By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – One great entertainer visited the birthplace of another this week. Billiards Hall of Famer LoreeJon Hasson, an eight-time world champion, stopped by the Elvis birthplace on Thursday after visiting her custom cue maker in Byhalia. “We drove through here once a couple of years ago and my […]

By Tim Dahlberg AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS – The Fight is finally on. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed contract online. “I promised […]

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha plays catch during spring training baseball practice Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. Cardinals pitchers and catchers reported today and have their first official workout scheduled for Friday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer JUPITER, Fla. – Marco Gonzales had just finished a workout, and the St. Louis Cardinals left-hander stood with his back to a stiff wind from the north that made the temperature feel like it was in the 30s. The start of spring training happened to coincide with the coldest […]

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Brandon Woodruff was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers out of Wheeler High School. Woodruff chose instead to attend Mississippi State, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to three consecutive postseason appearances including a runner-up finish at the College World […]

JACKSON The NFL Scouting Combine takes place next week. Indianapolis is where young men will go to be weighed, measured, timed, tested, interviewed and much more. Millions of dollars can be made – or lost – depending on how the athletes perform. That has led to a cottage industry of destination training facilities where agents […]

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 […]