Star Tracking …
May 21, 2001
HOOVER, Ala. The LSU Tigers appeared unstoppable, scoring runs by the bushel and sending balls flying out of the park with regularity. Then, Chris Young stopped them. The Mississippi State reliever pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings and the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game Sunday. Mississippi State allowed just one run in its final two games, including a 1-0 win over South Carolina Saturday night, to claim its first SEC tournament title since 1990. The staff compiled a 2.20 earned run average. After Young's perfect ninth inning including two strikeouts he was swarmed by his teammates, who formed a human mound on top of him while fans clanged their cowbells and chanted "SEC".
MACON The field at the Mississippi Private School Association's Class A State Tournament may have been as balanced as it has been in the past decade with five or six teams appearing to have a legitimate shot of winning a state title. But when the lights came on and the dust settled at Mike Thomas Field, old rivals Central Academy and Huntington (La.) School were left to battle for the trophy. And as they have done six times now in the last seven years, the host Lady Vikings claimed the gold. Central jumped out to a nine-run lead in the title matchup and coasted to a 12-5 win over Huntington, adding another chapter to the storied rivalry. The Lady Vikings have beaten Huntington in the finals in five of their six title runs, and the Lady Hounds from Ferriday, La., are the only other team to claim the Class A crown in the last nine years.
May 21, 1997
ARLINGTON, Va. Marv Albert, the versatile sportscaster and voice of the NBA on NBC, as charged with biting a woman in a hotel room as many as 15 times and forcing her to perform oral sex. In an indictment handed up Monday, Albert was accused of attacking a 41-year-old Vienna, Va., woman he had known for 10 years. If convicted of forcible sodomy and assault, he could get up to life in prison. Albert, 53, will be allowed to turn himself in next week at a time to be arranged by his lawyer.
May 21, 1992
When Meridian Community College pitcher Gregg Kennedy left Quitman High School in the spring of 1990, his baseball education hit full stride. "In high school you could just throw it by everybody," said Kennedy, who signed a baseball scholarship with Southern Mississippi Wednesday. "When you move on to the next level you have to learn how to pitch a little bit." At MCC Kennedy learned how to pitch quite bit, enough to go 9-4 and strike out 104 batters in 75 innings. His earned run average was 2.64, as the Eagles finished with a school-record 48 wins and won the Region 23 championship.
Sports Faces …
Mia St. John
Mia St. John was lucky to escape Saturday night's ring at the Silver Star Hotel &Casino unscathed.
St. John, one of the big draws for Saturday's card in Philadelphia, pulled out a controversial, split-decision over Kristy Follmar in a four-round women's match. Many in the 2,100 audience, including the Fox Sports crew, thought Follmar won the fight.
With the win, St. John (25-1-1) continues on her quest to battle Christy Martin for the WBC Women's Lightweight belt. At Friday's weigh-in, St. John said she has done a lot for her sport.