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Heritage seniors rally around Humane Society
said the $1 million project is slightly behind schedule, and they’re still trying to raise $400,000 to begin the second phase, which will include office space, cat rooms, classrooms for pet education seminars and a surgical suite for spaying, neutering and other medical care. The classrooms and surgical suite are critical in the fight against pet overpopulation, Johnwick said. Last month, the shelter took in around 250 dogs and cats; nearly 70 percent were eutha-
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Slowly, but surely, the new Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society is beginning to take shape. The 8,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor kennel is slated for completion by the end of the month, with one side of dog pens completely fenced and gated and the second side still lacking fencing and windows. Director Karen Johnwick
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Members of Heritage Academy’s senior class have adopted the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society for their service project this year. The students will hold a three-week letter-writing campaign in November to raise money for the completion of the Humane Society’s new facilities.
Chavez wins re-election in tight race
BY IAN JAMES AND FRANK BAJAK The Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez won re-election and a new endorsement of his socialist project Sunday, surviving his closest race yet after a bitter campaign in which the opposition accused him Chavez of unfairly using Venezuela’s oil wealth and his near total control of state institutions to his advantage. A long wait for the results produced high tensions, including a Twitter hashtag called BitingNails that became the most popular in the country. Finally, fireworks exploded over downtown Caracas amid a cacophony of horn-honking by elated Chavez supporters waving flags and jumping for joy outside the presidential palace. With 90 percent of votes counted, Chavez had more than 54 percent of the vote to 45 percent for challenger Henrique Capriles, an athletic 40-year-old former state governor who unified and energized the opposition while barnstorming across the oil-exporting nation. But Capriles’ promises to seriously address violent crime that has spun out of control, streamline a patronage-bloated bureaucracy and end rampant corruption proved inadequate against Chavez’s charisma, well-oiled political machine and a legacy of putting Venezuela’s poor first with generous social welfare programs. Chavez rallied thousands of supporters from a balcony of the presidential palace, holding up a sword that once belonged to
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Anna Warren, a senior from Starkville, and Lindsay Linhares, a sophomore from Memphis who is the ZTA president, sort their "Think Pink" materials Sunday at Mississippi State University's Zeta Tau Alpha house. The organization’s national philanthropy mission is raising breast cancer awareness. They are currently preparing for "Think Pink Week," which will be held at the end of the month.
For Zetas, every month is breast cancer awareness month
MSU chapter prepares for ‘Think Pink Week’
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Rarely a day passes that they don’t think about breast cancer. At their age, the odds are in their favor. Fewer than five percent of women between the ages of 20 and 40 are diagnosed with the disease. But a quick show of hands reveals another statistic — nearly all of them
have been affected by breast cancer, whether through the diagnosis of a family member or talking with a survivor and feeling the fight hit home. For the 200 members of Mississippi State University’s Gamma Zeta chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, breast cancer awareness is both national philanthropy and personal mission. And though October is traditionally set aside for awareness campaigns, for these
young women, it is a year-round passion. Sunday afternoon, several of the women gathered on the back patio of the Zeta house, covering the picnic table in a plethora of pink. Giant pink ribbons. Tiny pink ribbons. Pink banners. Pink calendar reminders. Pink cards to hang in women’s showers, reminding them to perform self-exams and offering a handy, step-by-step guide. Even their T-shirts were emblazoned with the words, “Think Pink,” a registered trademark of the national sorority
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Acron’s connection to downtown approaching 60 years
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Chances are, nobody knows downtown Columbus better than Floyd Acron. Acron, who will turn 78 next week, has worked in downtown Columbus for nearly 60 years. He got his first job at the Straight 8 Cafe on Main Street as a dishwasher in 1954. After eight years there, he
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landed a job with Ernie Sisson’s Shoe Store on Fifth Street, a position he acquired thanks to a bit of chicanery. "I was waiting out back and Mr. Sisson — he used to smoke all the time — came up to me and asked what I wanted,’’ Acron recounts with a twinkle in his eye. “I told him I wanted a job. Now there was a lady in the store who said a size 10 1/2 shoe was too small but a size 11 was too big. Mr. Sisson said, ‘If you sell this lady a pair of shoes, I'll give you a job.’
Floyd Acron has worked downtown for 58 years and is currently employed at Bride and Groom.
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1 What runs from the Stratosphere in the north to McCarran Airport in the south? 2 Of what famous family are Pongo and Perdita the parents? 3 What dish is prepared by frying a breaded, buttered chicken breast? 4 Coincidentally, in what apartment complex was Rose Mary Woods living in the early 1970s? 5 Who had a 2,495-game-winning streak ended by the New Jersey Reds on January 5, 1971? Answers, 8B
this free series at the ColumbusLowndes Public Library. Beginning and professional genealogists alike are invited to presentations at 2 p.m. on topics including library resources, publishing family histories and tracing African-American roots. Info: 662-329-5304.
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I Macon reception: The public is invited to a free reception at the Macon Welcome Center from 4-6 p.m., opening an exhibit of paintings by Wanda Hunter. The show remains on display through Nov. 4.
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I “Antigone”: Theatre MSU opens its 2012-13 season with this Greek tragedy at 7:30 p.m. in McComas Hall on the MSU campus. Dr. Donna Clevinger directs. Tickets are $10. Info: 662-325-3320. I “Discover Your Roots”: Explore aspects of genealogy in
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I Bonfire Orchestra: Mississippi University for Women’s Office of Student Life presents live music by this eclectic band from 5-7 p.m. in the gazebo on campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Student Life at 662-329-7350.
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WASHINGTON — Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart are tangling over the election, birth control and the “War on Christmas” in a rambunctious mock presidential debate. The two celebrity TV hosts shot off witty retorts, over-the-top declarations and a few choice words in the socalled “Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.” Stewart came with a mechanical pedestal he used to elevate himself in the air, making him taller than O’Reilly. Stewart says the U.S. was born an entitlement nation, just watch an Oprah’s “favorite things” episode. O’Reilly says income redistribution is like
In this Sept. 22, 2010 file photo, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, left, and Bill O'Reilly tape an interview in New York. Stewart and O'Reilly, a celebrity odd couple with a history of public political feuds, tangled in a sold-out debate in Washington.
Robin Hood on steroids. He says Obama needs to show support for Israel by going on a double date with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In an apparent show of bipartisanship Stewart plopped himself on O’Reilly’s lap.
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KemPosits LLC has dedicated its plant on the Choctaw reservation where it will produce bathtubs. Tribal Chief Phyliss Anderson tells the Neshoba Democrat the company’s $2 million investment reinforces the tribe’s business portfolio and creates jobs. KemPosits President Charlie Quinn said the company’s products include the EcoElite Series of walk-in bathtubs. He praised the cooperation of the Tribal Council and local business in helping the company with its plans to open the facility. The first product to be manufactured will be a walk-in bathtub for elderly and disabled individuals.
A Hattiesburg man claims that state troopers and Forrest County sheriff’s deputies beat him after he demanded a breath test, then accused him of refusing the test. Derrick Steverson has sued the county and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Sheriff’s Office attorney James Dukes Jr. tells The Hattiesburg American that Steverson fought with officers on the way to the breathalyzer room in May 2011. The lawsuit was moved from county court to federal court in September. It alleges that Steverson was arrested at a gas station where he hitchhiked for help after his car burst into flames and he drove off of U.S. 49. It says a state trooper ticketed him with careless driving and driving under the influence, then took him to jail.
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President Aubrey Lucas said measures taken by the university and the athletic department whittled about $800,000 from the projected debt in 2011-12. He says steps are in the works to end the red ink. Those include scheduling road games for large, guaranteed paychecks. State College Board policy forbids universities to finish a fiscal year in the red. Lucas says audits had forecast a $1.2 million deficit for the 201112 fiscal year, but USM pared that down to less than $400,000.
and rebuilding the Jimmy Rutherford Pier. Construction is expected to take about 18 months.
An Abbeville, Miss., woman has been indicted on embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing more than $200,000. The Oxford Eagle reports that the indictment alleges Valerie Harmon took $20,267 between March 10 and November in 2011 while she was an employee for Action Collections, which was owned by the law firm where she worked as a notary. A second count on the indictment alleges that, from January of 2010 through July of 2012, Harmon took $190,574 from the law firm where she was employed. Harmon is free on $5,000 bond after an arraignment earlier this week in Lafayette County Circuit Court. She pleaded not guilty.
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Bay St. Louis officials have delayed for at least two weeks a decision on awarding a contract for a $21 million marina and harbor project. The Sea Coast Echo reports that the bids for the harbor project were accepted six weeks ago. The low bidder was Gill’s Crane and Dozer Service of Slidell, La., with a bid of $21.6 million, which was about $1 million more than the city was expecting. Mayor Les Fillingame says the city allocated about $20.5 million for the project. He says the remainder would come from adjustments to the project’s budget. He says one final modification needed to be done. The project consists of a 168-slip harbor/marina
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Picayune has 800 new residents, and Mayor Ed Pinero plans a meet and greet on Tuesday to welcome them. WLOX-TV reports that the U.S. Department of Justice approved the city’s annexation plans on Friday. The city limits expanded west, north and south, including the airport. Pinero says the annexation brings in 20 businesses, about homes and 800 people. The official annexation date is Oct. 10.
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The University of Southern Mississippi’s athletic department owes the university more than $1.2 million for deficits it ran in three of the past four fiscal years. The Hattiesburg American reports that the department predicts a shortfall of at least $1 million for 2012-13. But interim Southern Miss
A 74-year-old Amory woman died in a house fire. Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Amory firefighters arrived at 4:15 p.m. Sunday to find the home engulfed in flames. Gurley says Martha Guyton was found inside of the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Jackson County sheriff’s deputies have arrested 31-year-old Christopher Edward Richards, of Vancleave, and charged him with one count of grand larceny in connection with the theft of more than 1,000 pounds of steel. Deputies tell The Mississippi Press the steel, taken from a home in Latimer on three separate occasions, was valued at $1,940. Richards made an initial court appearance in Jackson County Court, and Judge Larry Wilson set bail at $1,000. If convicted, Richards faces up to $10,000 in fines and up to 10 years in prison. It was unclear whether Richards has an attorney.
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EPA to Jackson: Stop dumping sewage in Pearl River
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JACKSON — The city of Jackson released more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage — enough to fill four NFL stadiums — into the Pearl River system over the last four years, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Analysis of reports filed with the state Department of Environmental Quality indicate that Jackson bypassed treatment at its Savannah Street Wastewater Treatment Plant about one day in eight,
according to The Clarion-Ledger. Such bypasses often occurred after a half-inch of rain or less, the newspaper reported. The sewer system is old and failing. Safeguards no longer function properly because of years of neglect. However, DEQ officials say health risks appear minimal. It has found bacteria levels too high for swimming or wading in the Pearl River only four times since 2009. Nine other water contact advisories — eight of them in the last
two years — were issued for creeks. Before diverting excess sewage, the city dilutes it with treated water, adds chlorine to kill bacteria, then dechlorinates the mixture so chemicals don’t go into the river. Sewage dumps can kill off fish or cause a spread of bacteria, but DEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur said the metro area had only two mass fish kills since 2009. Nor has it found any increase in human digestive diseases that might be caused by raw sewage, he said.
Sometime this month, The Jackson City Council is expected to approve an agreement to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on sewer system upgrades and to pay the EPA a fine for violating the Clean Water Act. Negotiations have been going on for two years. The consent decree would be the first of its kind in Mississippi, but similar agreements have become common around the country.
SpaceX Dragon capsule launched to space station Panetta: Syria clash with Turkey may escalate
BY LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press
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A 71-second exposure as seen from Port Canaveral, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, bringing supplies destined for the ISS into orbit.
BY MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL — A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit Sunday in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA. It was the second launch of a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab by the California-based SpaceX company. The first was last spring. This time was no test flight, however, and the spacecraft carried 1,000 pounds of key science experiments and other precious gear on this truly operational mission. There was also a personal touch: chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream tucked in a freezer for the three station residents. The company’s unmanned Falcon rocket roared into the night sky right on time, putting SpaceX on track to reach the space station Wednesday. The complex was soaring southwest of Tasmania when the Falcon took flight. Officials declared the launch a success, despite a problem with one of the nine first-stage engines. The rocket put Dragon in its intended orbit, said the billionaire founder
and chief executive officer of SpaceX, Elon Musk. “It’s driving its way to station, so that’s just awesome,” noted SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell. In more good news, a piece of space junk was no longer threatening the station, and NASA could focus entirely on the delivery mission. NASA is counting on private business to restock the space station, now that the shuttles have retired to museums. The space agency has a $1.6 billion contract with SpaceX for 12 resupply missions. Especially exciting for NASA is the fact that the Dragon will return twice as much cargo as it took up, including a stockpile of astronauts’ blood and urine samples. The samples — nearly 500 of them — have been stashed in freezers since Atlantis made the last shuttle flight in July 2011. The Dragon will spend close to three weeks at the space station before being released and parachuting into the Pacific at the end of October. By then, the space station should be back up to a full crew of six. None of the Russian, European
or Japanese cargo ships can bring anything back; they’re destroyed during re-entry. The Russian Soyuz crew capsules have limited room for anything besides people. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX — owned by PayPal co-founder Musk — is working to convert its unmanned Dragon capsules into vessels that could carry astronauts to the space station in three years. Other U.S. companies also are vying to carry crews. Americans must ride Russian rockets to orbit in the meantime, for a steep price. Musk, who monitored the launch from SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, Calif., called the capsules Dragon after the magical Puff to get back at critics who, a decade ago, considered his effort a fantasy. The name Falcon comes from the Millennium Falcon starship of “Star Wars” fame. An estimated 2,400 guests jammed the launching center to see the Falcon, with its Dragon, come to life for SpaceX’s first official, operational supply mission. Across the country at SpaceX headquarters, about 1,000 employees watched via TV and webcast.
