By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer NEW YORK – Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, a trio of star pitchers who dominated in an era of offense, were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday along with Craig Biggio, the first time since 1955 writers selected four players in one year. The Big […]

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) – Former Washington Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot has been acquitted of misdemeanor domestic assault following a bench trial in Virginia. Smoot, who starred in college at Mississippi State, testified in his own defense Monday in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. He denied hitting his former girlfriend, Valerie Jackson, though he admitted […]

JACKSON The New Orleans Saints limped, not marched, home with a 7-9 record – disappointing for a team that entered 2014 with Super Bowl hopes and a future Hall of Fame quarterback. Best way to describe this Saints season: Finally, when they really needed to lose, they won. The Saints will draft 13th this spring. […]

By Tim Booth AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. – The conversations started in the spring and as much as K.J. Wright wanted to believe the Seattle Seahawks legitimately wanted to keep him around long-term, the fact the season started and weeks ticked by without a contract extension began weighing on the linebacker. “The more the […]

JACKSON Before Jack Vaughn officiated in three Super Bowls as one of the NFL’s top-rated field judges, he was a Mississippi State shortstop looking for a way to make spending money in the autumn. Jack Cristil, the new State broadcaster, needed a spotter, somebody to help him give credit to the correct players for making […]

New England's Brandon Bolden (Ole Miss) blocks a punt against San Diego in the Patriots' win on Sunday. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

By Howard Ulman Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brandon Bolden figured he’d have to make an impact on special teams with the New England Patriots after a solid career as a college running back. Undrafted rookies don’t get the ball very often in the NFL. “I was like, ‘Hey I’m an undrafted guy. I’ve got […]

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while recovering from an automobile crash that left him with two fractures in his lower back. Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed Wednesday that Derek Anderson will start and Joe Webb will be his backup. “I […]

By Tom Foreman Jr. Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered fractures to his lower back in a two-car crash Tuesday and will spend the night in the hospital, a team spokesman said Tuesday. Newton was in fair condition, had no other internal injuries and would not need surgery, team spokesman Charlie […]

By Terez A. Paylor The Kansas City Star (TNS) The test results for Chiefs safety Eric Berry have officially come back, and they revealed what the team originally feared two weeks ago: The 25-year old has lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. More specifically, however, the team announced that Berry has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which […]