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No. 24 Softball Drops SEC Series at Ole Miss

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:27pm
On a day in which just one game was scheduled, the No. 24 Mississippi State softball team (22-8, 3-5 SEC) ended up playing and dropping a twin-billing vs. Ole Miss (17-13, 2-7 SEC) on Saturday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.

MSU Looks To Rebound At Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 2:58pm
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Coming off a disappointing showing and a week off, the refreshed Mississippi State men's golf team is making its first ever trip to Virginia for the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate.

Statement from Scott Stricklin on Bulldog Men's Basketball

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 1:04pm
Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin released the following statement on Bulldog men's basketball Saturday:

Bulldogs Battle Duke Sunday With Sweet 16 On The Line

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:00pm
DURHAM, N.C. – All that stands between Mississippi State and the Sweet 16 is Duke. And Sunday at 11 a.m. CT at historic Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Bulldogs look to get past that hurdle when they face the Blue Devils in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs last advanced to the second weekend in 2010, the program's last appearance in the "Big Dance."

No. 35 MSU Men’s Tennis Falls To No. 7 Texas A&M In 4-1 Thriller

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:35am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Under the lights of the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre, the No. 35 Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-5, 3-2 SEC) fell 4-1 to the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies (10-3, 5-1 SEC) in one of the more thrilling matches of the 2015 season.

Diamond Dawgs Drop 2015 Road Opener At Kentucky

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:18am
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Mississippi State found the going tough in its first road game of the season.

MSU Track And Field Excels At Outdoor Season Opener

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:16am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – To begin the 2015 outdoor season, the Mississippi State track and field teams brought home four wins on day one of the Alabama Relays.

Epic Rally Catapults No. 24 Softball Over Ole Miss

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:08am
Down to its final strike on three occasions, the No. 24 Mississippi State softball team (22-6, 3-3 SEC) rallied with a seven-run seventh to down Ole Miss (15-13, 0-7 SEC) on Friday night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.

No. 27 State Women’s Tennis Edged 4-3 At No. 43 South Carolina

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:50pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. – After dropping the doubles point, the No. 27 Mississippi State Bulldogs made a late push in singles, but it wasn't enough, as the Bulldogs fell in a close 4-3 battle at the hands of No. 43 South Carolina Friday evening on the road.

Richardson Leads Bulldogs Past Tulane In NCAA Tournament Opener

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:00pm
DURHAM, N.C. – Mississippi State made the most of its return to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

MSU, BYU Schedule 2016-17 Football Series

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:52am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State and BYU have scheduled a future home-and-home football series for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, it was announced Friday.

No. 27 Bulldog Women’s Tennis Set For SEC Road Swing

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 7:05pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. – With its biggest win in program history now in the past, the No. 27 Mississippi State women's tennis team will hit the road this weekend, facing off against a pair of SEC foes in 43rd-ranked South Carolina and No. 2 Florida. Friday's match against the Gamecocks is slated for a 4 p.m. CT start, while State will meet the Gators at Noon CT Sunday.

No. 35 Bulldogs Kick Off Home Stretch Against No. 7 Texas A&M

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 5:12pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Coming off an impressive shutout win on the Plains Sunday, the 35th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-4, 3-1 SEC) begin a three-match home stretch with a showdown against the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies (9-3, 4-1 SEC) on Friday, March 20.

4 Surprising Tips You Need to Know Before Buying or Selling a House

Lifestyles - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:02pm
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(NewsUSA) - Insider tips -- who doesn't love a good (legal) one?

And when it comes to buying or selling a house, it turns out some of the very best -- ones that can translate into big bucks -- are those maybe only someone with Brian Williams' imagination would think of.

Want to know why, for example, Starbucks may be the greatest predictor of home-value appreciation? Read on.

* March is the most profitable month. For sellers, that is. According to Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow.com, who mined his site's database of millions of homes in co-authoring the newly released "Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate," properties listed then sold faster and fetched 2 percent higher than average.

Buyers, on the other hand, catch a break in December when even New York owners are apparently so demoralized by the cold that they're willing to part with their homes for 2.8 percent less during the second week of the month.

"You shouldn't list your house for sale before March Madness or after the Masters (in April)," says Rascoff.