WASHINGTON — The continued exchange of artillery fire between Syria and Turkey raises additional concerns that the conflict may escalate and spread to neighboring countries, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday. Panetta said the U.S. is using its diplomatic channels to relay worries about the fighting in the hopes that it will not broaden. His comments came on the heels of warnings from Turkey’s prime minister that his country is not far from war with Syria. Turkish and Syria traded artillery fire Saturday as rebels clashed with President Bashar Assad’s forces near the border, heightening the fears that the crisis could erupt into a regional conflict. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday cautioned Damascus not to test Turkey’s “limits and determination” and said Ankara was not bluffing in saying it won’t tolerate such acts. In other comments during a press conference with Peru’s Defense Minister, Pedro Cateriano, Panetta warned that the international community is ready to impose more sanctions against Iran if the country does not begin to address concerns about its nuclear program. The economic sanctions are having a damaging effect on Iran, as inflation and unemployment rise, and the value of the currency drops, increasing prices. Iran, said Panetta, has to engage seriously with the international community to resolve issues with its
nuclear program and if it doesn’t, “make no mistake, the international community will continue to impose additional sanctions.” Panetta’s comments came after meetings Saturday with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, and the country’s defense ministry — dubbed the Pentagonito — to continue meetings with Cateriano. After his meeting with Humala, Panetta said the U.S. is increasing efforts to build partnerships in the region and said America will do whatever it can to provide assistance to Peru to meet the challenges of terrorism, illicit trafficking and humanitarian needs. Later, he and Cateriano, during a joint press conference, said that they are negotiating an update in the defense cooperation agreement between their two countries. Noting that the last agreement was sealed in 1952, Panetta said the U.S. is committed to improving its ability to conduct joint military exercises, training and education exchanges with Peru. Cateriano said updating the agreement will help his country modernize its military. Panetta also said that the U.S. wants to work with Peru to confront the drug trafficking, calling it “one of the most serious threats we face in the hemisphere.” He said he listened to the concerns of the Peru officials, and will determine if there is any additional help the U.S. can provide. Panetta is leaving Peru and will fly to Uruguay Saturday afternoon to attend a regional meeting of defense ministers from the Americas.
Judge: D.C. subway must allow anti-jihad ads
BY ERIC TUCKER The Associated Press
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To: All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals This is to give notice that the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors is proposing to expend federal funds in a 100-year Floodplain. The subject funds are from a Community Development Block Grant administered by the Mississippi Development Authority. This notice is required by Section 2(a)(4) of Executive Order 11988 for Floodplain Management and by Section 2(b) of Executive Order 11990 for the Protection of Wetlands, and is implemented by HUD Regulations found at 24 CFR 55.20(b) for the HUD action that is within and/or affects a ﬂoodplain or wetland. The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors is proposing to undertake the following activities in the area: Extension of approximately 5,300 lf of water line to an unserved area of the East Lowndes Water Association. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has stated that a portion of this project may possibly be in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). The purpose of this notice is to give an early opportunity for interested agencies, persons or groups to comment on the proposed action. The Lowndes County Board will consider any feasible alternatives or adjustments to the anticipated project which might minimize any potential adverse effects upon the ﬂoodplain as a result of the project. This notice with a request for comment was mailed to the Regional Ofﬁce of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State Ofﬁce of Environmental Protection.
WASHINGTON — The D.C. transit system must allow a pro-Israel ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages, a federal judge ruled Friday. A spokesman for the Metro system said it would comply with the judge’s decision and that the advertisements would go up over the weekend. “The result is absolutely said David correct,” Yerushalmi, a lawyer representing the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the organization behind the advertisements. “There simply was no way under the First Amendment jurisprudence that we have today that this ad should not have gone up when contracted.” The one-page ruling from U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer follows a similar court order in New York that cleared the way for anti-jihad ads to go up in that city’s subway system last month. The ads read: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat
Jihad.” Debate over the ads flared two weeks ago against the backdrop of violent reaction in the Middle East to the online video, “Innocence of Muslims,” which denigrated the Muhammad. prophet Metro had delayed approving the ads because of safety concerns and the uproar over that video. The transit system’s lawyers called the ad’s message “fighting words in the context of current events” and said the FBI was investigating a promise of violence if the ads ran in Washington. Still, the violence that roiled the region has largely abated since then, and there have been few reports of mischievous or hostile reactions to the ads since they appeared in New York. The New York ads went up in 10 stations across Manhattan on Sept. 24. Since then, an Egyptianborn U.S. columnist was arrested for spray-painting the ad, though two religious groups say that, starting Monday, they’ll hang ads urging tolerance alongside the anti-jihad ones. The ads also
appeared recently on city buses in San Francisco, where some have been defaced or have had words removed. The ads won’t be partic-
ularly visible in the Metro system. One ad will appear in each of four Metro stations for one month, said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.
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‘Fearless Felix’ aims to break sound barrier in free fall
BY JERI CLAUSING The Associated Press
ROSWELL, N.M. — Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life on Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history. If he survives, the man dubbed “Fearless Felix” could be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. If he doesn’t, a tragic fall could be live-streamed on the Internet for the world to see. Rigged with cameras, the 43year-old former military parachutist from Austria is scheduled to jump from a balloon-hoisted capsule 23 miles near Roswell on Tuesday morning. He wants to break the record set in 1960 by Joe Kittinger, who jumped from an open gondola at an altitude of 19.5 miles. Kittinger’s speed of 614 mph was just shy of breaking the sound barrier at that height. Baumgartner, who has been preparing for the jump for five years, has made two practice runs from the Roswell area,
from 15 miles high in March and 18 miles in July. And while he and his team of experts recognize the worst-case scenarios — including “boiling” blood and exploding lungs — they have confidence in their built-in solutions. Those solutions are something NASA is watching closely. The space agency is interested in the potential for escape systems on future rocket ships. Baumgartner’s top medical man is Dr. Jonathan Clark, a former NASA flight surgeon whose wife, astronaut Laurel Clark, died in the space shuttle Columbia accident in 2003. Clark is dedicated to improving astronauts’ chances of survival in a high-altitude disaster. The No. 1 fear is a breach of Baumgartner’s suit, which could cause potentially lethal bubbles to form in his bodily fluids, a condition known as boiling blood. There are also risks he could spin out of control, causing other problems. This death-defying venture is being sponsored by energy drink maker, Red Bull, which has funded other extreme athlet-
ic events. The project’s team of experts has a plan for almost every contingency. The spacesuit and capsule were tested in the early skydiving practice runs. The company won’t say how much the project, called Stratos for stratosphere, is costing. But whether Baumgartner can make what he vows will be his final jump depends on the weather. A cold front that brought winds to the area this weekend prompted the team to move the planned Monday jump to Tuesday. Even the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, 200 miles to the north, was forced to cancel its opening mass ascension of more than 500 balloons on Saturday morning because of the high winds. Those balloons took off Sunday, but winds in the 9 mph range and above remain in the forecast for Roswell all week, and the jump can only be made if winds on the ground are less than 2 mph. Still, Baumgartner’s team remained optimistic about getting the mission off the ground. “From what we are looking at
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In a photo provided by Red Bull, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria, sits in his capsule during the preparations for the final manned flight of the Red Bull Stratos mission in Roswell, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Baumgartner expects to skydive from a height of 23 miles on Tuesday.
so far, we are on schedule (for Tuesday),” meteorologist Don Day said at a media briefing Sunday. Weather permitting, Baumgartner will be lifted into the stratosphere around 7 a.m. MDT by a helium balloon that will stretch 55 stories high. Once he reaches his target altitude, he
will open the hatch of his capsule and make a gentle, bunnystyle jump. Any contact with the capsule on his exit could break open the pressurized suit that will protect him from temperatures as low as minus 70 and a lack of oxygen. He hopes to reach a speed of 690 mph to break the sound barrier..
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the General Mills “Save Lids to Save Lives” campaign and will continue to do so until December, placing boxes at strategic locations across campus and at grocery stores in Starkville and Columbus. Yoplait — and 19 other General Mills brands — will give 10 cents per lid to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, and lids submitted by Zetas will generate an additional five cents for the ZTA Foundation. Since 2004, ZTA women have collected more than 1 million lids. There are other national partnerships as well. For the past 11 seasons, ZTA chapters have paired up with the National Football League to raise breast cancer awareness at NFL games, distributing more than 850,000 pink ribbons. They were at Sunday’s pinkinfused matchup between the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, with players from both teams donning hot pink wrist bands, gloves, shoe laces and hand towels as part of the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign. There were pink numbers on the scoreboard and pink decals on the pigskin. Pink coins were used for the coin toss, and the referees carried pink whistles. When Brees and Co. posted a 31-24 victory over the Chargers, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome basked in a glow of, you guessed it — more pink. And October won’t end Zeta Tau Alpha’s involvement. The MSU chapter will coordinate Think Pink basketball, soccer, softball and tennis games this year. This spring, they will host another cinnamon roll night. Though they’re involved in other philanthropic endeavors, breast cancer awareness is the one for which they are bestknown and most passionate. in my family,” she said Sunday afternoon, shivering in the late evening chill. “It just hit me: Everything we had just done, all that work, was for (women like) my mom.” Around the same time, Warren’s grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was lucky — it was detected early. But Warren knows that for many women, especially those younger than 40, breast cancer isn’t something they think much about. They know self-exams are important, but they don’t always see breast cancer as a real and present concern. She hopes that through ZTA’s philanthropy, they can encourage women to move beyond awareness to action. “I want people to go the extra step and get tested,” she said. Through their participation in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, each year, they have met Zetas currently battling breast cancer, as well as survivors and those who have lost loved ones to the disease. It hits them hard. “You’re doing your own thing in life, and you don’t realize that, in a second, everything can change,” Linhares said. “We’re so passionate about our mission of letting people know and being aware early. It’s like a whole other sisterhood outside of Zeta.” For more information about Zeta Tau Alpha’s campaign at MSU, or to make a donation, please contact Linhares at email@example.com, or visit their website-in-progress at msstate.zetataualpha.org.
since 2004. Since 1992, Zeta Tau Alphas nationwide have distributed 11.1 million reminder stickers, 10 million pink ribbons and 9.9 million shower cards. They have also raised big bucks for the cause. This summer, MSU’s chapter was recognized by the ZTA Foundation for raising $25,000 over the past two years. Between 2008 and 2010, they raised $75,000. Their modus operandi varies from month to month, but their mission remains the same: Empower women to take charge of their breast health through self-exams and mammograms, because early detection is critical.
Guide to self-exams
Women ages 20-39 should perform monthly self-exams and have clinical breast exams every three years. Women 40 and older should perform monthly self exams and schedule annual clinical breast exams and mammograms. Just as your period ends, or at the same time each month, check for any change in the normal look or feel of your breasts. Report any changes to your doctor or nurse. I Lie on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder. I Use the pads of the three middle fingers on your left hand to examine your right breast. I Press using light, medium and firm pressure in a circular motion without lifting your fingers off the skin. I Follow an up and down pattern. I Feel for changes in your breast, above and below your collarbone and in your armpit area. I Repeat on your left breast, using your right hand.
Sisters in pink
That passion impressed Linhares and ultimately influenced her decision to join Zeta Tau Alpha. In an age of social media “slacktivism,” it is easy to join a Facebook cause without ever lifting a finger. You can “like” a Facebook status or retweet a Twitter post without giving it more than a passing glance. But Linhares noticed the Zetas were actually doing things. They were out in the community, distributing peppermints, pink ribbons and encouragement at the Starkville and Meridian breast health centers. They were on campus, painting signs and talking to other young women about the importance of early detection. And they remained engaged, long after they graduated. Once a Zeta, always a Zeta, they say, and Linhares saw it was true. On a Delta airline flight to Puerto Rico with her parents, the stewardess gave pink ribbons to the passengers. That flight attendant was a Zeta. For some, the mission has become a source of comfort. MSU ZTA historian Julianna Salyer, 20, was a freshman when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had just joined ZTA, had just gone through the October awareness campaign, when she learned the news. And suddenly, she understood the importance of what she was doing. “I was like, oh my God, this is
Pink, pink, everywhere
ZTA President and Starkville native Lindsay Linhares, 21, scrolled through the calendar on her phone Sunday, skimming past exam dates, mandatory meetings and social functions, searching for ZTA’s upcoming awareness events. Lately, she and Think Pink chairman Anna Warren, 19, have been immersed in planning their biggest breast cancer event of the year — “Think Pink Week,” which will take place the last week of October. On Oct. 31, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., they will open the ZTA house to the public for a late cinnamon roll party, charging $3 for tickets. On Nov. 1, they’ll hold a step show at the Starkville Sportsplex, charging $5 per person. All month, they’ll participate in Pink Thursdays, wearing their special Think Pink! Tshirts. They began collecting Yoplait yogurt lids last month as part of
I Look for any changes from normal; inspect your breasts in four steps: I Hold your arms at your sides. I Hold your arms overhead. I Press your hands to your hips and tighten your chest muscles. I Bend for ward with your hands on your hips. Information courtesy of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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Voice of the people: Luberta Bouldes
A Concerned Citizen: Well said!! Mississippi needs to change its laws when those convicted have no criminal history AND they’re implementing a plan for their lives. Jocezy: We all make mistakes in life, but the test of a man is whether or not he/she learns from those mistakes. There always is a price to be paid for those mistakes, but that should not mean the end of life as we knew it forever. Laws should not be set that once you are down you can never get back up again. One should have a second chance to prove that they can be a viable contributor to society, to their family, and to themselves.
Court approved EMCC’s purchase of Country Club
NT5150: $1,600,000...for a total of 65 students and to bail-out a handful of fatcats. What a waste of taxpayer money! Kiki: If you knew anything about the GT campus, you would realize that your statement is not only untrue, but grossly exaggerated. 65 students in the Hotel and Restaurant program, yes, but there will now be new programs added, as well as freeing up very limited space on the GT campus, and giving the college previously unseen opportunities such as hosting corporate conferences and additional workforce training, Buying the country club property was much cheaper than constructing a building from the ground up on land where there is none to spare.
