JACKSON Before Jack Vaughn officiated in three Super Bowls as one of the NFL’s top-rated field judges, he was a Mississippi State shortstop looking for a way to make spending money in the autumn. Jack Cristil, the new State broadcaster, needed a spotter, somebody to help him give credit to the correct players for making […]

New England's Brandon Bolden (Ole Miss) blocks a punt against San Diego in the Patriots' win on Sunday. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

By Howard Ulman Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brandon Bolden figured he’d have to make an impact on special teams with the New England Patriots after a solid career as a college running back. Undrafted rookies don’t get the ball very often in the NFL. “I was like, ‘Hey I’m an undrafted guy. I’ve got […]

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while recovering from an automobile crash that left him with two fractures in his lower back. Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed Wednesday that Derek Anderson will start and Joe Webb will be his backup. “I […]

By Tom Foreman Jr. Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered fractures to his lower back in a two-car crash Tuesday and will spend the night in the hospital, a team spokesman said Tuesday. Newton was in fair condition, had no other internal injuries and would not need surgery, team spokesman Charlie […]

By Terez A. Paylor The Kansas City Star (TNS) The test results for Chiefs safety Eric Berry have officially come back, and they revealed what the team originally feared two weeks ago: The 25-year old has lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. More specifically, however, the team announced that Berry has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which […]

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK – Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, the players’ union said Friday. NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah told The Associated Press in an email that “I can only confirm the suspension has been vacated, effective immediately.” The appeal […]


ASHBURN, Va. (AP) – Ex-NFL defensive back Fred Smoot has been charged with misdemeanor domestic assault after a woman called police to say he grabbed her during a fight at a Virginia home. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says Smoot was arrested Sunday in Ashburn. Smoot, a former Mississippi State standout, played a total of […]

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’ […]