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Five Questions
1 According to slogans, what candy
Makes Mouths Happy and is Fun
You Can Eat?
2 Who began singing with college
friend Bobby Hatfeld in 1962?
3 In 2005, who became the frst
professional golfer to win the same
event the Mizuno Classic in fve
consecutive years?
4 What playwright took the title Whos
Afraid of Virgina Woolf? from graffti he
once saw written in soap on the mirror
of a Greenwich Village bar?
5 In Carlo Collodis novel, whom does
Pinocchio angrily kill with a mallet at
the beginning of the book?
Answers, 6B
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On the eve of breaking ground on their
new plant in Clay County, Yokohama Tire
Company made another statement of com-
mitment to the Golden Triangle area.
The global tire manufacturing giant
announced plans to give $250,000 each to
Mississippi State University and East Mis-
sissippi Community College Sunday.
On hand for the announcement were
newly-named YTC Mississippi president
Tadahuru Yamamoto, MSU president Mark
Keenum, EMCC president Rick Young,
Yokohama Rubber Company president Hi-
komitsu Noji and Mississippi governor Phil
Bryant.
The offcial ground-breaking ceremony,
which was not open to the public, was held
at 9:30 a.m. today.
Yamamoto said he hopes the gift will as-
sist the two institutions of higher learning
in developing workforce training programs
that would be instrumental in helping YTC
Mississippi and other Golden Triangle area
industry forward.
Yokohama gives $250K to both MSU, EMCC
AP Photo/Andre Penner
In this Sept. 16,
2013, photo,
Enio Guarnieri
wipes the VW
emblem of his
1972 Volkswa-
gen van, in Sao
Paulo, Brazil.
Guarnieri, who
keeps his blue
and white van
or Kombi in his
cluttered garage,
bought the vehi-
cle a year ago to
stoke childhood
memories.
Long, strange trip ending
for Volkswagens hippie van
THE AssOciATEd PREss
SAO PAULO It carried hippies
through the 1960s, hauled surfers in
search of killer waves during endless
summers and serves as a workhorse
across the developing world, but the
long, strange trip of the Volkswagen van
is ending.
Brazil is the last place in the world still
producing the iconic vehicle, or bus as
its known by afcionados, but VW says
production will end Dec. 31. Safety reg-
Brazil, the last place in the world producing the vans,
will cease production dec. 31
Matt Garner/Dispatch Staff
President of
Yokohama Rub-
ber Company
Hikomitsu Noji,
left, and Missis-
sippi Governor
Phil Bryant
pose for photos
during the Yoko-
hama Communi-
ty Gifting News
Conference at
the Ritz Theater
in downtown
West Point on
Sunday.
See VOLKSWAGEN, 6A
See YOKOHAMA, 6A
tire company breaks ground
on clay county plant
Highest honors
William Browning/Dispatch Staff
Columbus resident Joseph R. Johnson sits on the back porch of his East Columbus home Friday morning. Johnson is a veteran
of World War II and will receive the French Legion of Honor Tuesday.
Columbus resident to receive
French Legion of Honor
BY WiLLiAM BROWNiNG
wbrowning@cdispatch.com
O
n the 640-acre Alabama farm he
grew up on, 16-year-old Joseph R.
Johnson told his father he wanted
to join the Army after World War II broke
out.
Being underage, Johnson needed
his fathers signature to go off to war.
His father didnt like that idea. Johnson
persisted.
We had a world to save, he said last
week. If we left Hitler alone he would
take over the world.
His father fnally relented and his
youngest son went off to war. On June 6,
1944, Johnson took part in the Invasion
of Normandy in France. Thousands died
on that beach, but the Allies won the
battle and, roughly a year later, the war.
Youre looking at a miracle, Johnson
said while talking about the battle. And
Id do it again.
Today, hes an 88-year-
old Columbus resident
living on Lehmberg Road.
On Tuesday, he will re-
ceive the French Legion of
Honor during a ceremony
in Jackson. The distinction
recognizes contributions
and acts of bravery. It is
Frances highest military honor.
In all, 11 Mississippi residents will
receive the honor Tuesday.
Johnson stormed the normandy beach during World War ii
Johnson
See HONOR, 6A
Starkville sees
second-best
July on record
in sales tax
receipts
While 2 percent returns
slide, 2013s overall
monthly average keeping
pace with last year
BY cARL sMiTH
csmith@cdispatch.com
Starkville collected $441,240.29
in non-2 percent sales tax receipts for
July, a fgure which represents the
second-best July on record for the
city.
Sales tax returns for the calen-
dar year continue to track closely
to 2012s pace. The city is averag-
ing $462,780.52 monthly in general
returns this calendar year, a fg-
ure close to last years average of
$470,133.21.
Julys total also represents a new
high for the current fscal year, a
timeframe that spans from October
2012 to Sept. 30. So far in FY 2013,
Starkville has distributed about $5.72
million in sales taxes. That fgure
eclipses FY 2012s total distribution
by about $154,000. The city is cur-
rently outpacing its FY 2012 monthly
average by about $14,000.
Although the months non-2 per-
cent receipts refect summer growth
in the citys economy, it also rep-
resents the second-lowest grossing
month for this calendar year. Only
January saw less sales tax income
($430,732), while Julys mark rep-
resents $1,000 slide from June, the
See SALES TAX, 6A
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Record high ............................ 97 (1978)
Record low .............................. 44 (1953)
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Bigbee 14' 5.88' +2.19'
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A ThousAnd Words
Monday
Say What?
This is totally irresponsible, completely juvenile and,
as I called it, legislative arson. Its just destructive.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speaking about
Republican opposition to a sweeping health care overhaul
as an excuse for a government shutdown. Story, 3A.
Breaking Bad, Modern
Family crowned at Emmys
By LyNN ELBER
AP Television Writer
LOS ANGELES
Breaking Bad, the brutal,
drug-fueled saga of an ev-
erymans ambition turned
evil, captured its frst best
drama Emmy Award on
Sunday, denying the online
series House of Cards a
history-making honor.
I did not see this com-
ing, said Breaking Bad
creator Vince Gilligan,
tipping his hat to Netfixs
political thriller House of
Cards, the frst digital con-
tender for top Emmy hon-
ors.
Attention and acclaim for
the AMC cable channels
Breaking Bad has built
as it nears the end of its
fve-season run next Sun-
day, with the fnal eight-ep-
isode arc eligible for next
years Emmys.
Modern Family won its
fourth consecutive trophy
for top comedy series even
though its oft-honored cast
was shut out this time.
Jeff Daniels won the
Emmy for best drama series
actor for his portrayal of an
idealistic TV anchorman
in The Newsroom, with
Claire Danes capturing top
actress honors for her trou-
bled CIA agent in Home-
land.
Daniels noted that hed
also received an age 50-plus
acting honor from AARP,
which represents the inter-
ests of older Americans.
With all due respect to
the AARP, this is even bet-
ter, Daniels said.
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Vince Gilligan, center, and the cast and crew of Break-
ing Bad accept the award for outstanding drama series
at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre in
Los Angeles on Sunday.
By LyNN ELBER
AP Television Writer
LOS ANGELES The
exclusion of Jack Klug-
man from
an Emmy
Awards trib-
ute that in-
cludes Cory Monteith is
an insult to the memory
of the late TV veteran and
three-time Emmy win-
ner who starred in The
Odd Couple and Quin-
cy M.E., Klugmans son
says.
I think its criminal,
said Adam Klugman in an
interview with The Asso-
ciated Press. My dad was
at the inception of televi-
sion and helped build it in
the early days.
Ceremony producers
announced this week
that fve individual sa-
lutes would be included
on Sunday nights Emmy
show in addition to the
traditional in memoriam
segment that groups to-
gether industry members
who died in the past year.
Besides Monteith, the
Glee star who died in
July of a heroin and drug
overdose, those to be
honored include The So-
pranos star James Gan-
dolfni; Jean Stapleton of
All in the Family; come-
dian and actor Jonathan
Winters; and Family
Ties producer Gary Da-
vid Goldberg.
Monteith, who was 31
when he died, is by far the
youngest of the group. All
the others are Emmy win-
ners, while he had yet to
be nominated in his ab-
breviated career.
Emmy nominees who
died last year and wont
be accorded separate
tributes include Larry
Hagman of Dallas and
Charles Durning of Eve-
ning Shade.
Hagman, Durning
and Klugman will be in-
cluded in the group re-
membrance, an academy
spokesman said Friday.
The ceremony at the
Nokia Theatre in Los An-
geles airs at 8 p.m. EDT
Sunday on CBS.
Its an insult and it re-
ally seems typical of this
youth-centric culture that
has an extremely short at-
tention span and panders
to only a very narrow
demographic of young
adults, Adam Klugman
said.
Actor deserves individual Emmy tribute, son says
online:
n emmys.org
i dont mean to say anything
disparaging about Cory, but he was
a kid who had won no emmys and it
was a self-induced tragedy.
Adam Klugman, son of actor Jack Klugman
By CAROLyN THOMPSON
The Associated Press
BEMUS POINT, N.Y. In-
creasingly popular bathroom wipes
pre-moistened towelettes that
are often advertised as fushable
are being blamed for creating
clogs and backups in sewer sys-
tems around the nation.
Wastewater authorities say
wipes may go down the toilet, but
even many labeled fushable ar-
ent breaking down as they course
through the sewer system. Thats
costing some municipalities mil-
lions of dollars to dispatch crews
to unclog pipes and pumps and to
replace and upgrade machinery.
The problem got so bad in this
western New York community
this summer that sewer offcials
set up traps basket strainers
in sections of pipe leading to an
oft-clogged pump to fgure out
which households the wipes were
coming from. They mailed letters
and then pleaded in person for res-
idents to stop fushing them.
We could walk right up, knock
on the door and say, Listen, this
problem is coming right from your
house, said Tom Walsh, senior
project coordinator at South &
Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer
Districts, which was dispatching
crews at least once a week to clear
a grinder pump that would seize up
trying to shred the fbrous wipes.
The National Association of
Clean Water Agencies, which rep-
resents 300 wastewater agencies,
says it has been hearing com-
plaints about wipes from sewer
systems big and small for about the
last four years.
Popular bathroom wipes
blamed for sewer clogs
AP Photo/ City of Vancouver
In this Aug. 16, 2013, photo provided by the City of Vancouver, Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator Frank Dick
poses with fushable wipes that made it through a test to see if they would break down, at the Westside Wast-
erwater Treatment Plant in Vancouver, Wa. Various bathroom wipes were specially dyed and then sent through
the sewer system, but instead of dissolving, most wound up intact.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez
In this photograph taken, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Middlesex, N.J., the
label that indicates wipes should not be fushed in a toilet is seen on a
box next to baby wipes at the offce of Rob Villee, executive director of
the Plainfeld Area Regional Sewer Authority in New Jersey.
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By PHILIP ELLIOTT
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON Even be-
fore a budget deadline arrives,
leaders from both parties are
blaming each other and some
Republicans are criticizing their
own for a government shut-
down many are treating as inev-
itable.
The top Democrat in the
House says Republicans are
legislative arsonists who
are using their opposition to a
sweeping health care overhaul
as an excuse to close govern-
ments doors. A leading tea
party antagonist in the Senate
counters that conservatives
should use any tool available
to stop the Affordable Care Act
from taking hold. President Bill
Clintons labor secretary says
the GOP is willing to risk the
entire system of government to
get your way, while the House
speaker who oversaw the last
government shutdown urged
fellow Republicans to remember
this is not a dictatorship.
The unyielding political pos-
turing on Sunday comes one
week before Congress reaches
an Oct. 1 deadline to dodge any
interruptions in government
services. While work continues
on a temporary spending bill,
a potentially more devastating
separate deadline looms a few
weeks later when the govern-
ment could run out of money to
pay its bills.
This is totally irresponsi-
ble, completely juvenile and, as
I called it, legislative arson. Its
just destructive, House Demo-
cratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said
in an interview that aired Sun-
day.
The Republican-led House on
Friday approved legislation de-
signed to wipe out the 3-year-old
health care law that President
Barack Obama has vowed to
preserve. But the Houses move
was more a political win than a
measure likely to be implement-
ed.
Across the Capitol, Senate
Democratic Leader Harry Reid
said he would keep the health
law intact despite Republicans
attempts, in his words, to take
an entire law hostage simply
to appease the tea party anar-
chists.
One of those tea party agi-
tators, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas,
showed little sign on Sunday that
he cared about the uphill climb
to make good on his pledge to
derail the health care law over
Obamas guaranteed veto.
I believe we should stand our
ground, said Cruz, who already
was trying to blame Obama and
his Democratic allies if the gov-
ernment shuts down.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Mis-
souri Democrat, said Cruzs
efforts were destructive and
self-serving as Cruz eyes a
White House campaign.
I cannot believe that they
are going to throw a tantrum
and throw the American people
and our economic recovery un-
der the bus, she said.
This is about running for
president with Ted Cruz. This
isnt about meaningful states-
manship, she added later.
Blame already being cast over budget fght
Wrangling over the budget comes as lawmakers consider separate
legislation that would let the United States avoid a frst-ever default
on its debt obligations
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, during a
news conference with conservative Congressional Republicans at
the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Cruz and Lee
stand as the Senates dynamic duo for conservatives, crusading
against President Barack Obamas health care law while infuriating
many congressional Republicans with a tactic they consider futile,
self-serving and detrimental to the partys political hopes in 2014.
THE AssOcIATEd PrEss
ABERDEEN For-
mer Ecru police offcer
Jody Mac Rock of Ponto-
toc has been sentenced to
one year in prison on two
civil rights violations.
U.S. District Judge
Sharion Aycock sentenced
Rock this past week in
U.S. District Court in Ab-
erdeen.
Rock was accused of
depriving two motorists
of their civil rights in 2008
by demanding money in
exchange for destroying
traffc tickets.
The indictment said
such action deprives a
person of his or her consti-
tutional rights for protec-
tion against unreasonable
searches and seizures.
The U.S. attorneys of-
fce also says Rock must
complete 100 hours com-
munity service.
Rock was ordered to re-
port to prison by Nov. 18.
Ex-Ecru police offcer sentenced
Man was accused of demanding cash
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THE AssOcIATEd PrEss
PURVIS A pair of es-
caped inmates who killed
a 95-year-old woman have
been sentenced to life in
prison without parole.
Lamar County Circuit
Court Judge Tony Mozin-
go sentenced 23-year-old
James Robert Martin and
27-year-old David Edward
Bass Friday after the two
pleaded guilty to capital
murder in the 2012 death
of Ada Smith.