Time to get checked
means that one in every Last year Carole found 10 people had cancer. That out she had a mass. Carole means the next time is one of those people who you’re with a group of 10 does everything right. She people, one could have eats right, exercises and cancer. gets annual mammograms. Health providers warn So when the doctor said of the ABCs of skin canhe saw something suspicer: asymmetry, border, cious, Carole wasn’t worcolor, diameter, evolving. ried. If it was cancer it had Well, apparently that forto be small. Right? mula doesn’t apply to all Wrong. The tumor was Shannon Bardwell cancers. Like the one that the size of a lemon. The Pam Bray had. doctor said only a mammoPam discovered a small gram could have revealed clear bump on her forethe cancer. head. Pam has the clearCarole went through est skin of anyone I have treatment, and today she’s ever seen. Pam looks like cancer-free and happy as a the kind of person who lark. Her hair is still wispy never had a tan in her life and soft as a baby’s. She much less visited a tanwears fun hats and big earning bed, but guess what? rings with matching That tiny seemingly “beads.” She wears bright innocuous bump was a colors — pink, purple and rare and serious cancer. blue. Carole got checked, Pam had surgery and in and her cancer story time was declared cancerturned out well. free. At one time at Then it happened to Shaeffer’s Chapel there me. The little bump came were 10 out of 100 memand went. The doctor bers diagnosed with some checked it and said, “I form of cancer. Mostly it think it’s basal cell carciwas skin cancer; each one noma.” had treatment, from minimal topical Within 10 days a dime-sized maligcreams to disfiguring surgeries. That nant tumor was removed. The surgeon said, “It’s a good thing we got this out.” After that I asked everyone I knew to get a cancer checkup, even Sam. He complained and said, “Every time you get something I have to go to the doctor.” Thankfully, even after years of unprotected sun exposure, Sam was cancer-free. I told Connie, my dental hygienist; she told her family and they all got cancer checkups. Her son was diagnosed with skin cancer. At work I told Amy. She took her family for the cancer checkup. She was concerned about her young son since he spent his whole summer at the swimming pool, but it was her husband who had cancer. The top of his ear was removed. Summer is over and it’s a good time to get a cancer checkup, whether it’s skin cancer or a mammogram, or any of the other cancer screening tests. Friends don’t let friends go unchecked. Get checked. Baptist Center for Cancer Care offers free prostate PSA screenings at rotating locations. Call 662-244-4673 Shannon Rule Bardwell is a Southern writer living quietly in the Prairie. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting setter Paris Perret quits MSU volleyball program
motmen: Wow... not impressed with head coach Ms. Hazelwood. She slams the setter like a spoiled brat. If I were the setter’s parents, I would ask MSU to fire her. Ms. Hazelwood, part of your job is to teach these girls about character. Something that you just showed, you have very little of. MSU could do better with a more mature, more talented, head volleyball coach. Period.
Will Abstinence Plus curb tidal wave of teen pregnancies?
frank: Yes but you are missing the point. If you watch “classic TV” you will see that everybody smoked cigarettes, even the doctors. It was cool and acceptable to smoke. When we, as a society, wanted to discourage young people from smoking, we had brains enough to virtually eliminate it from TV. Now you hardly ever see anyone smoking. Do the same with the promiscuous sexual behavior and occasionally show some of the negative aspects of it and you will reduce the imitation of it. It won’t cure the problem of course, but it will reduce it. Life does imitate art. I can turn my TV off but until premarital sex is turned off TV, it will be perceived as cool and acceptable by the young. Sex sells, and so did cigarettes back in the day. It will take a shift in the moral compass for this to happen, just like it did with smoking. The television industr y and companies who sponsor shows will have to put doing the responsible thing before profits, and that will only happen with public awareness and voice.
After that I asked everyone I knew to get a cancer checkup, even Sam. He complained and said, ‘Every time you get something I have to go to the doctor.’
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Response to birth control study
When I read the article, Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions, I had one of those “Well, duh!” moments. Of course it does, and that by itself is good. What I failed to read in the findings of this study was the rate of the spread on STD’s. Once upon a time, not too awfully long ago, a young girl’s reputation was something she coveted and protected, but I believe that is no longer the norm today. If “free” contraceptives become the norm for America, health clinics treating STD’s will be doing a land-office business. I have two young granddaughters, and I would really hate it if they grew up to have a reputation as the “fast ass of the freshman class.” Parents need to be involved in their children’s lives, especially in education and sexuality. I am glad that something is being done to reduce the rate of unwanted
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pregnancies, especially among young girls, but this will encourage risky behavior, with accompanying unwanted results. As Mr. McKinney in “No Time for Sergeants” told a busload of recruits en route to the induction center, “Be good, and if you can’t be good, be careful.” Not only can some diseases not be cured because they are fatal, but a good reputation is easily ruined and very seldom repaired. Cameron Triplett, Macon
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Living room built around NYC Columbus statue a hit
BY KAREN MATTHEWS The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Anyone hoping to commune with Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day will be disappointed: He’s booked solid. Monday’s tickets to the conceptual art installation that surrounds a 13foot statue of the explorer with a well-appointed living room have all been snapped up. The exhibit, “Discovering Columbus” by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, has become a mustsee cultural attraction in New York since it opened Sept. 20. Some 20,000 people have made the walk up six flights of stairs for the up-close view of Columbus, as well as the unique views of Midtown Manhattan and Central Park. “Living room in the sky? I thought ‘Cool. Check it out,”’ said busi-
ness analyst Brianna Goodman, who visited this past week. “I would never have thought to build a living room around a statue, but it made it like an intimate setting. And then the view from up there!” Artist Martha Bone said the walk up and down the stairs was well worth it. “It was one of the best installations I’ve ever seen. ... It’s my city. I like to know what’s going on in it.” The exhibit is being presented by the city’s Public Art Fund, and free timed tickets can be reserved at www.publicartfund.org. Another 80,000 are slated to see the exhibit before it ends Nov. 18. “What I have been absolutely thrilled about is that I think the project has really captured the imagination of New York,” said Public Art Fund director Nicholas Baume.
Not everyone is a fan. John Mancini, executive director of the Italic Institute of America, said the artwork turns the 1892 statue by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo into “a stage prop.” “How can one artist hijack the work of another artist?” he complained. The statue rests on a 60-foot granite column at the southwest corner of Central Park. Columbus’ marble features usually are visible only from afar. For his first installation in the United States, Nishi has perched Columbus’ home atop scaffolding that encases the column. The statue rises out of a large coffee table so that it seems to preside over a highbrow salon. Pink wallpaper, designed by the artist, depicts American icons Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Martin Luther King Jr.
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Leaders of the Italian-American community, civil servants from New York and Italy, including police and sanitation workers and other guests, stand in what is known as the living room created by artist Tatzu Nishi that surrounds Gaetano Russo's 1892 sculpture of Christopher Columbus 75 Feet Above Columbus Circle Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in New York. The art installation “Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus," which brings people to eye level with the Columbus statue, became part of an annual wreath laying ceremony that celebrates Columbus Day. Posing center right for a photograph is Mario Gabelli, Grand Marshall of the 2012 Columbus Day parade, and Natalia Quintavalle, Consul General of Italy in New York.
Nobel prize awarded to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work
BY KARL RITTER AND LOUISE NORDSTROM The Associated Press
STOCKHOLM — British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan won this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that mature, specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells — a discovery that scientists hope to turn into new treatments. Scientists want to harness that reprogramming to create replacement tissues for treating diseases like Parkinson’s, diabetes and for studying the roots
of diseases in the laboratory. The prize committee at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute said the discovery has “revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop.” Gurdon showed in 1962 — the year Yamanaka was born — that the DNA from specialized cells of frogs, like skin or intestinal cells, could be used to generate new tadpoles. That showed the DNA still had its ability to drive the formation of all cells of the body. In 1997, the cloning of Dolly the sheep by other scientists showed that the same process Gurdon discovered in frogs would
work in mammals. More than 40 years after Gurdon’s discovery, in 2006, Yamanaka showed that a surprisingly simple recipe could turn mature cells back into primitive cells, which in turn could be prodded into different kinds of mature cells. Basically, the primitive cells were the equivalent of embryonic stem cells, which had been embroiled in controversy because to get human embryonic cells, human embryos had to be destroyed. Yamanaka’s method provided a way to get such primitive cells without destroying embryos. “The discoveries of
Gurdon and Yamanaka have shown that specialized cells can turn back the developmental clock under certain circumstances,” the committee said. “These discoveries have also provided new tools for scientists around the world and led to remarkable progress in many areas of medicine.” Just last week, Japanese scientists reported using Yamanaka’s approach to turn skin cells from mice into eggs that produced
baby mice. Gurdon, 79, has served as a professor of cell biology at Cambridge University’s Magdalene College and is currently at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, which he founded. Yamanaka, 50, worked at the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco and Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan. He is currently at Kyoto University and also affiliated with the Gladstone Institute.
Yamanaka is the first Japanese scientist to win the Nobel medicine award since 1987.
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19th century independence hero Simon Bolivar. “The revolution has triumphed!” Chavez told the crowd, saying his supporters “voted for socialism.” The crowd responded chanting “Chavez won’t go!” Chavez will now have a freer hand to push for an even bigger state role in the economy and continue populist programs. He pledged before the vote to make a stronger push for socialism in the next term. He’s also likely to further limit dissent and deepen friendships with U.S. rivals. A Capriles victory would have brought a radical foreign policy shift including a halt to preferential oil deals with allies such as Cuba, along with a loosening of state economic controls and an increase in private investment. It was Chavez’s third re-election in nearly 14 years in office. It was also his smallest victory margin. In 2006, he won by 27 percentage points. “I can’t describe the relief and happiness I feel right now,” said Edgar Gonzalez, a 38-year-old construction worker. He ran through crowds of Chavez supporters packing the streets around the presidential palace wearing a Venezuelan flag as a cape and yelling: “Oh, no! Chavez won’t go!” “The revolution will continue, thanks to God and the people of this great country,” said Gonzalez. Voter turnout was an impressive 81 percent, compared to 75 percent in 2006. Chavez paid close attention to his military-like get-out-the-vote organization at the grass roots, stressing its importance at campaign rallies. The opposition said he unfairly plowed millions in state funds into the effort. Some said before the vote that they’d consider leaving the country if Chavez won.
Gino Caso, an auto mechanic, said Chavez is power-hungry and out of touch with problems such as crime. He said his son had been robbed, as had neighboring shops. “I don’t know what planet he lives on,” Caso said, gesturing with hands blackened with grease. “He wants to be like Fidel Castro — end up with everything, take control of the country.”
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“I did what I had to do to get a job,” says Acron, who worked for Sisson for eight years. When Sisson sold his shoe store to Atwell Andrews in 1963, Acron stayed on, working for Andrews for 20 years until the store closed. House of Tux moved into the building in 1984 and Acron began working for owner Danny Lauder. When the Lauders sold House of Tux to The Bride and Groom owners Blaine and Corie Walters, Acron began working for them as well. Acron’s recollections of working downtown during the era of segregation are benign. “In those days, we didn’t pay a thing like that no attention,’’ he says. “People just went in the store and bought what they wanted.’’ To make a little extra money, the young father said he became a loan shark of sorts. “We got paid every Thursday,’’ Acron says. “I asked to be paid every two weeks. So I would loan them $1 and charge them 25 cents on the dollar. They paid me off every Thursday. “They thought I had a bankroll!” While Acron proved adept at many things, he confesses there are some things he could never do, mainly because of his temperament. “My attitude is, I don’t believe the customer is always right,’’ Acron confesses. “I couldn’t own a business. I couldn’t be a school teacher, either.” Now approaching 60 years of working downtown, Acron does admit to getting a little nostalgic from time to time. “Things just change,’’ he says. “I just sit around and think how it used to be downtown. A lot of people see me walking down the street. They don’t know me. You can't look at a person and tell how they feel.” Acron is proud of his work history but insists there is more to his life story than just his work. Born and raised in Columbus, Acron went to Union Academy High School before he began working downtown. He later married and fathered five boys. He puffs his chest out with pride when talking about his sons — Paul, Charles, Melvin, David and Ronald. Acron reaches in his wallet and
“I had been playing dice the night before and won a little bit of money. I took a $20 bill and put it in the toe of the 10 1/2 shoe so she could see what I was doing. She tried it on and said, ‘Good God Almighty, this shoe is too small!’ So I told her, ‘I’ll be right back’ and I went to get the size 11.” As he had with the 10 1/2 shoes, Acron had stuffed the toes of the 11s. Sure enough, he woman felt the paper in the toes of the new shoes and assumed they were $20 bills. “She tried them on and said ‘This is my shoe! That's my size!’ She wore those shoes out of the store.’’ Acron admitted no pangs of conscience about the incident.
eagerly shows off pictures of his five boys and their children. “They call me every weekend,” he says, smiling. Acron is proud that three of his sons chose to serve in the military, a distinction he almost earned himself. In fact, he was actually in the military — for a few minutes, at least. “At the time, I didn’t mind going,’’ Acron says. “We thought it was just a play thing. So we went and got on the bus. A lady comes on the bus and said, ‘If you’re over 26 and married, you don’t have to go.’ So I got off the bus. Now, I wish I had served.” It’s probably one of Acron’s few regrets.
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been really slow. In the beginning, everyone was really excited, but it’s hard to want to donate when you can’t see the product right away. People don’t have that extra disposable income.” Heritage Academy students are hoping to change that. The 57-member senior class has chosen the Humane Society as their service project this year, with their primary focus being to raise funds for the new building. They recently raised $300 during a “Spirit Night” at Chick-fil-A, and they will hold a three-week letter-writing campaign in November to solicit donations and supplies. On Nov. 3, they will hold a 5K charity run. Recently, the members of the Homecoming Court eschewed their tradition of giving gifts to one another, opting to give $600 to the shelter instead. “They were very excited,” coordinator Margaret Swedenburg said of the project. “We have some strong animal lovers, and they thought this would be something they could all enjoy, something they could ride by and say they had a hand in building.” The Heritage senior classes have a reputation for raising big dollars, said Beth Lucas, director of admissions and public relations. The Class of 2010 collected $250,000 for the construction of the new playground at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Johnwick said she hopes to begin moving animals into the new shelter by the beginning of the year. “We’re just really excited and look forward to working in a safe environment,” she said. “I think the shelter will be a nicer place to go and hang out. If anyone can contribute at all, it would help make our dream a reality.” The new, 6.2-acre site is located on Airline Road, not far from the current shelter, which was founded in 1953 as the Lowndes County Humane Society, changing its name to the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society in 1976. The shelter receives a monthly stipend from the City of Columbus and Lowndes County.
nized. Johnwick believes the new facilities, and the brighter, cleaner environment, will benefit animals two-fold: It will be cleaner and healthier for them, and it will be more pleasant for patrons, hopefully resulting in an increase in visitors and adoptions. Donations were steady when they began planning the new building, Johnwick said, but contributions have slowed over the past few months. “I don’t know what happened, but money has just kind of trickled down,” she said. “It’s
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The Chase for the Sprint Cup
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NFL: Week 5
Saints 31, Chargers 24
Kenseth delivers after pileup
BY JENNA FRYER The Associated Press
Marcus’ catch highlights road win
BY MATTHEW STEVENS email@example.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. — The championship contenders said Talladega Superspeedway would be the wild-card race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. That was an understatement. Talladega delivered yet another “big one” Sunday, when defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart triggered a 25-car pileup as he tried to protect the lead. His bid to block a long line of traffic on the last lap backfired, and his car was sent sailing through the air in a chaotic crash that collected 10 of the 12 title contenders. Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth won under caution, and everyone else was left wondering when NASCAR will do something dramatic to alter the racing at dangerous restrictor- plate tracks. “It’s not safe. It’s not. It’s bloodthirsty,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “If that’s what people want, that’s ridiculous.” Stewart, who assailed the wreckfests at Talladega with a sarcastic diatribe in May, took full responsibility for creating the latest carnage. He had charged to the lead on the first lap of a two-lap sprint to the finish, but got too far ahead of the pack to hang on to any
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates Sunday after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Devery Henderson (not pictured) in the first quarter of a game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The score broke the NFL record for consecutive games throwing a touchdown at 48 games, eclipsing the mark held by Johnny Unitas.
