Brett Pirtle rounds the bases on Sunday after hitting his first homer of the season in the top of the first. (Mississippi State)

School reports COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mississippi State worked a few extra hours on the holiday weekend on the way to its first SEC sweep of the season. Winning its second extra-inning contest of the weekend, the Bulldogs used a two-RBI single by Reid Humphreys in the top of the 11th inning to get past Missouri […]

OXFORD There’s no denying the significance of the one(s) that got away from Ole Miss over the weekend, but a series loss to LSU will not be the final word on whether the Rebels host an NCAA regional for the first time since 2009. In the quest for host status winning a series against a […]

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters. For 19 long years, the prizefighter was locked in a prison cell far away from the spotlight and the adulation […]

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal OXFORD – It’s never good when your third-base coach gets tossed, but the reality is there had been no action at Cliff Godwin’s bag anyway. In fact, no Ole Miss runner reached third base Saturday as four LSU pitchers combined in a 2-0 shutout to clinch the SEC series for […]


By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Kenneth Williams has returned to Boston to “finish the job.” Heather Duley is there to make some new, happier memories. Roger McMillan gave up on his hopes to run this year, only to find a surprising route to the starting line. There will be a dozen runners from Northeast […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Chalk it up as a learning experience. That’s the take Tupelo baseball coach Gary Enis had after his team’s 7-0 loss Saturday to prospect-loaded DeSoto Central. “They are very talented,” Enis said of the Jaguars, who have six Division I commitments in their lineup. “It was a learning […]

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School reports COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mississippi State’s Ross Mitchell delivered again for the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. The junior left-hander threw his third complete game in six career starts to help MSU clinched a weekend SEC series by knocking off Missouri 6-2 at Taylor Stadium. No. 24 MSU (25-15, 9-8 SEC) won a conference series […]

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Pontotoc's Kayla Russell was the defensive stopper for a team that won 115 games in four seasons, including a 34-0 state title season in 2012.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Kayla Russell, the Daily Journal’s 2014 Player of the Year, was sold on playing defense from an early age. She didn’t have much choice. She was the coach’s kid. “She knows, being my daughter, how important defense is to me,” Pontotoc coach Bill Russell said. “I think our defense the […]

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Devin Hill led the Itawamba AHS girls to the state Class 4A state championship game in his first season.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Devin Hill of Itawamba AHS’, the Daily Journal’s 2014 Coach of the Year in girls basketball, can bury his Underdog cape. When your team – considered the third-best in its division – wins the state basketball championship, you lose that motivational ploy. “Being the underdog all year, that’s what helped […]