By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI – The Marlins are no longer pinching pennies, and Giancarlo Stanton won’t be, either. Stanton agreed to terms with the team Monday on a $325 million, 13-year contract, Miami owner Jeffrey Loria said. It’s the most lucrative deal for an American athlete and averages $25 million per season, […]

By Paul Newberry AP Sports Writer ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves dealt outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer. The deal ends Heyward’s tenure with his hometown team and lands a young pitcher to bolster Atlanta’s rotation. John Hart, the Braves’ […]

EASLEY, S.C. (AP) – Alvin Dark, a player and manager on World Series champions who sparked perhaps the most famous rally in baseball history, died Thursday. He was 92. The Robinson Funeral Home in Easley, South Carolina, said Dark died at his home. Dark was the 1948 Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-Star […]

By Janie McCauley AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis will miss the remainder of the season and require surgery for a strained muscle in his left big toe. Willis, a former Ole Miss standout, was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list Tuesday for the injury suffered in the […]

Nick Taylor hoists the trophy after winning the PGA's Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday in Jackson. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON Forty-seven years ago, a few Hattiesburg businessmen got together and hosted an experimental PGA Tour satellite tournament. They called it the Magnolia Classic. The total purse was $20,000. Those Hattiesburg folks never could have imagined what happened here the past few days. Here on a cool, breezy, sun-splashed Sunday at Country Club of Jackson, […]

By W.G. Ramirez Associated Press LAS VEGAS – When Jeff Flagg’s minor league baseball career ended, he needed something to stay competitive. Known for his strength, and his ability to drive home runs out of Traverse City’s Wuerfel Park when he played for the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums of the Frontier League, Flagg turned […]

By Juan A. Lozano Associated Press CONROE, Texas – Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson avoided jail time on Tuesday in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors to resolve his child abuse case. Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault under the deal that Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case approved […]

POWERS

By Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS – Connor Powers has a bit of Happy Gilmore in him as he winds up to attack a golf ball with his driver, though he doesn’t shoot the kind of low scores Adam Sandler’s character did in the movie. Kind of hard to make a lot of […]

San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner came on in relief to close out the Giants' third World Series title in five years. Bumgarner notched his third victory of the series. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Jose Luis Villegas)

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A giant, indeed. Madison Bumgarner punctuated his World Series performance for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third championship in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. The big left-hander came out of the […]