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 […]


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 […]

Kansas City's Alex Gordon, from left, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain celebrate after Game 6, a 10-0 Royals win to knot the series at 3-3.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the World Series. Pitching with […]

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO – With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats. The long, tall lefty kept slinging away and put the San Francisco Giants just one win from yet another championship, throwing a four-hitter to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday night for […]

By Dionisio Soldevila Associated Press SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors’ top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a […]