placido Domingo — has always advised him to enjoy what he does, to stick to his own style, and to respect the public. The younger Domingo has written songs for artists including Sarah Brightman, Diana Ross and Riccardo Cocciante. "I actually enjoy writing very much," he said. "Singing is a real pleasure as well, and it comes from the heart, I believe." He wrote or co-wrote the music to three of the 12 songs on "Amore Infinite" — poems written by Karol Wojtyla before he became Pope John Paul II in
1978. Domingo also produced the album, which features Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Vanessa Williams and Katherine Jenkins. His concert in Tupelo comes between concerts in Latvia and South America. He says he hopes to release a new album soon. The show at the Link Centre will be "very mellow, relaxed. I like to interact with the audience a bit, almost like a variety show," he said.
Miss. uses all low-income housing tax credits
VICKSBURG (AP) — A state housing official says Mississippi is among a very few states where requests for affordable housing tax credits outstrip the available money. The Department of Housing and Urban Development pays for the credits to finance new construction and rehabilitation of existing sites to house low-income wage-earners, said David Hancock, vice president of federal reporting and research for Mississippi Home Corp. "Mississippi is one of maybe three states that have a larger number of requests for tax credits in comparison to what we have available," he told a housing forum last week in Vicksburg. "We were able to fund 45 percent of the total number of applicants. There are states in the Northeast that give money back to the Treasury Department because they don't have as many requests." The Mississippi Home Corp. oversees federal housing grants in the state. Last year, 17 developers got more than $6.6 million in tax credits for lowincome housing, The Vicksburg Post reported. Brownstone Texas-based Inc. won two awards to renovate rental property in Vicksburg — the Aeolian and the former Carr Central school building. Both are slated to open in 2014, Aeolian for seniors and Carr for low-income families. Hancock told the forum, organized by Vicksburg Warren Partners to Prevent Homeless-
ness, that the agency doesn't finance programs tailored specifically to homeless people, but its prospective homebuyer programs do provide an opportunity to tackle the issue. An initiative by Gov. Phil Bryant aims to create more low-income housing near hospitals, said Steve Hardin, director of the Mississippi Development Authority's community services division. Five planned areas for the program are in or around Jackson, near University Medical Center, Hardin said.
Floods transform Colorado's ‘Gore-Tex Vortex’
By HANNAH DREIER, and JERI CLAUSING Associated Press LYONS, Colo. — The cars that normally clog Main Street in Lyons on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park have been replaced by military supply trucks. Shop owners in Estes Park hurriedly cleared their wares in fear that the Big Thompson River will rise again. A plywood sign encouraged residents mucking out their homes to "Hang in there." Days of rain and floods have transformed the outdoorsy mountain communities in Colorado's Rocky Mountain foothills affectionately known as the "Gore-Tex Vortex" from a paradise into a disaster area with little in the way of supplies or services — and more rain falling Sunday. The string of communities from Boulder to Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, is a base for backpackers and nature lovers where blue-collar and yuppie sensibilities exist side by side. Now, roadways have crumbled, scenic bridges are destroyed, the site of the bluegrass festival is washed out and most shops are closed. Chris Rodes, one of Lyons' newest residents, said the change is so drastic that he is considering moving away just two weeks after settling there.
A farm house is surrounded by water from flooding on the South Platte River near Greeley, Colo., on Sunday. Heavy rains continued on Sunday. Broad swaths of farmland have become lakes, as the raging South Platte and Poudre rivers surround more homes. (Photo by Ed Andrieski, AP) "It's not the same," Rodes said. "All these beautiful places, it's just brown mud." Estes Park town administrator Frank Lancaster said visitors who would normally flock there during the golden September days should stay away for at least a month, but it could take a year or longer for many of the mountain roadways to be repaired. Meanwhile, people were still trapped, the nearby hamlet of Glen Haven has been "destroyed" and the continuing rain threatened a new round of flooding, he said. "We are all crossing our fingers and praying" he said. The residents who remained or began trickling back — if they were allowed to do so — were left to watch out for one another. Restaurateurs and grocers in Lyons were distributing food to their neighbors as others arrived in groups carrying supplies. Scott Martin, 25, drove the half-hour from Boulder Saturday to deliver drinking water and gasoline to a friend's parents. He fled Lyons amid a tor-
rential downpour on Wednesday night after the mountain stream that cuts through town gushed into his basement. Martin grew up tubing down the river and hiking the mountains, and like many residents, he still jumps in the water after work. Looking into the cottonwood and aspen trees at the outskirts of town, he wondered when he would be able to do those things again. "Best case, it's just mud everywhere; in everyone's yard and all the streets," he said.
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College Football
Question exists at quarterback
Prescott starts last two games for MSU while Russell recovers
There is a good bit of uncertainty surrounding the quarterbacks at Mississippi State moving forward. Senior starter Tyler Russell suffered a concussion in week one against Oklahoma State. He sat out the home opener at Alcorn State. He didn't even dress out.  Backup Dak Prescott got his first career start against the Braves. On Saturday, Russell was in uniform and participated in pregame warmups at Auburn. "I wanted to just make sure he was warming up and ready to go," MSU head coach Dan Mullen said on his Sunday teleconference. Mullen has enlisted the help of a spinal doctor to look after Russell. The Meridian native practiced throughout the week leading up to the Auburn game, but the decision was made right before kickoff against the Tigers that Russell wasn't going to play. "The decision with Tyler was not cleared for contact," Mullen said. "He was cleared to do stuff, but he was not cleared for contact. That was done in the locker room. "(The doctor) said 'hey I just don't feel comfortable with him going into a game with contact right now.' We're not going to put a young man's health in any sort of danger." Prescott got the second start of his career and his first Southeastern Conference start against Auburn in Russell's stead. The sophomore completed 15-of-28 passes for Mississippi State quarterbacks Dak Prescott, top photo, and Tyler Russell (17) both warmed up prior to Saturday’s game against the Auburn Tigers, but Prescott is the only 213 yards. Prescott rushed for another 134 yards on 22 carries. He had two rushing scores, a 5-yard signal caller that played. (Photos by Dave Martin, AP)
run in the second quarter and a 2-yard run in the third to give MSU its only lead of the ballgame. "I thought overall Dak did pretty well," Mullen said. "He missed a couple of little things here and there, but overall I think he did pretty well going into that environment and handling the game. I thought he played with a lot of poise. He never was overwhelmed by any of the situations that he (faced)." Moving forward for the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-1), there will still be a few questions about the quarterback. Mullen has not let on if he plans to use Prescott regardless of Russell's health or if he's waiting to see if Russell will be cleared to play. The Bulldogs have non-conference opponent Troy at home this Saturday. 
