Bumgarner, Giants cool off Royals in Series opener

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City...

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 Gene Phelps Daily Journal Dave Clark will tell you there’s nothing like October baseball. The 52-year-old Shannon native experienced the thrill of autumn baseball on Thursday night as his team, the Detroit Tigers, played at the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of the best-of-five American League Division Series. “It’s beautiful here today,” said […]

By Ben Walker Associated Press Sonny Gray pitched Oakland into baseball’s last playoff spot. David Price delivered the AL Central crown to Detroit, St. Louis scratched ace Adam Wainwright after wrapping up the NL Central. And on a final day that featured Derek Jeter’s farewell, Jordan Zimmermann injected more drama by throwing a no-hitter preserved […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal WEST POINT – Juli Inkster returned this week to Old Waverly for the first time since she won the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open. Fond memories flooded her thoughts during Thursday’s practice round. “I remember a lot of the holes,” said Inkster, 52, who plays for the United States team today […]

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee inside a casino elevator was sent to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April, a law enforcement official says. The NFL has repeatedly said no one with the league saw […]

By David Brandt AP Sports Writer JACKSON – Retired quarterback Brett Favre believes that the NFL will survive a turbulent month and hopes that the recent issues with domestic violence will raise awareness about the problem. “The domestic violence issues, they’re few and far between (in the league), but they’re just enough to raise a […]

By Jenna Fryer and Carolyn Thompson Associated Press CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – Prosecutors announced Wednesday that a grand jury had decided against bringing criminal charges against three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said the victim, […]

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 […]