Maddux, Glavine and Thomas head ballot
Baseball: Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time A.L. MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez also are among the players eligible to be voted on for the first time by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
The 36-player ballot will include Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow and Mike Timlin, the Hall said Tuesday.
Last year, the BBWAA failed for the first time since 1996 to produce any inductees. Craig Biggio came closest to receiving the necessary 75 percent, falling 39 shy with 388 (68.2 percent).
• Cano, Yankees still far apart: Representatives for free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano met with the New York Yankees, and the gap between the sides remains wide, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Cano’s agents asked earlier this year for a 10-year deal worth in excess of a record $300 million, and the Yankees repeatedly have said they have no interest in a contract of that length or total.
• Angels, Smith close to deal: A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent right-hander Joe Smith could finalize his $15.75 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels before Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday.
Smith spent the past five seasons with Cleveland.
• Lopez, Giants agree: Free-agent left-hander Javier Lopez has finalized his $13 million, three-year contract to stay with the San Francisco Giants.
• Schumaker signs with Reds: Utility player Skip Schumaker completed a $5 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds.
He played for the Dodgers last season, batting .263 in 125 games with two homers and 30 RBIs.
• Young goes to Mets: Outfielder Chris Young has finalized a $7.25 million, one-year contract with the New York Mets. He hit .200 with 12 homers for Oakland last season.
Wall leads Wizards over Lakers
NBA: John Wall stayed hot with 31 points and nine assists and Nene had a career high 30 to carry the Washington Wizards to a 116-111 victory over visiting Los Angeles that broke the Lakers’ three-game winning streak.
• Thompson helps Warriors end slump: Klay Thompson scored 22 points and tied a career high with eight assists, and the visiting Golden State Warriors snapped a three-game skid with a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
• Magic finally win on road: Arron Afflalo scored 26 points, Victor Oladipo and Andrew Nicholson added 18 apiece and the Orlando Magic snapped a 17-game road losing streak with a 109-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Badgers turn back Billikens
College men’s basketball: Traevon Jackson scored 16 points and Frank Kaminsky added 12 and No. 10 Wisconsin blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in today’s finals of the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.
VanDerveer earns 899th win
College women’s basketball : Chiney Ogwumike scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half to lead No. 6 Stanford to an 86-69 win over 16th-ranked Purdue in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and earn Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer her 899th career victory.
Hot third period lifts Dallas
NHL: Cody Eakin, Stephane Robidas and Ryan Garbutt scored in a 53-second span of the third period, and the Dallas Stars beat the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on for their first home victory in more than a month.
Chelsea advances to final 16
Soccer: Chelsea qualified for the final 16 of the Champions League despite losing again to Basel.
Mohamed Salah’s late goal earned Basel a 1-0 win and a second straight Group E victory over the 2012 champions.
However, Chelsea is still guaranteed a top-two finish after Schalke only drew with Steaua Bucharest.