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WTVA Sunday sports wrap

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Dec. 31, 2017 Video: WTVA Sunday sports wrap
Dec. 31, 2017 Mon, 01 Jan 2018 04:15:49 +0000 WTVA Sunday sports wrap Dec. 31, 2017 WTVA ABC Tupelo, MS sports wrap. welcome into the final sunday sports wrap of 2017, i'm andy lee.... the mississippi state football team ended the year in style.... the bulldogs defeated louisville 31-27 in saturday's taxslayer bowl.... msu wasdetermined to show the world that one man does not make a program.... the joe moorhead era in starkville officially begins earlynext year.... as wtva sports director jim holder reports, the future looks bright for the maroon and white... jim: "with a new coaching staff coming in, mississippi state's football team will certainly have a different look last season, but with a number of young players returning, the bulldogs' future is certainly looking bright." jeffery simmons: "you know, we had to face a lot of adversity, especially throughout the coaching change, so our team, we stayed focused, we stayed together as a team. like i told the team earlier, what we have, the bond of the team, it won't be broken, because of all the changes that went on, so, like i said, our family's strong, and our team was strong enough to come and finish this bowl game out." erroll thompson: "it really just goes back to what we preach every day, you know, hard work and dedication and relentless effort we give, no matter who's head coach or who's running the play, anything, it's all about preparation and giving relentless effort every day." jim: "i heard you say after the game, wait til next year, it's gonna be even better. just tell us about next year." aeris williams: "you know, i can't tell the future, but, you know what i'm saying, we've got a good team. we've got a good team right now, so i know it's gonna be a great year next year." jim: "mississippi state has been to eight straight bowl games now. they'll try to make it nine in a row next season under new head coach joe moorhead. reporting from jacksonville, jim holder, wtva 9 sports." thank you jim! the lengthy bowl season is starting to wind down... of course, new year's day is stacked with 5 powerhouse matchups.... two of those games are college football playoff semifinals.... alabama and clemson will meet in the playoffs for the third consecutive season... the crimson tide and tigers kick off from new orleans at 7:45 on espn... nick saban: 'i think this game is a great opportunity for the players, and we're playing against a very good team. we've played them several years now so it makes it a little bit of a rivalry game in circumstances like this.' dabo swinney: 'gearing ourself for a great day tomorrow. really excited about game day getting here. i know alabama is as well. it's a long time to prepare for a game, and i'm sure both teams at this point are just ready to go play.' the other playoff semifinal matches the georiga bulldogs and the oklahoma sooners in the granddaddy of them all!!! the rose bowl from pasadena, california.... the bulldogs are making their first playoff appearance. and first rose bowl appearance since 1943.... sony michel: 'we gotta go out there and play our ball. oklahoma, they got a very good defense. they are finishers. they got fast guys that finish to the ball that run to the ball well so we got to go out there and finish.' the third ranked mississippi state women began conference play tonight at georiga.... msu looking for its first win in athens since 2002.... the georgia bulldogs are coached bymeridian native joni taylor.... taylor has the georgia program headed in the right direction.... their only loss in the non- conference season was against texas..... georgia gets off to a fast start in this one.. caliya robinson's lay-up gives uga a quick 4-0 lead.... and vic schaefer immediately calls timeout.... msu settles in and goes on a nice run to end the first quarter..... victoria vivians for 3......yes siree! the queen finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds.... another monster game for teaira mccowan.... tea gets double teamed down low and still gets the bucket.... 26 points 13 rebounds for mccowan... msu cruises to an 86-62 win.... the 15-0 bulldogs host arkansas on thursday.... vic schaefer: 'i'm still concerned about us defensively. i've got all kinds of worries there. man, i loved how we executed on offense, i loved how hard we played defensively. i think georgia's really good. i know they're young, but they're really good.' the ole miss women were in arkansas..... a spirited effort by the rebels.... ole miss trailed by 12 early in the 4th quarter.... tori lewis hits a corner 3.... ole miss down one with a less than a minute to go.... last chance for the rebels.... down one with 5 seconds to go..... alissa alston turns it over on the inbounds pass..... arkansas wins 73-72.... the rebels host #4 south carolina on thursday.... the ole miss men opened up sec play tonight at the pavilion.... the rebels hosted south carolina.... late in the first half...... markell crawford a little step back foul line j.... count it! crawford had 17 points... rebs led 31-30 at the break..... 