JACKSON Three years ago, Fred Couples won the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at picturesque Fallen Oak in Biloxi, and two weeks later led The Masters after two rounds. Couples, who has made the cut in 20 consecutive Masters, has finished no lower than 20th in his last five visits to Augusta. Obviously, at […]

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer The Minnesota Twins gave second baseman Brian Dozier a new contract, covering his eligibility for salary arbitration in the coming years. The deal wasn’t long enough to affect his future timing of free agency, but Dozier sounded as though he’s never planning to be on the open market. Minnesota […]

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Chuck Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the last great two-way NFL players, died early Saturday, the Philadelphia Eagles said. He was 89. Known as “Concrete Charlie,” Bednarik epitomized the tough-guy linebacker and also was an outstanding center for the Eagles from 1949 to 1962. He is best […]

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indianapolis Colts have signed undrafted free agent tackle Demarco Cox, a former basketball player at Ole Miss. The 6-foot-8 Cox played four years of basketball for the Rebels before transferring to Georgia Tech. He started all but one game for the Yellow Jackets and was the team’s third-leading scorer (8.8 points […]

By Schuyler Dixon AP Sports Writer IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have made their big play in free agency with defensive end Greg Hardy. Although Hardy could face a league suspension for violating the NFL’s domestic conduct policy, the team said it agreed to terms with the former Carolina Panther on Wednesday. A person […]

By Schuyler Dixon AP Sports Writer IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys met with free agent defensive end Greg Hardy on Tuesday as they explore ways to improve a shaky pass rush from last season. Hardy’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said the former Pro Bowl player for Carolina was visiting Cowboys headquarters. The 26-year-old Hardy, a […]

Oakland pitcher Kendall Graveman signs autographs for fans before a spring training baseball game last week. He made a strong start for the Athletics on Monday and could find a home in their rotation. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Daily Journal, wire reports Three pitchers with Mississippi State ties made Cactus League appearances on Monday as major league spring training continues. Kendall Graveman, an eighth-round draft pick in 2013 by Toronto, tossed 42⁄3 innings of scoreless ball for his new team, Oakland. The Athletics went on to lose 10-5 to the Dodgers in Glendale, […]

JACKSON Best pitcher in Mississippi high school baseball history? Great question, and I have no definitive answer. But I know of only one pitcher for whom a high school baseball team was created, and he became a three-time Major League All-Star. His name: Roy Oswalt. Tiny Weir High School, which no longer exists, was known […]

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK – The NFL’s business season began with a bang. Several actually: trades, retirements and, yes, even some big free agent moves. It wasn’t until mid-evening Tuesday that the first huge star took advantage of free agency: Darrelle Revis returning to the Jets for five years and […]