BREES GETS RECORD IN VICTORY
BY BRETT MARTEL The Associated Press
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I Saturday — Bank of America 500, 6:30 p.m. I Oct. 21 — Hollywood Casino 400, 1 p.m. I Oct. 28 — Tums Fast Relief 500, 1 p.m. I Nov 4 — AAA Texas 500, 2 p.m. I Nov 11 — Kobalt Tools 500, 2 p.m. I Nov 18 — Ford 400, 2 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees threw a long touchdown pass to take ownership of another prestigious NFL passing record, hit three more scoring passes in an emotional victory, and then spoke hopefully of salvaging a season that had looked lost after defeats in New Orleans’ first four games. “While you never want to start 0-4, if you do, you’ve got the right guys in the locker room to turn that thing around and certainly not turn on each other,” Brees said. “We understand we have a little bit of a mountain to climb here. ... We got the right people in the locker room, and that makes you feel you always have a chance.” Brees broke Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas’ half-century-old record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game, and the Saints beat the San Diego Chargers, Brees’ former team, 31-24 on Sunday night. “I guess you really couldn’t have written a better script,” Brees said. Brees’ 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson eclipsed the mark of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass Unitas set from 1956-60. Brees’ last three scoring passes went to Marques Colston, giving the seventh-year receiver a franchise-record 52 TD catches with the Saints (1-4). At Brees’ request, the NFL allowed head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and gen-
eral manager Mickey Loomis — all serving various suspensions in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation — to attend the game. They and Unitas’ son, Joe, saw Brees pass for 370 yards, enough to put him over 30,000 yards passing as a Saint in his 100th game with the club. Afterward, Brees took an elevator to the Superdome’s suite level to share a few moments with Payton, Loomis and Vitt. “It was great to see him. He looks good,” Brees said of Payton. “I felt like this night wouldn’t have been the same without him in the building. And Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt — to have all those guys (here) and to spend a little time with them, to share in the historic moment, was special.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the one who suspended Saints personnel in the bounty matter but also granted Brees’ request for Payton, Vitt and Loomis to attend the game, chimed in on his Twitter page shortly after the record fell, writing, “Congrats to (at)drewbrees & his teammates on breaking Unitas’ record. Amazing accomplishment by great QB & leader. We’re proud of you, Drew.” Philip Rivers passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns to former Saints receiver Robert Meachem, but had two costly turnovers in the final quarter. “I can’t tell you how tough it is to lose a game like this,” Rivers said. “We were right there. We were up by 10 points and just didn’t get it done. We have a great team, a championship-caliber team. But we have to win close games like this.”
I Seattle 16, Carolina 12 I Chicago 41, Jacksonville 3 I San Francisco 45, Buffalo 3 I Minnesota 30, Tennessee 7 I New England 31, Denver 21 I New Orleans 31, San Diego 24
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Thursday’s Game I St. Louis 17, Arizona 3 Sunday’s Games I Baltimore 9, Kansas City 6 I Atlanta 24, Washington 17 I Pittsburgh 16, Philadelphia 14 I Indianapolis 30, Green Bay 27 I N.Y. Giants 41, Cleveland 27 I Miami 17, Cincinnati 13
LEXINGTON, Ky. — What must have looked like a dangerous option for Mississippi State University quarterback Tyler Russell turned out to be a bailout for a touchdown Saturday. Russell’s first touchdown t a r g e t Saturday in a 27-14 vict o r y against the University GAME 6 o f I TENNESSEE: Kentucky 8 p.m., Saturday an TV: ESPN2 was u n l i k e l y Radio: WKBB target on a 100.9 FM; u n i q u e WFCA 107.9 FM play. But junior full- INSIDE b a c k I MORE A d r i a n COLLEGE M a r c u s FOOTBALL: This made the week’s most of a rankings. throwback Page 4B screen to the left side of the field to score his first touchdown on his first catch in his threeyear MSU career. “(MSU fullback Sylvester) Hemphill was mad because I saw (MSU running backs coach) Greg Knox took Hemphill out and put Adrian Marcus in for the play right there,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said. “There will be some discussions, I’m sure, in the running back meeting room this week. Those guys don’t get the ball very often, so when one is about to come their way, it’s a pretty rough fight to get that football.” Saturday marked the second game Marcus was used as a fullback and as a backup tight end and in the H-back position because sophomore Malcolm Johnson was out with a pectoral injury. “My role on the team is whatever the coaches want me to do because the more I can be on the field, the more I can help my team win,” said Marcus, a 21year-old transfer from the U.S. Naval Academy, two
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Arroyo’s gem gives Reds 2-0 lead on Giants
BY JANIE MCCAULEY The Associated Press
DIVISION SERIES (Best-of-five) American League Sunday’s Games I Detroit 5, Oakland 4, Detroit leads series 2-0 I New York 7, Baltimore 2, New York leads series 1-0 Today’s Game I New York (Pettitte 5-4) at Baltimore (Chen 12-11), 7:07 p.m. (TBS) National League Sunday’s Games I Cincinnati 9, San Francisco 0, Cincinnati leads series 2-0 I Washington 3, St. Louis 2, Washington leads series 1-0 Today’s Game I Washington (Zimmermann 12-8) at St. Louis (Garcia 7-7), 3:37 p.m. (TBS)
Miller’s blast helps Yankees defeat Orioles
BY DAVID GINSBURG The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Dusty Baker walked down the hallway in his former ballpark to cheers from Giants fans. He smiled, waved hello, offered handshakes, high-fives and hugs — even a few hang loose signs. Baker is still beloved in the Bay Area 10 years after managing the Giants within six outs of a World Series title before falling short. That didn’t change even after his Cincinnati Reds routed San Francisco 9-0 on Sunday night for a 2-0 lead in their NL division series. This time, it’s the Reds riding some serious postseason momentum. Two years ago, the Giants made an improbable run to the city’s first World Series championship and Cincinnati got swept out of the first round by the Phillies.
“You’re not comfortable at all until it’s over,” Baker said. “We’ve been there before. It’s hard to take the last breath out of anything.” Game 3 in the best-of-five series is Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Homer Bailey (13-10), who pitched a nohitter Sept. 28 at Pittsburgh, takes the mound as the Reds try to close out the series against Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (14-9). The Reds headed home to Ohio on quite a roll, thanks to a bunch of memorable firsts. Bronson Arroyo won his first game in seven tries at San Francisco. Ryan Ludwick hit his first postseason home run, while Ryan Hanigan had his first playoff RBI. More than anything on this night, it was Arroyo’s turn to celebrate on what he figured to be
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BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees earned the AL East title by pulling away from the Baltimore Orioles in the final week of the regular season. That scenario repeated itself in the first game of their AL playoff series, and now the Orioles are again forced to play catch up against their division rivals. Russell Martin led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking home run off Jim Johnson, CC Sabathia turned in a sparkling pitching performance and the Yankees gained the upper hand with a 7-2 victory Sunday night. For eight innings, the teams engaged in a tense duel that could have gone either way. Then came the ninth inning, when the Yankees scored five runs off Johnson, Baltimore’s All-Star closer, to ruin the Orioles’ first home playoff game
since 1997. “You always want to take the first one, but you go game by game,” said New York’s Robinson Cano, who contributed a two-run double in the ninth. “Enjoy this game and just go home get some sleep and be ready for (Game 2 on Monday).” The Yankees have been to the playoffs in 17 of the last 18 years. This is Baltimore’s first trip in 15 years, following 14 successive losing seasons. “We stayed in as long as we could,” Orioles right fielder Chris Davis said. “We’re finding out what playoff baseball is all about.” Sabathia allowed two runs and eight hits, coming within an out of his first career complete game in the postseason. He was 0-2 in three starts against Baltimore during the regular season, but in this one the
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NFL: Week 5
Colts win one for ailing coach
BY BARRY WILNER The Associated Press
Thursday’s Game North River at Victory Christian, 7 p.m. Friday’s Games DeSoto Central at Columbus, 7 p.m. New Hope at Lake Cormorant, 7 p.m. Starkville at Canton, 7 p.m. West Lowndes at West Oktibbeha, 7 p.m. West Point at Saltillo, 7 p.m. Houston at Noxubee County, 7 p.m. Louisville at Caledonia, 7 p.m. Aberdeen at Mooreville, 7 p.m. JZ George at Hamilton, 7 p.m. East Oktibbeha at Pelahatchie, 7 p.m. West Lowndes at West Oktibbeha, 7 p.m. Williams-Sullivan at East Webster, 7 p.m. Amory at Shannon, 7 p.m. Winston Academy at Starkville Acad., 7 p.m. Manchester at Immanuel Christian, 7 p.m. New Site vs. Oak Hill Academy, 7 p.m. Franklin at Central Academy, 7 p.m. Hatch at Aliceville, 7 p.m. Cold Springs at Lamar County, 7 p.m. Pickens County at Hubbertville, 7 p.m. Marion County at Sulligent, 7 p.m. Berr y at South Lamar, 7 p.m. Meadowview at Pickens Academy, 7 p.m. Hebron Christian at Calhoun, 7:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Mississippi State University women’s soccer team wrapped the first half of a four-match Southeastern Conference road swing Sunday with a 2-0 loss to No. 16 University of Missouri at Walton Stadium in Columbia. The loss drops MSU to 7-7-1 and 0-7-1 in the SEC, while Missouri improved to 12-2 and 7-1. “I was very proud of the way we fought for the full 90 minutes,” MSU coach Neil Macdonald said. “I thought our back line and midfield played really well and we created some scoring opportunities that we just couldn’t convert. Missouri was able to, though, and they came away with the win. “I know the results haven’t been going our way, but I really admire the way our team has continued to maintain a strong work ethic and compete together as a team. We have seen our young players improve each week, and we have to keep focused because we still have a chance to do some good things.” Missouri scored the winner in the 33rd minute off a goal from Abi Raymer. The Tigers added the game’s final goal off a Taiwo Adeshigbin unassisted shot in the 65th minute. Missouri outshot MSU 36-11, but it put just 13 of those attempts on frame. MSU had six shots on goal. Two days removed from a season-high 12 saves Friday at Auburn University, senior goalkeeper Skylar Rosson was credited with 10 of State’s 11 saves, including eight in the second half. MSU will wrap up its SEC road slate next weekend when it plays Friday at the University of Alabama and Sunday at the University of Florida. I Volleyball team loses to Texas A&M: At College Station, Texas, The Texas A&M volleyball team spread 46 kills among 11 players Sunday afternoon to earn a 3-0 victory against MSU at Reed Arena. Set scores were 25-87, 25-14, 25-10. as the SEC West-leading Aggies (14-2, 6-1 SEC) cruised past Mississippi State (4-12, 0-7 SEC) in Southeastern Conference volleyball MSU dropped to 4-12 and 0-7 in the Southeastern Conference, while Texas A&M improved to 14-2 and 6-1. Sophomore middle Lainey Wyman had five kills and three blocks to lead MSU. Freshman Taylor Hackemack, in her second start as the Bulldogs’ setter and third overall, registered a career-first doubledouble with 17 assists and a team-best 11 digs. MSU will play at 4 p.m. Friday at the University of Kentucky. I Men’s golf team finishes fourth: At Baton Rouge, La., The men’s golf team turned in a 54-overpar 918 to finish fourth with a 918 at the David Toms Invitational. MSU finished in the top five for the third consecutive time, more than any club since the 2007-2008 campaign. Junior Chad Ramey finished fourth, tying his career best as a Bulldog. Ramey’s 6-over-par 222 was good enough to continue his streak of top-25 finishes to 10. Junior Joe Sakulpolphaisan posted his first top-10 finish as a Bulldog. The Thailand native’s 9-over-par 225 placed him in a tie for sixth.
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I Patriots 31, Broncos 21: At Foxborough, Mass., Tom Brady won his latest showdown with Peyton Manning, but needed help from the running game: a career-high 151 yards from Stevan Ridley, part of a 252-yard rushing performance for the Patriots (3-2). In the 13th meeting between the star quarterbacks, and first since Manning left the Colts, Brady directed four scoring drives of at least 80 yards. Brady improved to 9-4 against Manning, going 23 of 31 for 223 yards and one touchdown and running for another. Manning was 31 of 44 for 345 yards and three touchdowns, but lost a fumble on a third-quarter sack. “It’s Patriots-Broncos,” Brady said. “It was a great team win. We got some turnovers from our defense and I thought offensively capitalized at times. There were a few lulls in there, which I wish we had executed a little bit better, but for the most part it’s a good day.” I Falcons 24, Redskins 17: At Landover, Md., the Falcons moved to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history in a passing showcase capped by Michael Turner’s 13 yard TD run. Matt Ryan was 34 of 52 for 345 yards as Atlanta handed Washington (2-3) its eighth consecutive home loss. Tony Gonzalez, the career record holder in most categories for tight ends, had a huge game with 13 catches for 123 yards and a TD. Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III left in the third quarter after being hit in the head on a sack by linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Coach Mike Shanahan said RG3 has a “mild concussion.” Kirk Cousins took over and threw a 77yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss to give the Redskins a fourth-quarter lead, but the fourth-round pick also threw two interceptions in the final two minutes. London Fletcher had 20 tackles for Washington. I 49ers 45, Bills 3: At San Francisco, San Francisco set a franchise mark with 621 yards on offense. Alex Smith threw for a season-high 303 yards and three touchdowns, Frank Gore ran for 106 yards and a score, and Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis each eclipsed 100 yards receiving. “Very cool,” Smith said. “When you think of the 49ers, you think of great offense.” When you think of the Bills (2-3), weak defense comes to mind. Buffalo allowed 52 points to New England a week ago. “We have to figure out what in the world is going on from the first guy to No. 11 on defense,” said defensive end Mario Williams. “It’s all on us.” I Bears 41, Jaguars 3: At Jacksonville, Fla., Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs returned interceptions for touchdowns — their second in six days and a first in NFL history for teammates. Chicago (4-1) scored 38 unanswered points, including 35 in the second half, to win their third consecutive game. The streak has everything to do with defense: Chicago has returned five interceptions for touchdowns in
The weeping team owner held up the game ball and vowed to leave the stadium with it. Jim Irsay would be taking it to Chuck Pagano, who has everything to do with the Indianapolis Colts’ 3027 shocker against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday — even though the head coach wasn’t on hand. “We know what kind of man we have down the street, fighting, fighting for his life, and winning the fight,” Irsay said of Pagano, who has been hospitalized with leukemia. “Everyone in here knows how much that this means, and this ball is going right down the street.” Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and veteran receiver Reggie Wayne won it with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left to complete the Colts’ second-half rally from a 21-3 deficit. Interim coach Bruce Arians acknowledged he was fighting back tears when he spoke to reporters afterward. “You guys doing this today, Bruce coming in, all you guys pulling together, Reggie being so close to Chuck going back for so long,” Irsay told his players. Wayne finished with 13 receptions for a career-high 212 yards — the second-highest total in Colts history behind Hall of Famer Raymond Berry in 1957. And he wore orange gloves instead of the traditional pink ones for breast cancer awareness month, because that’s the color for leukemia patients. “I just wanted to do something, you know, for Chuck,” Wayne explained. “I had some equipment guys make some calls. If they (NFL officials) fine me, they fine me. I really feel like that would be a terrible thing to do, but if so, so be it, I’ll go ahead and take the fine and do it for Chuck.” Green Bay (2-3) blew the 18-point lead, then had a chance to force overtime, but Mason Crosby badly hooked a 51-yard field goal with three seconds to go. After Adam Vinatieri gave Indy its first lead at 22-21 with a 28-yard field goal, Aaron Rodgers threw an 8-yard TD pass to James Jones to make it 2722 with 4 minutes, 30 seconds left before the Colts rallied. “I’ve got 12 years of (special) games,” said Wayne, who has known Pagano since they were at the University of Miami together in the late 1990s. “But this did mean a lot, just with the whole deal with how the week’s been going. You know, I talked to coach Pagano and he wanted us to win so bad. Is it a high? Yeah. I don’t necessarily have one other than the Super Bowl game. But it’s up there.”