Finishing concerns
Maybe one of the most used words by Mullen this season has been finish. The Bulldogs didn't finish on Saturday against the Tigers and lost a 24-20 decision. Auburn scored the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds left in the game and gave Mullen his first loss when leading after three quarters.  Mullen's offense had several chances to close out the Tigers in the fourth quarter, but were unable to. MSU was 0-for-7 on third down conversions in the second half. "You have to finish plays, which means when you are right there, you finish out the play," Mullen said. "As a team, we play great, we get opportunities to win the game, (but) are we finish-
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College Soccer
Freshman assists Sullivan’s hat trick in 4-2 Bulldog win
By DANNY P. SMITH The heat and humidity of a Mississippi summer can be difficult on someone from Amsterdam. For Mississippi State soccer freshman Annebel ten Broeke, the adjustment is working out just fine. The Bulldogs defeated Jackson State 4-2 Sunday in the final match of the Bulldog Classic and ten Broeke had a goal and three assists. “She’s just a class player,” MSU soccer coach Aaron Gordon said about ten Broeke. “Honestly, the heat was tough on her (Sunday). I don’t think it ever gets this hot in Amsterdam. She’s acclimated well and has good chemistry with our team.” All three of ten Broeke’s assists went to Elisabeth Sullivan, who scored on each. It was the first hat trick for a Bulldog since 2001. Even though excited about her scoring, Sullivan said it couldn’t have been possible without the work of ten Broeke. “All of the work came from Annebel,” Sullivan said. “I was just there to hit it in. It was a real good feeling.” Gordon said the goal for the Jackson State match was to keep ten Broeke and Sullivan close, so the opportunities to score would be there. Mississippi State, which improved to 3-4 overall, took a 3-0 lead in the first half as Sullivan scored two-straight goals and ten Broeke also put one into the empty net. The first score by Sullivan was assisted by ten Broeke and former Starkville Academy player Tiffany Huddleston, while the second was assisted solely by ten Broeke. After the Tigers got their first goal to close the first half, the Bulldogs increased the margin to 4-1 on Sullivan’s third goal, her eighth of the season, which was assisted by ten Broeke and Savannah Boswell. To be able to contribute to the scoring of Sullivan was special for ten Broeke. “That was amazing,” van Broeke said. “(Sullivan) is an amazing player. Scoring three times in a row is great. Giving passes for her to score is great too. I know I can be an influence and help
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Elisabeth Sullivan (2) shoots her first goal on Sunday, top photo, past Jackson State players, then gets her second goal, bottom right, past Jackson State Goalie Kylie Christian, and Sullivan shoots her third goal by Jackson State’s Kimberlie Hernandez, left photo. (Photos by Jim Lytle, Mediagraphix Photography, For Starkville Daily News)
The record of the New York Giants after two games for the first time since 2007, a season in which they went on to win the Super Bowl.
Rivera honored at last Fenway appearance
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are honoring New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera before his final scheduled game at Fenway Park. The Boston Cello Quartet played Rivera’s theme song, “Enter Sandman.” Then the Red Sox played highlights from one of the low points in Rivera’s career, his blown save in Game 4 of the 2004 AL championship series. Rivera was called out to the diamond, where the entire Red Sox team waited for him. Boston slugger David Ortiz gave him a hug. Rivera was given a drawing of him smiling during the ceremony before the 2005 opener. He also got a team-signed No. 42 that hung on the Green Monster scoreboard where the opposing pitcher is recognized and the pitching rubber from the visitor’s bullpen. Rivera has said he will retire after this season, his 19th with the Yankees.
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College Football Southeastern Conference Standings Western Division Team SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Auburn 1-0 1.00 3-0 1.000 Ole Miss 1-0 1.000 3-0 1.000 Alabama 1-0 1.00 2-0 1.000 Arkansas 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000 0-0 .000 3-0 1.000 LSU Texas A&M 0-1 .000 2-1 .667 Miss. State 0-1 .000 1-2 .333 Eastern Division SEC Pct. Overall Pct. Team Georgia 1-0 1.000 1-1 .500 S. Carolina 1-1 .500 2-1 .667 Missouri 0-0 .000 2-0 1.000 Tennessee 0-0 .000 2-1 .667 Florida 0-0 .000 1-1 .500 Kentucky 0-0 .000 1-2 .333 Vanderbilt 0-2 .000 1-2 .333 Saturday, Sept. 14 Auburn 24, Miss. State 20 Ole Miss 44, Texas 23 Alabama 49, Texas A&M 42 S. Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 25 Arkansas 24, Southern Miss. 3 Oregon 59, Tennessee 14 LSU 45, Kent State 13 Louisville 27, Kentucky 13 Saturday, Sept. 19 Troy at Miss. State, 6:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at UMass, 11 a.m. North Texas at Georgia, 11:21 a.m. Arkansas at Rutgers, 2:30 p.m. Tennessee at Florida, 2:30 p.m. SMU at Texas A&M, 6 p.m. Colorado State at Alabama, 6 p.m. Auburn at LSU, 6:45 p.m. Missouri at Indiana, 7 p.m. Associated Press Top 25 Poll Record Pts 1. Alabama (59) 2-0 1,499 3-0 1,413 2. Oregon (1) 3. Clemson 2-0 1,347 3-0 1,330 4. Ohio St. 5. Stanford 2-0 1,241 6. LSU 3-0 1,134 3-0 1,092 7. Louisville 8. Florida St. 2-0 1,058 1-1 1,051 9. Georgia 10. Texas A&M 2-1 1,001 11. Oklahoma St. 3-0 848 820 12. South Carolina 2-1 13. UCLA 2-0 757 3-0 692 14. Oklahoma 15. Michigan 3-0 671 16. Miami 2-0 653 2-0 495 17. Washington 18. Northwestern 3-0 486 1-1 411 19. Florida 20. Baylor 2-0 354 21. Mississippi 3-0 299 2-1 276 22. Notre Dame 23. Arizona St. 2-0 228 2-1 86 24. Wisconsin 3-0 60 25. Texas Tech Pv 1 2 3 4 5 8 7 10 9 6 12 13 16 14 11 15 19 17 18 22 25 21 NR 20 NR
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“He’s just ice cold, man.”
