Associated Press Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches’ poll. Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top […]

By Howard Ulman AP Sports Writer BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday’s deadline. The deal leaves the Red Sox without their top two starters. Both teams announced the move a few hours after the struggling Red […]

A person with knowledge of the trade says the Athletics have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

By Janie McCauley AP Baseball Writer OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BELDEN – Targeting is a topic. And it’s hit Mississippi high school football. Coaches were told about the new rule earlier this month at a coaching clinic. Targeting will be called and a flagrant targeting call is a four-quarter ejection that would extend into the next game. Coaches immediately wanted […]

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal OXFORD – Mike Smith wants to do what he’s always done to produce results that Ole Miss softball has never seen. In its 18-year history the program has finished above .500 just twice, higher than fifth in the SEC West just once. Hired in May, Smith takes over a team […]

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Football is back at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs reported back Wednesday morning and will hit the practice fields at 4:45 p.m. today to begin fall camp. “It’s good just to be back and have everybody in the room from the coaches all the way to the equipment guys,” […]

ATLANTA (AP) – Auburn and Clemson have agreed to play a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017. The schools announced the deal on Wednesday. Auburn will host the game on Sept. 3, 2016. They’ll meet at Clemson on Sept. 9, 2017. The two programs have met 49 times in football starting in 1899, with Auburn […]

JACKSON Consider this column a tribute to the spirit of small-town Mississippi athletes. Consider this a shout-out to the work ethic small-town Mississippi produces decade after decade, from way down in Kiln to far up in Booneville from Ol’ Man River to the Alabama border. Six new members were inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall […]

People walk down a stairway leading to a parking structure across from Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus after flooding from a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard inundated a large area of the campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

By Matt Hamilton and Krysta Fauria Associated Press LOS ANGELES – The quiet summer campus of UCLA suddenly was steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school’s storied basketball court less than two years after a major […]