NEW YORK (AP) -- A new generation of starting pitchers and a self-proclaimed Mr. Clean of the Steroids Era will be ushered into baseball's Hall of Fame this summer. For tainted players, however, the doors to Cooperstown remain bolted.
Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected on their first ballot appearances, while Craig Biggio fell just two votes short.
Maddux and Glavine will join their former Atlanta Braves manager, Bobby Cox, at the July 27 induction along with Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, also elected last month by the expansion-era committee.
But Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and other stars whose accomplishments were muddied by accusations of steroids use lost even more ground, dropping below 40 percent in an election where 75 percent is needed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016, quieting speculation that his future with the club was somehow in doubt.
A person familiar with the agreement, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized, said Mattingly is getting a raise from the $1.4 million he was to earn next season under his old deal. By comparison, Yankees manager Joe Girardi, entering his seventh season in New York, is starting a $16 million, four-year agreement after completing a $9 million, three-year deal.
Mattingly had sought the stability of a multiyear deal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig begs a trooper who clocked him going 110 mph in Florida to let him go and later chides himself in the back seat of a police car for driving so fast, video released shows.
The 23-year-old Cuban defector was charged with reckless driving in a 70 mph zone in Naples. Puig, who lives in the Miami area during the offseason, told the trooper he wasn't speeding for most of the two-hour trip north until the officer clocked him. But the officer is unsympathetic.
The video shows the trooper explaining to Puig's mother, a cousin and another passenger why he was being arrested.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he spoke with Puig that day, and suggested that having his mother in the car may help Puig understand the gravity of the situation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors urged an appellate court to deny Barry Bonds' request for a rehearing of his attempt to overturn his obstruction of justice conviction.
The career home runs leader was convicted of one count of obstruction in April 2011 stemming from his 2003 testimony before a grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. That conviction was upheld last September in a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the following month Bonds asked for a rehearing by an 11-judge limited en banc panel.
The 27 active judges on the court will hold a secret vote, and a majority is required to grant the rehearing.
Despite the attempt to overturn the conviction, Bonds already has agreed to start the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in December 2011: 30 days of house arrest with location monitoring, two years of probation, $4,100 in penalties and 250 hours of community service with youth-related activities.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Western Kentucky's Bobby Petrino has accepted an offer to return to Louisville as head football coach, a move the Cardinals could make official Thursday morning.
The University of Louisville Athletic Association must approve Petrino's hiring and is scheduled to meet Thursday morning. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that, ''Petrino is the choice.'' Jonathan Blue, a Louisville board of trustee, told the AP that ''if it's a done deal, I'm totally behind'' the decision.
Petrino, 52, returns to the school he led to a 41-9 record from 2003-06 as a first-time head coach. He has an 83-30 career record as a college head coach, including an 8-4 mark last season with the Hilltoppers, his first position since his April 2012 firing by Arkansas amid scandal.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Johnny Football is heading to the NFL.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel declared for the NFL draft following two spectacular seasons in which he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and helped the Aggies make a splash in their first two years in the Southeastern Conference.
Some NFL draft analysts have Manziel ranked as high as the third overall pick in mock drafts.
In a style befitting his record-setting career, Manziel led the Aggies to a 52-48 come-from-behind win over Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve in his final college game. Texas A&M trailed 38-17 at halftime before Manziel guided them to the victory by finishing with 382 yards passing with four TD tosses and 73 yards rushing and another score.
NEW YORK (AP) - Billie Jean King believes standing up to discrimination is the best way to combat it, so she had no hesitation joining the U.S. delegation for the Sochi Olympics.
King will help lead the delegation in the opening ceremony Feb. 7 at the Sochi Games, which has been overshadowed by a recent anti-gay law in Russia, calls for a boycott and criticism from human rights groups.
She'll be joined on the delegation by two openly gay former Olympic athletes - figure skater Brian Boitano and hockey player Caitlin Cahow. In June, Russia passed a law banning gay ''propaganda'' to minors.
King said she'll walk in the opening ceremony, attend ice hockey and figure skating events and meet U.S. athletes during her three-day visit to the games. The openly gay former tennis star said she'd like sexual orientation added to the list of protections in the charter of the International Olympic Committee.
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