Chicago wide receiver Brandon Marshall said about quarterback Jay Cutler after the team’s 31-30 comeback win over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Area Slate
Today High School Softball Jackson Academy at Starkville Academy, 4 p.m. French Camp at East Webster, 4:30 p.m. Hebron Christian at Winona Christian, 5 p.m. High School Soccer Starkville Academy at Pillow Academy, 4 p.m. High School Volleyball Caledonia at Choctaw County, 5 p.m.
Sunday’s Games N.Y. Mets 1, Miami 0, 12 innings Pittsburgh 3, Chicago Cubs 2 Washington 11, Philadelphia 2 San Diego 4, Atlanta 0 Milwaukee 6, Cincinnati 5 St. Louis 12, Seattle 2 Arizona 8, Colorado 2 San Francisco 4, L.A. Dodgers 3
Today’s Games Atlanta (Minor 13-7) at Washington (Haren 9-13), 7:05 p.m. Miami (S.Dyson 0-0) at Philadelphia (Cl. Lee 13-6), 7:05 p.m. San Diego (Cashner 9-8) at Pittsburgh (A.J.Burnett 8-10), 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 8-15) at Milwaukee (W.Peralta 9-15), 8:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Cueto 4-2) at Houston (Bedard 4-10), 8:10 p.m. St. Louis (Lynn 13-10) at Colorado (McHugh 0-2), 8:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 13-6) at Arizona (Cahill 6-10), 9:40 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct GB Boston 91 59 .607 — Tampa Bay 81 67 .547 9 Baltimore 79 70 .530 11½ New York 79 70 .530 11½ 68 81 .456 22½ Toronto Central Division W L Pct GB Detroit 86 63 .577 — Cleveland 80 68 .541 5½ 8 Kansas City 78 71 .523 Minnesota 64 84 .432 21½ Chicago 58 90 .392 27½ West Division W L Pct GB 88 61 .591 — Oakland Texas 81 67 .547 6½ Los Angeles 72 77 .483 16 Seattle 66 83 .443 22 51 98 .342 37 Houston Sunday’s Games Baltimore 3, Toronto 1 Detroit 3, Kansas City 2 L.A. Angels 2, Houston 1 Minnesota 6, Tampa Bay 4 Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, late St. Louis 12, Seattle 2 Oakland 5, Texas 1 N.Y. Yankees at Boston, late
Puig out with left hip soreness
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig is out of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup against San Francisco because of left hip soreness. Manager Don Mattingly joked on Sunday that Puig could miss anywhere from “a day or two weeks” before saying that the rookie outfielder doesn’t need an MRI. “It doesn’t seem that serious,” Mattingly said before the series finale against the Giants. “Just trying to give myself a big window.” The NL West leaders open a 10-day trip to Arizona, San Diego and San Francisco on Monday before concluding the regular season with three games at home against Colorado. Puig is hitting .339 with 16 home runs and 37 RBIs in 90 games. Other players are nursing aches and pains. Outfielder Carl Crawford got Sunday off because of back tightness, while Andre Ethier also was off with a sore ankle. Infielder Hanley Ramirez had two cortisone injections in his lower back Friday as a result of discomfort in his left hamstring. Matt Kemp will join the Dodgers in Arizona on Monday, when he could be activated. He has been in Glendale, Ariz., rehabbing a sprained ankle, and hasn’t played since July 21.
Today MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. WGN — Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee NFL FOOTBALL Others receiving votes: Nebraska 55; Wisconsin 53; Texas Tech 49; Georgia Tech 37; Arkansas 34; Central Florida 33; Arizona 29; Northern Illinois 26; Auburn 15; Virginia Tech 9; Brigham Young 8; Southern California 7; Kansas State 6; Boise State 5; Utah State 5; Rutgers 2. National Football League NFL Glance All Times EDT AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 2 0 0 1.000 36 31 Miami 2 0 0 1.000 47 30 1 1 0 .500 45 46 Buffalo N.Y. Jets 1 1 0 .500 28 30 South W L T Pct PF PA Houston 2 0 0 1.000 61 52 41 Indianapolis 1 1 0 .500 41 Tennessee 1 1 0 .500 40 39 47 Jacksonville 0 2 0 .000 11 North W L T Pct PF PA Baltimore 1 1 0 .500 41 55 Cincinnati 0 1 0 .000 21 24 Pittsburgh 0 1 0 .000 9 16 Cleveland 0 2 0 .000 16 37 West W L T Pct PF PA Kansas City 2 0 0 1.000 45 18 2 0 0 1.000 90 50 Denver Oakland 1 1 0 .500 36 30 San Diego 1 1 0 .500 61 61 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 1 1 0 .500 52 48 Philadelphia 1 1 0 .500 63 60 77 N.Y. Giants 0 2 0 .000 54 Washington 0 2 0 .000 47 71 South W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans 2 0 0 1.000 39 31 1 1 0 .500 48 47 Atlanta Tampa Bay 0 2 0 .000 31 34 0 2 0 .000 30 36 Carolina North W L T Pct PF PA Chicago 2 0 0 1.000 55 51 Detroit 1 1 0 .500 55 49 54 Green Bay 1 1 0 .500 66 65 Minnesota 0 2 0 .000 54 West W L T Pct PF PA San Francisco 1 0 0 1.000 34 28 1 0 0 1.000 12 7 Seattle St. Louis 1 1 0 .500 51 55 Arizona 1 1 0 .500 49 48 Thursday’s Game New England 13, N.Y. Jets 10 Sunday’s Games 7:25 p.m. ESPN — Pittsburgh at Cincinnati SOCCER 1:55 p.m. NBCSN — Premier League, Liverpool at Swansea City Kansas City 17, Dallas 16 Houston 30, Tennessee 24, OT Green Bay 38, Washington 20 Chicago 31, Minnesota 30 Atlanta 31, St. Louis 24 San Diego 33, Philadelphia 30 Miami 24, Indianapolis 20 Baltimore 14, Cleveland 6 Buffalo 24, Carolina 23 Arizona 25, Detroit 21 New Orleans 16, Tampa Bay 14 Oakland 19, Jacksonville 9 Denver 41, N.Y. Giants 23 San Francisco at Seattle, late Today’s Game Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 19 Kansas City at