By Andrew Seligman Associated Press CHICAGO – The new videoboard looms large beyond the left-field wall, a gigantic symbol of a new day and a new era at Wrigley Field. The 101-year-old ballpark got a high-definition upgrade. So did the team that plays there. The Chicago Cubs will be tested right from the start when […]

By Aaron Wilson The Baltimore Sun (TNS) In a groundbreaking move, the NFL is hiring Sarah Thomas as its first female permanent official for regular-season games, according to sources. A former official for Conference USA football games, Thomas joins the NFL as along with seven other officials for next season. The Mississippi native has previously […]

JACKSON Jim Gallagher Jr. of Greenwood, who just turned 54, has made the successful transition from playing golf for a living to commenting about golf on television. The least surprised people of all are his family, especially his wife, Cissye. “For years it’s been the same way at our house,” Cissye says. “We’ll be sitting […]

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – Left-hander Paul Maholm has been released from a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. The former Mississippi State standout agreed to the deal Jan. 28 and had a 2.19 ERA in five spring-training games, allowing three runs, seven hits and two walks in 12 1-3 innings with five strikeouts. Cincinnati, […]

SAUCIER David Frost, the wine-making golfer from South Africa, might have uncorked a fine bottle of champagne Sunday night. After all, he shot a final round 68 to win the Mississippi Gulf Resorts Classic for his first Champions Tour victory in nearly two years. Frost, 55, came from three shots behind to win his seventh […]

PHOENIX (AP) – Dallas coach Jason Garrett says Greg Hardy must “do the right things from the beginning” to be part of the Cowboys. Garrett said the team did an extensive examination of Hardy’s background before signing him. “Like with any other player, you have to do your research about him and talk to people,” […]

JACKSON Three years ago, Fred Couples won the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at picturesque Fallen Oak in Biloxi, and two weeks later led The Masters after two rounds. Couples, who has made the cut in 20 consecutive Masters, has finished no lower than 20th in his last five visits to Augusta. Obviously, at […]

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer The Minnesota Twins gave second baseman Brian Dozier a new contract, covering his eligibility for salary arbitration in the coming years. The deal wasn’t long enough to affect his future timing of free agency, but Dozier sounded as though he’s never planning to be on the open market. Minnesota […]

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Chuck Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the last great two-way NFL players, died early Saturday, the Philadelphia Eagles said. He was 89. Known as “Concrete Charlie,” Bednarik epitomized the tough-guy linebacker and also was an outstanding center for the Eagles from 1949 to 1962. He is best […]