2nd half..... deandre burnett gives ole miss the lead with this 3.... burnett led the rebels with 18 points... 7 minutes to go..... ole miss in transition... terence davis finishes at the rim.... gives the rebels a 4 point lead.... ole miss hits big free throws down the stretch and holds off south carolina 74-69.... the rebels visit georgia on wednesday.... andy kennedy: 'i think i have a pretty clear understanding of our path to success. it's not a huge road, but there is a path. it's gonna take a blue collar approach and i think our guys hopefully are starting to figure it out.' the mississippi state men closed out their non conference schedule on saturday.... the bulldogs defeated north florida 109-81... aric holman scored a career high 23 points... msu opens sec play tuesday night at home against arkansas.... the bulldogs will be without sophomore forward schnider herard the rest of the way.... today, herard announced he plans to transfer and is no longer on the team... in 43 games with the maroon and white, the haitian averaged 4 points, 4.2 rebounds and blocked 16 shots.... we'll go around the nfl after nfl season....... expect the unexpected..... the new orleans saints would clinch the nfc south with a win at 4-11 tampa bay..... piece of cake, right? wrong!!!! buccaneers historically give new orleans fits at raymond james stadium.... that trend continued today.... tampa bay scores on its opening drive..... but electric rookie alvin kamara takes the ensuing kickoff 106 yards to the house...... that ties it up at 7.... saints down 20-17 midway thru the 4th.... new orleans goes back on top 24-20 after drew brees hits zach line from 3 yards out.... 15 seconds to go......bucs down 1.... jameis winston finds chris godwin from 39 yards out.... jameis gets to eat that 'w' tampa bay downs new orleans 31- 24..... drew brees: 'it's a little solemn, just the way that game ended. obviously we felt like that was one we should have won, but bottom line is we are nfc south champions, and there's a lot to be proud of.' yes, even with the loss, the saints are nfc south champs.... that's because the panthers lost to the falcons in atlanta.... atlanta's win puts them in the playoffs... the falcons are at the rams saturday night on nbc.... the saints host the panthers sunday afternoon on fox.... in the afc......the tennessee titans were in with a win.... tennessee hosted jacksonville in frigid nashville..... 2nd score.....marcus mariota hits derrick henry on a screen pass.... henry takes it 66 yards to paydirt..... pat no good..... ryan succop adds 3 field goals and the titans win 15-10.... tennessee isin the playoffs for the first time since 2008.. mike mularkey: 'and to watch a team take a franchise and believe in something and watch it turn around and become competitive every sunday to where they have a chance to win every single sunday, that's very gratifying.' the titans are off to arrowhead for a saturday afternoondate with john's kansas city chiefs..... on sunday afternoon, the buffalo bills will play their first postseason game since the music city miracle in january2000.... jacksonville hosts buffalo...... philadelphia hosted dallas.... no playoff implacations here...... the iggles locked up the top seed in the nfc last week.... the cowboys were elimanted from the playoffs a week ago, but could still clinch a winning record..... scoreless game into the 4th quarter..... dak prescott connects with brice butler on a 20 yard touchdown pass.... pat was no good..... that was enough for the cowboys to win this forgettable season finale.... dallas downs philly 6-0.... cowboys finish the year 9-7.... first time dallas has had consecutive winning seasons since 2008 and 2009.... dak prescott: 'it's a tough league. i think as a rookie i kind of, i don't think i took the true toughness and how competitive and hard this league was for granted because the way we came in and the way we kind of rolled. i'm not gonna say it was easy last year by any means but it was much different from this year. this year, the ups the downs, the hits the team took from outside sources, from suspensions, from everything, it was a tough year, but i learned a lot from it.' the new york giants closed out the season at home against the washington redskins.... possibly eli manning's last game in a giants uniform.... however, new gm dave gettleman hinted that manning could return in 2018..... on the second play from scrimmage, orleans darkwa breaksoffa 75 yard touchdown run..... manning adds a 2nd quarter touchdown pass to hunter sharp, and the giants end 2017 with an 18-10 win over the hated redskins.... eli manning: 'and just get a win and feel good in the locker room and have some cheers and have some hugs and end this year on a good note is special.' multiple reports indicate that eagles defensive coordinator jim schwartz is the front-runner to land the giants job.... that's it for the final sunday sports wrap of 2017.... for all of us here at wtva, happy new year y prospero ano nuevo....

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