Philadelphia, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 22 San Diego at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Arizona at New Orleans, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Dallas, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Houston at Baltimore, 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Carolina, 1 p.m. Detroit at Washington, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at New England, 1 p.m. Green Bay at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Miami, 4:05 p.m. Indianapolis at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. Jacksonville at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 4:25 p.m. Chicago at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sep. 23 Oakland at Denver, 8:40 p.m. Major League Baseball National League At A Glance All Times EDT East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 89 60 .597 — Washington 79 70 .530 10 Philadelphia 69 80 .463 20 67 82 .450 22 New York Miami 55 94 .369 34 Central Division W L Pct GB Pittsburgh 87 62 .584 — 87 62 .584 — St. Louis Cincinnati 84 66 .560 3½ Milwaukee 65 83 .439 21½ Chicago 63 86 .423 24 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 86 63 .577 — 75 73 .507 10½ Arizona San Francisco 69 81 .460 17½ San Diego 68 80 .459 17½ Colorado 68 82 .453 18½
NASCAR tweaks restart rules
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — NASCAR tweaked its restart rules and will allow the second-place driver to beat the leader to the startfinish line. The announcement was made Sunday at the pre-race driver meeting and goes into effect immediately. Drivers have been complaining about the way its been policed for much of the season and many fans argued NASCAR missed a call last week when it didn’t flag Carl Edwards for allegedly jumping the final restart of the race at Richmond. Edwards clearly beat leader Paul Menard to the line, wasn’t penalized and won the race. NASCAR said Menard spun his tires. Going forward, the leader controls the start in the restart zone. But once the green flag waves, the second-place car can beat the leader to the line.
Today’s Games Seattle (J.Saunders 11-14) at Detroit (Porcello 12-8), 7:08 p.m. Texas (Garza 3-4) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 8-3), 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Cueto 4-2) at Houston (Bedard 4-10), 8:10 p.m. Cleveland (Kazmir 8-8) at Kansas City (Shields 11-9), 8:10 p.m. Minnesota (Hendriks 1-2) at Chicago White Sox (Er.Johnson 0-2), 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 16-6) at Oakland (Gray 3-3), 10:05 p.m. Transactions
Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 58, Fresno St. 26, UCF 25, N. Illinois 24, Georgia Tech 17, Nebraska 15, Arizona 11, Auburn 9, Boise St. 4, TCU 3, Virginia Tech 3, Arkansas 2, Navy 1. USA Today Top 25 Poll Record Pts Pvs 2-0 1,549 1 1. Alabama (61) 3-0 1,477 2 2. Oregon (1) 3. Ohio State 3-0 1,398 3 4. Clemson 2-0 1,331 5 2-0 1,314 4 5. Stanford 6. Louisville 3-0 1,128 7 3-0 1,121 8 7. LSU 8. Florida State 2-0 1,113 9 9. Texas A&M 2-1 1,033 6 1-1 1,022 10 10. Georgia 11. Oklahoma State 3-0 908 11 3-0 839 13 12. Oklahoma 13. South Carolina 2-1 811 14 14. Michigan 3-0 743 12 2-0 699 17 15. UCLA 16. Northwestern 3-0 582 16 2-0 559 18 17. Miami (Fla.) 18. Florida 1-1 398 20 19. Baylor 2-0 375 22 2-0 361 23 20. Washington 21. Notre Dame 2-1 331 21 3-0 303 25 22. Mississippi 23. Arizona State 2-0 176 NR 24. Michigan State 3-0 131 NR 25. Fresno State 2-0 75 NR
BMW Championship suspended Sunday
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jim Furyk will have to wait one more day to try to end three years without a victory on the PGA Tour. The final round of the BMW Championship was suspended Sunday because of rain that left too much water on Conway Farms. Furyk had a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker. He was about three hours from even teeing off when play was stopped for the first time by rain for 3 1/2 hours. It resumed for an hour before more showers led to another stoppage in play. Furyk was among 22 players who had yet to tee off. That included Tiger Woods, who was four shots behind. Only six players completed their rounds. Rory McIlroy had a 68 and was able to get an early start on his four-week break.
BASEBALL National League COLORADO ROCKIES — Announced the retirement of 1B Todd Helton, effective at the end of the season. HOCKEY National Hockey League DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned LW Tyler Bertuzzi to Guelph (OHL), RW Philippe Hudon to Victoriaville (QMJHL), C Kevin Lynch to Michigan (CCHA), to RW Zach Nastasiuk Owen Sound (OHL), G Jake Paterson Saginaw (OHL) and D Michal Plutnar Tri-City (WHL). NEW YORK RANGERS — Assigned F J.T. Barnett, F Kyle Jean, F Jason Wilson, D Charlie Dodero, D Samuel Noreau, G Jeff Malcolm, G Jason Missiaen and G Scott Stajcer to Hartford (AHL). Assigned F Anthony Duclair to Quebec (QMJHL), F Klarc Wilson to Prince George (WHL), D Troy Donnay to Erie (OHL), D Ben Fanelli to Kitchener (OHL), D Ryan Graves to Charlottetown (QMJHL) and Jimmy Oligny to Rimouski (QMJHL). PHOENIX COYOTES — Assigned F Kyle Hagel, F Keven Veilleux, F Brenden Walker and D Greg Coburnfour to Portland (AHL). Assigned F Laurent Dauphin, F Yan-Pavel Laplante, D Justin Hache and G Brendan Burke to their junior teams.