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Prep Cross Country
Tuesday’s Meet Starkville Academy at Columbia Academy Invitational Saturday’s Meet Starkville at Choctaw Open in Clinton
Thursday, Oct. 4 St. Louis 17, Arizona 3 Sunday, Oct. 6 Baltimore 9, Kansas City 6 Atlanta 24, Washington 17 Pittsburgh 16, Philadelphia 14 Indianapolis 30, Green Bay 27 N.Y. Giants 41, Cleveland 27 Miami 17, Cincinnati 13 Seattle 16, Carolina 12 Chicago 41, Jacksonville 3 San Francisco 45, Buffalo 3 Minnesota 30, Tennessee 7 New England 31, Denver 21 New Orleans 31, San Diego 24 Open: Dallas, Detroit, Oakland, Tampa Bay Today’s Game Houston at N.Y. Jets, 7:30 p.m. Thursday’s Game Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 7:20 p.m. Sunday’s Games Oakland at Atlanta, Noon Kansas City at Tampa Bay, Noon Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets, Noon Cincinnati at Cleveland, Noon Detroit at Philadelphia, Noon St. Louis at Miami, Noon Dallas at Baltimore, Noon Buffalo at Arizona, 3:05 p.m. New England at Seattle, 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at San Francisco, 3:25 p.m. Minnesota at Washington, 3:25 p.m. Green Bay at Houston, 7:20 p.m. Open: Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville, New Orleans Monday, Oct. 15 Denver at San Diego, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s Games Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State Playoffs Canton at New Hope, 3 p.m. Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North State Playoffs Simmons at Hamilton Saturday’s Games Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State Playoffs Clinton-Tupelo winner at Columbus
Thursday’s Game Mississippi High School Activities Association Class I Playoffs Lafayette-Hartfield winner at Caledonia Saturday’s Game Mississippi High School Activities Association Class II Playoffs TBA at Starkville
the last three weeks. Tillman and Briggs returned two of the team’s five interceptions for touchdowns in Monday night’s 34-18 victory at Dallas. Safety Major Wright returned one the previous week against St. Louis. “There is an emphasis on it. And after a while, you see one guy doing it, you want to join in on that action,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. The Jaguars (1-4) played the final quarter amid a chorus of boos. I Steelers 16, Eagles 14: At Pittsburgh, Shaun Suisham’s 34-yard field goal as time expired won it as Philadelphia again hurt itself with turnovers — two fumbles by Michael Vick, one at the Pittsburgh 1-yard line. The Eagles (3-2) took the lead on a 2yard touchdown pass from Vick to Brent Celek with 6:33 remaining, but the Steelers responded by driving 64 yards, including a pair of key third-down conversions by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, to set up the winning kick. Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown in his first game of the season as the Steelers (2-2) avoided their first two-game losing streak in three years. Star safety Troy Polamalu aggravated a right calf injury and left in the first quarter. I Giants 41, Browns 27: At East Rutherford, N.J., Victor Cruz and Ahmad Bradshaw set career bests in leading New York (3-2). Cruz caught three touchdown passes from Eli Manning covering 3, 7, and 28 yards, while Bradshaw surpassed his yardage on the ground for the season with a career-high 200. He had 132 entering the game; the Giants are 9-0 in games he has rushed for 100 yards or more. They became the first tandem since 1960 to get 200 yards rushing and three TD catches in a game. I Vikings 30, Titans 7: At Minneapolis, Minnesota (4-1) kept up its surprising strong start with a third straight victory. It has yielded a total of 33 points in those three victories. Percy Harvin caught eight passes for 108 yards. Although Christian Ponder threw his first two interceptions after 143 attempts without one, he finished 25 for 35 for 258 yards and two scores against the reeling Titans (1-4). Vikings rookie safety Harrison Smith was ejected after a tussle between the two teams. One of the officials tugged Smith away from the pile, and Smith responded by shoving him, drawing an automatic 15-yard penalty and the disqualification. Titans RB Javon Ringer was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury. I Dolphins 17, Bengals 13: At Cincinnati, Miami (2-3) shrugged off two straight overtime defeats and hung on when Reshad Jones intercepted Andy Dalton’s overthrown pass at midfield with 1 minute, 22 seconds left. Mike Nugent was wide right on a 42-yard field goal try with 3 minutes left — his first miss of the season — for Cincinnati (3-2). Dalton was sacked three times and picked off twice. I Seahawks 16, Panthers 12: At Charlotte, N.C., Seattle’s defense came up with some big stops late in the game and rookie Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 35 seconds left in the third quarter. Wilson threw for 221 yards, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 85 yards for the Seahawks (3-2). Cam Newton was only 12 for 29 as the Panthers (1-4) managed 190 total yards. Their only touchdown came on Captain Munnerlyn’s 33-yard interception return. I Ravens 9, Chiefs 6: At Kansas City, Baltimore (4-1) couldn’t do a lot on offense except for Ray Rice, who ran for 101 yards, and rookie Justin Tucker, who provided all the points with field goals of 28, 26, and 39 yards. Kansas City (1-4) had four more turnovers, giving them 19 for the season, and lost QB Matt Cassel in the fourth quarter with what the team described as a head injury.
Saturday’s Games Auburn at Ole Miss, 11:21 a.m. Alabama at Missouri, 2:30 p.m. Southern Miss at Central Florida, 7 p.m. Tennessee at Mississippi State, 8 p.m.
OXFORD — A pair of freshmen came up big Sunday afternoon to help the University of Mississippi women’s soccer team beat the University of Kentucky 2-0 at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. Sara Coleman, of Laurel, scored in the first half, while Memphis native Olivia Harrison capped the scoring in the second half to help Ole Miss improve to 10-5 and 3-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky slipped to 8-5-1 and 3-4-1. Ole Miss will play host to Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. Friday. I Volleyball team loses to Arkansas: At Oxford, Kara Morgan had a team-high 14 kills Sunday, but the volleyball team lost to the University of Arkansas 3-1 at the Gillom Sports Center. Set scores were 2225, 25-16, 25-21, 25-13. Rebels Drop 3-1 Match To Arkansas Ole Miss (8-8, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) entered the match having won 10 of its past 12 matches against Arkansas. Senior outside hitter Jasmine Norton (18 kills, 12 digs) led Arkansas (14-4, 5-2). I Men’s golf team places sixth at David Toms Intercollegiate: At Baton Rouge, La., Sophomore Blake Morris and junior Tom Brown each fired a 6over 78 in the final round Sunday to lead the men’s golf team to a sixth-place finish at the David Toms Intercollegiate hosted by LSU. Morris’ 78 at the 7,578-yard University Club gave him a total of 231 for the weekend and tied him for 17th overall with teammate Joe Lewis, who turned in a 7-over 79 in the final round. Brown finished just behind Lewis and Morris with a three-round total of 232 and tied for 20th overall. Freshman Connor Davis finished in a tie for 31st, while fellow freshman Forrest Gamble tied for 33rd overall. I Lutjen earns berth in ITA National Indoor: At Tulsa, Okla., Senior Jonas Lutjen earned another piece of hardware Sunday, winning the ITA AllAmerican consolation final with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Ohio State University’s Connor Smith at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. With the win, Lutjen earned an automatic berth to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 3-6 in New York. The final match had to be played indoors again due to cool temperatures. It was his fifth win in a row after dropping a close first round match to the University of Georgia’s Nathan Pasha. In the consolation round, Lutjen defeated five ranked players to improve his record to 13-2. I Rifle team takes third at Ole Miss Invitational: At Oxford, The rifle team took third place at the Ole Miss Invitational this weekend at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center. The Rebels finished with a total aggregate score of 4,628. Texas Christian University won the invitational with a school-record 4,707. Ole Miss tallied a 2,294 in smallbore and a 2,334 in Air Rifle. In smallbore, junior Melissa Quartarone notched a 579 to lead the Rebels. Ole Miss will return to action Oct. 20 when it plays host to the University of Nebraska.
Soccer team defeats Kentucky
College Cross Country
Saturday’s Meet MSU, Ole Miss, Alabama at Alabama’s Crimsonn Classic
Friday’s Games Women — Mississippi State at Mercedes Benz Championship (Knoxville, Tenn.) Women — Ole Miss at UNC Tar Heel Invitational (Chapel Hill, NC) Saturday’s Games Women — Mississippi State at Mercedes Benz Championship (Knoxville, Tenn.) Women — Ole Miss at UNC Tar Heel Invitational (Chapel Hill, NC) Sunday’s Games Men — Ole Miss at Querencia Cabo Collegiate (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) Women — Mississippi State at Mercedes Benz Championship (Knoxville, Tenn.) Women — Ole Miss at UNC Tar Heel Invitational (Chapel Hill, NC)
Friday’s Games Mississippi State at Alabama, 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. Southern Miss at UTEP, 8 p.m. Sunday’s Games Mississippi State at Florida, noon Ole Miss at South Carolina, noon Missouri at Alabama, noon
Friday’s Games Mississippi State at Kentucky, 6 p.m. Ole Miss at Florida, 6 p.m. Alabama at South Carolina, 6 p.m. Southern Miss at UAB, 7 p.m. Saturday’s Game Southern Miss at Memphis, 7 p.m. Sunday’s Games Ole Miss at Georgia, 12:30 p.m. Alabama at LSU, 1 p.m. Mississippi State at Missouri, 1:30 p.m.
Junior College Football
Thursday’s Games East Mississippi at Northeast, 7 p.m. Coahoma at Itawamba, 7 p.m.
Junior College Soccer
Tuesday’s Games Women: East Central at Itawamba, 5 p.m. Men: East Central at Itawamba, 7 p.m. Friday’s Games Women: Northwest at Itawamba, 2 p.m. Men: Northwest at Itawamba, 4 p.m.
Moore wins in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Ryan Moore finally pulled ahead of Brendon de Jonge on the 16th hole. Moore won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, birdieing the par-5 16th to take the outright lead and finishing with two pars for a 5under 66 and a one-stroke victory over de Jonge. Tied with de Jonge and Jonas Blixt after the third round, Moore finished at 24-under 260 at TPC Summerlin and earned $810,000 in the Fall Series opener. Moore also won the 2009 Wyndham Championship. De Jonge shot a 67.