Smith was found dead
Oct. 21 in her home near
Purvis, bound to a chair
with orange shoestrings
and stabbed in the throat.
You both are cowards
and you do not deserve
the (sentence) you will re-
ceive, Laura Taylor, one
of Smiths 21 grandchil-
dren, said in court Friday.
Neither of you are men
because no man would
take the life of an old lady,
tying her up with shoe-
string and then stabbing
her in the neck.
Investigators said the
men stabbed Smith in part
because she wouldnt
stop talking about Jesus.
She was trying to talk
to you about the Lord,
Mozingo said in part.
Prosecutors had threat-
ened to seek the death
penalty in a trial that had
been set for Dec. 9 before
the men agreed to plead
guilty. The pair had also
been charged with bur-
glary and intent to commit
burglary.
Both suspects walked
off the Mississippi Depart-
ment of Corrections For-
rest County Community
Work Center the day be-
fore they killed Smith, hid-
ing out in another house
overnight before breaking
into Smiths home. Martin
had been a fve-year sen-
tence for a grand larceny
conviction from Monroe
County. Bass was serving
a seven-year sentence for
fve burglary convictions
from Lee County.
The men stole Smiths
car, which authorities later
found stashed in a swampy
area near Slidell, La. U.S.
Marshalls arrested both
men at a bar on Bourbon
Street in New Orleans.
Pair get life in killing of 95-year-old
Neither of you are men because no
man would take the life of an old lady,
tying her up with shoestring and then
stabbing her in the neck.
Laura Taylor, one of the victims grandchildren
THE AssOcIATEd PrEss
NATCHEZ Natchez
Regional Medical Center
will seek a stalking horse
bid in which a potential buy-
er makes an initial offer to
set the foor for an auction.
Hospital offcials tell The
Natchez Democrat that
three health care providers
have agreed to participate.
We are hopeful that
within a matter of weeks
we will have identifed
a stalking horse, said
Healthcare Management
Partners Director Clare
Moylan.
Healthcare Manage-
ment Partners was hired
by Adams County in July
to help negotiate the sale of
the county-owned NRMC.
The three potential
bidders have been given
access to proprietary infor-
mation about the hospitals
fnances, employees and
outlook for coming years.
In the stalking horse
process, HMP will negoti-
ate a selling price with one
of the interested parties.
Once that price and any
stipulations are decided,
the agreement with the
stalking horse becomes the
base bid for the hospitals
sale.
If no one outbids the
stalking horse, the hospi-
tal is automatically sold to
the stalking horse, which
would have provided the
county with a security to
ensure the sale.
Natchez hospital looks for bidder
Hospital seeking initial offer to set
the foor for an auction
THE AssOcIATEd PrEss
JACKSON The na-
tional Association of Zoos
& Aquariums has pulled its
accreditation from the only
Mississippi zoo which held
it, because of fnancial insta-
bility.
The Jackson Zoo, which
keeps 773 animals on 30
acres next to Livingston
Park in west Jackson, will
keep provisional accredita-
tion during an appeal pro-
cess that ends in March,
The Clarion-Ledger report-
ed.
The problem is that
fewer and fewer people are
coming to see the zoos
animals and its interactive
exhibits, educational pro-
grams and indoor and out-
door activities. Attendance
has dropped from a peak
of 192,000 to 117,000 last
year. Ticket sales last year
brought $850,275, less than
one-quarter of the zoos
budget. Six years earlier,
tickets brought in nearly
$1.2 million, two-thirds of all
revenue.
As a result, the zoo now
relies more heavily on gov-
ernment subsidies to stay
afoat. It got more than $2.2
million combined about
two-thirds of its $3.5 million
budget last year alone
from the state and the city.
The zoo itself is well run
but its location is one of the
more challenged among
the roughly 220 AZA-accred-
ited zoos in North America,
said national zoo consultant
Rick Biddle of Philadelphia,
Pa.-based Schultz & Wil-
liams.
You are just under one
mile from 220 to the zoo,
and thats a rough one mile,
said Biddle, who is helping
the Jackson Zoo examine
its options. It needs to be
more engaging and welcom-
ing; it needs to have a sense
of arrival. If you see no signs
or all you see is the bumpy
road, then you are starting
your experience wrong.
The zoos executive di-
rector, Beth Poff, said many
people tell her I used to
come all the time but my
neighbors afraid to come
or I never go to west Jack-
son. Im afraid to go to the
zoo.
Zoo offcials face hard
choices: Closing the park,
cutting its collection, reno-
vating and adding new ex-
hibits in hopes of drawing
bigger crowds, or relocat-
ing.
Closure is a worst-case
scenario. That would be a
tragedy for this city and the
state, said board member
Eric Stracener.
Financial instability puts Jackson
Zoos accreditation on the line
Ticket sales last year only covered
one-quarter of budget
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THE
Mississippi voices
OXFORD A charmed
life.
Thats what the evidence
says about Robert Khayat.
High school athlete
recruited to Ole Miss from
Moss Point. Big man on cam-
pus drafted into the pros.
Happy home and family. Two
degrees in law, the second
from Yale. A 14-year tenure
as the 15th chancellor of the
University of Mississippi
capped by welcoming Barack
Obama and John McCain for
their frst debate. Seven bowl
games with six wins. His
name in granite across the
front of the majestic Robert C.
Khayat Law Center.
Speaking of that new
$50 million law school, U.S.
Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.,
beefed up the rather somber
dedication by invoking Kha-
yatman as a better name for
the honoree. His mind is fast-
er than a speeding bullet; his
pride is more powerful than a
locomotive, able to leap over
stubborn search committees
in a single bound, Wicker
said. Look, up in the skybox,
hes a jock, hes a judge, hes a
brain; yes, hes Khayatman.
And then, more slowly, He
fghts a never-ending battle
for truth, justice and the Ole
Miss way.
Now contrast that life with
another:
Missed a big no excuse feld goal that would
have won a big game.
Struggled with recurring and painful pancreatitis,
so severe at its onset that it almost killed him.
Rejected by coworkers of almost two decades for a
role as their new leader.
Admired father arrested, charged with corruption
and facing prison.
Depicted as a black-hooded executioner when a
state senator decided to stage a protest over loss of
tradition.
Actually, most will know, the lives are one and the
same.
Mississippians have long been familiar, for good or
ill, with the Khayat name. Now, with release of his au-
tobiography, The Education of a Lifetime, we obtain
insights to Khayat as a person.
Turns out hes one of us.
He doesnt grumble, complain, boast or brag in the
book. He just puts his story out there.
Theres a wonderful vignette of his attempt to woo
90-pound spinster Gertude Ford, who came to the door
of her Jackson home in an inside-out dressing gown,
drink in one hand and cigarette in the other, chihua-
huas yipping around. She made him sit on an ottoman,
explained that Shakespeare was a fraud and made it
clear that if she wrote $100 million check, it wouldnt
bounce.
Their chat ended, the chancellor headed for the door
with an invitation to return if he wanted to, but also
with a parting shot: Im not giving one red cent to Ole
(the common term for urine).
The rest of the story? The Gertrude Castello Ford
Center on University, where Obama and McCain met
back in 2008, is a world-class performing arts center.
And a foor-to-ceiling portrait (without the cigarette
and drink, but with the chihuahas) adorns the entrance
to the Ford Ballroom at the Inn at Ole Miss.
The missed feld goal was at Tennessee, part of a
stint in athletics that included college baseball and a
couple of years with the Washington Redskins as a
lineman and placekicker.
The pancreatitis started in Vicksburg, where Khayat
was practice teaching high school in case the pro
career didnt work out. He spent months in the hospital,
received Last Rites.
The vote was by the law school faculty, most of
whom had encouraged him to seek the deanship yet
changed their minds when a strong minority candidate
applied.
His father was Jackson County Supervisor Eddie
Khayat, a practitioner of graveling country church
parking lots and using county equipment to dig rural
graves deeds that were practical in political terms
but against the law. (After one mistrial, the elder
Khayat pleaded guilty to another count, was fned and
forced from offce. He died four years later.)
And the execution scene, with Col. Reb as the
condemned person, was a highlight of what many
saw and many still see as the defning theme of the
Khayat tenure: The struggle over whether the Ole Miss
brand would be last bastion of the Confederacy or
as center of research and learning.
That tug-of-war continues, of course, and will for a
long, long time.
Meanwhile, thanks to his book (Nautilus Press, 302
pages), we learn that Robert Khayats life, like most
of ours, has not been all sunshine and roses and not
dominated entirely by setbacks and failures.
And we learn that achievement is not the product of
luck or magic or any other charm.
Just the courage to make decisions and the stub-
bornness to persevere.
Charlie Mitchell is a Mississippi journalist. Write to
him at Box 1, University, MS 38677, or e-mail cmitch-
ell43@yahoo.com.
HealtH care
News consumers by
now have absorbed the
message that Repub-
licans are going to de-
fund Obamacare, shut
down the government,
ruin the economy and
starve the poor.
This is what Demo-
crats would have you
believe and, given the
GOPs recent ob-
structionist history, it
would not be a stretch.
However, there is an
alternative scenario that bears
fair consideration.
Not defund, as the House voted
to do Friday, but delay.
Democrats and President
Obama see delay as just another
maneuver to upend Obamacare.
Extort is the word Obama
recently used. But lets step back
a moment and examine some of
the reasoning. Sometimes even
partisans are right.
Topping the list is the fact that
the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is
becoming increasingly unpopular.
Only 39 percent of Americans
currently favor the health-care
program, compared with 51
percent in January, according to
a recent CNN/ORC International
poll.
Some of the reasons:
Many companies are cut-
ting worker hours to below the
threshold (30 hours) at which
theyre required to comply with
Obamacare. (SeaWorld is cutting
hours for thousands of workers.)
Others are cutting workers
completely to avoid compliance
or to reduce costs associated with
the expanded coverage. (The
Cleveland Clinic cited Obamacare
as one reason for offering early
retirement to 3,000 workers and
hinting at future layoffs.)
Many young people, unem-
ployed or earning little, will have
trouble paying premiums once
open enrollment for health insur-
ance exchanges begins Oct. 1.
Even discounts wont be enough
for some, who then will face fnes
or have to turn to
parents who face their
own insurance chal-
lenges. List-price pre-
miums for a 40-year-
old buying a mid-range
plan will average close
to $330 per month,
according to a recent
Avalere Health study.
For someone who is
60, premiums will run
about $615 a month.
Forget retirement.
One of the most
popular aspects of Obamacare
has been that children can remain
on their parents policy until
theyre 26, but theres nothing
magical about 27 if you dont
have a job, are still in school or
are otherwise dependent. Expect
many under-30s to decline to buy
insurance, whereupon Americas
youth will be under the thumb
of the Internal Revenue Service.
Remember, the Supreme Court
ruled that the individual mandate
to purchase insurance is a tax.
The other most-popular item
was the requirement that preex-
isting conditions not preclude
insurance coverage. Under a pro-
posed alternative plan unveiled
recently by the Republican Study
Committee the American
Health Care Reform Act (H.R.
3121) this provision would be
protected and funded through
state-based, high-risk pools and
other reform measures.
The biggest concern across all
demographics is the likely effect
on the larger economy. What hap-
pens when so many people lose
hours and work and, therefore,
income?
Moreover, the law is being ap-
plied unfairly and unequally, with
exemptions and delays offered
to special groups and the brunt
of the strain falling directly on
middle-class Americans.
Larger employers, for exam-
ple, have been given a one-year
reprieve on fnes for leaving work-
ers uncovered. No such grace for
individual citizens. The incen-
tives to cut employees and hours
prompted three powerful former
supporters to write a strong letter
of dissent to Democratic leaders.
The letter writers, saying the
ACA would destroy the backbone
of the American middle class and
the very health and wellbeing of
our members along with millions
of other hardworking Americans,
also lamented the falsehood that
employees could keep the insur-
ance they like. This is obviously
not true, despite Obamas repeat-
ed assurances to the contrary.
The authors were all union
leaders, including James Hoffa,
president of the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Finally, in a tweak not likely to
inspire admiration, the president
is offering Congress a break other
Americans wont get. Obamacare
requires congressional leaders
and staff to enter the exchanges
like everyone else, but Obama
has offered a special dispensation
to soften the blow. Their employ-
er you will pay part of the
premium, a compensatory option
not offered to non-federal employ-
ers and their befuddled, underem-
ployed staffs.
Delay may feel like one more
Republican strategy, but that
doesnt necessarily make it
unwise. If we can delay sending
cruise missiles to Syria pend-
ing a better solution, perhaps
theres some sense to delaying a
health-care overhaul that creates
unacceptable collateral damage to
citizens and that is not quite ready
for public consumption.
In the long run, delay might
beneft Obama, especially if it
averts a revolt once citizens fully
absorb the expensive realities
of Obamacare and promises not
kept. He has already demonstrat-
ed that he is comfortable with
waiting when risks are dispropor-
tionate to theoretical gains.
Kathleen Parkers nationally
syndicated column is a regular
feature of The Dispatch. Her e-mail
address is kathleenparker@wash-
post.com.
Waiting for Obamacare
Robert Khayat: No
pain, no gain not
limited to ftness
she (Gertrude
Ford) made
him sit on an
ottoman, ex-
plained that
shakespeare
was a fraud
and made it
clear that if
she wrote
$100 mil-
lion check,
it wouldnt
bounce.
Charlie Mitchell
Kathleen Parker
voice oF tHe people
For the past 10 years, An-
nunciation Catholic Churchs
St. Vincent de Paul Society
has served in our community
working alongside with Helping
Hands, Salvation Army, Owens
Foundation and Love in Deed
of First Baptist Church. Each of
these ministries seeks to help
those in our community who face
crisis of any kind. Often these
crises result in need for fnancial
assistance with utilities, rent,
mortgages, educational certifca-
tions, school supplies, clothing,
food, and other necessities of
life. As we work with our clients,
those working full-time, part-
time, unemployed, or disabled,
we encourage them to seek to
improve their lives with their
own efforts.
However, for many of these in-
dividuals, transportation to work
or to school remain an obstacle
to furthering their education or
getting to and from work. Often
we provide transportation to hos-
pitals for treatment or to doctors
appointments, because, when
the client looks to catch a ride,
the cost is as much as $10 for a
ride downtown from the housing
projects.
That is why we were so
thrilled when the city took the
initiative to provide bus trans-
portation for our community, ... a
community flled with individu-
als held back by lack of mobility
for improving their day-to-day
lives. It is our prayer that Colum-
bus residents and store owners
will be fexible and look at the
bigger picture ... the lives that
can be changed by simply provid-
ing affordable transportation.
