Sports Briefs

College basketball
Third Indian, Gary Dixon, heading to SE Louisiana
– The Southeastern Louisiana basketball program has added another former Itawamba Community College player to its roster.
Ponototoc’s Gary Dixon, the Indians’ leading scorer last year averaging 15 points, will play for the Division I Southland Conference member also with Jason Marks an and Nick Luttrell.
The 6-foot-3 guard made 63 3-point field goals last season.
The ICC goup makes up half of the Lions’ recruiting class, which includes Ole Miss transfer Rodney Jones. Southeastern Louisiana was 13-17 last season.
The ICC trio is going to play Division I basketball along with Theron Jenkins, who signed with Texas Tech.
MSU’s Rack invited to USA team trials
– Mississippi State’s Alexis Rack has been invited to the USA Basketball 2009 National Team Trials, to be held May 14-17 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Rack, a rising senior, will vie for a spot on the 2009 World University Games team, which will play in that tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, July 1-11. Finalists from the team trials will be chosen to participate in a team camp, from which the 12-member squad will be drawn.
Rack led MSU in scoring (14.9 ppg) and assists (4.3) this past season. She earned first-team all-SEC honors and won the Gillom Award, which goes to the state’s top female basketball player. She led the Lady Bulldogs into the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Seldom-used Gamecock center Carter to transfer
– COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina basketball coach Darrin Horn says seldom-used center Mitchell Carter is leaving the Gamecocks.
Horn said Wednesday that the junior agreed to part ways so Carter could finish his career at a school where he might get more playing time.
Carter played a total of 84 minutes in 20 games last season. He scored eight points and had four rebounds in a 90-43 South Carolina win over North Carolina-Central.
College softball
MSU’s Bramlett is all-SEC; three others win honors
– Mississippi State catcher Chelsea Bramlett has earned another all-Southeastern Conference honor.
The Cordova., Tenn., junior is the team’s first team catcher for the second straight year. Also honored are her teammate Ka’ili Smith, an outfielder who made the second team and all-freshman squad, and Ole Miss players Lauren Grill (utility, second team) and Corrine Doornberg (all-freshman outfielder) were also honored.
Bramlett his an SEC-best .485 this season, and recorded new school records for stolen bases in a season (51) and career (143).
Smith hit .324 and led MSU in doubles (10), triples (4) and RBI (32).
Grill, a two-team all-SEC second-team pick. led the Rebels with 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 32 RBI and0 a .608 slugging percentage (.301 batting average). Doornberg led the Rebels with a .315 batting average.
n Mississippi State (26-26), still hoping for an at-large NCAA tournament berth despite not qualifying for the SEC tournament, has added a home doubleheader on Friday against Mississippi Valley State. First pitch is at 3 p.m.
MVSU (37-12) recently won the SWAC tournament for a sixth straight year and qualified for the NCAA tournament by way of the conference’s automatic berth.
PRO HOCKEY
NHL plans court showdown over Coyotes’ bankruptcy
– PHOENIX – The National Hockey League is planning a showdown in court over the Phoenix Coyotes’ filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the proposed sale of the team to Blackberry boss Jim Balsillie.
League spokesman Frank Brown said attorneys for the NHL would appear in federal bankruptcy court today in Phoenix.
He would not say what action the league would take.

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