ON THE AIR
3:30 p.m. — Major League Baseball: Playoffs, National League Division Series, game 2, Washington at St. Louis, TBS 7 p.m. — Major League Baseball: Playoffs, American League Division Series, game 2, New York at Baltimore, TBS 7 p.m. — WNBA: Playoffs, Eastern Conference finals, game 2, Connecticut at Indiana, ESPN2 7:30 p.m. — NFL: Houston at N.Y. Jets, ESPN
Langer rallies to win SAS Championship
Noon — Hockey: Kontinental Hockey League, Lev vs. Dynamo Moscow, at Prague, Czech Republic, ESPN2 4:30 p.m. — Major League Baseball: Playoffs, National League Division Series, game 3, San Francisco at Cincinnati, TBS 8 p.m. — Major League Baseball: Playoffs, American League Division Series, game 3, Detroit at Oakland, TBS
CARY, N.C. — Bernhard Langer rallied Sunday to win the SAS Championship to take the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race, shooting a 9under 63 to beat Jay Don Blake by two strokes. Four shots back entering the round, Langer birdied the final two holes to finish at 13-under 203 at Prestonwood Country Club. The German star has two victories this year and 16 overall on the 50-andover tour. Blake closed with a 68. He needed a birdie on the par-4 18th to force a playoff, but hit a tree with his drive and bogeyed the hole. Mark Wiebe also shot 68 to finish third at 10 under. Langer took a 69-point lead over Tom Lehman in the points race for a $1 million annuity. Lehman skipped the tournament. — From Special Reports
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Alabama women’s soccer team closed its four-match road trip with a 3-1 loss to the University of Arkansas on Sunday afternoon at Razorback Field. The loss drops Alabama Crimson to 7-5-2 and 24-2 in the Southeastern Conference, while Arkansas improves to 6-7-1 and 3-4-1. Arkansas scored two goals in the first half before Alabama was able to get on the scoreboard. Freshman Merel Van Dongen buried a penalty kick in the 63rd minute to pull the Crimson Tide within one. The Razorbacks put the game away in the 86th minute. Alabama will play host to Mississippi State University at 7 p.m. Friday at the Alabama Soccer Stadium. I Volleyball team loses to Missouri: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., The volleyball team lost to the University of Missouri 3-1 on Sunday at Foster Auditorium. Set scores were 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 2516. With the loss, Alabama drops to 13-6 and 2-5 in the Southeastern Conference, while Missouri improves to 13-5 and 5-2. Alabama had three players reach double figures in kills, as freshman outside hitter Laura Steiner led the way with 14. Kayla Fitterer and Kanesha Burch added 10 kills each, with Burch posting a seasonhigh. Cristina Arenas had a career and match-high 30 digs, as she tied the sixth most digs in a match in school history. Alabama will return to SEC action at 6 p.m. Friday when it plays at the University of South Carolina. I Thomas helps United States capture World Team Championship: At Antalya, Turkey, Justin Thomas and his United States teammates won the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship on Sunday with a record-setting score of 24-under-par 404 at the par-71, Antalya Golf Club. The Americans won the weather-shortened WATC by five shots over Mexico to claim the Eisenhower Trophy for the 14th time. Thomas, from Goshen, Ky., shot 1-under 70 in the final round and finished 7-under-par 207 in a tie for seventh place. Thomas carded rounds of 67, 70 and 70. Sebastian Vazquez on the individual title for Mexico at 15-under 199. The United States finished in the top 10 individually with Chris Williams taking second at 14-under 200, while Steven Fox tied for 10th at 6-under 208. I Women’s golf finishes second at Liz Murphey Fall Preview: At Athens, Ga., The women’s golf team shot 7-over par 295 Sunday in the final round of the Liz Murphey Fall Preview to finish second on the par-72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course. Alabama entered the day one shot ahead of the University of North Carolina and five shots behind Auburn University. North Carolina (+12, 876) shot 2over 290 in the final round to earn the win, while Alabama finished at 16-over 880. Auburn (303 Sunday) and the University of Southern California ( 291) tied for third at 19-over 883, while host University of Georgia rounded out the top five at 23-over 887. Stephanie Meadow and Hannah Collier tied for the team’s top finish in 10th at 1-over 217. Collier posted a 1-over 73 in the final round, while Meadow shot 2-over 74. I Men’s tennis earns six victories Sunday: At South Bend, Ind., the men’s tennis team added six more victories Sunday on the third and final day of play at the Tom Fallon Invitational. Alabama earned victories against opponents from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University on Sunday. I Macfarlane earns automatic entry into National Indoor Championships: At Pacific Palisades, Calif., Junior Mary Anne Macfarlane won the Riviera/ITA All-American singles back draw finals by virtue of a walkover against fourth-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas A&M University on Sunday. The victory helped Macfarlane secure her thirdstraight appearance at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in November. She is the first participant to make the field of 32 that will meet at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Macfarlane and teammate Alexa Guarachi combined to win nine matches in singles and doubles at the six-day event. Guarachi, playing in her first tournament back from injury, lost her opening-round match but won three straight after that.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Soccer team loses to Arkansas
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Nationals rally past Cardinals
By The Associated Press
Heritage Academy 42, Oak Hill Aca. 0
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I Editor’s Note: The incorrect breakout information appeared with the jump for the Heritage Academy-Oak Hill Academy story in Sunday’s edition.
Summitt appears at Lady Volunteers’ first practice
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee women’s basketball team’s first full-scale practice of the post-Pat Summitt era Sunday included an appearance from Summitt. That figures to be a regular occurrence. Summitt, 60, stepped down as Tennessee’s coach in April after leading the Lady Vols to eight national titles and 18 Final Four appearances. Summitt, who announced last year she has early-onset dementia, remains on staff as head coach emeritus and joined new coach Holly Warlick at Sunday’s workout. Warlick said she expects to have Summitt at every practice. “Just seeing (Summitt) makes me smile,” senior guard Taber Spani said. “The other day, I talked to her for like 30 minutes with her dogs in the office, just talking about life, basketball and whatever. That’s amazing, to see her dedication and how much she wants to be here.” Sunday’s practice followed a tumultuous week full of questions involving the circumstances that led to the end of Summitt’s 38-year tenure. According to an affidavit released Wednesday as part of former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings’ lawsuit against Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart, Summitt said Hart told her before the 2012 NCAA tournament that she wouldn’t return as coach this season. Summitt said in the affidavit that Hart later told her she had misinterpreted his comments. Summitt, whose 1,098 wins are the most of any men’s or women’s basketball coach in history, issued a statement Friday saying she never felt forced out by the university and that she chose to step down on her own. Summitt said she released the statement to clear up the “misunderstandings” created by her comments in the affidavit. — From Special Reports
San Diego New Orleans
10 7 0 — 24 7 7 10 — 31 First Quarter SD—Meachem 15 pass from Rivers (Novak kick), 6:56. NO—Henderson 40 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 2:58. Second Quarter SD—FG Novak 20, 9:58. NO—Colston 19 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 7:19. SD—Meachem 44 pass from Rivers (Novak kick), :36. Third Quarter SD—Mathews 13 run (Novak kick), 12:27. NO—Colston 16 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), :11. Fourth Quarter NO—Colston 5 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 8:50. NO—FG Hartley 26, 2:56. A—73,109. SD NO First downs 27 21 Total Net Yards 427 404 Rushes-yards 18-117 21-53 Passing 310 351 Punt Returns 2-16 2-2 Kickoff Returns 5-127 2-49 Interceptions Ret. 1-9 1-41 Comp-Att-Int 27-42-1 29-45-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 5-44 3-19 Punts 4-45.5 4-51.8 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0 Penalties-Yards 7-56 10-99 Time of Possession 30:34 29:26 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—San Diego, Mathews 12-80, Brown 2-27, Battle 4-10. New Orleans, P.Thomas 9-30, Ingram 5-16, Sproles 5-9, Brees 2(minus 2). PASSING—San Diego, Rivers 27-42-1-354. New Orleans, Brees 2945-1-370. RECEIVING—San Diego, Mathews 6-59, Floyd 5-108, Brown 5-47, Meachem 3-67, Gates 3-19, Royal 2-31, Battle 2-7, Rosario 1-16. New Orleans, Colston 9-131, Henderson 8-123, Sproles 5-28, Camarillo 4-44, P.Thomas 2-40, J.Graham 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS—San Diego, Novak 55 (WL).
Saints 31, Chargers 24
ST. LOUIS — Rookies in the postseason, the Washington Nationals played like poised veterans. The Nationals escaped a basesloaded jam in the seventh inning, Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, tworun single in the eighth and Washington beat the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 32 Sunday in an NL playoff opener. They have just four players with postseason experience on the roster. But they have the lead. “Not many people have probably watched too many Nationals games, but we have a great starting rotation and a great bullpen,” said Ian Desmond, who singled for his third hit in the go-ahead rally. “They keep us in the ballgame and some timely hits from this kid, and the rest of the guys coming off the bench, that’s really been the formula.” The Nationals, who had never come close to making the playoffs since moving from Montreal for the 2005 season, overcame a wild start by 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez. They limited the Cardinals to just three hits. “All the credit in the world goes to the bullpen,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve been saying it all year. The reason why we’ve been so successful is these guys come in and shut it down.” Rookie reliever Ryan Mattheus needed just two pitches to bail out the Nationals in the seventh with St. Louis ahead 2-1. Moore, another rookie, put them ahead soon after that, Tyler Clippard worked around an error in the eighth and Drew Storen saved it with a 1-2-3 ninth. The NL East champion Nationals led the majors with 98 wins this season, and brought postseason baseball to Washington for the first time since 1933. The Nats go for a 2-0 series lead today when Jordan Zimmermann opposes Jaime Garcia. “This team is not hanging our heads,” St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright said. “We can come back and win this easily.” The Cardinals made it to the bestof-five division series by beating Atlanta in the wild-card matchup Friday. But St. Louis wasted a 10strikeout gem by Wainwright, failing to capitalize enough on Gonzalez’s career high-tying seven walks and frustrating its towel-waving fans. Mattheus diffused a bases-loaded, none-out threat in the seventh, getting cleanup man Allen Craig to ground into a forceout at the plate and then inducing a double-play grounder from Yadier Molina. Craig led the National League with a .400 average with runners in scoring position and Molina batted .321 in those situations. American League I Tigers 5, A’s 4: At Detroit, Don Kelly is on Detroit’s postseason roster because he can play any position in the field, so it was with some irony that he stood at the plate — as the designated hitter — with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kelly hit .186 during the regular season, but all the Tigers needed was a flyball. “We need everybody here, all 25,” Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera said. “It’s not only about one guy. I think when everybody’s got a job, they have to try to do it.” Kelly’s sacrifice fly lifted Detroit past Oakland on Sunday for a 2-0 lead in their AL playoff series. Kelly entered the game as a pinch runner an inning earlier and scored the tying run on wild pitch. He stayed in the game in the DH slot, and with Detroit almost out of position players, Kelly helped the Tigers move closer to a second straight trip to the AL championship series. “Was looking for a fastball and I got it,” Kelly said. “It’s a great feeling, to be able to go out there in that situation and do that.” Detroit overcame three A’s leads. It was 1-all before a wild final three innings that included a key error by Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp, two game-tying wild pitches and several momentum changes. Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque kept it tied in the ninth when he got Yoenis Cespedes to hit a comebacker with men on first and third and two outs. He gave the ball a little kiss before throwing underhand to first. Omar Infante and Cabrera hit backto-back singles off Grant Balfour with one out in the bottom half. With runners on first and third, Prince Fielder was intentionally walked, bringing up Kelly, who was designated for assignment in early August but returned to the Tigers less than a month later.
I Miller Puckett suffered a season-ending knee injury last season. This season, Puckett is trying to make the most of his senior year. He rushed for two touchdowns and caught a pass for a third score in Heritage Academy’s 42-0 victory Friday night. “ We talked about his gear and that on a couple of his early run his gear wasn’t quite where we wanted it to be,” Heritage Academy coach Barrett Donahoe said. “That run happens and he breaks free and he sees how fast he can be amd all of a sudden he gets it every time he touches it.”
Division Overall W L W L PF South Panola 3 0 5 2 164 Olive Branch 2 1 6 1 231 Southaven 2 1 5 2 200 Grenada 2 1 4 3 190 DeSoto Central 1 2 5 2 189 Columbus 1 2 4 3 105 Tupelo 1 2 3 4 92 Horn Lake 0 3 2 5 58 Friday, Oct. 5 South Panola 21, Columbus 14 Olive Branch 31, DeSoto Central 28 Grenada 26, Horn Lake 3 Southaven 14, Tupelo 10 Friday’s Games DeSoto Central at Columbus Southaven at Grenada Horn Lake at Olive Branch South Panola at Tupelo
PA 123 160 115 112 117 83 111 185
Division Overall W L W L PF PA Division I Jackson Prep 3 0 8 0 291 78 Parklane Acad. 3 0 7 1 264 83 Presbyerian Chr. 3 1 6 2 284 156 Division II Starkville Acad. 2 2 4 4 193 128 East Rankin Ac. 1 2 5 3 277 175 Copiah Acad. 0 3 0 7 63 280 Hillcrest Chr. 0 4 1 7 41 253 Friday, Oct. 5 Presbyterian Chr. 49, Hillcrest Chr. 0 Parklane Academy 35, Starkville Acad. 12 Silliman, La., Acad. 42, Copiah Acad. 0 East Rankin Academy 36, Lamar 29 Jackson Prep 27, Jackson Acad. 24, OT Friday’s Games Copiah Academy at Hillcrest Christian Jackson Prep at East Rankin Academy Copiah Academy at Hillcrest Christian Winston Academy at Starkville Academy
Division Overall W L W L Oxford 3 0 7 0 West Point 3 0 5 2 Saltillo 2 1 5 2 Lake Cormorant 1 2 4 3 Clarksdale 1 2 3 4 Hernando 1 2 3 4 2 5 1 2 Center Hill New Hope 0 3 2 5 Friday, Oct. 5 Center Hill 21, Saltillo 20, OT West Point 42, Clarksdale 0 Hernando 19, New Hope 0 Oxford 26, Lake Cormortant 0 Friday’s Games Center Hill at Clarksdale Oxford at Hernando New Hope at Lake Cormorant West Point at Saltillo
PF 197 197 223 144 123 124 116 137
PA 98 90 121 121 181 128 212 185
Division Overall W L W L 5 2 3 0 Callaway Starkville 3 0 4 3 2 1 4 3 Ridgeland Neshoba Central 1 2 3 4 Yazoo City 1 2 4 3 Canton 1 2 3 4 Provine 1 2 3 4 0 7 0 3 Lanier Friday, Oct. 5 Callaway 60, Lanier 0 Canton 28, Neshoba Central 18 Provine 41, Yazoo City 28 Starkville 23, Ridgeland 0 Friday’s Games Callaway at Ridgeland Canton at Starkville Lanier at Yazoo City Neshoba Central at Provine
Division Overall W L W L PF PA Canton Acad. 3 0 5 2 190 132 Leake Academy 3 0 5 3 249 203 Winston Acad. 1 2 3 4 168 156 Manchester Ac. 1 2 3 5 130 179 Oak Hill Acad. 1 3 3 5 102 228 Immanuel Chr. 0 2 3 5 198 347 Friday, Oct. 5 Leake Academy 44, Manchester Acad. 12 Canton Academy 28, Benton Academy 18 Potts Camp 58, Immanuel Christian 14 Heritage Academy 42, Oak Hill Acad. 0 Winston Academy, open Friday’s Games Manchester Acad. at Immanuel Christian Canton Academy at Central Hinds Acad. Newton County Acad. at Leake Acad. New Site at Oak Hill Academy Winston Academy at Starkville Academy Division Overall W L W L PF PA Calhoun Acad. 6 0 8 0 347 56 Russell Chr. 5 0 8 0 381 32 5 2 197 163 5 2 Marvell Acad. 5 3 272 157 4 2 Kemper Acad. Delta Academy 2 4 2 6 134 248 Calvary Chr. 2 5 2 6 136 289 1 7 110 361 North Sunflower 1 5 0 8 20 321 Central Academy 0 7 Friday, Oct. 5 Kemper Academy 38, Calvary Chr. 8 North Sunflower Acad. 42, Central Ac. 8 Russell Christian 55, Marvell Academy 0 Calhoun Academy 44, Briarfield Acad. 24 Sharkey-Issaquena 56, Delta Academy 6 Friday’s Games Calvary Christian at Delta Academy Russell Christian at Kemper Academy Marvell Acad. at North Sunflower Acad. Franklin, La. at Central Academy Hebron Christian at Calhoun Academy NOTE: Hebron Christian (8-0) is competing as an independent in the MAIS this season. The Eagles defeated Flint Hill Christian School, 58-14 and will play at Calhoun Academy Friday.