It is the measure of a commu-
nity s true heart by how it deals
with the least of these. May
we move forward to provide this
vital service for our citizens.
Karen Overstreet
Columbus
A vital service
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan An-
gry Pakistani Christians on Mon-
day denounced the deadliest at-
tack ever in this country against
members of their faith as the
death toll from the church bomb-
ings climbed overnight to 81.
A pair of suicide bombers blew
themselves up amid hundreds
of worshippers outside a historic
church in northwestern Pakistan.
The attack on the All Saints
Church in the city of Peshawar,
which also wounded over 140 peo-
ple, occurred as worshippers were
leaving after services to get a free
meal of rice offered on the front
lawn.
A wing of the Pakistani Taliban
quickly claimed responsibility for
the bombing, saying they would
continue to target non-Muslims
until the U.S. stops drone attacks
in the remote tribal region of Pa-
kistan.
The bombings also raised new
questions about the Pakistani gov-
ernments push to strike a peace
deal with the militants to end a
decade-long insurgency that has
killed thousands of people.
What dialogue are we talking
about? Peace with those who are
killing innocent people, asked the
head of the All Pakistan Minori-
ties Alliance, Paul Bhatti, whose
brother, a federal minister, was
gunned down by an Islamic ex-
tremist in 2011.
They dont want dialogue,
said Bhatti. They dont want
peace.
The death toll on Monday
climbed to 81, after three more
of the wounded in Peshawar died
overnight, according to police off-
cial Noor Khan.
Our state and our intelligence
agencies are so weak that anybody
can kill anyone anytime. It is a
shame, said Bhatti.
Angry Christians blocked
roads around the country to pro-
test the bombings. On one of the
main roads coming into the capi-
tal of Islamabad, demonstrators
burned tires and demanded gov-
ernment protection for the mem-
bers of the Christian minority.
Missionary schools around the
country would be closed for three
days, said Christian leader Nasir
Gill.
Churches and other places im-
portant to the Christian commu-
nity in Peshawar have been given
extra security, said Khan, the po-
lice offcial.
But this has not been suffcient
to appease angry Christians in Pa-
kistan, who want the government
to take even stronger steps to pro-
tect them.
Many churches, as well as
mosques and other religious insti-
tutions, already receive some type
of police protection although many
Christians say that is too little. A
police offcer who was supposed
to be protecting the church where
the suicide bombers attacked Sun-
day was killed in the incident.
Pakistani Christians protest church bombing
AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad
A Pakistani Christian man mourns over the death of his relative at the
site of suicide attack on a church Sunday in Pakistan. The attack was
one of the worst assaults on the countrys Christian minority in years.
Christians are a
minority in Pakistan,
roughly 96 percent
of the countrys 180
million people are
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statement by Yokoha-
ma Tire to invest in the
states most comprehen-
sive research university
and recognizing the role
that we have played up
to this point in helping
to attract them to locate
here, but also recogniz-
ing the role we can play
in the future in helping
them be even more suc-
cessful, Keenum said.
Taking advantage of
the outstanding graduate
students we produce and
having them within such
close proximity, I can
foresee internships and
co-op programs with our
students working with
the plant, but also with
the outstanding research
and scientists we have
that are doing expansive
high-tech automotive re-
search on our campus
today. All of thats tied
together.
Young said Yokoha-
mas choice to locate in
Clay County is a great
honor and hoped it
would be the beginning
of a long-term partner-
ship with EMCC.
The emphasis that
Yokohama brings to ed-
ucation through their
contribution shows they
realize we must equip
our students on the com-
munity college level, and
the high school level as
well, to give these young
men and young women
and also non-traditional
students who are poten-
tial job holders the back-
ground and training they
need at whatever level
we must start that train-
ing on, Young said. For
some, it will be advanced
manufacturing right off.
For some, it will be de-
veloping basic skills and
moving up the ladder to
where they can be suc-
cessful.
Bryant said the gift
to MSU and EMCC is a
symbol of long-term in-
vestment in the state as a
whole.
They realize this is
going to be a 60-year,
80-year commitment, so
it will be generational,
Bryant said. Fathers will
see their sons and daugh-
ters work here. More
importantly, its realizing
education is the import-
ant element in creating
the success for this com-
pany and companies all
over Mississippi.
Honor
continued from Page 1a
These gentlemen
risked their lives to bring
liberty and freedom to the
French people, Heath-
er Clave, who works in
communications for the
Consul General of France
in Atlanta, told The Sun
Herald. They deserve
that highest honor.
Denis Barbet, the
consul general of France
in Atlanta, will be at
Tuesdays ceremony at the
Old Capital Museum in
Jackson. It begins at 2:30
p.m.
Johnson, wearing a
hat that read General
Pattons Third Army,
sat on his backporch last
week talking about his
service. When he joined
the military he was Pvt.
1st Class Joseph R. John-
son, assigned to the Third
Army.
He was trained to shoot
a 40mm Bofors gun. He
was a decent shot.
I was good, he said.
I lived and was raised on
a farm and I could shoot a
squirrels eye at 40 yards.
After boot camp he
crossed the Atlantic in
fve days with 1,500 other
soldiers on an English
ship. They eventually
made their way to En-
gland, where he remem-
bers the Nazis relentless
bombing.
They were fairing
bad, he said of the
English. Those bombs
made a terrible noise.
At Normandy, he was
part of the ffth wave of
soldiers who rushed the
beach. The frst, second
and third wave were
nearly completely lost.
What he remembers the
most was the noise. He
said four American bat-
tleships turned longways
in the sea and shot at the
Germans.
The French had
hedgerows everywhere.
Germans were dug in be-
hind them. Johnson and a
few others were ordered
to remove the hedgerows.
He took a 50-caliber
machine gun, he said, and
we mowed them down
like weed eaters.
He laughed and said,
Theyll never get all the
ammo off that beach.
Later, Johnson was
assigned to a unit that
picked up SS troops
those who had played
roles at Nazi concentra-
tion camps. Telling that
part of his story, he said,
If I cry, Im sorry.
He talked about the
smell of human bodies
at the camps. He talked
about being ordered to
blow up a gas chamber.
He put dynamite beneath
it.
The last time I saw it,
it was going up toward the
moon.
After the war he
married his wife, Olivia,
and theyre still together.
They had three children.
Johnson worked at Air
Force bases in Alabama
and Utah. In 1985, he
retired from Columbus
Air Force Base, where he
was traffc management
offcer.
A few weeks ago he
got a phone call telling
him about the Legion
Of Honor. Asked how he
responded, he said, I told
them O.K.
He gave 42 years of his
life to the U.S. military as
a civilian and soldier. The
awards are just part of
doing your job, he said.
He plans on putting
the Legion Of Honor in
the room where he keeps
his other awards, includ-
ing four Bronze Stars.
The other Mississippi-
ans who will be honored
Tuesday are James F. Rob-
inson of Aberdeen, Jack
Carver of Belzoni, Thom-
as Creekmore of Ocean
Springs, Gerald Campbell
of Gulfport, William S.
Fuller of Vicksburg, Edsol
Wells of Lauderdale,
Joseph Coscia of South-
aven, Malcolm Jones of
Hazelhurst, and Harry
C. Quinn and William W.
Correll, both of Madison.
Volkswagen
continued from Page 1a
ulations mandate that ev-
ery vehicle in Brazil must
have air bags and anti-lock
braking systems starting in
2014, and the company says
it cannot change production
to meet the law.
Although output will halt
in Brazil, there should be
plenty of VW vans rolling
along for decades if only
because there are so many,
and they are so durable.
VW produced more than 10
million Volkswagen Trans-
porter vans globally since
the model was introduced
63 years ago in Germany,
though not all resemble
the classic hippie machine.
More than 1.5 million have
been produced in Brazil
since 1957.
The VW van is so deep-
ly embedded in popular
culture, it will likely live on
even longer in the imagina-
tion.
The van represents free-
dom, said Damon Ristau,
the Missoula, Montana, di-
rector of the documentary
The Bus, which follows
van fanatics and their affec-
tion for the machine. It has
a magic and charm lacking
in other vehicles. Its about
the open road, about bring-
ing smiles to peoples faces
when they see an old VW
van rolling along.
Perhaps nothing with
a motor has driven itself
deeper into American and
European pop culture than
the VW, known for its dura-
bility but also its tendency to
break down. Van lovers say
its failures only reinforce its
charm: Because its engine
is so simple, its easy to fx,
imparting a deeper sense of
ownership.
The van made an ap-
pearance on Bob Dylan
and Beach Boys record al-
bum covers, among many,
though in music circles its
most closely linked to the
Grateful Dead and the le-
gion of touring fans that fol-
lowed the rock group across
the U.S., the machines serv-
ing as rolling homes. Steve
Jobs is said to have sold his
van in the 1970s to buy a cir-
cuit board as he built a com-
puter that helped launch Ap-
ple. The vehicle is linked to
the California surf scene, its
cavernous interior perfect
for hauling boards.
But in poorer regions
like Latin American and
Africa, the vehicle doesnt
carry the same romantic
appeal. It defnitely doesnt
hold the cool mystique in
Sao Paulo that it does in San
Francisco.
Its used in Brazil by the
postal service to haul mail,
by the army to transport sol-
diers, and by morticians to
carry corpses. It serves as a
school bus for kids, operates
as a group taxi, and delivers
construction materials to
work sites.
Sales tax
continued from Page 1a
third-lowest monthly re-
turn for 2013.
Starkville saw a 6.73
percent increase in sales
tax returns when com-
paring July 2012 and July
2013. A similar gain, 5.92
percent, was seen be-
tween May 2012 and May
2013. The city has expe-
rienced only two months,
February and June, in
which 2013 numbers de-
clined compared to the
months totals in 2012.
Julys food and bever-
age tax return receipt,
an almost $16,000 slide
from June, represents
the citys lowest grossing
month this year. While
Starkvilles 2 percent re-
turns have fuctuated as
high as Aprils $162,626
mark, the city is now aver-
aging $134,544 per month.
Starkville collected
only $111,942.77 in July,
the sixth-lowest grossing
individual month since
January 2011.
With six months of col-
lections remaining to be
reported, the city is about
$600,000 shy of 2012s to-
tal food and beverage tax
total.
Hotel tax returns, an-
other portion of 2 percent
tax, also fell about $5,000
from Junes mark. Julys
total, $10,244.40, rep-
resents a $700 decline
compared to July 2012.
Starkville is averaging
almost $13,500 in hotel
tax returns for the year,
or about $700 less than
2012s monthly average.
The citys 2 percent
returns are spread un-
equally between econom-
ic development, tourism
initiatives and Mississippi
State University student
organizations. Starkville
Parks Commission re-
ceives a lions share, 40
percent, of those returns.
Ten percent of those mon-
ies fow back to city gov-
ernment itself.
General sales tax numbers
July 2012: $413,415.31
July 2013: $441,240.29
A 6.73 percent increase.
2 percent food and
beverage tax:
July 2012: $115,724.10
July 2013: $111,942.77
A 3.27 percent decrease.
2 percent hotel tax:
July 2012: $10,970.51
July 2013: $10,244.40
A 6.62 percent decrease.
By JOHN ZENOR
The Associated Press
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Al-
abamas special teams and de-
fense are providing a nice bail-
out whenever the offense isnt
scoring.
The top-ranked Crimson
Tide has scored just about ev-
ery way this season return-
ing a punt, a kick, a blocked
punt, and two interceptions for
touchdowns.
That knack helped Alabama
(3-0) beat No. 10 Texas A&M
and create more lopsided scores
against Virginia Tech and Colo-
rado State, games when the of-
fense stalled at times.
Alabama managed its ffth
non-offensive touchdown when
Kenyan Drake smothered a
punt Saturday night against
Colorado State and Dillon Lee
scooped and scored from 15
yards with Alabama leading
7-0 early in the second quar-
ter. Two fourth-quarter touch-
downs helped Alabama earn a
31-6 victory.
We always want to make
big plays on special teams,
Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley
said. That was a big momen-
tum changer. It put points on
the board. And we went back
out on defense and executed.
At the end of the day, we want
our special teams to make plays
and put points on the board.
Alabamas offense put up big
numbers against Texas A&M,
but it had modest success in the
other two games, including 338
yards against Colorado State.
Alabama is last in the South-
eastern Conference in rush-
ing, averaging 132.0 yards per
game, and 13th in total offense
(370.7).
Next up is No. 21 Mississippi
at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN).
We have a diffcult game
coming up, and we need to
get it right, Alabama coach
Nick Saban said. We didnt
do a very good job on third
down. We couldnt run the ball,
couldnt fnish a lot of drives,
and consequently they stayed
in the game.
The non-offensive touch-
downs have accounted for 35
points and Alabama holds a
57-point edge against oppo-
nents. The Tide defense and
special teams accounted for
three touchdowns in 14 games
last season. It has produced 33
in Sabans six-plus seasons.
Against Colorado State, Al-
abamas offense got limited
By MATTHEW STEVENS
mstevens@cdispatch.com
STARKVILLE The statement couldnt be
misunderstood.
Minutes after a 62-7 victory against Troy on
Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium, Mississippi
State football coach Dan Mullen made sure ev-
erybody knew who was the Bulldogs starting
quarterback. The individual he named didnt
play in the 55-point blowout.
Tyler (Russell) is our starting quarterback,
Mullen said. We plan on Tyler being the starter
against LSU and going forward.
Leading up to the game against Troy, Mullen
and his coaches gave the impression Russell
would return for MSUs game against LSU on
Oct. 5 at Davis Wade Stadium. MSU (2-2) has a
bye week this week.
MSU lost Russell on a frst-down scramble in
a season-opening 21-3 loss to then-No. 13 Okla-
homa State. Defensive tackle James Castleman
dragged Russell down while sophomore line-
backer Ryan Simmons fnished the play. Replays
shown on the Reliant Stadium jumbotron and on
television appeared to show inadvertent contact
between Simmons leg and Russells head. Min-
utes later, members of the MSU training staff
led Russell off the feld. He was later diagnosed
By BRETT MARTEL
The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS
Drew Brees pulled himself
up in the end zone after his
diving touchdown scram-
ble and held both arms
high, basking in the cheers
pouring forth from the rol-
licking Superdome crowd.
It has only been a year
since the Saints were 0-3,
shrouded in scandal and
going nowhere. It might as
well have been a lifetime
ago.
Brees passed for three
touchdowns to go with his
scoring run and the Saints
beat the Arizona Cardinals
31-7 on Sunday to improve
to 3-0 for the frst time
since 2009, when they won
the Super Bowl.
