John L. Pitts


John L. Pitts "could have been an actor, but I wound up here," as Sports Editor at the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal |

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TUPELO At dinner out on Tuesday night, my wife had a serious question for her husband the sports editor: “What’s the deal with all these pro football players beating on people smaller and weaker than they are?” Fine question, honey. First off, let’s stipulate that no one should be shocked to find that a game […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Renardo Sidney, the former Mississippi State basketball big man, is back in the game. The (Prince Edward) Island Storm, a franchise of the NBL Canada, announced Monday that it has signed the 6-foot-10 Sidney for the 2014-15 season which begins in October. Sidney, 23, declared for the 2012 NBA […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal At first glance, it looks like an easy day for both No. 15 Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Rebels (1-0) visit Nashville to play Vanderbilt at LP Field, and the Commodores sank quickly in their opener last week, 37-7 to Temple. The Bulldogs (1-0) are home against UAB, […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal It was big news when Anthony Fernandez, from New Albany, scored six goals for Itawamba Community College in a soccer match on Tuesday. The story got much bigger once it attracted ESPN’s attention. Highlights from ICC’s 11-0 victory over Southwest made it to Tuesday night’s SportsCenter Top 10, coming […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal MetroCast Communications, a TV provider for some households in Oxford, Starkville, Baldwyn, New Albany and other Northeast Mississippi towns, says it plans to offer the SEC Network. But there are details yet to be worked out. A MetroCast spokesman told the Daily Journal on Monday that his company expects […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Comcast Cable customers are now assured of getting the SEC Network when it launches on Aug. 14, yet there are viewers in Oxford and Starkville who could be left in the dark. Metrocast Communications, a cable provider in both of those SEC towns, has yet to reach an agreement […]

TUPELO Here’s a confession – I’m turning into a boxing fan. Blame “Cinderella Man.” That Ron Howard movie, about the improbable career of boxer James J. Braddock, is so delightful I’ve watched it again a couple of times lately, and it left me in the mood to watch some real fisticuffs. Between HBO, Showtime, ESPN […]

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen will take his turn at the podium Tuesday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. Here are five questions he will likely have to address. Dak Attack Mullen will certainly field his share of questions concerning quarterback Dak Prescott. After all, the junior was a big […]

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL More details have emerged about the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s plan to move its football championships from Jackson to the state’s major college venues, beginning this December. On Thursday, a source involved in the decision told the Daily Journal the rotation has been decided. The six state championship games […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal TUPELO – The Booneville senior American Legion baseball team has been a bit under the radar this summer. Perhaps the Tupelo 49ers Invitational is just the setting for the Banditos to make a little noise. Following its game-plan of offensive small-ball and solid pitching, Booneville scratched its way […]