Stewart says Ward’s death will affect him forever

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) – Speaking quietly and with a trembling voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said Friday that the death of Kevin Ward...

By Noah Trister AP Baseball Writer DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay’s David Price in a blockbuster deal Thursday. A person familiar with the trade, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet announced, did not say for whom […]

By George Henry Associated Press FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons have announced that defensive tackle Peria Jerry, a first-round draft pick from Ole Miss in 2009, has decided to retire. No reason was given by the team in its two-paragraph statement. The Falcons re-signed Jerry to a new contract in March, not long […]

By Howard Ulman AP Sports Writer BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday’s deadline. The deal leaves the Red Sox without their top two starters. Both teams announced the move a few hours after the struggling Red […]

A person with knowledge of the trade says the Athletics have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

By Janie McCauley AP Baseball Writer OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the […]

Former Ole Miss star Seth Smith leads the San Diego Padres in every significant offensive category. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal ATLANTA – Seth Smith is a rare bright spot for the major league baseball team in sunny San Diego. The former Ole Miss Rebel was a hot trading commodity until he signed a two-year contract extension earlier this month with the Padres. Smith could have moved to a playoff contender […]

STRATTON

Daily Journal Tupelo’s Chris Stratton, a first-round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2012, was promoted to Double-A on Tuesday. Regarded as one of the club’s top 10 prospects, he’ll join the Giants’ Eastern League team, the Richmond (Va.) Flying Squirrels. Stratton, who rose to prominence at Mississippi State, has been pitching at […]

By Steve Reed Associated Press SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy, convicted two weeks ago for a domestic assault, said he wants to remain with the Carolina Panthers beyond this year. Hardy addressed the media before Sunday’s practice but refused to answer specific questions about his conviction on two domestic violence charges […]

By John Kekis Associated Press COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Frank Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were inducted into the baseball shrine on Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000. “Thanks for having me in your […]

Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard during the NFL team's football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Friday, July 25, 2014.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

By Michael Marot Associated Press ANDERSON, Ind. – Colts running back Vick Ballard spent 10 months working his way back from a serious injury. Now he has to do it again. On Saturday, coach Chuck Pagano confirmed the Indianapolis team’s worst fear – that Ballard, the former Mississippi State standout, tore his left Achilles’ tendon […]