Hopefully we can just
continue to get a little
bit better, and gain con-
fdence and momentum
and keep the train rolling,
said Brees, who connect-
ed twice with tight end
Jimmy Graham for scores
and once with Robert
Meachem. Im very happy
to be 3-0, 2-0 in the (NFC
South) division, 3-0 in the
NFC. All those things are
signifcant.
Defensively, New Orle-
ans couldnt ask for much
more. The Saints allowed a
single-season record 7,042
yards a year ago. This sea-
son under new coordinator
Rob Ryan, New Orleans
has allowed four TDs in the
frst three games. The unit
produced four sacks and
two interceptions of Arizo-
nas Carson Palmer.
Saints defensive end
Cameron Jordan sacked
Palmer twice. Outside line-
backer Junior Galette added
another, as did rookie defen-
sive end Glenn Foster.
It was all just pressure
everywhere, said Jordan,
who exchanged high-fves
with fellow defensive line-
man Akiem Hicks in the
locker room afterward.
When youre part of a
D-line like that, I mean, its
a party.
First-round draft choice
safety Kenny Vaccaro
made his frst career in-
terception, and Keenan
Lewis, acquired in free
agency last offseason, had
his frst interception with
the Saints.
By DAN GELSTON,
The Associated Press
LOUDON, N.H. Matt
Kenseth just might win a champi-
onship with a touch of dominance,
not dullness.
Kenseth has frmly defended
the style of his 2003 championship,
stating his one-win season in the
fnal year before NASCAR made
the move to the playoff-style Chase
format was as meaningful as all the
titles collected by Jimmie Johnson
or Tony Stewart.
He probably wont have to justi-
fy anything about his Cup run this
season. There are plenty of check-
ered fags.
Kenseth made it 2-for-2 in the
Chase, holding off Joe Gibbs Rac-
ing teammate Kyle Busch to win
Sunday at New Hampshire Motor
Speedway.
He followed his win in the Chase
for the Sprint Cup championship
opener at Chicagoland with his
series-high seventh victory of the
season. Kenseth made his 500th
career start and built a 14-point
lead over Busch before the series
shifts to Dover.
One win or seven, Kenseth will
take a title any way he can.
If youre fortunate enough to
win a championship, or another
championship, I dont think theres
a bad way to win it, he said. I know
it still gets brought up because it
was the last year without the Chase
and we won once race. But I was
real proud of what we did that year.
It was tough to accomplish.
Kenseth was paired with owner
Jack Roush for more than a decade
and won 22 races, a pair of Daytona
500s and the 2003 championship.
Hes having a career year in his
frst season at JGR, obliterating his
previous season best for wins 5
in 2002.
I dont feel like Im necessarily
a better driver than what I was last
year, he said. Things are differ-
ent.
Kenseths gamble to change
teams has been a success, and
Kenseths eyes glistened as tears
rolled down his cheeks in Victory
Lane. He reached for a big white
towel to wipe them away.
Weve known Matt for a long
time but, in all reality, we wouldnt
have guessed seven wins, team
President J.D. Gibbs said.
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By JAy COHEN
The Associated Press
CHICAGO The title
was right there, across the
front of the soaked gray
T-shirts that each of the
Atlanta Braves wore.
WE OWN THE
EAST, it read.
Atlanta wrapped up the
NL East crown, and then
rode two homers by An-
drelton Simmons to a 5-2
victory against the Chica-
go Cubs that touched off a
wild party in the cramped
visitors clubhouse at
Wrigley Field.
The game was in the
sixth inning when the
Washington Nationals lost
4-2 to the Miami Marlins
to give Atlanta its frst di-
vision championship in
eight years. There were a
few high-fves in Atlantas
dugout when the Mar-
lins won, and a couple of
Braves fans did the toma-
hawk chop in the stands.
Manager Fredi Gonza-
lez high-fved a fan as he
made his way to the dug-
out after a lineup change,
and the celebration real-
ly picked up when Craig
Kimbrel fnished for his
major league-best 49th
save. The Braves poured
out of the dugout and bull-
pen and jumped in a cir-
cle near the mound at the
99-year-old ballpark.
What a great feeling,
Gonzalez said. It really is
a great feeling to realize
weve played 150-some
games to get to this point.
We knew early on that the
Nationals had lost but we
still wanted to be able to
celebrate and come out
with a win. And we did.
The Braves sprayed
bubbly and doused each
other with beer in the
clubhouse. Cigars were
passed around, and the
smoke quickly flled the
small room. A couple of
players took a quick break
to check on their fantasy
football teams, and then
re-joined the party.
This is only one cele-
bration of four, hopefully,
slugger Freddie Freeman
said.
Simmons hit a solo
drive in the fourth and a
two-run shot in the eighth,
giving him 17 homers on
the year.
Micah Green/Dispatch Staff
Mississippi State quarterbacks Dak Prescott, left, and Tyler Russell stand on the sideline Saturday
during a break in the action of a 62-7 victory against Troy at Davis Wade Stadium. MSU coach Dan
Mullen reiterated Russell is the teams starting quarterback and that he expects him to play next
week against No. 6 LSU.
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Nick Dimino, of West Point, and Adam Long, of Aberdeen,
won the Bass Pro Shops Catfsh National Championship
last weekend on the Mississippi River by the Fitz Tunica
Casino and Hotel in Tunica. With a two-day weight of
239.6 pounds they were able to top more than 60 teams,
including some of the best in the nation. Dimino and Long
were ffth after day one with 125.25 pounds. They brought
in 114.35 pounds on day two to take the win.
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MHSAA
Region 2-6A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Columbus 0 0 2 2 81 72
Madison Cent. 0 0 2 2 122 118
NW Rankin 0 0 2 2 52 82
Starkville 0 0 2 2 108 104
Warren Cent. 0 0 2 2 67 62
Murrah 0 0 2 3 185 155
Clinton 0 0 1 3 76 138
Greenville 0 0 1 3 51 114
WEEK FIVE
Louisville 21, Columbus 10
Forest Hill 29, Murrah 26
Clinton, open
Greenville, open
Madison Central, open
Northwest Rankin, open
Starkville, open
Warren Central, open
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
Madison Central at Clinton
Starkville at Columbus
Murrah at Greenville
Warren Central at Northwest Rankin
Region 1-5A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Oxford 0 0 4 0 134 50
Saltillo 0 0 4 1 151 83
Lake Cormorant 0 0 2 2 94 100
New Hope 0 0 2 2 113 48
West Point 0 0 2 2 116 135
Clarksdale 0 0 1 2 61 82
Lewisburg 0 0 1 2 64 64
Center Hill 0 0 1 3 53 119
WEEK FIVE
Clarksdale at Charleston, canceled
Lake Cormorant 34, Hernando 29 (Sat.)
New Hope 21, Amory 0
Saltillo 49, Baldwyn 19
West Point 14, Noxubee County 6
Center Hill, open
Lewisburg, open
Oxford, open
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
Lewisburg at Center Hill
New Hope at Clarksdale
Saltillo at Lake Cormorant
West Point at Oxford
Region 1-4A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Corinth 0 0 4 1 129 65
Itawamba AHS 0 0 3 2 117 139
Shannon 0 0 2 2 48 73
Amory 0 0 2 3 85 117
Tishomingo Co. 0 0 2 3 137 144
Pontotoc 0 0 1 4 55 107
WEEK FIVE
New Hope 21, Amory 0
Corinth 24, New Albany 16
Itawamba AHS 44, Aberdeen 36
North Pontotoc 14, Pontotoc 7
Lafayette County 10, Shannon 0
Booneville 48, Tishomingo County 26
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
Bruce at Amory
Corinth at Aberdeen
Itawamba AHS, open
Ripley at Pontotoc
Shannon at Okolona
Baldwyn at Tishomingo County
Region 4-4A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Leake Central 0 0 5 0 158 40
West Lauderdale 0 0 3 2 109 105
Caledonia 0 0 2 3 103 135
Kosciusko 0 0 2 3 102 134
Noxubee Co. 0 0 2 3 72 90
Houston 0 0 0 5 53 107
WEEK FIVE
East Webster 25, Caledonia 13
Choctaw County 12, Houston 8
Forest 13, Kosciusko 7
Leake Central 26, Union 0
West Point 14, Noxubee County 6
Newton County 33, West Lauderdale 10
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
Caledonia at Choctaw County
Eupora at Houston
Louisville at Kosciusko
Seast Lauderdale at West Lauderdale
Leake Central, open
Noxubee County, open
Region 4-3A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Kemper Co. 0 0 5 0 164 106
Louisville 0 0 5 0 145 34
Nettleton 0 0 3 2 127 90
South Pontotoc 0 0 3 2 132 112
Aberdeen 0 0 2 3 138 142
Winona 0 0 1 4 73 118
WEEK FIVE
Itawamba AHS 44, Aberdeen 36
Kemper County 30, Velma Jackson 26
Louisville 21, Columbus 10
Nettleton 6, Kossuth 0
Walnut 22, South Pontotoc 14
Cleveland 13, Winona 6
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
Corinth at Aberdeen
Kemper County at Philadelphia
Louisville at Kosciusko
Nettleton at Mantachie
South Pontotoc at Mooreville
Water Valley at Winona
Region 4-2A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
East Webster 0 0 5 0 154 78
Eupora 0 0 3 0 134 41
Bruce 0 0 3 1 143 44
Calhoun City 0 0 3 2 128 93
Okolona 0 0 2 2 79 60
WEEK FIVE
Ripley 22, Calhoun City 19
East Webster 25, Caledonia 13
Eupora at Byhalia (moved to today)
North Panola 28, Okolona 20
Bruce, open
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
Bruce at Amory
North Panola at Calhoun City
East Webster at J.Z. George
Eupora at Houston
Shannon at Okolona
Region 1-1A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Coffeeville 2 0 2 3 131 177
Smithville 2 0 4 1 150 66
Coldwater 1 0 2 2 106 128
Falkner 1 0 2 2 137 148
Hamilton 1 1 3 2 117 92
Houlka 1 1 2 3 90 175
Biggersville 0 2 1 4 128 211
Thrasher 0 2 2 2 28 60
Vardaman 0 2 1 4 34 173
WEEK FIVE
Falkner 32, Hamilton 27 (Thursday)
Smithville 47, Biggersville 6
Coffeeville 34, Thrasher 7
Houlka 59, Vardaman 13
Coldwater, open
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
Falkner at Houlka (Thursday)
Coffeeville at Biggersville
Smithville at Coldwater
Vardaman at Thrasher
Hamilton, open
Region 3-1A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Noxapater 2 0 2 2 87 67
Pelahatchie 2 0 3 1 152 78
Sebastopol 2 0 3 2 165 112
Nanih Waiya 1 0 2 2 113 88
French Camp 1 1 1 4 108 124
Ethel 0 1 1 3 58 84
West Lowndes 0 2 1 3 51 129
East Oktibbeha 0 2 0 2 13 84
West Oktibbeha 0 2 0 2 0 89
WEEK FIVE
Sebastopol 37, East Oktibbeha 0
Pelahatchie 28, Ethel 0
French Camp 34, West Lowndes 6
Noxapater 42, West Oktibbeha 0
Nanih Waiya, open
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
East Oktibbeha at Noxapater
Ethel at West Lowndes
West Oktibbeha at French Camp
Nanih Waiya at Pelahatchie
Sebastopol, open
MPSA
District 1-AAA
Division Overall
Division I
W L W L PF PA
Jackson Acad. 2 0 3 2 163 38
Washington 1 0 4 0 128 34
Mad-Ridgeland 1 0 3 2 129 70
Division II
W L W L PF PA
Heritage Acad. 1 1 4 1 136 64
Magnolia Hts. 1 1 4 1 164 112
Starkville Acad. 1 2 2 3 109 102
Pillow Acad. 0 1 2 3 125 126
Hillcrest Chr. 0 2 1 4 57 161
WEEK FIVE
Heritage Academy 33, Hillcrest Chr. 0
Magnolia Heights 20, Starkville Acad. 8
Jackson Acad. 28, Briarcrest (Tenn.) 24
Jackson Prep 19, Madison-Ridgeland 13
Pillow Academy 43, Kirk Academy 18
Washington School 33, Lee Academy 6
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
Jackson Academy at Pillow Academy
Madison-Ridgeland at Magnolia Heights
Oak Hill Academy at Heritage Academy
Winston Academy at Starkville Academy
Hillcrest Christian, open
Washington School, open
District 2-AA
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Leake Acad. 2 0 3 2 101 79
Tri-County Acad. 1 1 4 1 134 68
Oak Hill Acad. 1 1 3 2 139 116
Canton Acad. 0 0 4 1 125 53
Winston Acad. 0 1 1 4 70 110
Manchester Ac. 0 1 1 4 45 135
WEEK FIVE
Leake Academy 17, Tri-County Acad. 7
Canton Academy 28, Central Hinds 13
Winona Chr. 20, Manchester Academy 7
Oak Hill Acad. 26, Newton Co. Acad. 20
Winston Academy 14, Central Holmes 0
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
Leake Academy at Canton Academy
Manchester Academy at Hartfield Acad.
Oak Hill Academy at Heritage Academy
Central Hinds Acad. at Tri-County Acad.
Winston Academy at Starkville Academy
District 2-A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Immanuel Chr. 1 0 2 3 93 130
Carroll Acad. 1 1 2 3 59 137
Greenville Chr. 0 0 0 4 6 173
Deer Creek Ac. 0 1 2 3 114 123
WEEK FIVE
Carroll Academy 14, Deer Creek Acad. 0
Heidelberg Acad. 46, Immanuel Chr. 12
Benton Academy 48, Greenville Chr. 0
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
Indianola Academy at Carroll Academy
Immanuel Christian at Greenville Chr.
