Daily Journal Tupelo’s Chris Stratton, a first-round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2012, was promoted to Double-A on Tuesday. Regarded as one of the club’s top 10 prospects, he’ll join the Giants’ Eastern League team, the Richmond (Va.) Flying Squirrels. Stratton, who rose to prominence at Mississippi State, has been pitching at […]

By Steve Reed Associated Press SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy, convicted two weeks ago for a domestic assault, said he wants to remain with the Carolina Panthers beyond this year. Hardy addressed the media before Sunday’s practice but refused to answer specific questions about his conviction on two domestic violence charges […]

By John Kekis Associated Press COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Frank Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were inducted into the baseball shrine on Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000. “Thanks for having me in your […]

Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard during the NFL team's football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Friday, July 25, 2014.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

By Michael Marot Associated Press ANDERSON, Ind. – Colts running back Vick Ballard spent 10 months working his way back from a serious injury. Now he has to do it again. On Saturday, coach Chuck Pagano confirmed the Indianapolis team’s worst fear – that Ballard, the former Mississippi State standout, tore his left Achilles’ tendon […]

Houston Astros' Alex Presley grimaces after swinging at a pitch from the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Presley was unable to continue his at-bat leaving the game with an unknown injury in the 12-7 Astros win. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

By Steve Hunt Special to the Journal ARLINGTON, Texas – Alex Presley prides himself as someone who can play all three outfield positions, and the Ole Miss product has seen time this season for the Houston Astros in left, center and right field. The 28-year-old outfielder was seeing regular action in center after veteran Dexter […]


By Brandon Speck Daily Journal You don’t have to tell anybody in North Mississippi that Courtney Fells can shoot the rock. The former Shannon star once had to be escorted from Amory’s gym, against an angry mob of fans who booed every single one of the 10 3-pointers he hit in a shooting clinic against […]

Daily Journal Josh Moore, the grandson of a Houlka couple, recently accepted a position with the NFL’s Chicago Bears as an assistant to the head coach, Marc Trestman. Moore is the grandson of Bud and Jackie Moore and the son of John and Lisa Moore of Scottsdale, Ariz. Moore coach running backs and tight ends […]

Rory McIlroy blasts out of the bunker onto the 18th green during Sunday's final round of the British Open in Hoylake, England. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer HOYLAKE, England – Rory McIlroy had to work a little harder, sweat a little more. No matter. Just like his other two majors, this British Open was never really in doubt. Staked to a six-shot lead going into the final round, McIlroy turned back brief challenges with key birdies […]

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 […]