By Adam Gore For three seasons, former ICC football star Odie Armstrong, from Vardaman, was a fan favorite amongst the Arizona Rattler faithful. Last Saturday night, he became the Rattler faithful’s biggest nightmare. Armstrong rumbled over his former teammates for 17 yards on 10 carries and tied his career-best single-game performance with four touchdowns […]

By Steven Marcus Newsday (MCT) NEW YORK – The image of Lou Gehrig saying farewell to Yankees fans, his head bowed as he speaks into a cluster of microphones near home plate on July 4, 1939, remains indelible, even after 75 years. Gehrig’s 274-word speech that day – the words of a man who likely […]

JACKSON We begin today with an admission: I watch soccer once every four years. So I am not a futball expert or anything close. I recognize a goalkeeper. I am not so sure about a striker and a sweeper. But I do know a faker when I see one, and we’ll get to that. I […]

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Alex Gomez, 14, from left, Hil Fradenburg, Emily Johnson, Taylor Nabors, Kelley Nabors, 17, and Jessie Nabors, 14, react to the game while watching the United States play Belgium in the World Cup on Tuesday at Buffalo Wild Wings.

By JB Clark Daily Journal TUPELO – The USA men’s soccer team ultimately lost Tuesday afternoon, but their success in getting to the elimination stage of the FIFA World Cup has played a big role in the slow, but steady, rise in the popularity of soccer in America. The tables began to fill at Buffalo […]

Exhausted U.S. players lie on the ground as Belgium's Axel Witsel celebrates at the end of the extra time on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer SALVADOR, Brazil – They captured the hearts of America – from coast to coast, big towns and small, all the way to the White House. Capturing the World Cup will have to wait. Just like four years ago, the United States is going home after the round of 16, […]

The American run to soccer's Sweet 16 has captured a strong following of red, white and blue fans.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

By Ronald Blum Associated Press SALVADOR, Brazil – They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready. The Americans try to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 when they play Belgium this afternoon. “For some of […]

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) – Jozy Altidore is available to play for the United States in Tuesday’s World Cup second-round game against Belgium, but it does not appear the forward is ready to return to the starting lineup. Altidore strained his left hamstring in the Americans’ opener against Ghana on June 16 and didn’t play in […]

Former Shannon standout Dave Clark spent nine years in the Astros organization before moving north. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

By Steve Hunt Special to the Jounal ARLINGTON, Texas – Leaving Houston after nine years in that organization wasn’t something that Dave Clark expected. However, when former Astros teammate Brad Ausmus called him last fall and asked him to join his staff in Detroit, where he had just been named manager, the former Shannon standout […]

Brittney Reese won the long jump with a distance of 22 feet, 8 1/2 inches to bring home the national title. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Daily Journal reports SACAMENTO, Calif. – Brittney Reese is back on her throne as the queen of American long jumpers. Reese, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Gulfport, won her sixth career national championship on Saturday at the U.S. Track and Field Outdoor Championships on Saturday in Sacramento. The former Ole Miss All-American fouled on […]