Claiborne (La.) at Deer Creek Academy
Eight Man District 1
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Kemper Acad. 1 0 3 2 154 112
Central Acad. 1 1 1 4 100 136
Hebron Chr. 0 0 2 2 94 84
Calhoun Acad. 0 0 1 3 98 82
Strider Acad. 0 1 0 3 0 156
WEEK FIVE
Clinton Christian 22, Kemper Acad. 14
Rebul Academy 26, Central Academy 6
Calhoun Academy, open
Hebron Christian, open
Strider Academy, open
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
The Veritas at Kemper Academy
Calvary Christian at Central Academy
Hebron Christian at Delta Academy
Strider Academy at Calhoun Academy
Prep Football Weekend Review/Preview
Mississippi Standings
ACFA
Eight-Man Division
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Victory Chr. 2 0 4 1 176 88
Tabernacle 1 1 3 3 176 231
Tuscaloosa Chr. 1 1 2 3 128 145
New Life Chr. 0 1 0 2 14 80
First Assembly 0 1 0 2 12 97
WEEK FIVE
Tabernacle 40, Tuscaloosa Christian 34
Victory Christian 34, Ezekiel 6
First Assembly at New Life (not reported)
WEEK SIX
Fridays Games
Victory Christian at Tuscaloosa Christian
Tabernacle at New Life Christian
First Assembly Christian, open
AHSAA
Region 4-2A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Lamar County 3 0 4 0 160 33
Aliceville 3 0 3 1 114 65
Marion 2 1 3 1 112 96
Oakman 2 1 3 1 183 68
Cold Springs 1 2 2 2 99 72
Hale County 1 2 1 3 46 85
Hatch 0 3 0 4 26 188
Sulligent 0 3 0 4 44 181
WEEK FOUR
Aliceville 26, Cold Springs 6
Lamar County 46, Sulligent 14
Oakman 69, Hatch 6
Marion 44, Hale County 14
WEEK FIVE
Fridays Games
Berry at Lamar County
Aliceville at Pickens County
Northside at Oakman
Hale County at Greensboro
Lynn at Cold Springs
Dallas County at Marion
Hatch at Sunshine
Sulligent at Fayette County
Region 5-1A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Pickens County 3 0 4 0 187 32
Hubbertville 2 1 3 1 124 106
Marion County 2 1 3 1 202 137
Brilliant 2 1 2 2 50 85
Berry 1 2 2 2 108 110
Parrish 1 2 1 3 94 108
South Lamar 1 2 1 3 61 133
Lynn 0 3 1 3 92 186
WEEK FOUR
Pickens County 40, Brilliant 0
Marion County 60, Hubbertville 36
South Lamar 42, Lynn 19
Parrish 28, Berry 12
WEEK FIVE
Fridays Games
Vina at Brilliant
Aliceville at Pickens County
Meek at Marion County
Hubbertville at Shoals Christian
South Lamar at Central of Coosa County
Lynn at Cold Springs
Berry at Charlotte Catholic
Parrish at Cordova
AISA
Region 2-1A
Division Overall
W L W L PF PA
Marengo Acad. 2 0 4 0 186 34
Pickens Acad. 2 0 4 0 123 46
Jackson Acad. 1 1 1 3 69 123
Sparta Acad. 1 1 1 3 51 96
Sumter Acad. 1 2 1 3 88 96
Eastwood Chr. 1 2 1 3 33 148
Meadowview Ch. 0 2 0 4 39 171
WEEK FOUR
Marengo 37, Patrician Acad. 0 (Thurs.)
Pickens Academy 29, South Choctaw 7
Clarke Prep 37, Jackson Academy 0
Escambia Academy 35, Sparta Acad. 3
Southern Academy 33, Sumter Acad. 28
South Montgomery 38, Eastwood Chr. 6
Chambers Academy 62, Meadowview 27
WEEK FIVE
Fridays Games
Pickens Academy at Eastwood Christian
Meadowview Christian at Jackson Acad.
Wilcox Academy at Marengo Academy
Chambers Academy at Sparta Academy
Patrician Academy at Sumter Academy
Alabama Standings
Top Performances
Highlights from Week Five ...
n Demarcus Brooks (Louisville): 11 rushes, 43 yards,
rushing TD, 93 yard KO return TD in victory against Columbus
n Jamarcus Brown (Pickens County): 9 rushes, 230
yards, four TDs in victory against Brilliant
n Holden Fields (South Lamar): 12 rushes, 125 yards, two
TDs in victory against Lynn
n Josh Lewis (Pickens Academy): 127 rushing yards, 128
passing yards, three TDs in victory against South Choctaw
n Darion Manning (Aliceville): 21 rushes, 205 yards, TD
in victory against Cold Springs
n Drew Riley (Oak Hill Academy): 17 rushes, 91 yards,
two TDs in victory against Newton County Academy
n Anthony Sharp (Victory Christian): 15 rushes, 181
yards, three TDs in victory against Ezekiel Academy
n Brenton Spann (New Hope): Pair of rushing TDs in
victory against Amory
n Mark Thatcher (Heritage Academy): Interception return
for TD, kickoff return for TD in victory against Hillcrest Chr.
n Aeris Williams (West Point): 35 rushes, 162 yards, TD
in victory against Noxubee County
Snapshots
Jim Lytle/Special to The Dispatch
West Oktibbeha County High Schools Ty Smith
(11) tries to bring down Noxapaters Tyrell Carter
(2) Friday night in Maben.
Snapshots
Jim Lytle/Special to The Dispatch
East Oktibbeha County High Schools Mario Thomas (9) struggles to grab the wet
football while trying to feld a punt Friday night in a 37-0 loss to Sebastopol in a
Class 1A, Region 3 game in Crawford.
Snapshots
David Miller/Special to The Dispatch
Caledonia High School linebacker Josh Livingston (30)
wraps up an East Websters Deangelo Liggins (2) Friday
night in Caledonia. East Webster 25-13.
Five Things
Five Things We Learned from Week Five ...
n 1. LOUISVILLE IS REALLY GOOD: Quickly having
established themselves as a favorite in Class 3A, the
Wildcats have size, speed, and depth. Louisville has
a monster defensive line, a veteran quarterback, and
several talented receivers.
n 2. WEST POINT STILL HAS CONFIDENCE: After
being roughed up South Panola and Columbus in their
non-region schedule, it would be OK if doubt had set in
with the Green Wave. Instead, West Point
dominated every phase of the game in a victory
against Noxubee County.
n 3. POWER POINTS ARE YOUR FRIEND: This
season, the MAIS has shifted away from wild cards.
Instead, the association is using a power-point system
to determine the fnal participants in the Class AA
and A playoffs. Oak Hill Academy earned 15 of those
points in a win Friday at Newton County Academy.
n 4. OKTIBBEHA COUNTY PAIR STRUGGLES: With
new coaches and a cloudy future for each program,
one has to wonder the incentive at East Oktibbeha and
West Oktibbeha. So far, the teams are 0-4 and have
been outscored 173-13.
n 5. RAIN CAN COME FAST AND FOR LONG PERIODS
OF TIME: All results from this past weekend should
come listed with an asterisk. On a night when it rained
for most or all of the night, it was diffcult to hang on
to the football and to fgure out who you were throwing
to or blocking.
Five Things to Watch in Week Six ...
n 1. BIG RIVALRY GAME: After realignment broke
up the Columbus and Starkville rivalry, the two were
unable to put together a non-region matchup. Now,
the two play again Friday in Columbus. Since the top
two teams in Region 2-6A host in the playoff, this is a
huge game.
n 2. BIG RIVALRY GAME, PART II: Even though
it is merely Week One in Class 5A, Region 1 play,
the title could be on the line when West Point visits
Oxford. This rivalry has been fun of late and will match
high-scoring Chargers offense against a Green Wave
defense still looking for an identity.
n 3. OAK HILL UP FOR CHALLENGE?: Two seasons
ago, Heritage Academy scored on each of frst three
offensive plays against Oak Hill Academy. The Raiders
feel like they have closed the gap. We will see how far
Friday night in Columbus.
n 4. IMMANUEL THINKS PLAYOFFS: Immanuel
Christian can all but lock up a playoff berth Friday
night in its MAIS Class A, District 2 game at
Greenville Christian. The Rams are 1-0 in the district
and will only play four district games.
n 5. FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS: The long range
weather forecast calls for a high of 84 degrees with a
10-percent chance of rain Friday night. It will be neat
having heat timeouts again, without players having to
stand up to keep from drowning.
Catching up with
Troy Arnold
Hebron Christian School Senior
n WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PLAYING
FOOTBALL? The best thing about playing is
being out there with your teammates. You
are trying to accomplish something as a group.
n WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU ON A
FOOTBALL FIELD? Anytime I make a big play and the crowd
gets excited.
n WHAT IS THE BIGGEST cHALLENGE ABOUT PLAYING EIGHT-
MAN FOOTBALL? The biggest thing is depth because you
never get a break and never get a rest. Its a challenge to
play eight-man, especially since we have to go both ways.
n WHAT IS THE KEY TO WINNING IN EIGHT-MAN FOOTBALL?
It is all about containment. You have to make that frst stop
are you are in trouble.
n ArE THE EAGLES ExcITED ABOUT A cHANcE TO MAKE THE
PLAYOFFS? That is our No. 1 goal. It has been a couple of
years (not eligible last two years due to changing to eight-
man league), so we have been waiting for this for a while.
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FRIDAYS
GAMES
All games start at 7 p.m.
Starkville at Columbus
New Hope at Clarksdale
Ethel at West Lowndes
West Point at Oxford
Caledonia at Choctaw Co.
Noxubee Co. at Leake Cent.
Corinth at Aberdeen
Bruce at Amory
East Webster at J.Z. George
Louisville at Kosciusko
East Oktibbeha at Noxapater
West Oktibbeha at French
Camp
Oak Hill Ac. at Heritage Ac.
Winston Ac. at Starkville Ac.
Hebron Christian at Delta
Immanuel Christian at
Greenville Christian
Friendship at Central Ac.
Victory Christian at Tuscalo-
osa, 7 p.m.
Aliceville at Pickens County
Berry at Lamar County
South Lamar at Central
Sulligent at Fayette County
Pickens Academy at
Eastwood Christian
THIS WEEK
n TUESDAY: Player of Week
n WEDNESDAY: Oktibbeha
County Preview
n THUrSDAY: Clay County
Preview
n THUrSDAY: West Alabama
Preview
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Prep Cross Country
Todays Meet
Starkville Academy at Madison-Ridgeland
Invitational
Prep Soccer
Tuesdays Matches
Washington School at Heritage Academy, 3 p.m.
Indianola Academy at Immanuel Christian, 4 p.m.
Wednesdays Match
Starkville Academy at Washington School, 3 p.m.
Thursdays Matches
Heritage Academy at Starkville Academy, 3 p.m.
Bayou Academy at Immanuel Christian, 4 p.m.
Prep Softball
Todays Games
Mississippi Association of Independent Schools
Class AAA North tournament
At Propst Park, Columbus
MRA at Heritage Academy, 10 a.m.
Magnolia Heights vs. Starkville Academy, 11:45 a.m.
MAIS Class A North tournament
At Carroll Academy, Carrollton
Central Academy at Carroll Academy, 11:45 a.m.
Tuesdays Games
New Hope at Starkville, 6 p.m.
Smithville at Hamilton, 6:30 p.m.
Caledonia at Columbus, 6:30 p.m.
Prep Volleyball
Tuesdays Matches
New Hope at Ridgeland, 6 p.m.
DeSoto Central at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Belmont at Caledonia, 6 p.m.
Tupelo at Starkville, 6:30 p.m.
Today
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
6 p.m. Milwaukee at Atlanta, SportSouth
NFL
7:25 p.m. Oakland at Denver, ESPN
WNBA
9 p.m. Playoffs, frst round, game 3, Phoenix
at Los Angeles, ESPN2
Tuesday
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
6 p.m. Milwaukee at Atlanta, SportSouth
CALENDAR
ON ThE AIR
BRIEFLy
local
Central academy football team loses to rebul academy
LEARNED Leshon Hill scored on a 65-yard run Friday night, but
the Central Academy football team lost to Rebul Academy.
The Vikings (1-4) had five turnovers that snuffed out any drive that
crossed midfield.
Central Academy will play host to Friendship Academy on Friday.
mSu
Womens golf team ties for ninth
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. After the heavy rains ruled out play
Saturday, the Mississippi State womens golf team finished tied for ninth
place in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Classic.
Junior standout Ally McDonald claimed a share of eighth. She
also notched her sixth-consecutive top-10 finish after a 1-over-par 72
second round.
MSU shot a 25-over-par 593 at the Cherokee Country Club to ex-
tend the school record of 13 consecutive regular season top-10 finishes.
Junior Rica Tse notched a 3-over-par 74 final round to finish tied
for 25th. Jessica Peng finished her 6-over round with a birdie on the
final hole to land her at 10-over for the event. Mary Langdon Gallagher
posted an 80 for her second round and tallied a 13-over-par 155. Blaise
Carabello made a four-shot improvement in the second round to post a
6-over-par 77. She finished at 16-over 158.
n Mens golf team beats Boston College, helps SEC win
Conference Challenge: At Nashville, Tenn., the mens golf team
defeated Boston College in match play to help the Southeastern Con-
ference claim Top Conference honors at the Dicks Sporting Goods
Collegiate Challenge Cup.
MSU beat BC 3-2, helping the SEC win 17 to 8 against the Atlantic
Coast Conference. Along with MSU, three other SEC schools won their
match, including Georgia, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
Senior Chad Ramey, who picked up a top-10 finish Saturday, beat
Max Christiana 2-and-1, which was MSUs closest match.
Also picking up wins for MSU was senior Barrett Edens (4-and-2)
and junior TJ Morgan (4-and-3).
n Angus/Stropp fall in SEC Fall Classic final: At Nashville,
Tenn., the No. 6 duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp lost to Vander-
bilts 13th-ranked duo of Gonzales Austin and Ryan Lipman 8-7 (9) in
the SEC Fall Classic doubles title match.
MSUs second-seeded duo led by a break until Austin and Lipman
put the match back on serve with a break to cut MSUs lead to 6-5.
After Angus held to give the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead, Vanderbilt fought off a
match-winning break to force a tiebreaker. Angus and Stropp took a 3-0
lead before Vanderbilt evened the score at 5. The Commodore tandem,
a 5-8 seed, pulled away to take the crown.

Ole miss
Womens soccer team beats ualr
OXFORD Rafaelle Souza scored two goals Sunday to lift the
Ole Miss womens soccer team to a 3-0 victory against Arkansas-Little
Rock on Kickin Cancer night at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.
Olivia Harrison added a goal on a corner kick in the first half to help
Ole Miss improve to 8-1-1. UALR slipped to 3-6.
With non-conference play completed, Ole Miss will play host to No.
8 Florida at 7 p.m. Friday.
n Newton shoots 3-over 74 to womens golf team: At Knoxville,
Tenn., Abby Newton carded a 3-over 74 Sunday in final-round action to
lead the womens golf team to a 15th-place finish at the Mercedes-Benz
Championship.
Newton was 5-over through the 36-hole tournament, which was
shortened by around due to rain Saturday.
Alison Hovatter rebounded from a 7-over 77 round in the opening
round to post a 5-over 76 in the final round. Maria Toennessen closed
out her first collegiate tournament with a round a 78, 7-over par, and
finished tied for 54th. Hovatter finished 64th.
The Rebels shot a 309 in the final round for a two-day score of
609, which was 35-over par. Six stokes separated 10th-17th place.
