TUPELO At dinner out on Tuesday night, my wife had a serious question for her husband the sports editor: “What’s the deal with all these pro football players beating on people smaller and weaker than they are?” Fine question, honey. First off, let’s stipulate that no one should be shocked to find that a game […]

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Greg Hardy did not practice with the Panthers and left the stadium in street clothes with his agent Drew Rosenhaus while awaiting a decision on his playing status regarding his domestic violence case. Panthers coach Ron Rivera was 20 minutes late arriving to practice, but only […]

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) – A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Tuesday that after reviewing evidence collected by sheriff’s investigators, he has decided to present […]

NEW YORK (AP) – Three experts in domestic violence will serve as consultants to the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will work as “senior advisers.” They will “help lead and shape the NFL’s policies and programs relating to domestic violence and […]

Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Panthers coach Ron Rivera had a change of heart Sunday, benching defensive end Greg Hardy before the team’s 24-7 win against the Detroit Lions. Rivera defended his late decision to make Hardy, the former Ole Miss standout inactive by saying the “climate has changed” in the NFL and the team […]

ATLANTA (AP) – Rory McIlroy hit a tee shot Friday that temporarily disappeared into a spectator’s pocket. McIlroy’s drive on the 14th hole at the Tour Championship ricocheted out of a pine tree and dropped straight down. No one knew where it was until a fan realized it was in his shorts pocket. PGA Tour […]

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while league executives have insisted they didn’t see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Renardo Sidney, the former Mississippi State basketball big man, is back in the game. The (Prince Edward) Island Storm, a franchise of the NBL Canada, announced Monday that it has signed the 6-foot-10 Sidney for the 2014-15 season which begins in October. Sidney, 23, declared for the 2012 NBA […]

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE – Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February. The grainy video, released by TMZ Sports, shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at […]