Torre, La Russa and Cox make HOF ballot
Baseball: Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox will join holdovers George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller on the Hall of Fame expansion-era committee ballot next month.
Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Billy Martin and Ted Simmons also are held over from the 2010 ballot, while Dave Parker and Dan Quisenberry have been added. Vida Blue, Ron Guidry, Al Oliver and Rusty Staub have been dropped.
The committee will meet at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and its vote will be announced there Dec. 9.
Torre and Cox retired as managers after the 2010 season and La Russa after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to the 2011 World Series title.
• Wolff says A’s staying in Oakland: Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff said through the team that the A’s will extend their lease at the Oakland (Calif.) Coliseum and “look forward to another great season.” The team’s managing partner responded to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle saying Major League Baseball might get involved to help the A’s play across the bay in the San Francisco’s Giants’ AT&T Park if no short-term lease was reached to continue their home games in the rundown Coliseum.
It was unclear how many years Oakland is seeking for its lease, and the team declined further comment since no deal has been reached with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority.
Wolff has remained determined to move the team to San Jose and build an intimate new ballpark, yet commissioner Bud Selig has yet to rule on whether the A’s can move into the Giants’ cherished territory in technology-rich Silicon Valley.
Warriors hand Sixers first loss of season
NBA: Andre Iguodala made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points, Stephen Curry had 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, and the visiting Golden State Warriors handed the Philadelphia 76ers (3-1) their first loss of the season, 110-90.
Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, missed 13 of 17 shots and scored 18 points.
• Cavs send Timberwolves to first loss: C.J. Miles scored 19 points, Kyrie Irving added 15 and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off a late rally for a 93-92 victory over visiting Minnesota, handing the Timberwolves (3-1) their first loss of the season.
The Timberwolves nearly erased a 23-point deficit midway through the third quarter.
• Grizzlies keep Celtics out of win column: Jerryd Bayless keyed a fourth-quarter rally, scoring all of his 15 points in the period, to lead the Grizzlies to a 95-88 victory over the Boston Celtics in Memphis, Tenn.
Bayless was 6 of 7 in the quarter to help Memphis erase a six-point Boston lead with just under 9 minutes to play.
The Celtics fell to 0-4 under rookie coach Brad Stevens.
• Clippers end Rockets streak: J.J. Redick scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half to lead seven players in double figures, and the Clippers beat Houston 137-118, handing the Rockets their first loss of the season in Dwight Howard’s return to the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Chris Paul added 23 points and 17 assists for the Clippers.
Howard finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
• Wizards coach fined for profanity: Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman has been fined $20,000 by the NBA for using profane language during a postgame news conference following a 109-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.
Del Potro, Wawrinka win at ATP finals
Tennis: Juan Martin del Potro got past Richard Gasquet to win his opening round-robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Stanislas Wawrinka grabbed the spotlight with a win in his maiden appearance at the season-ending tournament.
After Wawrinka defeated Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-7 (0), 6-3 in Group A, Del Potro beat Gasquet 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-5 to secure crucial points in a Group B that also includes Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who will face off today.
After the round-robin stage, the top two finishers in each group advance to the semifinals.
Andersen leads Ducks to win over Rangers
NHL: Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to stay perfect in four NHL games, and Corey Perry and Kyle Palmieri scored first-period goals to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 road win over the New York Rangers.
In four NHL games, all this season, Andersen has allowed a total of five goals, and only defenseman Michael Del Zotto got a puck past him in this one.
Killer of Redskins’ Taylor convicted
Miscellany: A 23-year-old man was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2007 slaying of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during what witnesses say was a botched burglary.
The jury in Miami deliberated about 16 hours over four days before returning the verdict in the trial of Eric Rivera Jr., who admitted in a videotaped confession to police days after Taylor’s death that he fired the fatal shot after kicking in the bedroom door.
Rivera was also convicted of armed burglary.
Rivera, who was 17 at the time of the slaying, could be sentenced to life in prison.
Four other men were also charged in the case and three will be tried later.
• WSOP final table gets underway: Seven players from five countries remained as the final table at the World Series of Poker got underway in Las Vegas. By the time play breaks in the wee hours of the morning, only two or three players will remain with a champion being crowned tonight or early Wednesday.
• Smart leads preseason All-Americans: Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart is the only unanimous selection to the Associated Press’ preseason All-America men’s basketball team.
Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott was named on all but two of the 65 ballots. Louisville senior Russ Smith, Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins and Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary make up the rest of the first team.