By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Five slow pitch softball teams – four from Monroe County and one with Monroe County ties – play today with a state championship series berth on the line. The five teams – Amory, Hamilton, Hatley, Nettleton and Smithville – have collectively won 16 state championships in slow pitch. Hamilton has […]

Oscar Pistorius, right, prepares to be led out of court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Tuesday. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

By Christopher Torchia and Gerald Imray Associated Press PRETORIA, South Africa – Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Delivering her sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa cited the “gross negligence” the double-amputee Olympic runner showed when he shot […]

Kansas City's Eric Hosmer watches during baseball practice Monday in Kansas City. The Royals will host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series tonight. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

By Ben Walker Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head. Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching […]

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal OXFORD – As No. 3 Ole Miss prepares to face its historic SEC rival, Rebels coach Hugh Freeze says No. 24 LSU has distanced itself from its recent problems. After losing 34-29 to Mississippi State in a game that wasn’t that close and getting clocked 41-7 at Auburn, some shine […]

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Mississippi State received its first No. 1 ranking in school history two weeks ago. This week, the Bulldogs are charged with another first – defending their top ranking. MSU is coming off three straight wins over top 10 opponents and enjoyed a bye week last week. Now the […]

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal OXFORD – The success of the Ole Miss defense, now ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense with 10.6 points per game allowed, has drawn attention to the Land Sharks. The school’s tradition of raising hands to foreheads to celebrate big defensive plays – a gesture that has now spread […]

MSU's Jameon Lewis, the top returning receiver in the SEC, has missed the last two games after suffering a leg injury against LSU. He should be ready to play Saturday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – One of the most impressive aspects of Mississippi State’s recent success on its rise to No. 1 is that the Bulldogs have knocked off two straight top 10 opponents without their top wide receiver. Jameon Lewis was sidelined for both Texas A&M and Auburn with a right leg […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Lady Wave basketball team is about to be unleashed. Not until Nov. 8 against another school, but on Monday the Lady Wave got to pound the practice court as organized after-school workouts began across the state. “Our main focus the next two weeks is […]

HAYNES

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal Ole Miss defensive end Marquis Haynes was named the SEC’s freshman of the week on Monday. Haynes had 2 1/2 sacks, five tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a quarterback pressure in the Rebels’ 34-3 win over Tennessee. Haynes has 6 1/2 sacks for the season, including 4 […]