I Senior quarterback Cade Lott has seen plenty of schemes and formations this season, but he looked comfortable running out of the pistol set and spreading the football through air. He completed 5 of 6 passes for 79 yards. “He was more comfortable with the schemes we were giving him and he was running a lot more downhill,” Donahoe said. “He is a kid who runs the ball downhill and does a great job of that, so when we can get him moving in that direction that is huge for us.”
PF 184 160 150 113 111 128 137 24
PA 130 106 114 129 102 105 151 313
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I Faced with a fourth-and1 from the Oak Hill Academy 8-yard line, Heritage Academy drew Oak Hill Academy offsides to set up a first-and-goal from the 4. Miller Puckett used second effort to pull through two tacklers and lunge home for his first touchown of the game to spark the Patriots. “They told me before the game if I ran as fast as I could there wouldn’t be anybody on the field who could catch me,” Puckett said. “I knew coming in every play I was going to have to go as hard as I could. I tried to do that, and three times it worked out for me.”
Division Overall W L PF PA W L 8 0 304 38 Noxubee County 2 0 Louisville 2 0 5 3 235 182 Houston 1 1 7 1 273 110 Leake Central 1 1 3 5 170 215 Caledonia 0 2 4 4 235 198 Kosciusko 0 2 2 6 147 215 Friday, Oct. 5 Houston 55, Caledonia 21 Louisville 28, Kosciusko 20 Noxubee County 45, Leake Central 3 Friday’s Games Louisville at Caledonia Houston at Noxubee County Leake Central at Kosciusko
Division Overall W L W L 2 0 7 1 Water Valley Aberdeen 2 0 6 2 Mantachie 1 1 4 4 Nettleton 1 1 1 7 Mooreville 0 2 3 5 South Pontotoc 0 2 1 7 Friday, Oct. 5 Aberdeen 52, Nettleton 6 Mantachie 20, Mooreville 14 Water Valley 47, South Pontotoc Friday’s Games Aberdeen at Mooreville South Pontotoc at Mantachie Water Valley at Nettleton
PF 319 234 203 134 170 131 20
PA 111 170 194 345 228 275
Division Overall W L W L PF 7 1 243 2 0 Eupora Ackerman 2 0 6 2 161 East Webster 1 1 6 2 192 3 5 203 1 1 Hamilton Williams-Sullivan 0 2 2 6 130 J.Z. George 0 2 1 7 137 Friday, Oct. 5 Ackerman 40, Williams-Sullivan 0 East Webster 34, J.Z. George 6 Eupora 55, Hamilton 15 Friday’s Games Ackerman at Eupora Williams-Sullivan at East Webster J.Z. George at Hamilton
Division Overall W L W L PF PA Tabernacle 4 0 7 0 368 88 4 3 270 204 Tuscaloosa Chr. 3 1 Victory Christian 2 1 2 4 186 235 1 2 1 3 119 120 New Life Chr. North River Chr. 1 4 2 5 92 264 Flint Hill Chr. 0 4 0 7 98 393 Friday, Oct. 5 Tabernacle 54, North River Christian 8 Evangel Christian 42, Tuscaloosa Chr. 37 Hebron Christian 58, Flint Hill Chr. 14 New Life Christian, open Victory Christian, open Thursday’s Game North River Christian at Victory Christian Friday’s Games New LIfe Christian at Tabernacle Tuscaloosa Christian, open Flint Hill Christian, open
PA 107 86 59 190 253 303
PF 227 203 187 139 172 98 89 38 PA 143 151 143 124 163 165 156 222
Division Overall W L W L PF 7 1 277 5 0 Pelahatchie Noxapater 5 0 6 2 240 West Oktibbeha 4 0 6 1 334 2 2 3 4 177 Nanih Waiya West Lowndes 2 2 3 4 92 East Oktibbeha 1 3 2 5 133 Sebastopol 1 4 2 5 155 Weir 0 4 1 6 47 2 6 174 0 5 Ethel Friday, Oct. 5 Noxapater 48, East Oktibbeha 6 Pelahatchie 40, West Lowndes 6 Nanih Waiya 31, Sebastopol 28 West Oktibbeha 50, Ethel 14 Weir, open Thursday’s Game Sebastopol at Weir Friday’s Games East Oktibbeha at Pelahatchie Ethel at Nanih Waiya West Lowndes at West Oktibbeha Noxapater, open
PA 103 68 117 212 209 220 229 288 235
Division Overall W L W L 5 1 4 0 Oakman Lamar County 3 1 4 2 Aliceville 3 1 3 3 Hale County 3 1 3 3 Hatch 1 3 2 4 Cold Springs 1 3 2 4 1 3 1 5 Sulligent Marion 0 4 0 6 Friday, Oct. 5 Lamar County 44, Aliceville 14 Oakman 21, Sulligent 13 Hale County 45, Hatch 24 Cold Springs 22, Marion 6 Friday’s Games Hale County at Oakman Hatch at Aliceville Marion at Sulligent Cold Springs at Lamar County
Division Overall W L PF PA W L Division I Mad-Ridgeland 4 0 7 1 247 113 7 1 301 140 Jackson Acad. 3 0 0 6 40 213 0 4 Pillow Acad. Division II Magnolia Hts. 3 1 6 2 221 138 Washington 2 1 6 1 243 72 Heritage Acad. 1 3 3 5 184 168 Lee Academy 0 4 3 5 163 199 Friday, Oct. 5 Washington School 28, Lee Academy 24 Madison-Ridgeland 28, Mag. Heights 7 Hertiage Academy 42, Oak Hill Acad. 0 Jackson Prep 27, Jackson Acad. 24, OT Pillow Academy, open Friday’s Games Jackson Academy at Washington School Pillow Academy at Lee Academy Simpson Academy at Madison-Ridgeland Hertiage Academy, open Magnolia Heights, open
Division Overall W L W L Pickens County 4 0 6 0 Marion County 4 0 6 0 Berry 3 1 4 2 Hubbertville 2 2 4 2 Lynn 2 2 4 2 Brilliant 1 3 2 4 0 4 2 4 Parrish 0 6 0 4 South Lamar Friday, Oct. 5 Pickens County 28, Parrish 0 Marion County 42, Lynn 18 Hubbertville 41, South Lamar 7 Berry 46, Brilliant 20 Friday’s Games Brilliant at Parrish Pickens County at Hubbertville South Lamar at Marion County Lynn at Berry
PF 259 312 204 188 138 109 90 38
PA 52 76 218 169 122 174 149 253
I Heritage Academy had only one sustained scoring drive (its first touchdown), but it scored two touchdowns in a span of 2 minutes, 25 seconds. Puckett used his speed to break free for a 24-yard run and relied on his speed to run away from defenders on a 51-yard touchdown pass. An interception by Mark Thatcher set up the third score. “At the beginning of the season our offense didn’t do a whole lot,” Puckett said. “Now we have settled down and put some yards on it and put the score up a little bit.”
I Senior Parker Dunaway had one catch for 7 yards and one carr y for 9 yards. He also had a penalty nullify a 40-yard touchdown return. He left the game following a 33-yard punt return that helped set up Heritage Academy’s fourth touchdown. Coach Barrett Donahoe said Dunaway was suffering from back spasms and was fine.
Division Overall W L W L PF PA Pickens Acad. 5 0 7 0 315 104 4 3 187 104 Marengo Acad. 3 1 Sumter Acad. 3 1 3 4 150 185 Sparta Acad. 2 2 3 4 162 184 3 4 167 213 Jackson Acad. 2 3 2 5 189 231 Meadowview Ch. 1 3 1 7 56 316 Eastwood Chr. 0 6 Friday, Oct. 5 Pickens Academy 28, Marengo Acad. 16 Sparta Academy 41, Jackson Acad. 34 Sumter Academy 42, Eastwood Chr. 0 Cornerston 63, Meadowview Christian 22 Friday’s Games Pickens Academy at Meadowview Chr. Sparta Academy at Marengo Academy Sumter Academy at Jackson Academy Abbeville Christian at Eastwood Christian
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The weekly poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 6, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: Rec. Pts Pv 1. Alabama (60) 5-0 1,500 1 2. Oregon 6-0 1,435 2 3. S. Carolina 6-0 1,359 6 4. Florida 5-0 1,265 10 5. West Virginia 5-0 1,260 8 6. Kansas St. 5-0 1,217 7 7. Notre Dame 5-0 1,176 9 8. Ohio St. 6-0 1,053 12 9. LSU 5-1 938 4 10. Oregon St. 4-0 873 14 11. Southern Cal 4-1 812 13 12. Florida St. 5-1 800 3 13. Oklahoma 3-1 756 17 14. Georgia 5-1 733 5 15. Texas 4-1 711 11 16. Clemson 5-1 657 15 17. Stanford 4-1 587 18 18. Louisville 5-0 494 19 19. Mississippi St. 5-0 450 20 20. Rutgers 5-0 331 22 21. Cincinnati 4-0 205 NR 22. Texas A&M 4-1 153 NR 23. Louisiana Tech 5-0 129 NR 24. Boise St. 4-1 114 NR 25. Michigan 3-2 82 NR Also Receiving Votes: Ohio 79, Baylor 62, Iowa St. 54, TCU 50, Michigan St. 49, Arizona St. 39, Washington 39, NC State 17, Nebraska 5, Arizona 4, Duke 3, Tennessee 3, Texas Tech 2, Tulsa 2, Northwestern 1, Penn St. 1. The weekly coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 6, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking: Rec. Pts Pvs 1. Alabama (58) 5-0 1,474 1 2. Oregon (1) 6-0 1,411 2 3. South Carolina 6-0 1,345 6 4. West Virginia 5-0 1,296 7 5. Kansas State 5-0 1,216 8 6. Florida 5-0 1,165 11 7. Notre Dame 5-0 1,152 10 8. LSU 5-1 961 3 9. Southern California 4-1 940 12 10. Oklahoma 3-1 872 14 11. Florida State 5-1 819 4 12. Georgia 5-1 761 5 13. Clemson 5-1 759 15 14. Oregon State 4-0 691 17 15. Texas 4-1 663 9 16. Louisville 5-0 628 16 17. Stanford 4-1 577 18 18. Mississippi State 5-0 558 19 19. Rutgers 5-0 410 21 20. Cincinnati 4-0 365 23 21. Texas A&M 4-1 208 NR 22. Boise State 4-1 197 25 23. TCU 4-1 194 13 24. Louisiana Tech 5-0 131 NR 25. Iowa State 4-1 73 NR Also Receiving Votes: Arizona State 61; Baylor 52; Michigan 33; Northwestern 31; Michigan State 27; Ohio 23; Nebraska 18; Texas Tech 11; Duke 10; Wisconsin 8; Western Kentucky 7; Louisiana-Lafayette 6; North Carolina State 6; Oklahoma State 5; San Jose State 4; Louisiana-Monroe 3; Nevada 2; Toledo 2. FAR WEST California 43, UCLA 17 Oregon 52, Washington 21
Mullen wants to see killer instinct
BY MATTHEW STEVENS firstname.lastname@example.org
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STARKVILLE — The start or the finish aren’t what concerns Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen. Instead, Mullen will try to find on ways to get the Bulldogs to focus on the middle of games so they can build on their starts and make their finishes even easier. “We get out there and get a lead and we take our foot off the gas, and you can’t do that,” Mullen said Sunday in his weekly teleconference. “The positive thing is we are winning games and (are) up big on people, but we have to execute at a ver y high level and keep our focus for all 60 minutes even when we have a lead.” In its first 5-0 start to a season in 14 years, No. 19 MSU has outscored its opponents 171-67, including 105-23 in the first half. However, the Bulldogs’ advantage slips to 65-44 after halftime. “That’s what you have to defend against,” said Mullen, whose team beat University of the Kentucky 27-14 on Saturday. “If we are behind we have to be ready to come back, and when we are ahead we just have to be able to put people away.” After a 27-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Chad Bumphis gave MSU a 27-7 lead Saturday, the Bulldogs managed just five first downs, including two three-and-outs and a turnover to allow Kentucky to stay close. Mullen said his young team has to eliminate the “brain far ts” that have allowed Troy University and Kentucky to stay in games until the end. “That’s a focus
(issue),” Mullen said. “You’re playing for three and a half hours. I know they say 60 minutes, but it’s for three and a half hours you have to have a complete focus on doing your job on every snap. I think we lost that a couple of different times during the game. Whether it be miss-aligned on defense, not rocking off the ball on the offensive line, missing a couple of protections, a turnover, or shanking a punt. It’s those type of things that I wasn’t real pleased with.” having a Despite career-high 23 completions and 269 passing yards, MSU junior quarterback Tyler Russell said he missed some “easy throws” in the second half that he would normally would have completed. “When you miss the little ones, they kind of get under your skin, and you’re like, ‘Man, I’m too good of a quarterback, and our team is too good, to miss those little throws like that,’ ” Russell said Saturday. “When you’re playing against Tennessee and teams like that, you’ve got to be able to make easy throws like that. We’re going to come back (today) and work on it.” Mullen stressed MSU will need to correct those mental errors in time for its game at 8 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2) against the University of Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 S o u t h e a s t e r n Conference) at Davis Wade Stadium. “The nice thing about it is even when we’ve been up and we start to slip a little bit, when we need to make plays we make plays,” Mullen said. “We haven’t just put people away, but when we’ve had to make plays we’ve made plays to win the game.”
Malone gets third-straight start, but Smith plays
MSU senior offensive guard Tobias Smith didn’t start Saturday, but he saw action for the first time in three weeks after sitting out the past two games due to complications from his surgically repaired knee. Mullen said the team would make a decision about Smith in warmups prior to the game. Smith was on the field for MSU’s second possession. Malone started the first drive that resulted in a touchdown.
Mosley emerging as Tide’s latest leader
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MSU moves up to No. 19 in The Associated Press poll
MSU is ranked 18th in the USA Today Coaches’ poll and No. 19 in The Associated Press poll. Both rankings were released Sunday afternoon. Roanoke (Va.) Times reporter Doug Doughty is the only voter to have the Bulldogs in the top 10 at No. 10. The Bulldogs received 450 voting points and were ranked in 59 of the 60 AP voters’ ballots. Harold Gutmann, of the Herald-Sun newspaper in Durham N.C., is the only voter to leave MSU off his ballot. The Bulldogs haven’t played a team that is ranked in either poll this season. Tennessee fell out of the rankings two weeks ago. “They’re 3-2, but their two losses are to teams ranked in the top 10 in pretty close games,” Mullen said Saturday. “I don’t think I get a vote, but I’d vote them as a top 25-type team. They’ve got that potential and that ability. It’ll be a good battle.”