* Your real estate agent's gender matters. Women, because they're "more willing to negotiate," tend to close deals faster, research suggests. But sellers take note: If you can hold out, men -- stubborn devils that they are -- are often better at getting the original asking price.

* A new roof is a sure-fire way to boost a home's resale value. Forget kitchen remodeling. "You could spend a fortune, and it still might not suit prospective buyers' tastes," explains Patsy O'Neill, a sales associate with Sotheby's in Montclair, New Jersey.

Replacing an unsightly roof with a spiffy new one -- better for that all-important "curb appeal" -- was one of the very few projects singled out in Remodeling magazine's new annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2015, rising a chart-topping 5.9 percent over even last year's double-digit increase.

In fact, says O'Neill -- and, sellers, pay close attention to the psychology here -- if your current roof really is an eyesore, buyers will be "predisposed" to find a zillion other things they hate about your place. Ergo, those craving the look of luxury at affordable prices should check out the Value Collection Lifetime Designer Shingles from GAF (www.gaf.com), North America's largest roofing manufacture.

* The Starbucks Effect. Don't laugh. When Rascoff was checking his data, he discovered that, lo and behold, homes within a quarter mile of a Starbucks had appreciated 31 percent more -; 96 percent vs. 65 percent -; over the last 17 years than others nationwide.

"Is it that Starbucks is really great at picking locations, or is that Starbucks is sort of an omen of gentrification?" he writes. "It's a little of each."

BrainStormers: Backyard DIY Inventors Tackle Weather, Test Ingenuity

Lifestyles - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:59pm
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(NewsUSA) - For over 30 years, The Weather Channel has inspired viewers to explore, investigate and appreciate how it's amazing out there by providing the latest weather information for the modern era. The network continues to explore this connection with its newest original primetime series, "BrainStormers," where weather will be both the teacher and the enemy.

The series follows three backyard inventors, Rob "Poppy" Parker, Ryan Parker (a father, son duo) and Bill LeVasseur (Ryan's best friend), who channel their inner MacGyver by building and testing inventions that either fight inclement weather or harness its power for everyday use -- while on a budget.

From their Colorado-based workshop, the three men test their ingenuity and tackle weather issues by repurposing what some may consider junk. Sometimes the builds required our BrainStormers to start from scratch, and other times they were called upon to help other backyard inventors improve their projects. Every build comes with its own unique set of challenges, from creating a homemade mosquito trap or solar water heater to fixing a nearby town's wind generator.

Here are some of the creative inventions you can expect to see on "BrainStormers":

* A beer can heater. A Denver friend needs a low-cost fix to make her drafty bedroom warmer. So, the team decides a solar heater could work, but would require expensive aluminum tubes to transfer the sun's radiation to heat. What to do? Use beer cans, of course. By using rows of black-painted beer cans in a sealed wooden box, the team finds a solar heater can be built for pennies on the dollar.

* A snow maker. If you think living in Denver means enough snow for even the most die-hard snowboarder, think again. This is the issue for Seth Hill, a pro-snowboarder who wanted to make practice runs near his house when he's not on tour. He enlists the BrainStormers team to build an inexpensive snowmaking machine by using a junkyard power washer.

* A "swamp bucket cooler." An Arizona housewife can't take the high temperatures in her kitchen, and the family is tired of ordering takeout. They enlist the BrainStormers for a portable and low-cost way to cool the kitchen. The BrainStormers determine that an evaporative cooling system would work best for Arizona's high heat and low humidity, but how do you make it so it is small and inexpensive? Well, you'll just have to watch to find out.

For more information, visit www.weather.com/tv.

Track and Field Begins Outdoor Season With Alabama Relays

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:08pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a successful indoor season, the Mississippi State track and field teams will head to Tuscaloosa to kick off the 2015 outdoor campaign with the Alabama Relays.

No. 24 Bulldogs Head to Oxford for Weekend Showdown

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:29pm
Continuing an in-state rivalry in which no love is lost, the No. 24 Mississippi State softball team (21-6, 3-3 SEC) will continue Southeastern Conference play this weekend with a three-game set vs. Ole Miss (15-12, 0-6 SEC) at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.

March Madness Begins Friday As Bulldogs Face Tulane In Durham

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – March Madness finally begins for Mississippi State Friday as the Bulldogs travel to Durham, N.C., for the opening rounds of the 2015 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.
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