Major League Baseball
Smith earns 1st career win, Padres beat Braves
From Wire Reports ATLANTA (AP) — Burch Smith struck out 10 in seven innings to earn his first major league victory, Chase Headley and Tommy Medica homered, and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0. Smith (1-1) held the NL Eastleading Braves hitless until pitcher Julio Teheran singled with one out in the sixth. Teheran advanced to third on Justin Upton's two-out single, but Smith struck out Evan Gattis to end the threat. hit two more home runs, pinch-hitter Brett Pill connected for a tiebreaking shot leading off the eighth inning, and San Francisco beat the Los Angeles. Pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game. The NL West-leading Dodgers lost three of four to San Francisco, and the magic number to clinch their first division title since 2009 remained at four after second-place Arizona won. Washington kept up their late playoff push by routing the Philadelphia. Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 26 games, Bryce Harper hit a pair of doubles and a single and scored three times, and every player in the Nationals' starting lineup had at least one hit.
nine games and kept pace with Pitts- spots, 1 1-2 games ahead of Cleveburgh. Both teams are 87-62 with 13 land. games remaining.
Athletics 5, Rangers 1
ARLINGTON, Texas — Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick all homered and the AL West-leading Oakland completed a three-game sweep of the chasing and slumping Texas with a win. Oakland took a commanding 6 1/2-game division lead with two weeks left after the final regular-season series between the AL West's top two teams. The A's have won five in a row and 13 of 16 overall.
Brewers 6, Reds 5
Tigers 3, Royals 2
DETROIT — Alex Avila homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning that lifted Detroit over the Kansas City. Detroit's Max Scherzer struck out 12 in seven innings, but he was denied his 20th victory when Kansas City tied it off Drew Smyly (6-0) in the eighth. Avila answered in the bottom half with a homer to rightcenter.
Orioles 3, Blue Jays
TORONTO — Miguel Gonzalez pitched 5 1-3 innings before leaving with a strained right groin, Danny Valencia hit a two-run double and Baltimore beat the Toronto. The Orioles, who came in 3 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay and Texas in the AL wild-card race, won their first road series since taking two of three at San Francisco on Aug. 9-11.
MILWAUKEE — Sean Halton hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Milwaukee to a comeback victory over the Cincinnati. Halton's home run came off reliever Zach Duke (1-2), the fifth Cincinnati pitcher. It was Halton's third homer of the season and first career walk-off.
Pirates 3, Cubs 2
PITTSBURGH — Francisco Liriano took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before faltering in his first no-decision this season, and pinch-hitter Justin Morneau singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth to lead Pittsburgh over the Chicago. Pittsburgh, which began the day tied with St. Louis for the NL Central lead, took three of four from the last-place Cubs and won for the sixth time in seven games.
Angels 2, Astros 1
Twins 6, Rays 4
MINNEAPOLIS — Joel Peralta gave up a solo homer to Josmil Pinto in the eighth inning and a threerun drive to Ryan Doumit, and the Tampa Bay stumbled again in the AL wild-card race with a loss to the Minnesota. Tampa Bay, which had won its previous three games, wasted a 3-0 lead and dropped to 7-14 from Aug. 25 on. The Rays began the day tied with Texas for the two AL wild-card
Cardinals 12, Mariners 2
ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina broke out of a slump with a home run and three singles as Shelby Miller and the St. Louis remained tied for first place in the NL Central with a win over the Seattle. Matt Adams also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in
Nationals 11, Phillies 2
WASHINGTON — Wilson Ramos had four hits and five RBIs, Giants 4, Dodgers 3 Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven LOS ANGELES — Hunter Pence innings for his NL-best 18th win and
HOUSTON — Jerome Williams won a third straight start for the first time since April 2004, and the Los Angeles beat Houston to send the Astros to their 98th loss of the season. Houston, a big league-worst 5198, is on the verge of becoming the first major league team to reach triple figures in losses in three consecutive seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06. The Astros were 56-106 in 2011 and dropped to 55-107 last year, their final season in the National League.
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Saints win over Bucs
By FRED GOODALL Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Drew Brees was sacked four times, knocked around a bunch more and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Still, the New Orleans quarterback found a way to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers again. Garrett Hartley kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints a weather-delayed 16-14 victory and their fourth consecutive win over their NFC South rivals on Sunday. Brees shrugged off the mistake that gave Tampa Bay the lead early in the fourth quarter to complete three straight passes for 54 yards to lead the Saints (2-0) into position to win. He finished 26 of 46 for 322 yards, although interceptions by linebackers Dekoda Watson and Mason Foster led to all of Tampa Bay’s points. The game was interrupted by a 69-minute suspension of play because of lightning that sent fans at Raymond James Stadium scurrying for cover early in the first quarter. The Bucs (0-2) lost on a field goal in the closing seconds for the second straight week. Foster scored on an 85-yard interception return for a 14-13 lead. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees walks off the However, Rian Lindell missed a 46-yard field during an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay field goal attempt just over a minute later, Buccaneers. (Photo by Brian Blanco, AP) giving Brees one more chance to bring the Saints back. Brees led his team into scoring position with completions of 15 yards to Jimmy Graham, 8 yards to Darren Sproles and 31 yards to Marques Colston. It was the 22nd time during the regular season Brees has led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. The Bucs played resilient defense to stay in the game, but in the end weren’t able to generate enough offense. Brees threw a 56-yard TD pass to Graham, who finished with 10 receptions for 179 yards. Hartley kicked a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter, but the Saints wasted a couple of other opportunities. The Bucs were penalized 13 times for 102 yards during a season-opening 18-17 loss to the New York Jets, including three costly personal fouls — the last of which set up the Jets’ game-winning field goal in the closing seconds. They had three more penalties for hard hits in the second quarter Sunday. End Adrian Clayborn was assessed an unnecessary roughness penalty a hard hit on Brees, safety Dashon Goldson was flagged for a blow to the head on Sproles two plays later, and safety Ahmad Black later was called for what appeared to be a helmet-tohelmet hit on Graham on an incompletion down the middle off the field. The game was stopped with 10:30 remaining in the first quarter after Hartley
kicked a 44-yard field goal to give the Saints a 3-0 lead and the ensuing kickoff resulted in a touchback. The teams jogged off the field after game officials huddled and made the decision to suspend play. Once players and coaches were given the OK to return to the field, the teams were given 10 minutes to warm up. Brees had completions of 15 and 13 yards to Colston and 21 yards to Graham to set up Hartley’s early field goal. When play resumed, his first pass was intercepted by Watson at the Saints 35 to set up Josh Freeman’s 5-yard TD pass to Kevin Ogletree for a 7-3 lead for Tampa Bay. A missed defensive assignment left Graham wide open on his TD reception that put the Saints up 10-7. The tight end’s eighth reception of the opening half gave New Orleans a first down inside the Bucs 1, however Brees couldn’t get his team into the end zone. The Saints initially settled for what would have been a 20-yard field goal for a six-point halftime after an incompletion and pair of runs left them with a fourth-and-goal at the 2. When an offside penalty moved the ball to the 1, coach Sean Payton took the points off the scoreboard and elected to try to push the lead to 10. Mark Ingram was stopped for no gain, leaving the Saints to go into locker room ahead just 10-7.
