FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2009 file photo, a pedestrian runs past the famous Nike Air Jordan logo in front of the Niketown store in downtown Portland, Ore.  A photographer has accused Nike of violating the copyright of his 1984 image of a soaring Michael Jordan, which he alleges the company later misused to create the profitable “Jumpman Logo.”  The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, seeks unspecified monetary damages based on profits attributable to the infringement on the copyright. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

By Gosia Wozniacka Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. – A photographer is accusing Nike of violating the copyright of his 1984 image of Michael Jordan soaring toward a basketball hoop by continuing to use the image to market shoes and clothes. Jacobus Rentmeester of New York City filed the lawsuit against Oregon-based Nike Inc. on Thursday […]

New England quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday that he did not know how New England ended up using underinflated balls in its win Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

By Howard Ulman AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has not been […]

By Brett Martel AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS – Relatives of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson have filed a lawsuit opposing their ousters from ownership positions of the two New Orleans teams. Benson’s daughter, Renee, and her two children allege in Thursday’s lawsuit that Tom Benson’s physical and mental health are failing and he […]

By Dan Gelston AP Sports Writer Jeff Gordon, the charismatic four-time NASCAR champion who became the face of the sport as it exploded in popularity a generation ago, said Thursday that he will retire as a full-time driver after the 2015 season. Gordon did not officially call his decision a retirement because there is “always […]

JACKSON We call ourselves the Magnolia State. But where the Super Bowl matchup of Seattle and New England is concerned, Mississippi is the Linebacker State. Start with Jamie Collins, from McCall Creek, Franklin County High School and Southern Miss. He’s the freakish athlete Bill Belichick has lately compared to Lawrence Taylor. He leads the Patriots […]

Seattle's Jermaine Kearse catches the game-winning touchdown catch in front of Green Bay's Tramon Williams during overtime of the NFC Championship game Sunday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By Howard Fendrich AP Pro Football Writer Tom Brady against ol’ pal Richard Sherman and the rest of the best defense in the NFL. Russell Wilson against Darrelle Revis, former teammate Brandon Browner and whatever schemes Bill Belichick dreams up. Marshawn Lynch and LeGarrette Blount and their tough-to-tackle running styles. The occasional well-designed — and […]


David Helms Pontotoc Progress Former Ole Miss All-American defensive tackle Peria Jerry was arrested by Highway Patrol officers early Thursday night. Jerry, 30, a native of Batesville, was arrested on speeding and DUI charges and subsequently charged by the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, according to […]

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Pitcher Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $22 million, three-year contract. Lynn, a former Ole Miss standout, gets $7 million this year and $7.5 million in each of the following two seasons. He can make $500,000 in performance bonuses based on starts in 2016 and $1 […]

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer NEW YORK – Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, a trio of star pitchers who dominated in an era of offense, were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday along with Craig Biggio, the first time since 1955 writers selected four players in one year. The Big […]