By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee inside a casino elevator was sent to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April, a law enforcement official says. The NFL has repeatedly said no one with the league saw […]

By David Brandt AP Sports Writer JACKSON – Retired quarterback Brett Favre believes that the NFL will survive a turbulent month and hopes that the recent issues with domestic violence will raise awareness about the problem. “The domestic violence issues, they’re few and far between (in the league), but they’re just enough to raise a […]

By Jenna Fryer and Carolyn Thompson Associated Press CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – Prosecutors announced Wednesday that a grand jury had decided against bringing criminal charges against three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said the victim, […]

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 […]