Peyton Manning takes game between brothers
By BARRY WILNER Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Big brother Manning got the better of his kid sibling, with lots of help from Denver’s one-man ground game. Peyton Manning didn’t need another recordtying seven touchdown passes Sunday, settling for two in the Broncos’ 41-23 romp over Eli and the Giants. The older Manning is 3-0 in the NFL against Eli, with the other two victories coming when Peyton was with the Colts. He got this win with a huge boost from Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for two touchdowns and 93 yards on just 13 carries. Denver (2-0), which has won 13 straight regular-season games, ran for 109 yards altogether. With Manning finding Wes Welker and Julius Thomas for touchdowns, and Moreno scoring on sprints down the right side of 20 and 25 yards, Denver dominated much of the matchup between Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks; Eli has won two titles, Peyton one. After the rout, the brothers shared a very short handshake while surrounded by a mob of photographers and TV cameras. Eli Manning was picked off four times — he was intercepted 15 all of last season — and the Giants also allowed Trindon Holliday’s spectacular 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first such score in the league this season. Peyton, who became the third player over 60,000 career yards passing on Denver’s opening drive, connected with a wide-open Welker for a 2-yard score that gave the Broncos a 17-9 lead. But little brother took New York 81 yards in response, although the drive was built more on
Broncos blunders — four penalties, including two for pass interference — than Manning magic. There was plenty more Moreno magic on Denver’s next series, when he again surged around right end to almost duplicate his earlier 20-yard scoring run with a 25-yarder. Considered a backup heading toward the season, Moreno was virtually the entire running game for the Broncos on Sunday — and he made the difference. Peyton Manning also hit Thomas for an 11yard score as Denver pulled away in the second half after leading 10-9 at halftime. Da’Rel Scott took a short pass 23 yards for a TD for New York to conclude the Giants’ scoring. The sloppy first half was marred by eight dropped passes on both sides, including three by Welker. The biggest drop, though, came on a running play when rookie Montee Ball fumbled at the New York 3 to ruin Denver’s drive from its 7 on the opening series. Ryan Mundy recovered in the end zone, with Peyton watching in frustration, his hands on his hips. Eli Manning then led his team 62 yards, 51 on a pass to Victor Cruz, and Josh Brown made a 36-yard field goal. Brown added kicks of 24 and 41 yards in the first half. Denver’s first touchdown came on Moreno’s sprint around right end early in the second quarter, and Matt Prater made a 42-yard field goal 47 seconds before halftime. He added a 47-yarder 2:38 from the end. The Giants have allowed 77 points in two games. Denver has won 400 games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. It tied a team record with its Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) shakes hands with his brother New York seventh straight road victory, even though it drew Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning (10) in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo by Frank Franklin II, AP) 13 penalties for 132 yards.
Cutler, Bennett lead Bears with late touchdown
From Wire Reports CHICAGO (AP) — Jay Cutler threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left. Minnesota’s Blair Walsh had just kicked a 22-yard field goal with 3:15 remaining when Chicago took over at its 34. Cutler, who led the Bears back from an 11-point deficit in a seasonopening win over Cincinnati, struck again. A 23-yard pass to Bennett along the sideline put the ball on the 16. Cutler then spiked the ball before connecting with Bennett in the front corner of the end zone. Chicago remained unbeaten under new coach Marc Trestman despite committing four turnovers. ter being outplayed early for a second pass in overtime to cap Houston’s straight week. comeback win. With Andre Johnson out after being shaken up in the fourth quarter, HopChargers 33, Eagles 30 kins reached above Jason McCourty PHILADELPHIA — Philip Rivers and pulled in the pass from Matt threw three touchdown passes to Ed- Schaub to give Houston the victory. die Royal, and Nick Novak kicked a The Texans (2-0) needed a fran46-yard field goal with 7 seconds left, chise-record 21-point comeback to win spoiling Chip Kelly’s home debut. their opener at San Diego 31-28. Michael Vick threw for a career-best 428 yards and two touchdowns and Bills 24, Panthers 23 ran for a score. But a porous Eagles defense couldn’t stop Rivers all day. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Rookie EJ Manuel hit Stevie Johnson Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16 for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith The touchdown capped a nine-play, threw for 223 yards and two touch- 80-yard drive in which the first-round downs, and the Kansas City defense draft pick completed 6 of 8 attempts held when it needed to in the fourth for 51 yards. Manuel also got help on quarter. third-and-6 from Carolina’s 29, when Jamaal Charles ran for 55 yards Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was and caught a touchdown pass for the penalized for pass interference with 14 Chiefs, who made new coach Andy seconds left. Reid a winner in his home debut. The Two plays later, Manuel found Chiefs also matched their victory total Johnson alone in the left corner as Buffrom all of last season by starting 2-0 falo (1-1) bounced back from a 23-21 for just the second time since 2005. season-opening loss to New England. down, and the Dolphins defense held off yet another Colts comeback bid. Charles Clay gave Miami the lead for good with a 1-yard TD run late in the third quarter. The Dolphins are 2-0 for only the second time since 2004. Luck had the Colts positioned to rally yet again after reaching the Miami 23-yard line with 1:45 left in the game.
