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High expectations surround more confident Hudson

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com With the 2016 baseball season still almost three weeks away, the hard-throwing arm of Dakota Hudson has already garnered plenty of attention. Mississippi State’s junior right-hander has been tabbed a Preseason All-American by D1Baseball and Perfect Game, and he has been consistently projected as a top pick in the 2016 Major…

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MSU claims first-ever win over Tennessee

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Mississippi State had waited 30 years to beat Tennessee. So what’s another five minutes? After failing to defeat the Lady Vols in all 36 of their previous meetings, the No. 13 Bulldogs finally broke through against No. 19 Tennessee on Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum, needing overtime to claim a 65-63…

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Prescott opening eyes ahead of Senior Bowl

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com For years, Dak Prescott opened eyes with his performances on the field at Mississippi State. Now, the former Bulldog quarterback is capturing even more attention as he readies for the 2016 Senior Bowl. Prescott arrived in Mobile, Alabama on Monday to prepare for the contest, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m.…

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MSU finally finds winning formula against Ole Miss

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Six games into league play, Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland finally found the winning formula in a Southeastern Conference contest. It couldn’t have come at a better time. Facing instate rival Ole Miss, MSU’s first-year leader guided his team to an 83-77 win on Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum. The victory…

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Mississippi State announces football staff changes

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Mississippi State officially announced the recent changes to its football coaching staff on Friday. The Bulldogs confirmed the hiring of assistants Peter Sirmon and Terrell Buckley, as well as the promotion of defensive line coach David Turner to assistant head coach. Sirmon joins MSU as defensive coordinator. Buckley will coach the…

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Reports: Townsend leaving MSU for Titans

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen has yet another opening on his staff. ESPN reported on Thursday that MSU cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend is leaving the Bulldogs for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Townsend becomes the latest member of Mullen’s staff to depart Mississippi State in what has been an offseason…

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Homegrown Ware having splendid final season with MSU

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com First as a Yellowjacket, then as a Bulldog, Gavin Ware has been making a name for himself on the basketball courts in Starkville for quite awhile. Whether it was at Starkville High’s Beehive or Mississippi State’s Humphrey Coliseum, Ware’s days on the hardwood have centered around his hometown. Now a senior…