By Steve Hunt Special Contributor Despite being in familiar surroundings, Hunter Renfroe remains a work-in-progress. Renfroe, 23, the top prospect for the San Diego Padres, is currently with Double-A San Antonio, the same team where he spent the final 60 games of the 2014 season. Last season, the Mississippi State product hit .232 with five […]

Associated Press HOOVER, Ala. – Mike Rivera homered to open the top of the ninth inning and Florida beat LSU 2-1 on Saturday to advance to the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game. Taylor Lewis (6-1) allowed one hit over 41⁄3 scoreless innings, including a perfect ninth, for the Gators (43-16). They’ll face Vanderbilt, a 12-3 […]

By John Zenor Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference agenda for spring meetings leans heavily toward ensuring other leagues don’t have any competitive advantage, either from satellite camps or graduate transfers. Coaches have grumbled about outside competitors like Penn State’s James Franklin and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh holding football camps as guest coaches in […]

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Manny Diaz’s defense at Louisiana Tech led the country with 42 turnovers. Diaz’s unit picked off 26 passes, recovered 16 fumbles and was among the top 25 in nine defensive categories. The fiery 40-year old intends to bring that same sort of philosophy to another set of Bulldogs […]

Associated Press HOOVER, Ala. — A.J. Puk threw a seven-inning complete game and had 11 strikeouts to lead Florida over Arkansas 10-0 on Friday night at the Southeastern Conference tournament. Florida (42-16) broke the game open with five runs in the third inning to take a 6-0 lead. The Gators finished with 11 hits, including […]

JACKSON First things first about the so-called Deflategate controversy: Can we please stop including the “-gate” ending for any and every scandal? The Patriots already have been through Spygate. The Saints’ so-called Bounty-gate put me over the edge. Watergate happened 43 years last month. The use of -gate has become stale and trite. Let’s find […]

Aric Holman averaged 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds for Owensboro (Ky.) last year. (AP Photo/John Flavell)

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Mississippi State bid farewell to one player and signed another on Thursday. New men’s basketball coach Ben Howland announced the addition of four-star power forward Aric Holman. Holman’s spot on the roster was made possible by the transfer of shooting guard Maurice Dunlap. “I’m really excited about (Holman) […]

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal OXFORD – With wind whipping and temps cooler than normal, Swayze Field had a February feel to it Thursday. That’s partly because of the weather but also because its occupant, the Ole Miss baseball team, was back at practice but in a different sort of way. The Rebels, with a […]

Associated Press HOOVER, Ala. – Blake Allemand hit two home runs and Matt Kent threw a complete game to lead Texas A&M over Vanderbilt 6-1 on Thursday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Allemand hit a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo shot in the fourth to help the Aggies (46-10) build an […]