Carson Palmer threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to rookie Andre Ellington for Arizona (1-1). Ellington also had a 16-yard catch to start the deciding drive.
Ravens 14, Browns 6
Falcons 31, Rams 24
Packers 38, Redskins 20
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns and Green Bay used a big first half to win its home opener. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 320 yards and three second-half touchdowns. Pierre Garcon had 143 yards receiving and a touchdown. But it was too little, too late after Washington (0-2) fell short again af-
ATLANTA — Julio Jones hauled in 11 passes for 182 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, and Atlanta held on for its first win of the season. Matt Ryan threw for 374 yards and two scores despite taking quite a beating behind the Falcons’ shaky offense line. Jason Snelling clinched it for the Falcons (1-1) with an 11-yard touchRaiders 19, Jaguars 9 down run with 6:18 remaining — Atlanta’s longest play of the day on the OAKLAND, Calif. — Darren Mcground. Fadden ran for 129 yards and Oakland’s defense held Jacksonville out of Cardinals 25, Lions 21 the end zone until the closing minutes, as the Raiders won their home opener. GLENDALE, Ariz.— A pass inTerrelle Pryor ran for 50 yards and terference penalty against Bill Bentley threw for 126 in his first home start set up Rashard Mendenhall’s 1-yard for the Raiders (1-1), and Marcel ReTexans 30, Titans 24, OT Dolphins 24, Colts 20 touchdown run with 1:59 to play in ece scored on an 11-yard run to help Bruce Arians’ home debut as Cardinals Oakland bounce back from last week’s HOUSTON — Rookie DeAndre INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Tanne- coach. late loss in Indianapolis. Sebastian JanHopkins caught a 3-yard touchdown hill threw for 319 yards and one touchJay Feely kicked four field goals and ikowski added four field goals.
BALTIMORE —Baltimore sacked Brandon Weeden five times before finally knocking him out of the game in the fourth quarter. After yielding 49 points in a seasonopening loss at Denver, Baltimore’s defense came up with a redemptive performance against the Browns (0-2). Cleveland failed to score in the second half and managed only 85 yards over the final 30 minutes.
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by Jacqueline Bigar
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You easily could be unnerved or irritated today. Funnel these feelings into a positive outlet. Getting some exercise will help, as will carrying a project or two to completion. A child or loved might be provocative. Know that this behavior is only temporary. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You could become very stubborn when faced with unusual insights or behavior. Holding on to the status quo will not work. Face facts, and integrate them into your thinking. Others will admire the clarity that you are able to offer as a result. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) When the unexpected occurs, detach rather than react. You could witness odd behavior from friends, loved ones or co-workers. You initially might be taken aback or concerned, but realize that what is happening will have a very good outcome. CANCER (June 21-July 22) You could be worried about your finances, yet you still might overindulge since you don’t want to deal with the obvious. Stop, take a deep breath and reverse course. You might have to disappoint someone, so let him or her down gently. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You might feel challenged by certain events, conversations or new information. You don’t need to feel that way -- you have the capacity to integrate your knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes. Laughter surrounds you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Throw yourself into your work or whatever your plans might be. Be flexible if a partner or associate starts adding an element of chaos, as this person makes your life more exciting. Do not push him or her away; instead, try to enjoy these moments. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You could feel as if you are being pushed by an assertive friend. This person wants you to follow him or her on a certain path. You might not like his or her reaction after you indicate that you will make your own choices. This, too, will pass. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) It will feel as if everyone has a different agenda from yours. Know that they might want you to follow theirs. Keeping the peace could be difficult, as people will react to the unexpected in strange ways. Take a walk in order to ease your stress. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You might want to move quickly with a great idea. There will be a reaction either way, so proceed as you’d like to. Your creativity will surge and enable you to adjust with ease to a changeable yet dynamic situation. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) A domestic or real-estate matter will consume your attention. You also might discover something unexpected. Don’t allow your focus to wander far from your objectives in the future. Know that you might need to have someone play devil’s advocate. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You might be consumed by a sudden change of direction. The unexpected keeps forcing you to make adjustments. Know that what is happening is for the better. Others could be experiencing a similar situation, but not going with the flow.
on This Day...
September 16, 1973
youthful talent is hope of maroon and white
Mississippi State launches the 1973 football season at Scott Field this afternoon against ambitious Northeast Louisiana, with the Bulldogs making their debut under Coach Bob Tyler. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. A crowd in excess of 20,000 is expected for the lid-lifter, the first of 11 games for MSU this fall. Stadium ticket windows will open at 9 a.m., with plenty of good tickets still remaining. The Gymnasium ticket office will not be open Saturday morning. The current Bulldog edition, probably the youngest in the school’s history, includes 14 freshmen. There are only eight seniors on the squad, six on the offensive unit, two on defensive. Bulldog captains for the inaugural are wingback Bill Buckley of Starkville and guard Greg Fountain of Ocean Springs from the offensive unit and linebacker Johnny Bruce of Saltillo and halfback Steve Freeman of Memphis from the defensive side. All are seniors except Freeman, who is a junior. Coach Ollie Keller’s Indians from Monroe, La., have a game under their belt, Northeast having played a 15-15 tie with Troy (Ala.) State last Saturday night. A year ago, Keller’s first season at the helm of the Louisiana team, the Bulldogs opened their season with a 42-7 victory over Northeast. Rockey Felker, 185-pound junior from Brownsville, Tenn., will open at quarterback. A year ago Felker shared the assignment with Melvin Barkum, 1973-pound junior from Gulfport, with both gaining over a thousand yards in total offense. Barkum was moved to tailback in spring practice and will open at this position Saturday. Rounding out the backfield will be Wayne Jones, 215-pound senior from Kosciusko, and wingback Bucklet, an All-SEC selection. Buckled led the SEC in pass receiving a year ago with 47 receptions for 776 yards and six touchdowns. There are 11 Mississippians on the NLU squad and six of them are likely starters. Northeast unveiled a good running attack against Troy as sophomore halfback Joe Mitchell ran for 158 yards and senior fullback Matthew Williams picked up 102 yards. Cole, still not in top shape after a practice injury, rushed for 49 yards and completed three of seven passes for 37 more yards in the Indian opener, scoring a touchdown and passing for the two-point conversion that tied the game. A week from today, the Bulldogs host Vanderbilt in the conference inaugural.