Taelor Rubin shot a 10-over-par 81 for a 155, while Stani Schia-
vone shot an 11-over par and finished 81st.
Arkansas claimed the tournament title with a two-day score of 563,
which was 5-under par.
n Jones takes title: At Little Rock, Ark., Junior Julia Jones defeat-
ed Memphis sophomore Skyler Kuykendall 6-3, 7-5 in the finals of the A
Draw at the Country Club of Little Rock Invitational on Sunday.
Jones won all three of her matches in straight sets, including two
top-50 wins in the first two rounds, to improve to 6-1.
alabama
Womens golf team fnishes eighth at mason rudolph
Championship
FRANKLIN, Tenn. The Alabama womens golf team shot a
21-over-par 895 and finished eighth Sunday at the Mason Rudolph
Womens Championship at the par-72, 6,337-yard Vanderbilt
Legends Club.
Alabama shot its highest round of the season with a 13-over-par
301. UCLA won the event with a 14-under-par total of 850.
Stephanie Meadow finished fourth at 2-under-par 214, while
Emma Talley tied for 13th at 2-over 218. Talley was 2-under over the
final 36 holes after opening with a 76.
Janie Jackson shot 78 Sunday and finished tied for 55th at
14-over 230. Cammie Grays final-round 81 was dropped, and she
finished tied for 72nd. Daniela Lendl, who posted a top-10 finish in
the first event of the season, shot 79 in the last round to finish tied
for 80th.
n Mens tennis team gets four victories: At Napa, Calif.,
the mens tennis team earned four victories Sunday at the Napa
Valley Tennis Classic to bring its win total to eight for the three-day
tournament.
Daniil Proskura, who went undefeated until a final 10-point
shootout match Sunday, received the Norma Miner Outstanding
Player Award, which has been given annually since the events
inception. In addition to Proskuras wins against the USTAs Tom
Fawcett and Florida States Dominic Cotrone, Becker OShaugh-
nessey and Nikko Madregallejo also won in straight sets.
From Special Reports
auto racing
Sprint Cup Sylvania 300
Sunday
At New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, N.H.
Lap length: 1.058 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (9) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 300 laps, 141.5
rating, 48 points, $262,066.
2. (12) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 300, 112.7, 42,
$210,143.
3. (10) Greg Biffle, Ford, 300, 97.3, 41,
$146,585.
4. (11) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 300, 116.7,
41, $160,796.
5. (23) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 300, 94.2,
39, $142,005.
6. (17) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 300, 103,
39, $115,835.
7. (29) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 300, 91.1, 0,
$105,235.
8. (25) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 300, 91.7, 36,
$102,535.
9. (26) Carl Edwards, Ford, 300, 86.1, 35,
$127,360.
10. (5) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 300, 120.7, 35,
$135,060.
11. (20) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 300, 102.1, 34,
$140,826.
12. (14) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 300, 93.6, 32,
$105,785.
13. (4) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 300, 81.8, 31,
$115,830.
14. (6) Joey Logano, Ford, 300, 90.5, 31,
$115,668.
15. (3) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 300, 105.7, 30,
$131,696.
16. (1) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 300, 82.8,
29, $128,693.
17. (16) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 300, 76.9, 28,
$124,793.
18. (22) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 300, 69.9, 26,
$112,874.
19. (15) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 300,
67.5, 25, $112,574.
20. (8) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 300, 73.9, 24,
$130,046.
21. (13) Aric Almirola, Ford, 300, 67.7, 23,
$121,746.
22. (7) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 300, 70.4, 22,
$114,451.
23. (18) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 300, 64.4, 21,
$127,660.
24. (31) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 300, 62, 20,
$130,471.
25. (34) Casey Mears, Ford, 300, 57.7, 19,
$110,443.
26. (35) David Reutimann, Toyota, 300, 55.8,
18, $99,593.
27. (21) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 300, 57.1,
17, $83,110.
28. (30) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 300, 51.9, 16,
$104,968.
29. (19) David Ragan, Ford, 299, 54.6, 15,
$102,193.
30. (27) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 297,
43.4, 14, $100,832.
31. (38) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 297, 41, 13,
$79,085.
32. (43) Josh Wise, Ford, 297, 39.4, 0, $78,810.
33. (37) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 296, 44.8, 12,
$78,585.
34. (32) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 296, 43, 0,
$78,385.
35. (36) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 296, 33.7, 0,
$78,185.
36. (42) Timmy Hill, Ford, 293, 27.4, 8, $77,955.
37. (2) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 278, 97.6, 8,
$103,241.
38. (33) Kevin Swindell, Toyota, 244, 32.1, 0,
$72,675.
39. (24) David Gilliland, Ford, accident, 239,
38.6, 5, $68,675.
40. (28) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, accident, 161,
37.2, 4, $72,675.
41. (39) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, brakes, 128,
29, 0, $60,675.
42. (41) Johnny Sauter, Ford, brakes, 103, 31.4,
0, $56,675.
43. (40) Scott Riggs, Ford, brakes, 92, 25.8,
1, $53,175.
Baseball
American League
East Division
W L Pct GB
x-Boston 95 62 .605
Tampa Bay 86 69 .555 8
New York 82 74 .526 12
Baltimore 81 74 .523 13
Toronto 71 84 .458 23
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Detroit 91 65 .583
Cleveland 86 70 .551 5
Kansas City 82 73 .529 8
Minnesota 65 90 .419 25
Chicago 61 94 .394 29
West Division
W L Pct GB
x-Oakland 93 63 .596
Texas 84 71 .542 8
Los Angeles 76 79 .490 16
Seattle 68 88 .436 25
Houston 51 105 .327 42
x-clinched division
Late Saturday
L.A. Angels 6, Seattle 5
Sundays Games
Cleveland 9, Houston 2
San Francisco 2, N.Y. Yankees 1
Chicago White Sox 6, Detroit 3
Boston 5, Toronto 2
Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 1
Kansas City 4, Texas 0, 10 innings
Seattle 3, L.A. Angels 2
Oakland 11, Minnesota 7
Todays Games
Baltimore (W.Chen 7-7) at Tampa Bay (Archer
9-7), 2:10 p.m.
Houston (Lyles 7-8) at Texas (D.Holland 9-9),
7:05 p.m.
Detroit (Verlander 13-12) at Minnesota (Pelfrey
5-13), 7:10 p.m.
Toronto (Happ 4-6) at Chicago White Sox
(Quintana 8-6), 7:10 p.m.
Oakland (Milone 11-9) at L.A. Angels (Richards
7-6), 9:05 p.m.
Kansas City (Ventura 0-0) at Seattle (Maurer
4-8), 9:10 p.m.
Tuesdays Games
Chicago White Sox (H.Santiago 4-9) at
Cleveland (U.Jimenez 12-9), 7:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay (M.Moore 15-4) at N.Y. Yankees
(Kuroda 11-12), 7:05 p.m.
Toronto (Redmond 4-2) at Baltimore (Tillman
16-7), 7:05 p.m.
Houston (Peacock 5-5) at Texas (Darvish
13-9), 8:05 p.m.
Detroit (Fister 13-9) at Minnesota (Diamond
6-11), 8:10 p.m.
Boston (Peavy 11-5) at Colorado (Chatwood
7-5), 8:40 p.m.
Oakland (Griffin 14-9) at L.A. Angels (Vargas
8-7), 10:05 p.m.
Kansas City (B.Chen 8-3) at Seattle (Paxton
2-0), 10:10 p.m.
National League
East Division
W L Pct GB
x-Atlanta 92 63 .594
Washington 84 72 .538 8
New York 71 84 .458 21
Philadelphia 71 84 .458 21
Miami 57 99 .365 35
Central Division
W L Pct GB
z-St. Louis 91 65 .583
Cincinnati 89 67 .571 2
Pittsburgh 89 67 .571 2
Milwaukee 69 86 .445 21
Chicago 65 91 .417 26
West Division
W L Pct GB
x-Los Angeles 90 66 .577
Arizona 79 76 .510 10
San Diego 72 83 .465 17
San Francisco 72 84 .462 18
Colorado 71 86 .452 19
z-clinched playoff berth
x-clinched division
Sundays Games
San Francisco 2, N.Y. Yankees 1
Cincinnati 11, Pittsburgh 3
Miami 4, Washington 2, 1st game
N.Y. Mets 4, Philadelphia 3
Atlanta 5, Chicago Cubs 2
Arizona 13, Colorado 9
L.A. Dodgers 1, San Diego 0
Washington 5, Miami 4, 2nd game
Milwaukee 6, St. Louis 4
Todays Games
Milwaukee (Estrada 6-4) at Atlanta (Minor
13-7), 6:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Harang 0-1) at Cincinnati (Cueto
5-2), 6:10 p.m.
Philadelphia (Halladay 4-4) at Miami (Eovaldi
3-6), 6:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Morton 7-4) at Chicago Cubs
(Samardzija 8-12), 7:05 p.m.
Washington (Roark 7-0) at St. Louis
(Wainwright 17-9), 7:15 p.m.
Arizona (McCarthy 5-9) at San Diego (Stults
9-13), 9:10 p.m.
Tuesdays Games
Milwaukee (Thornburg 3-1) at Atlanta (F.Garcia
1-2), 6:10 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Niese 7-8) at Cincinnati (Leake
14-6), 6:10 p.m.
Philadelphia (Miner 0-1) at Miami (H.Alvarez
4-5), 6:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Cole 9-7) at Chicago Cubs (Rusin
2-5), 7:05 p.m.
Washington (G.Gonzalez 11-7) at St. Louis
(Wacha 3-1), 7:15 p.m.
Boston (Peavy 11-5) at Colorado (Chatwood
7-5), 7:40 p.m.
Arizona (Miley 10-10) at San Diego (T.Ross
3-8), 9:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 13-7) at San Francisco
(M.Cain 8-9), 9:15 p.m.
Basketball
WNBA Playoffs
CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
(Best-of-three)
Eastern Conference
Atlanta vs. Washington
Thursday, Sept. 19
Washington 71, Atlanta 56
Saturdays Game
Atlanta 63, Washington 45, series tied 1-1
Todays Game
Washington at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Chicago vs. Indiana
Friday, Sept. 20
Indiana 85, Chicago 72
Sundays Game
Indiana 79, Chicago 57, Indiana wins series 2-0
Western Conference
Minnesota vs. Seattle
Friday, Sept. 20
Minnesota 80, Seattle 64
Sundays Game
Minnesota 58, Seattle 55, Minnesota wins
series 2-0
Los Angeles vs. Phoenix
Thursday, Sept. 19
Phoenix 86, Los Angeles 75
Saturdays Game
Los Angeles 82, Phoenix 73, series tied 1-1
Todays Game
Phoenix at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.
Football
NFL
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East
W L T Pct PF PA
New England 3 0 0 1.000 59 34
Miami 3 0 0 1.000 74 53
N.Y. Jets 2 1 0 .667 55 50
Buffalo 1 2 0 .333 65 73
South
W L T Pct PF PA
Houston 2 1 0 .667 70 82
Indianapolis 2 1 0 .667 68 48
Tennessee 2 1 0 .667 60 56
Jacksonville 0 3 0 .000 28 92
North
W L T Pct PF PA
Cincinnati 2 1 0 .667 75 64
Baltimore 2 1 0 .667 71 64
Cleveland 1 2 0 .333 47 64
Pittsburgh 0 3 0 .000 42 76
West
W L T Pct PF PA
Kansas City 3 0 0 1.000 71 34
Denver 2 0 0 1.000 90 50
Oakland 1 1 0 .500 36 30
San Diego 1 2 0 .333 78 81
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East
W L T Pct PF PA
Dallas 2 1 0 .667 83 55
Philadelphia 1 2 0 .333 79 86
N.Y. Giants 0 3 0 .000 54 115
Washington 0 3 0 .000 67 98
South
W L T Pct PF PA
New Orleans 3 0 0 1.000 70 38
Carolina 1 2 0 .333 68 36
Atlanta 1 2 0 .333 71 74
Tampa Bay 0 3 0 .000 34 57
North
W L T Pct PF PA
Chicago 3 0 0 1.000 95 74
Detroit 2 1 0 .667 82 69
Green Bay 1 2 0 .333 96 88
Minnesota 0 3 0 .000 81 96
West
W L T Pct PF PA
Seattle 3 0 0 1.000 86 27
St. Louis 1 2 0 .333 58 86
San Francisco 1 2 0 .333 44 84
Arizona 1 2 0 .333 56 79
Thursday, Sept. 19
Kansas City 26, Philadelphia 16
Sundays Games
Tennessee 20, San Diego 17
New Orleans 31, Arizona 7
Dallas 31, St. Louis 7
Cleveland 31, Minnesota 27
Baltimore 30, Houston 9
Carolina 38, N.Y. Giants 0
Detroit 27, Washington 20
New England 23, Tampa Bay 3
Cincinnati 34, Green Bay 30
Miami 27, Atlanta 23
Indianapolis 27, San Francisco 7
Seattle 45, Jacksonville 17
N.Y. Jets 27, Buffalo 20
Chicago 40, Pittsburgh 23
Todays Game
Oakland at Denver, 7:40 p.m.
Thursdays Game
San Francisco at St. Louis, 7:25 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29
N.Y. Giants at Kansas City, Noon
Seattle at Houston, Noon
Baltimore at Buffalo, Noon
Arizona at Tampa Bay, Noon
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, Noon
Cincinnati at Cleveland, Noon
Chicago at Detroit, Noon
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota at London, Noon
N.Y. Jets at Tennessee, 3:05 p.m.
Washington at Oakland, 3:25 p.m.
Dallas at San Diego, 3:25 p.m.
Philadelphia at Denver, 3:25 p.m.
New England at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Open: Carolina, Green Bay
Monday, Sept. 30
Miami at New Orleans, 7:40 p.m.
Saints 31, Cardinals 7
Arizona 7 0 0 0 7
New Orleans 7 7 3 14 31
First Quarter
AriSmith 3 run (Feely kick), 9:13.
NOMeachem 27 pass from Brees (Hartley
kick), 5:28.
Second Quarter
NOGraham 16 pass from Brees (Hartley
kick), 2:52.
Third Quarter
NOFG Hartley 31, 4:03.
Fourth Quarter
NOBrees 7 run (Hartley kick), 14:42.
NOGraham 7 pass from Brees (Hartley kick),
5:25.
A73,057.
