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 […]

Shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, doubles during the first inning of the MLB All-Star game Tuesday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS – Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain […]

Seattle's Felix Hernandez, left, will start tonight for the American League, while St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright gets the call for the National League. (AP Photo)

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS – Mike Matheny had quite the choice for the National League’s All-Star starter. There was his own Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals ace with a 12-4 record and a 1.83 ERA. And there was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA and fresh […]

Yoenis Cespedes, of the Oakland Athletics, hits during the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby in Minneapolis. He defeated Cincinnati's Todd Frazier in the finals to win the Derby in back-to-back years. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS – Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round Monday night. Ken Griffey Jr. took the title in 1998 and 1999. With a serious, […]


By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS – Seattle’s Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night’s All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League. Hernandez, the first Venezuela pitcher to start for the All-Stars, is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA. He is the second […]

Germany's Mario Goetze scores in extra time against Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero. The goal came in the match's 113th minute. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

By Mattias Karen AP Sports Writer RIO DE JANEIRO – Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn’t muster. With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title with an extra-time winner against Argentina on Sunday – denying Messi the one title he needs to […]

Editor’s note: This column appeared in Wednesday’s Daily Journal. JACKSON Fifty-three years ago, organizers inducted the first class into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Goat Hale, Bruiser Kinard, Dudy Noble and Stanley Robinson formed the inaugural class, and the original plaques hang in Hall of Fame and Museum today. We will have right at […]

By Adam Gore LetsGoICC.com Brian Dozier will get some help from his family when he steps up to bat in Monday night’s Home Run Derby. The Minnesota Twins second baseman, from Fulton, will have his older brother – former Itawamba Community college pitcher and outfielder Clay Dozier – throwing to him from the Target Field […]

Associated Press CLEVELAND— LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James told Sports Illustrated on Friday that he’s decided to go home. It’s a move that would have seemed unfathomable four years ago, after the venomous fallout that followed his decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat. James told SI in a […]