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High School Football
M onday mornin g q u arter b acks
Eye on sa eye on shs
Jason Edwards
Prep writer
Danny P. Smith
Sports Editor
Young Vols do just fine in 49-8 win
Horsley proves to be durable back for SHS
start. Starkville Academy did just that as the Volunteers went the length of the field on the very first drive during Friday’s 49-8 victory over Hillcrest Christian School. As the offense jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead, the defense had an equally impressive start holding Hillcrest Christian to only three plays during the same time frame. The play-calling for the Vols included a heavy dose of running as the game continued, which helped maintain game tempo. There were brief moments where Starkville Academy aired it out. The Vols shined in both circumstances as Clark was 4-for-5 passing for 69 yards, while a quarter of players controlled the ball on the ground. Among those was Clark with 98 yards, Grant Wolfe with 85 yards, O’Shea Kemp provided another 49 yards and rounding out the group was Noah Heflin with 40 yards. Com-
ith a young team, it is always important to get off to a good
Starkville Academy receiver Colt Crestman reaches up to make a catch during Friday’s game. (Photo by Lee Adams, For Starkville Daily News) bined, the group provided six of Starkville Academy’s seven touchdowns. Not to be out-shined, the defense all but shut down Hillcrest Christian’s offense. In total, the Cougars were only allowed 49 rushing yards and 85 yards passing. Leading Starkville’s Academy defense was Drew Harrell with six tackles and one sack. Harrell also picked up 2.5 tackles for loss. Though the Vols defense was strong in every aspect, the squad truly shined on third down. The entire night the Cougars were 0-for-9 on third down while on the flip side, Starkville Academy was 6-for7 converting on third down. Games like the one on Friday night can do nothing but boost the confidence of a young team that is still looking to identify itself among strong Division II competition. Jason Edwards is the high school writer for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this story are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.
tarkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell said in the preseason that junior running back Jacquez Horsley might be asked to run the football 20-25 times for his offense. It took more than that on Friday night for the Yellowjackets. Horsley had 37 carries for Starkville in a 34-14 victory over the Southaven Chargers at home. In a career night, Horsley took it upon his shoulders to provide enough production to keep the Jackets going on offense. He had 194 yards rushing and 40 yards receiving for 234 yards of total offense. Horsley is proving to be the durable player Mitchell is looking for in the running game. “He’s going to have to do it for us,” Mitchell said. “He gets better and better. He’s a tough tailback.” Horsley caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Princeton Jones to get the first points for SHS, then he scored on a run from 2 yards out to give the Jackets the lead. It was a big game for Starkville. The Jackets were reeling just a bit after back-to-back
Starkville High School running back Jacquez Horsley (6) looks for running room against Southaven last Friday. (Photo by Lee Adams, For Starkville Daily News)
disappointing losses to Oxford 35-24 and West Point 55-33. The SHS defense answered the bell against a very good Southaven offense. The Chargers had a very specific plan in their passing game with several short routes. It’s easy to see how the nickel and dime approach Southaven uses can put a defense to sleep then it sets up the big play. It takes quite a bit of discipline to play against the Chargers and the Jackets were successful in doing that. Even though Southaven quarterback Shea Chism completed 32-of-59 pass attempts for 332 yards and two touchdowns, he became frustrated in the second half and Starkville forced him into mistakes. The 22-yard interception return for a touch-
down by AJ Brown was key for the Jackets. Starkville finishes the nondivision part of its schedule at 2-2. That’s one game better than it did last season. The Jackets are faced with a much more difficult challenge, now that they’ve made the move to Class 6A. There are tough opponents in Region 2 and there will be hurdles to be cleared before SHS can make another run to Jackson. The first test for the Jackets comes at Columbus in two weeks.
Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this story are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen puts a whistle in his mouth while watching his players warm up prior to Saturday's game against Auburn. (Photo by Dave Martin, AP)
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ing it at the right moment? When we create a turnover, we have momentum and the ball at midfield, is that going to be our best drive of the game at that moment, or are we backed to the wall, we have a chance to finish it, drive it out to midfield and punt it deep?" For the season, the Bulldogs are 12-44 on third downs for 27 percent.  
Bell's struggles
Devon Bell had one of the best seasons a Bulldog field goal kicker could have in 2012. Even with that success, Bell struggled with
field goals from 30-39 yards. He has struggled this season from that distance as well. Bell missed a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter at Auburn that would have tied things up at 3-3. The Bulldogs went on to lose by four. He is 0-2 this season from 30-39 yards and missed one against Oklahoma State in week one. "Kicking a field goal is like swinging a golf club," Mullen said. "The harder you try to swing it, the more sideways it's going to go.  "He has a very, very strong leg. With him, it is that consistency. He just needs to have a nice, consistent leg swing. Sometimes he's trying to kick 50-yard field goals every time. Even on a 50-yard field goal, he doesn't need that big a leg. He has a strong enough leg to make it. He's not kicking it like at kickoff every time."
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the team in that way too.” Along with ten Broeke, there were seven other freshmen that started for MSU against Jackson State. Gordon said the newcomers have gained some valuable experience heading into the Southeastern Conference season, which starts Friday at home against Missouri. “You never want to start eight freshman
and you don’t want to go into a season saying these freshmen are going to have to do it for us because it’s a lack of experience,” Gordon said. “We’ve been put into a situation in our non-conference schedule that’s really forced our hand. When your hand is forced, you get a response from players. Hats off to kids on our team that haven’t gotten an opportunity. “These players are getting minutes and we’re finding out they can really help our cause. The competition for spots is that more intense. With experience, comes confidence.”
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