Ari NO
First downs 16 27
Total Net Yards 247 423
Rushes-yards 16-86 24-104
Passing 161 319
Punt Returns 2-15 3-53
Kickoff Returns 3-87 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 1-0 2-49
Comp-Att-Int 18-35-2 29-46-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 4-26 4-23
Punts 8-40.8 4-49.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 3-18 4-30
Time of Possession 24:29 35:31
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHINGArizona, Mendenhall 9-29, Smith
3-27, Ellington 3-19, Peterson 1-11. New Orle-
ans, K.Robinson 4-38, Thomas 11-28, Brees
6-21, Sproles 3-17.
PASSINGArizona, Palmer 18-35-2-187. New
Orleans, Brees 29-46-1-342.
RECEIVINGArizona, Fitzgerald 5-64, Floyd
4-49, Ellington 3-36, Housler 1-13, Menden-
hall 1-12, Smith 1-7, Roberts 1-6, S.Taylor 1-2,
Peterson 1-(minus 2). New Orleans, Graham
9-134, Thomas 6-39, Colston 5-71, Sproles
4-39, Meachem 2-34, Watson 1-14, Moore 1-6,
Collins 1-5.
CFL
EAST DIVISION
W L T Pts PF PA
Toronto 8 4 0 16 354 315
Hamilton 6 6 0 12 316 329
Montreal 4 8 0 8 285 349
Winnipeg 2 10 0 4 251 368
WEST DIVISION
W L T Pts PF PA
Calgary 9 3 0 18 373 301
B.C. 8 4 0 16 325 302
Saskatchewan 8 4 0 16 376 282
Edmonton 3 9 0 6 294 328
Sundays Game
B.C. 24 Saskatchewan 22
Fridays Game
B.C. at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Saturdays Games
Calgary vs. Hamilton at Guelph, Ontario, 5 p.m.
Toronto at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29
Saskatchewan at Montreal, Noon
Late Saturday College
Scores
UCLA 59, New Mexico St. 13
Utah 20, BYU 13
Washington St. 42, Idaho 0
Wyoming 56, Air Force 23
The Associated Press
Top 25
The weekly poll, with first-place votes in
parentheses, records through Sept. 21, 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 (56) 3-0 1,496 1
2. Oregon (4) 3-0 1,418 2
3. Clemson 3-0 1,340 3
4. Ohio St. 4-0 1,320 4
5. Stanford 3-0 1,270 5
6. LSU 4-0 1,167 6
7. Louisville 4-0 1,088 7
8. Florida St. 3-0 1,049 8
9. Georgia 2-1 1,029 9
10. Texas A&M 3-1 1,011 10
11. Oklahoma St. 3-0 849 11
12. South Carolina 2-1 828 12
13. UCLA 3-0 798 13
14. Oklahoma 3-0 689 14
15. Miami 3-0 687 16
16. Washington 3-0 559 17
17. Northwestern 4-0 477 18
18. Michigan 4-0 450 15
19. Baylor 3-0 441 20
20. Florida 2-1 414 19
21. Mississippi 3-0 342 21
22. Notre Dame 3-1 256 22
23. Wisconsin 3-1 130 24
24. Texas Tech 4-0 127 25
25. Fresno St. 3-0 110 NR
Also Receiving Votes: Arizona St. 41, Georgia
Tech 30, Maryland 24, UCF 19, Nebraska 13, N.
Illinois 9, Arizona 8, Virginia Tech 4, Michigan
St. 3, Missouri 2, Navy 1, Rutgers 1.
USA Today Top 25
The weekly poll, with first-place votes in paren-
theses, records through Sept. 21, total points
based on 25 points for first place through one
point for 25th, and previous ranking:
Rec. Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (59) 3-0 1,547 1
2. Oregon (3) 3-0 1,480 2
3. Ohio St. 4-0 1,399 3
4. Clemson 3-0 1,332 4
5. Stanford 3-0 1,312 5
6. LSU 4-0 1,161 7
7. Louisville 4-0 1,140 6
8. Florida St. 3-0 1,121 8
9. Texas A&M 3-1 1,044 9
10. Georgia 2-1 1,020 10
11. Oklahoma St. 3-0 909 11
12. Oklahoma 3-0 863 12
13. South Carolina 2-1 825 13
14. UCLA 3-0 731 15
15. Miami 3-0 613 17
16. Northwestern 4-0 560 16
17. Michigan 4-0 534 14
18. Baylor 3-0 465 19
19. Florida 2-1 449 18
20. Washington 3-0 427 20
21. Mississippi 3-0 331 22
22. Notre Dame 3-1 317 21
23. Fresno St. 3-0 156 25
24. Wisconsin 3-1 98 NR
25. Texas Tech 4-0 92 NR
Also Receiving Votes: Georgia Tech 47;
Central Florida 35; Nebraska 34; Arizona
33; Northern Illinois 21; Arizona State 19;
Maryland 11; Michigan State 8; Rutgers 5; Texas 4;
Virginia Tech 3; Missouri 2; Minnesota 1; Utah
1.
This Weeks Schedule
Thursdays Games
SOUTH
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, 6:30 p.m.
Howard at NC A&T, 6:30 p.m.
SOUTHWEST
Iowa St. at Tulsa, 6:30 p.m.
FAR WEST
Cal Poly at Portland St., 9:15 p.m.
Fridays Games
FAR WEST
Middle Tennessee at BYU, 8 p.m.
Utah St. at San Jose St., 8 p.m.
Saturdays Games
EAST
Fordham at St. Francis (Pa.), 11 a.m.
Oklahoma St. at West Virginia, 11 a.m.
Cornell at Yale, 11 a.m.
Monmouth (NJ) at Columbia, 11:30 a.m.
New Hampshire at Lehigh, 11:30 a.m.
Virginia at Pittsburgh, 11:30 a.m.
CCSU at Rhode Island, Noon
Bryant at Wagner, Noon
Princeton at Georgetown, 2 p.m.
Florida St. at Boston College, 2:30 p.m.
UConn at Buffalo, 2:30 p.m.
Penn at Villanova, 4 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Bucknell, 5 p.m.
Towson at Stony Brook, 5 p.m.
Holy Cross at Dartmouth, 6 p.m.
James Madison at Delaware, 6 p.m.
Brown at Harvard, 6:30 p.m.
SOUTH
Butler at Jacksonville, 11 a.m.
Miami at South Florida, 11 a.m.
South Carolina at UCF, 11 a.m.
South Alabama at Tennessee, 11:21 a.m.
East Carolina at North Carolina, 11:30 a.m.
Drake at Mercer, Noon
Davidson at Morehead St., Noon
Norfolk St. at Morgan St., Noon
San Diego at Stetson, Noon
Coastal Carolina at Elon, 12:30 p.m.
Robert Morris at VMI, 12:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Presbyterian, 1 p.m.
Hampton at SC State, 1 p.m.
Troy at Duke, 2 p.m.
W. Carolina at Samford, 2 p.m.
Charleston Southern at Appalachian St., 2:30
p.m.
Wake Forest at Clemson, 2:30 p.m.
LSU at Georgia, 2:30 p.m.
Cent. Michigan at NC State, 2:30 p.m.
Murray St. at Jacksonville St., 3 p.m.
Maine at Richmond, 3 p.m.
Alcorn St. at Alabama St., 5 p.m.
Chattanooga at Georgia Southern, 5 p.m.
Albany (NY) at Old Dominion, 5 p.m.
Delaware St. at Savannah St., 5 p.m.
Furman at The Citadel, 5 p.m.
Point (Ga.) at Gardner-Webb, 5 p.m.
Mississippi at Alabama, 5:30 p.m.
Texas Southern at Alabama A&M, 6 p.m.
Lamar at Grambling St., 6 p.m.
Florida at Kentucky, 6 p.m.
Kentucky Wesleyan at Liberty, 6 p.m.
Tulane at Louisiana-Monroe, 6 p.m.
Arkansas Tech at Nicholls St., 6 p.m.
Langston at Northwestern St., 6 p.m.
Jackson St. at Southern U., 6 p.m.
Navy at W. Kentucky, 6 p.m.
UAB at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m.
Indiana St. at Tennessee Tech, 7 p.m.
MIDWEST
Miami (Ohio) at Illinois, 11 a.m.
N. Illinois at Purdue, 11 a.m.
Marist at Dayton, Noon
Illinois St. at Missouri St., 1 p.m.
Campbell at Valparaiso, 2 p.m.
Akron at Bowling Green, 2:30 p.m.
E. Kentucky at E. Illinois, 2:30 p.m.
Toledo at Ball St., 2 p.m.
Tennessee St. vs. Central St. (Ohio) at St. Louis,
2 p.m.
N. Dakota St. at S. Dakota St., 2 p.m.
Iowa at Minnesota, 2:30 p.m.
Montana St. at North Dakota, 2:30 p.m.
Oklahoma at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m.
South Dakota at W. Illinois, 3 p.m.
McNeese St. at N. Iowa, 4 p.m.
Youngstown St. at S. Illinois, 6 p.m.
UT-Martin at SE Missouri, 6 p.m.
Kent St. at W. Michigan, 6 p.m.
Arkansas St. at Missouri, 6:30 p.m.
Wisconsin at Ohio St., 7 p.m.
SOUTHWEST
SMU at TCU, 11 a.m.
E. Washington at Sam Houston St., 2 p.m.
Houston at UTSA, 3 p.m.
Army vs. Louisiana Tech at Dallas, 3 p.m.
Texas A&M at Arkansas, 6 p.m.
FAU at Rice, 6 p.m.
Prairie View at Stephen F. Austin, 6 p.m.
Wyoming at Texas St., 6 p.m.
FAR WEST
Stanford at Washington St., TBA
Colorado at Oregon St., 2 p.m.
UTEP at Colorado St., 2:30 p.m.
S. Utah at N. Colorado, 2:35 p.m.
Temple at Idaho, 4 p.m.
Arizona at Washington, 6 p.m.
UNLV at New Mexico, 7 p.m.
San Diego St. at New Mexico St., 7 p.m.
Sacramento St. at Weber St., 7 p.m.
Air Force at Nevada, 7:05 p.m.
Montana at N. Arizona, 8 p.m.
Idaho St. at UC Davis, 8 p.m.
Southern Cal at Arizona St., 9 p.m.
Southern Miss. at Boise St., 9:15 p.m.
California at Oregon, 9:30 p.m.
Fresno State at Hawaii, 10:59 p.m.
Hockey
NHL Preseason
Late Saturday
San Jose 3, Phoenix, 2, OT
Sundays Games
Chicago 4, Detroit 3
Nashville 2, N.Y. Islanders 0
Toronto 5, Buffalo 3
Colorado 2, Anaheim 1
Todays Games
Washington at Boston, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
Minnesota at Columbus, 6 p.m.
New Jersey at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
Tuesdays Games
Ottawa at Toronto, 6 p.m.
New Jersey at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Colorado, 8 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.
Vancouver at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.
Soccer
Major League Soccer
EASTERN CONFERENCE
W L T Pts GF GA
New York 15 6 9 47 36 51
Sporting K.C. 14 6 9 43 28 48
Montreal 13 6 9 46 42 45
Houston 12 7 10 37 36 43
New England 11 7 11 41 33 40
Chicago 11 6 12 36 43 39
Philadelphia 10 9 10 37 39 39
Columbus 11 5 14 36 39 38
Toronto FC 4 11 15 25 44 23
D.C. 3 6 20 19 48 15
WESTERN CONFERENCE
W D L GF GA Pts
Seattle 15 5 8 38 28 50
Real Salt Lake 14 6 10 53 39 48
Portland 11 13 5 45 31 46
Los Angeles 13 6 10 46 36 45
Colorado 12 9 9 37 31 45
Vancouver 11 8 10 42 38 41
San Jose 11 8 11 31 41 41
FC Dallas 10 10 9 40 42 40
Chivas USA 6 8 16 29 54 26
NOTE: Three points for victory, one point for tie
Late Saturday
Los Angeles 1, Seattle FC 1
Sundays Game
New York 1, FC Dallas 0
Fridays Game
Philadelphia at Sporting Kansas City, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28
D.C. United at Toronto FC, Noon
Real Salt Lake at Vancouver, 6 p.m.
Houston at New England, 6:30 p.m.
Montreal at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29
Los Angeles at Portland, 2:30 p.m.
Columbus at FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
New York at Seattle FC, 8 p.m.
San Jose at Chivas USA, 10 p.m.
Tennis
ATP World Tour
Moselle Open
Sunday
At Les Arenes de Metz, Metz, France
Purse: $621,700 (WT250)
Surface: Hard-Indoor
Singles Finals
Gilles Simon (2), France, def. Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga (1), 6-4, 6-3.
Doubles Championship
Johan Brunstrom, Sweden, and Raven
Klassen, South Africa, def. Nicolas Mahut and
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
ATP World Tour
St. Petersburg Open
Sunday
At SCC Peterburgsky,
St. Petersburg, Russia
Purse: $519,775 (WT250)
Surface: Hard-Indoor
Singles Finals
Ernests Gulbis (6), Latvia, def. Guillermo
Garcia-Lopez, Spain, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Doubles Championship
David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco (1),
Spain, def. Dominic Inglot, Britain, and Denis
Istomin, Uzbekistan, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
WTA KDB Korea Open
Sunday
At Olympic Park, Seoul, South Korea
Purse: $500,000 (Intl.)
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
Singles Finals
Agnieszka Radwanska (1), Poland, def.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (3), Russia, 6-7 (6),
6-3, 6-4.
Doubles Championship
Chan Chin-wei, Taiwan, and Xu Yi-Fan, China,
def. Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears (1),
United States, 7-5, 6-3.
PGA Tour Championship
NOTE: FedEx points followed by money won.
