By Paul Newberry AP Sports Writer HAMPTON, Ga. – Travis Kvapil’s NASCAR Sprint Cup car was stolen early Friday from a hotel parking lot, forcing him to withdraw from a race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The No. 44 car from small-budget Team XTREME was still missing as the other teams took the track […]

Mississippi State defensive back Justin Cox runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Monday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Six local college players have taken part in the annual NFL Combine, being measured and weighed and drilled as scouts study every move. Four Mississippi State players and two Ole Miss players have been in Indianapolis going through the paces. Below are the results for each, and check out the photo gallery above. • Justin […]

The sign for the Vicksburg visitor's center touts Super Bowl hero and New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler as a hometown hero. The city is holding a parade in Butler's honor today. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By David Brandt Associated Press VICKSBURG – The day before the Super Bowl that would change Malcolm Butler’s life, he posted a picture of the Vicksburg city seal on his Facebook page, thanking family and friends for supporting him during his journey to football’s biggest stage. It was clear Butler loves his hometown. Now Vicksburg […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – One great entertainer visited the birthplace of another this week. Billiards Hall of Famer LoreeJon Hasson, an eight-time world champion, stopped by the Elvis birthplace on Thursday after visiting her custom cue maker in Byhalia. “We drove through here once a couple of years ago and my […]

By Tim Dahlberg AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS – The Fight is finally on. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed contract online. “I promised […]

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha plays catch during spring training baseball practice Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. Cardinals pitchers and catchers reported today and have their first official workout scheduled for Friday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer JUPITER, Fla. – Marco Gonzales had just finished a workout, and the St. Louis Cardinals left-hander stood with his back to a stiff wind from the north that made the temperature feel like it was in the 30s. The start of spring training happened to coincide with the coldest […]

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Brandon Woodruff was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers out of Wheeler High School. Woodruff chose instead to attend Mississippi State, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to three consecutive postseason appearances including a runner-up finish at the College World […]

JACKSON The NFL Scouting Combine takes place next week. Indianapolis is where young men will go to be weighed, measured, timed, tested, interviewed and much more. Millions of dollars can be made – or lost – depending on how the athletes perform. That has led to a cottage industry of destination training facilities where agents […]

New England's Malcolm Butler poses with a Chevrolet pickup truck he was presented Tuesday at a dealership in Norwood, Mass. The truck was intended to go to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as Super Bowl MVP, but Brady and the automaker determined that Butler should receive it in recognition for his game-saving interception. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

VICKSBURG (AP) – Vicksburg city planners have confirmed the parade to honor Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler will be Saturday, Feb. 21. The parade, tentatively scheduled for 2:30 p.m., will end at the Vicksburg Convention Center where Mayor George Flaggs Jr. will present Butler with the key to the city. A graduate of Vicksburg […]