LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
Each of the inductees won more than 2,000 games in managerial careers that spanned more than four decades. Torre became the fifth manager to win at least four World Series titles. La Russa won championships with Oakland and St. Louis. Cox led Atlanta to one championship and 14 straight division titles.
The announcement was made at the winter meetings. They will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with any players chosen by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, 300-game winners, are among the newcomers to the writers' ballot, with results announced Jan. 8.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Marvin Miller didn't even come close to the Hall of Fame this time.
After falling one vote short in the 2010 election by the Hall's expansion era committee, the pioneering players' union head was at least six votes shy this year in the first balloting following his death.
NEW YORK (AP) - Florida State's Jameis Winston, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Auburn's Tre Mason and Boston College's Andre Williams were chosen as the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
Six finalists invited to ceremony in New York are the most since 1994. The winner will be announced Saturday.
Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed. He could also become the second freshman to win the award. Manziel was the first last year.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Wake Forest has hired Dave Clawson from Bowling Green as its next football coach, a person familiar with the situation said.
The person said a news conference to introduce Clawson was expected Tuesday. The hiring comes three days after Clawson led Bowling Green (10-3) to an upset of then-No. 16 Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship game and one day after the Falcons were invited to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
It caps Wake Forest's weeklong search to find Jim Grobe's successor. He resigned Dec. 2 after a 13-year stay that included five bowl games, but ended with five straight losing seasons.
SEATTLE (AP) - Chris Petersen said it was simply a gut feeling that it was time to take on a new challenge by leaving Boise State for Washington.
Petersen was introduced as the Huskies' new coach at a news conference overlooking his new football home in Husky Stadium. Petersen said he's constantly been asked why he finally left Boise State after eight years as the Broncos head coach.
The 49-year-old said it was a combination of timing and fit.
Petersen was 92-12 at Boise State, including five conference titles and two Fiesta Bowl victories. He replaces Steve Sarkisian, who was 34-29 in five seasons at Washington before taking the job at USC.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation's top college defensive player.
The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald was presented the award at a ceremony in Charlotte.
The ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Donald averaged 2.2 tackles for loss per game while ranking 10th in forced fumbles and 13th in sacks per game.
The senior has 28 1/2 sacks for his career.
The star tight end who missed the first six games while recovering from surgeries is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve with a damaged right knee.
Gronkowski was hurt midway through the third quarter of the Patriots' 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday when he was hit on the knee by safety T.J. Ward after a 21-yard reception.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona moved up to No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time since 2003, an honor coach Sean Miller views as not only recognition for what the Wildcats have done this season, but validation for the direction the program has taken in his five years in the desert.
Coming off a hard-fought home win over UNLV, Arizona (9-0) received 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel to earn the No. 1 spot in a season for the sixth time.
Syracuse, which received the other first-place votes, and Ohio State moved up two places to second and third, while Wisconsin jumped four spots to fourth. Michigan State, which had been No. 1 for three weeks, dropped to fifth. Louisville was No. 6, followed by Oklahoma State, Duke, Connecticut and Villanova.
NEW YORK (AP) - The UConn women's basketball team remained the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press poll after winning its only game of the week.
The Huskies routed UC Davis by 60 points Thursday and don't play again until Dec. 17 against No. 2 Duke because of exams. The Blue Devils beat Purdue and Oklahoma this past week. The top nine teams in the poll remain the same with Tennessee, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Stanford, Louisville, Maryland and Baylor following the Blue Devils.
South Carolina moved up two spots to No. 10.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The NHL salary cap is expected to rise to about $71 million next season, an increase of more than 10 percent.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the optimistic announcement at the league's board of governors meeting. The ceiling of the salary cap is determined by hockey-related revenue generated this season, so the new figure is merely an estimate, Bettman said.
The minimum amount for teams to spend is expected to be about $52 million, an increase from this season's $44 million. The NHL has had a major recovery one season after the lockout-shortened campaign.
The upper cap for this season is $64.3 million.
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