At East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta
Purse: $8 million / Yardage: 7,307; Par: 70
Final
Henrik Stenson (2,500), $1,440,000 ................................................... 64-66-69-68267
Jordan Spieth (1,250), $708,000 ...........................................................68-67-71-64270
Steve Stricker (1,250), $708,000 .......................................................... 66-71-68-65270
Webb Simpson (750), $384,000 ........................................................... 68-71-69-63271
Dustin Johnson (550), $320,000 ..........................................................68-68-67-69272
Justin Rose (500), $288,000................................................................. 68-68-70-67273
Billy Horschel (438), $264,000 ............................................................. 66-70-70-68274
Zach Johnson (438), $264,000 .............................................................69-68-69-68274
Roberto Castro (375), $227,733 ............................................................ 67-71-72-65275
Jason Dufner (375), $227,733 ............................................................... 74-70-66-65275
Sergio Garcia (375), $227,733 ...............................................................68-71-69-67275
Keegan Bradley (313), $200,000 ...........................................................72-65-72-67276
Phil Mickelson (313), $200,000..............................................................71-67-70-68276
Jason Day (278), $173,600 ................................................................... 68-74-68-67277
Jim Furyk (278), $173,600.....................................................................70-68-73-66277
Adam Scott (278), $173,600 ................................................................. 65-69-74-69277
Nick Watney (278), $173,600 ................................................................ 72-65-70-70277
Brendon de Jonge (263), $158,400 .......................................................70-72-71-65278
Luke Donald (263), $158,400 ................................................................. 70-70-67-71278
Hunter Mahan (253), $152,000 ............................................................. 70-69-71-69279
Brandt Snedeker (253), $152,000......................................................... 69-75-67-68279
Gary Woodland (243), $145,600............................................................ 70-67-71-72280
Tiger Woods (243), $145,600 ............................................................... 73-71-69-67280
Bill Haas (233), $139,200 ...................................................................... 70-69-69-74282
Kevin Streelman (233), $139,200 ..........................................................69-72-74-67282
Matt Kuchar (223), $133,600 .................................................................69-74-69-71283
D.A. Points (223), $133,600 ................................................................... 72-67-70-74283
Graham DeLaet (215), $131,200 ...........................................................68-71-72-73284
Charl Schwartzel (210), $129,600 ........................................................ 68-79-77-66290
Boo Weekley (205), $128,000................................................................70-75-73-74292
Champions Tour Pacific Links Hawaii
At Kapolei Golf Club, Kapolei, Hawaii
Purse: $1.8 million / Yardage: 7,002; Par 72
Final
(x-won on second playoff hole)
Mark Wiebe (270), $270,000.......................................................................64-69-72205
Corey Pavin (158), $158,400...................................................................... 68-68-69205
Bernhard Langer (130), $129,600 .............................................................. 69-69-68206
Esteban Toledo (96), $96,300 .................................................................... 71-70-66207
John Cook (96), $96,300 ............................................................................ 66-71-70207
Fred Couples (56), $55,800 ........................................................................ 71-71-66208
Kirk Triplett (56), $55,800 .......................................................................... 69-70-69208
David Frost (56), $55,800 .......................................................................... 69-69-70208
Gene Sauers (56), $55,800 ....................................................................... 69-69-70208
Brian Henninger (56), $55,800 ................................................................... 67-69-72208
Vijay Singh (56), $55,800 ........................................................................... 69-66-73208
Sandy Lyle, $39,600 .................................................................................... 70-67-72209
Rocco Mediate, $35,100 ............................................................................. 69-71-70210
Mark Calcavecchia, $35,100....................................................................... 66-72-72210
Mark Mouland, $32,400 ...............................................................................72-72-67211
Mark OMeara, $27,900 ..............................................................................70-73-69212
Dan Forsman, $27,900 ................................................................................73-69-70212
Duffy Waldorf, $27,900 ............................................................................... 71-69-72212
Bart Bryant, $27,900 ................................................................................... 68-70-74212
Willie Wood, $21,600 ..................................................................................69-75-69213
Bill Glasson, $21,600 .................................................................................. 74-68-71213
Joel Edwards, $21,600 .................................................................................70-72-71213
Dick Mast, $21,600 ...................................................................................... 72-69-72213
Bob Tway, $16,088 .......................................................................................73-71-70214
Steve Elkington, $16,088 ............................................................................ 71-74-69214
Larry Mize, $16,088...................................................................................... 71-72-71214
Jay Don Blake, $16,088 ............................................................................... 71-72-71214
Doug Garwood, $16,088 ............................................................................. 71-75-68214
Scott Simpson, $16,088 ...............................................................................70-71-73214
Brad Faxon, $16,088 ................................................................................... 68-73-73214
Jeff Hart, $16,088 ........................................................................................ 71-69-74214
Jeff Sluman, $11,880 ................................................................................... 69-75-71215
Peter Senior, $11,880 ...................................................................................72-72-71215
Anders Forsbrand, $11,880 ........................................................................ 74-68-73215
Jim Gallagher, Jr., $11,880.......................................................................... 69-73-73215
Steve Pate, $11,880 .................................................................................... 71-69-75215
Sundays Golf Scores
MSU
Continued from Page 1B
with a concussion that has forced him to miss
the last three games.
Sophomore Dak Prescott, who has been
listed in front of Russell on the offcial depth
chart for two weeks, has played well in victories
against Alcorn State and Troy and in a 24-20 loss
at Auburn. Against Troy, Prescott was 13 of 21
for 233 yards and a touchdown. He also led MSU
in rushing in the frst half with 53 yards and two
scores. In a little more than 12 minutes direct-
ing the offense, Prescott had a career-high 296
all-purpose yards.
Through four games, Prescott is fourth
among Southeastern Conference quarterbacks
in rushing and ninth among all players in total
offense (231 yards per game). The defenses
Prescott has faced were a Football Champion-
ship Subdivision opponent, Auburn (ranked
96th in the nation) and Troy (ranked 85th).
Tyler got cleared to play, but it was late in the
week, and since Dak had taken all the live reps
against the (frst-string) defense, we thought
wed give Dak the start, Mullen said. Tyler had
done seven-on-seven and scout team stuff, but
hadnt taken a live rep with the ones. Thats what
led to the decision.
Prescott said Russell is the leader of the team
and that he is ready to play whatever role Mullen
and the coaches need him.
(Russells) the guy, so when hes healthy and
all the way back well all follow him, Prescott
said. Ive got things to work on and well get bet-
ter as a team as well.
Mullen said last week he never has had a
quarterback controversy in his coaching career.
He has said this season that Russell would play
when he was medically cleared to play, hed be
put in the lineup. He also said anybody can lose
their job anytime. Prescotts play the past three
games has created a discussion about which
quarterback will start for MSU.
I have a lot of faith in Tyler, Mullen said.
Hes won some pretty big games for us and hes
our starting quarterback. But in Dak we want to
always train multiple starting quarterbacks.
Follow Matt Stevens on Twitter
@matthewcstevens.
Alabama
Continued from Page 1B
action from tailback T.J. Yeldon and was without
top receiver Amari Cooper and guard Anthony
Steen, who were held out to get healthy for Ole
Miss. The running game never got going. That
made the play by Drake and Lee a big pick-me-
up.
Its fantastic. Its a momentum booster,
the offense gets a momentum booster, said
safety Landon Collins, who has been a top
player on Alabamas coverage teams. They
just know that they can push the ball harder
next time.
Collins was also involved in the punt block.
We were coming off the edge, me, Kenyan to
my right, Dillon to my left, coming off the edge,
he said. I pushed the man that was to my side
and freed up Kenyan Drake and he just came in
clean for the punt. The ball just bounced up and
Dillon picked it up.
I thought he was going to drop it. So I put my
hands there, he thought I was trying to strip it.
And he kind of jacked it away and we just pushed
him all the way to the end zone.
This trend started in the opener with Virginia
Tech. Christion Jones returned a punt and kick-
off for touchdowns and Vinnie Sunseri returned
an interception the distance. Sunseri did it again
in a 49-42 victory against Texas A&M.
The offense, which produced 568 yards
against the Aggies, converted 2 of 10 third-down
attempts and was held to 66 yards rushing.
DILBERT
ZITS
GARFIELD
CANDORVILLE
BABY BLUES
BEETLE BAILEY
DOONESBURY
MALLARD FILMORE
FOR SOLUTION SEE THE
CROSSWORD PUZZLE
IN CLASSIFIEDS
FAMILY CIRCUS
D
EAR ABBY:
My grand-
daughter
was murdered
by her boyfriend.
They had an
18-month-old
daughter, Bella.
All three were
living together
when he shot
her, but we dont
know what room
Bella was in when
it happened.
Another family
member (Ill call
her Lucy) took
Bella into her
home, and Bella calls her
Mom. Lucy has been taking
Bella to the prison to visit
her father, but has told her
he is her uncle. I told Lucy I
thought it would be better to
wait until Bella is old enough
to understand, THEN tell her
what happened and let her
decide whether she wants to
visit her father.
Bella went into the closet
one day and came out holding
a T-shirt with her mothers
picture on it, asking, Who is
this? Lucys only response
was, You know you arent
allowed in my closet. Take that
back! She never answered
the question.
I have a framed photo of
Bellas mother on my wall.
The last time Bella was here, I
noticed her looking out of the
corner of her eye and scowling
at the picture. I was the only
one who noticed.
Bella is now 4, and I cant
accept that Lucy thinks its OK
to lie to her. I feel it should be
Bellas decision
whether to visit
her dad. Am I
wrong? How
should this be
handled so Bella
isnt traumatized
any more than
need be? Be-
cause of these
incidents, Im
almost convinced
she should have
some kind of
counseling, but
perhaps shes
too young. This
is why I des-
perately need
advice, in the best interest
of the child. BELLAS
GREAT-GRANDMA
DEAR GREAT-GRANDMA: Is
Lucy a member of your family
or the murderous boyfriends?
I fnd it hard to comprehend
that a family member of the
victim would drag a toddler
to a prison to visit the lowlife
who killed her mother.
I do not think it is healthy
to lie to children. This situa-
tion will explode when Bella
fnally learns that the woman
she has always called Mom
isnt her mother, and the man
in the orange jumpsuit not
only isnt her uncle but killed
her birth mother. That poor
girl wont know whom she
can believe and could have
trust issues that affect her
relationships for the rest of
her life. Does she need coun-
seling now? No. But will she
when she fnds out about the
deception? You bet!
DEAR ABBY: What is your
opinion about females and
car maintenance? My mother
raised me alone and taught
me to be independent. She
would not let me drive an auto-
matic car until I had mastered
driving a standard (stick shift).
I was also not allowed to drive
until I was able to perform ba-
sic, essential tasks chang-
ing a tire, checking the oil and
maintaining all fuid levels.
I am thankful and appre-
ciate that I have these skills.
However, I know many women
today who cant perform these
tasks and would rather make
it a mans job. I think every
woman should have these
skills. Where do you stand?
INDEPENDENT LADY IN
FLORIDA
DEAR INDEPENDENT LADY:
I stand beside you. There is
no guarantee that a woman
will have a man to take care
of her in fact, the oppo-
site is more likely to be true.
However, if she cant learn the
basics of taking care of her
car, she should be sure that
shes a member of AAA.
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Abigail Van Buren, also known
as Jeanne Phillips, and was
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Dear Abby
Dear Abby
TODAYS BIRTHDAY (Sept.
23). You care deeply about
global matters, and this year
youll act to improve circum-
stances for people you dont
know. At home, a loving ges-
ture in October starts a beau-
tiful new era in a relationship.
You spend and save wisely
and will be able to afford what
you want in December. May
and August bring travel. Taurus
and Scorpio people adore you.
Your lucky numbers are: 30,
40, 33, 16 and 2.
ARIES (March 21-April
19). Youre strong, and you
correctly assume that right
now you have more energy
at your disposal than others.
Thats why even though the
task at hand is diffcult and
weighty, you feel it is your duty
to take it on.
TAURUS (April 20-May
20). It seems that lately when
you help others it comes at
your own expense and it is
very expensive, indeed! This
isnt the way it has to be. You
do deserve to be paid for your
contributions, you know.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21).
You assume that whats going
on inside everyone elses
head is pretty close to whats
going on inside your head. An
interaction this afternoon will
remind you that some people
are hardwired very differently.
CANCER (June 22-July
22). If you feel that you must
continually try harder and hard-
er to make a relationship work,
thats a sign that the relation-
ship is inherently dysfunction-
al. Healthy relationships dont
take as much effort.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22).
Keeping score can be such a
chore that youd rather avoid
playing the game altogether.
When you spend time doing
the things that are intrinsically
worthwhile, you dont have to
worry about what your take-
away will be.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept.
22). You may have claimed
your territory long ago, but
some of the invisible fences
you erected to protect your
space have eroded over time.
Reestablish those boundaries
to generate a feeling of safety
and well-being.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
You dont mind problems, as
long as they are new prob-
lems. If you see the same
problem twice, its an invita-
tion to consider and try out a
wider array of options.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
21). The reason you shouldnt
jump through the hoops being
dangled before you today is
that its a trick. However easy
the frst jump is, the hoop will
only get higher and higher.
Pass on this dog-and-pony
show.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-
Dec. 21). You will be a magnet
for amorous attention. If this
kind of attention is unwanted,
prepare to pull a third party
into the conversation and tap
dance away from your admirer.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). Youd like to think that
your feelings are self-generat-
ed and contained, and yet the
days ups and downs will have
a lot to do with how the people
around you are feeling.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18). If you consider it a high
honor that people can relax
and be themselves around
you, then you will be pleased
by todays events. You may
also be shocked or amused by
what happens.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20). Music and math are re-
lated, but its hard to dance to
math. Your stars highlight new
tastes and tunes. Mix up the
soundtrack of your life, and let
your mood follow a song.
Horoscopes
By MATTHEW STEVENS
mstevens@cdispatch.com
STARKVILLE Not that
Mississippi State needed him
in the second half Saturday,
but an ankle injury forced se-
nior tailback LaDarius Perkins
to miss most of MSUs 62-7 vic-
tory against Troy.
Perkins had fve carries for
23 yards before aggravating
the injury.
The Fox Sports South broad-
cast announced after halftime
that Perkins, who is third on
the team in rushing with 109
yards on 29 carries, would be
inactive for the second half.
MSU was leading 45-7, so back-
ups Josh Robinson, Derrick
Milton, and Ashton Shumpert
wrapped up the victory. Mullen
said three weeks ago Perkins
suffered a sprained ankle in
a season-opening 21-3 loss to
then-No. 13 Oklahoma State.
Perkins didnt play against
Alcorn State due to precau-
tionary reasons. He had eight
carries for 36 yards and two
catches for 14 yards in a 24-20
loss at Auburn. He is expected
to play next weekend vs. LSU.
Bell continues to struggle
MSU sophomore kick-
er Devon Bells search for
answers continues after he
missed a 30-yard field goal out
late in Saturdays win.
Bell is 6 of 13 from 30-39
yards in 17 career games. He
also missed a 35-yard feld goal
wide right in the frst quar-
ter last week against Auburn.
Against Troy, Bell missed wide
left with MSU leading 52-7 in
the third quarter.
Bell split the uprights on a
25-yard field goal in the first
quarter to give MSU a 10- 0
lead.
Im the one thats got to put
the ball through the uprights
for my team and put points on
the board, Bell said. Thats
my job.
MSU walk- on kicker Evan
Sobiesk made a 24-yard field
goal and an extra point in the
fourth quarter. The field goal
was Sobiesks first attempt.
He has made three extra
points.
Follow Matt Stevens on
Twitter @matthewcstevens.
Perkins injures ankle vs. Troy, but he is expected to play against LSU