New England's Malcolm Butler poses with a Chevrolet pickup truck he was presented Tuesday at a dealership in Norwood, Mass. The truck was intended to go to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as Super Bowl MVP, but Brady and the automaker determined that Butler should receive it in recognition for his game-saving interception. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

VICKSBURG (AP) – Vicksburg city planners have confirmed the parade to honor Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler will be Saturday, Feb. 21. The parade, tentatively scheduled for 2:30 p.m., will end at the Vicksburg Convention Center where Mayor George Flaggs Jr. will present Butler with the key to the city. A graduate of Vicksburg […]

By Kevin McGill Associated Press NEW ORLEANS – Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson must undergo a psychiatric examination, a judge ruled Tuesday as Benson’s spurned daughter and her children fought to have the 87-year-old billionaire declared incapable of handling his affairs. Civil District Judge Kern Reese ruled in a lawsuit filed by Benson’s daughter, […]

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Prosecutors dismissed domestic violence charges against Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy on Monday after they said the accuser in the case couldn’t be found. The dismissal happened just as Hardy’s appeal in the case was set to begin. Mecklenburg County district attorney […]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Titans have waived right tackle Michael Oher after his first season in Tennessee ended early with him being placed on injured reserve. The Titans announced the move Thursday. Oher signed a four-year, $20 million contract in March 2014 with the Titans, bringing him back to his home state. He started […]

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz stands next to a jersey worn by former teammate Terry Pendleton that is currently on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Tuesday. Smoltz was recently elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame's class of 2015. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

By John Kekis AP Sports Writer COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – When John Smoltz plopped down in a director’s chair inside the Baseball Hall of Fame and stared at all the bronze plaques on the walls, the moment was both magical and a bit overwhelming. “This is a pretty incredible place. Some elite people,” the 47-year-old Smoltz, […]

BOSTON (AP) – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he “would love to” give the truck he got for winning his third Super Bowl MVP to defensive back Malcolm Butler. Butler made the game-saving interception at the goal line in the final minute of Sunday night’s 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Butler, a Vicksburg native, […]

New England players Malcolm Butler, left, and Julian Edelman celebrate their team's Super Bowl victory on Monday at Disneyland – the latest chapter in a fairy tale story for Butler, who's from Vicksburg. (AP Photo/Disneyland, Paul Hiffmeyer)

TUPELO Tom Brady walked off with another Super Bowl trophy and another MVP trophy, thanks in huge part to an, until-now, unknown Mississippi product. Patriots rookie corner Malcolm Butler picked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at the goal line to seal New England’s 28-24 win Sunday over Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX. His college coach, a […]

By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI – Left-hander Paul Maholm has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, who have invited him to major league spring training with a chance to earn a roster spot. The 32-year-old pitched for the Dodgers last season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his […]

You wait in line, easing around one car-length at a time. Finally, you roll down your window and the voice over the microphone says, “Welcome to Popeyes. Can I take your order?” Malcolm Butler was that voice, the one who asks you if you want your chicken spicy or mild, your tea sweetened or unsweetened. […]