Houston Astros' Alex Presley grimaces after swinging at a pitch from the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Presley was unable to continue his at-bat leaving the game with an unknown injury in the 12-7 Astros win. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

By Steve Hunt Special to the Journal ARLINGTON, Texas – Alex Presley prides himself as someone who can play all three outfield positions, and the Ole Miss product has seen time this season for the Houston Astros in left, center and right field. The 28-year-old outfielder was seeing regular action in center after veteran Dexter […]


By Brandon Speck Daily Journal You don’t have to tell anybody in North Mississippi that Courtney Fells can shoot the rock. The former Shannon star once had to be escorted from Amory’s gym, against an angry mob of fans who booed every single one of the 10 3-pointers he hit in a shooting clinic against […]

Daily Journal Josh Moore, the grandson of a Houlka couple, recently accepted a position with the NFL’s Chicago Bears as an assistant to the head coach, Marc Trestman. Moore is the grandson of Bud and Jackie Moore and the son of John and Lisa Moore of Scottsdale, Ariz. Moore coach running backs and tight ends […]

Rory McIlroy blasts out of the bunker onto the 18th green during Sunday's final round of the British Open in Hoylake, England. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer HOYLAKE, England – Rory McIlroy had to work a little harder, sweat a little more. No matter. Just like his other two majors, this British Open was never really in doubt. Staked to a six-shot lead going into the final round, McIlroy turned back brief challenges with key birdies […]

TUPELO Here’s a confession – I’m turning into a boxing fan. Blame “Cinderella Man.” That Ron Howard movie, about the improbable career of boxer James J. Braddock, is so delightful I’ve watched it again a couple of times lately, and it left me in the mood to watch some real fisticuffs. Between HBO, Showtime, ESPN […]

Shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, doubles during the first inning of the MLB All-Star game Tuesday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS – Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain […]

Seattle's Felix Hernandez, left, will start tonight for the American League, while St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright gets the call for the National League. (AP Photo)

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS – Mike Matheny had quite the choice for the National League’s All-Star starter. There was his own Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals ace with a 12-4 record and a 1.83 ERA. And there was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA and fresh […]

Yoenis Cespedes, of the Oakland Athletics, hits during the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby in Minneapolis. He defeated Cincinnati's Todd Frazier in the finals to win the Derby in back-to-back years. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS – Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round Monday night. Ken Griffey Jr. took the title in 1998 and 1999. With a serious, […]


By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS – Seattle’s Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night’s All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League. Hernandez, the first Venezuela pitcher to start for the All-Stars, is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA. He is the second […]