Pontotoc coach Bill Russell poses with his team after earning his 600th win on Tuesday. (Jay Tidwell)

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal PONTOTOC – It took less than 15 seconds for the undefeated Pontotoc Lady Warriors to hit their first field goal Tuesday versus the Amory Lady Panthers. That also meant Lady Warriors head coach Bill Russell was on his way to his 600th career win, a 65-22 Division 1-4A […]


By Gene Phelps Daily Journal South Pontotoc’s girls soccer program has achieved success – two trips to the state finals in 2013 and ‘14 – and more is likely on the horizon. The Lady Cougars (19-2) open the Class 1A-2A-3A state playoffs at 5:30 p.m. today when they host Southeast Lauderdale. “(Center midfielder) Mattie Mills […]

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Tupelo's Lexi Pund celebrates her first-half goal in Tuesday's playoff win over Northwest Rankin.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – The only statistic that mattered Tuesday night for Tupelo’s Lady Wave was the “zero” glowing on the guest side of the scoreboard. Tupelo, sparked by two first-half goals and a stingy defense – lead by Liza Wise, Madeline Harrison and Maura Chiles – defeated visiting Northwest Rankin 2-0 […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal SALTILLO – Saltillo had tasted defeat only once prior to Tuesday’s opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. Thirty extra minutes of soccer didn’t make it any less bitter. New Hope beat the Lady Tigers 2-1 on penalty kicks to advance to the state quarterfinals against Vicksburg. “Very hard to […]

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By John Davis Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Amory played aggressive and physical, but still composed, against Lafayette in Tuesday night’s MHSAA Class 4A boys soccer playoff match. Even though eight Panthers got a yellow card at William L. Buford Stadium, they never lost their cool and earned a 2-0 win over a veteran Commodore team […]

By Sheila Burke Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A jury convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players on Tuesday of raping a former student, rejecting claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack. The jury deliberated […]

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze longed for depth at wide receiver this season. The need for that depth showed up at the end of the year when both Laquon Treadwell and Vince Sanders had gone down with injuries. The coming of Van Jefferson, who committed Sunday night, is a big […]

By Ralph D. Russo Associated Press The College Football Playoff is not interested in ESPN’s suggestion to move next season’s semifinals from New Year’s Eve to Saturday, Jan. 2. The Sports Business Journal first reported high-ranking ESPN executives had talked to College Football Playoff officials about switching the dates for the national semifinals. College Football […]

Mitch Moreland, who turns 30 this fall, is a .252 career hitter limited to 52 games by injury last season. (Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)

By Steve Hunt Special to the Journal ARLINGTON, Texas – Mitch Moreland is on a one-year contract for 2015, and considering the Amory native played just 52 games for Texas in 2014 before having season-ending surgery on an ankle injury, he definitely has something to prove. Now 29, the former Mississippi State standout has previously […]