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Eastern Division Conference AllGames W L PF PA W L PF PA 4 0 121 47 6 0 218 63 4 0 109 43 5 0 136 57 3 1 147 102 5 1 248145 1 2 35 80 2 3 106103 0 2 64 88 3 2 197148 0 3 45 91 3 3 152137 0 3 31 103 1 5 123181 Western Division Conference AllGames W L PF PA W L PF PA 2 0 85 14 5 0 201 35 2 0 55 24 5 0 171 67 2 1 105 57 4 1 223 74 1 1 18 24 5 1 201 77 1 2 34 117 2 4 140210 0 2 41 63 3 3 188166 0 3 27 64 1 4 77 118
Saturday, Oct. 6 Arkansas 24, Auburn 7 Mississippi St. 27, Kentucky 14 Florida 14, LSU 6 South Carolina 35, Georgia 7 Vanderbilt 19, Missouri 15 Texas A&M 30, Mississippi 27 Saturday’s Games Auburn at Mississippi, 11:21 a.m. Alabama at Missouri, 2:30 p.m. Florida at Vanderbilt, 5 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas, 6 p.m. South Carolina at LSU, 7 p.m. Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech Shreveport, La., 8 p.m. Tennessee at Mississippi St., 8 p.m.
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East Division Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA UCF 1 0 40 20 3 2 161 106 Memphis 1 0 14 10 1 4 103 149 E. Carolina 2 1 72 72 3 3 123 160 Marshall 1 1 92 96 2 4 243 267 UAB 0 1 42 49 1 4 144 169 So. Miss. 0 1 14 24 0 5 82 176 West Division Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Tulsa 3 0 139 90 5 1 255 170 Houston 1 0 35 14 2 3 147 158 SMU 0 0 0 0 1 3 95 131 0 1 18 28 1 4 102 145 UTEP Tulane 0 1 10 45 0 5 45 212 Rice 0 3 75 103 1 5 161 232 Thursday, Oct. 4 UCF 40, East Carolina 20 Saturday, Oct. 7 Boise St. 40, Southern Miss. 14 UAB 52, SE Louisiana 3 Tulsa 45, Marshall 38 Louisiana-Lafayette 41, Tulane 13 Memphis 14, Rice 10 Houston 44, North Texas 21 SMU at UTEP, 8 p.m. Thursday’s Game UTEP at Tulsa, 7 p.m. Saturday’s Games UAB at Houston, 11 a.m. SMU at Tulane, Noon UTSA at Rice, 2:30 p.m. Memphis at East Carolina, 3:30 p.m. Southern Miss. at UCF, 7 p.m. The Top 25 teams in the Harris Interactive college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 6, total points based on 25 points for a firstplace vote through one point for a 25thplace vote and previous ranking: Rec. Pts Pv 1. Alabama (108) 5-0 2,820 — 2,706 — 6-0 2. Oregon (5) 3. South Carolina 6-0 2,565 — 4. West Virginia 5-0 2,376 — 5. Kansas State 5-0 2,355 — 6. Florida 5-0 2,305 — 7. Notre Dame 5-0 2,210 — 5-1 1,901 — 8. LSU 1,736 — 5-1 9. Florida State 10. USC 4-1 1,634 — 11. Georgia 5-1 1,532 — 1,516 — 4-0 12. Oregon State 13. Oklahoma 3-1 1,428 — 14. Clemson 5-1 1,410 — 15. Texas 4-1 1,287 — 16. Stanford 4-1 1,266 — 1,093 — 17. Mississippi State 5-0 18. Louisville 5-0 1,088 — 19. Rutgers 5-0 785 — 20. Cincinnati 4-0 552 — 21. TCU 4-1 384 — 4-1 335 — 22. Boise State 4-1 291 — 23. Texas A&M 24. Louisiana Tech 5-0 147 — 25. Iowa State 4-1 129 — Also Receiving Votes: Baylor 126; Michigan State 121; Ohio 108; Arizona State 99; Nebraska 75; Michigan 67; Northwestern 42; Wisconsin 42; Texas Tech 39; NC State 33; Oklahoma State 31; Duke 21; UCLA 16; Nevada 13; Washington 12; California 6; Western Kentucky 5; Fresno State 4; Tulsa 4; Tennessee 3; Arizona 2; LouisianaMonroe 2; Virginia Tech 2; Toledo 1.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley is smaller than Dont’a Hightower and isn’t as much of a vocal leader. He’s not a fierce pass rusher like Cour tney Upshaw or a dominant allaround player like Rolando McClain. The different style and personality clearly haven’t stopped Mosley from becoming the topranked Crimson Tide’s latest star linebacker. junior has The emerged from the shadows of those predecessors — all now in the NFL — to become the on-field leader of the nation’s top scoring defense. He has been steady enough for the coaches to name him a defensive player of the week five games running. Defensive end Damion Square raves about Mosley’s athleticism. “C.J. is awesome, man,” Square said. “C.J. is one of those guys that I haven’t seen before. He has great athletic ability, he escapes a lot of situations that a lot of guys can’t escape. And he does things, you know, he just pops up when the ball is thrown to the flats. And he finds the end zone some type of way. Every year he’s been here, he finds out how to get to the end zone in big games and big situations. So C.J. is a great player. He got recruited to come here and be a great player and he’s living up to it.” Mosley’s 39 tackles is two more than he had last season and 15 better than Alabama’s No. 2 tackler, fellow linebacker Nico Johnson. He returned an interception for a touchdown in the opener against Michigan, picking up where he left off in the national championship game when he injured his hip on a return of a pick against LSU’s Jordan Jefferson. Mosley returned a pair of interceptions for scores as a freshman. The 6-foot-2, 232Mosley and pound Johnson are the veterans of the linebacking corps with Hightower and
Upshaw going among the top 35 selections in the NFL draft. “C.J’s a good player for us,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “His greatest asset is his athleticism and his instincts. He can run. He’s a good cover guy. He’s got really good ball skills. He fits the runs a lot better. He’s gotten bigger and stronger so he’s better against the run. He’s just great when we play nickel. He’s very productive. “He’s the most productive player we have on defense right now in terms of production points, because he’s such a playmaker. He doesn’t say much but if you just match his intensity and match the way he does things, I think his leadership is effective as well.” Teammates say that Mosley is speaking up more and filling some of the leadership void left by Hightower, a two-time team captain who was a first-round pick by the New England Patriots. “C.J.’s a big person on our defense,” cornerback Dee Milliner said. “He knows that, so he just steps up and talks to us and tries to lead by example and by talking. He’s just stepping up this year and being more of a vocal leader rather than just trying to lead by example.” Mosley has split time with Johnson much of his career. Johnson’s the runstopper and Mosley excels when the Tide has five defensive backs on the field. Mosley appears to finally have convinced Saban he’s more valuable than just the nickel. “Well, I’ve been trying to show it since I got here, so I guess it’s starting to wear off on him a little bit,” Mosley said, smiling. “So, hopefully, I’ll stay on the field more.” He said he’s not worried about his streak of player of the week honors ending. “I’m just trying to stay on the field as much as possible, and when I do I’m just trying to make plays when I can, just to help the team, just to keep the defense going and the team going,” Mosley said.
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weeks ago. Marcus saw his role increase in the spring after he was used as a utility player at fullback, tailback, H-back, tight end and on special teams. “My role is whatever they want me to do this year,” Marcus said. “Hopefully next time this year, you’ll be talking about my scholarship.” Marcus had success in a scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium before the Maroon-White spring game, including a 38-yard touchdown run to cap an 82-yard afternoon on just five carries. “I got my first carry against Memphis in last year’s season opener and another one at LSU, so I’ve seen some big crowds,” Marcus said in the spring. “Hopefully I can earn more playing time this season.” Marcus’ 10-yard touchdown reception against Kentucky appeared to be a dangerous throw because Russell had to throw across his body body. He said the play was one of many examples when he went to his third, fourth or fifth option. Senior wide receiver Chad Bumphis was Russell’s first option on the play, but Kentucky had him double covered. Still, Russell knew Marcus would be open if he needed him. “I was a little late (on the throw),” Russell said.
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“I thought I was going to get the touchdown to Bump or whoever else was out there on the smash route, but it didn’t happen, so I got it back as quick as possible and I threw it, and it worked out perfect.” Instead of giving Russell a pre-determined location for the pass before the ball is snapped, which is something a lot of teams do with inexperienced quarterbacks, MSU’s coaches proved they have confidence in Russell to go through his reads in the pocket. Russell said the touchdown play was something MSU added to the playbook based off its scouting report. “We put that play in because a couple of teams tried to run that play against them, and we saw that was open ... and it was good to see him get a touchdown,” Russell said. The 10-yard touchdown reception, which included a clear-out block by junior guard Gabe Jackson, saw Marcus, a walk-on from Alabaster, Ala., break two tackles on his way to the end zone. Asked if the play call and result would cause some jealousy among other tailbacks or fullbacks this week, Russell shook his head and said Marcus didn’t say much to him after the score. “No. He was just happy,” Russell said.
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drafting partners. Kenseth was charging on the outside of him and Michael Waltrip was leading a line of traffic on the inside. Stewart was blocking all over the track, and said he mistakenly chopped across the front of Waltrip’s car to trigger the accident. The contact hooked Stewart to send him into a spin, and his car lifted into the air and sailed on its roof and then on its side over several other cars. It created chaos through the pack, which was running three-wide in a frantic dash to the finish. “I just screwed up. I turned down and cut across Michael and crashed the whole field,” Stewart said. “It was my fault, blocking and trying to stay where I was at.
“I was trying to win the race and I was trying to stay ahead of Matt there and Michael got a great run on the bottom and had a big head of steam, and when I turned down, I turned across the front of his car. Just a mistake on my part but cost a lot of people a bad day.” Stewart waved to the crowd as he climbed from his car, while Jimmie Johnson sat on the ledge of Earnhardt’s window for a lift back to the garage. Everywhere they looked, they saw crumpled cars. Five-time Talladega winner Earnhardt said enough is enough with the carnage. He was credited with a 20th-place finish that dropped him to 11th in the standings.
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husky left-hander returned to form and improved his lifetime record against the Orioles to 17-4. “Fastball command was good, worked off that,” Sabathia said. “Throwing the ball pretty good, getting the corners. Tried to stay out there and make some pitches.” Sabathia is 6-1 with the Yankees in the postseason, 4-0 in the division series. With the score 2-all, Martin drove a 2-0 pitch from Johnson into the left-field seats. It was the first of four straight hits off Johnson, who led the majors with 51 saves. Raul Ibanez and Derek Jeter followed with singles, Ichiro Suzuki drove in a run with a swinging bunt and one out later, Cano hit a two-run double. In his seven prior appearances against New York, Johnson allowed one run in seven innings and had three saves. Nick Swisher capped the five-run ninth with a sacrifice fly off Tommy Hunter. “I made mistakes,” Johnson said. “I obviously paid for those, and that was location. It wasn’t anything else. Two fastballs that really cost us. Just have to make a better pitch. That’s all it comes down to.”
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a fun flight back to Cincinnati. “We couldn’t put ourselves in a better situation,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you’re going to close it out, but for us personally, I know the fans are going to be as jacked as they have ever been in that ballpark since it has been built, which is going to be nice.” Arroyo retired his first 14 batters and delivered a gem a day after 19-game winner Johnny Cueto went down with a back injury. A pair of Ryans provided the big hits. Ludwick connected leading off the second inning and Hanigan hit a two-run single in the fourth and a later RBI single. Jay Bruce
added a two-run double and Joey Votto had three hits in his first multihit postseason game. “Coming on the road, you think about getting one as a success and victory,” Bruce said. “To be able to come here and get two is very important.” The loss was the Giants’ worst playoff shutout in franchise history. The Reds got their first playoff victory in 17 years by taking Game 1, and now they will head home looking for a sweep after the Phillies eliminated them in a three-game first round two years ago.
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there and doesn’t mind me going with my best friend. I love my husband very much. I am not “looking for love.” However, last month the DJ’s wife was waiting for me and said she didn’t appreciate my singing with her husband (she never comes, either) and told me to stop leaving comments on his Facebook page. I tried to explain that I thought he was my friend, but she wasn’t having it. She wanted to start trouble and ruin what happiness we all have. I thought about not going back, but I love the singing. I haven’t done anything wrong or said anything inappropriate. My friends at karaoke want me back, and my husband says I should go. I have been so down about this. There’s no other place around where they don’t serve alcohol. Please help me. — INNOCENT AND HURT IN SOUTH CAROLINA DEAR INNOCENT AND HURT: Although your relationship with the DJ is innocent, it appears he has a troubled marriage. If he doesn’t know about the incident with his wife, then you should tell him. The next couple of times you visit the community building to sing, ask your husband to please come with you. And stop leaving messages on the Facebook page.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 8). You’ll love the company you keep this year, new and old faces alike. A special connection leads to creative work. November brings a worthy ambition. You’ll figure out who is in charge, and you’ll learn all you need to know until you know enough to be in charge yourself. A December investment pays in March. Aquarius and Libra people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 25, 48, 39 and 19. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ll be getting used to a new environment, one that seems suspiciously familiar. Maybe this won’t be such a stretch, after all. It’s almost like you’re operating in the same scene, but the characters have changed. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When the options seem limited, you’ll be reminded that the best kind of opportunity is the one you create for yourself. The planets favor you when you take the initiative. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It is not always a physical transformation that enhances your image. In fact, the most remarkable changes will come from feeling spiritually lighter. CANCER (June 22-July 22). There is strong competition in the workplace. If you can’t be the first, try to be the best. It will benefit you to observe without risk for a while before jumping into the mix. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Boldness has its own scoring system. Dare to break the silence. You’ll earn a degree of respect. You’ll also find out that others were thinking the same thing, but were too afraid to speak up. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). A day spent doing little other than getting organized will be most productive, saving you time in the weeks to come. Systems and practices that can be repeated until they are automatic will serve you well. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Since knowing what not to do will be every bit as valuable as knowing what to do, you’ll be grateful for the bad examples that pepper your world today. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Throughout time, many a friendship has been ended by a minor dispute. Knowing how foolish people can be, you’ll make a point not to take offense where none was intended. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You would love to go where you’ve never been before, and yet in some ways you’ll feel tied to your current location. The answer — a means of escape and adventure — is found in a book. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Though at times it has helped you to maintain a strong point of view, right now your willingness to see things differently will allow you to glimpse a world you didn’t know existed. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When given the choice between being right and being kind, you’ll always choose kindness. Usually, you can’t help but do this. But occasionally, it’s a difficult and conscious choice. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Loving a person and needing a person are not the same things, and confusing the two only leads to disappointment. You’ll get very clear about the particulars of a special relationship.
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