An AP poll sheds light on early Hall of Fame voting
NEW YORK – Baseball’s all-time home run king and the most decorated pitcher likely will be shut out of the Hall of Fame in January. A survey by The Associated Press shows that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, as well as slugger Sammy Sosa, don’t have enough votes to get into Cooperstown.
With steroid scandals still very much on the minds of longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America as they cast their ballots, the trio failed to muster even 50 percent support among the 112 voters contacted by the AP – nearly one-fifth of those eligible to choose. Candidates need 75 percent for election.
So Bonds, the only seven-time MVP, and Clemens, the only seven-time Cy Young Award winner, likely are to remain outside the Hall along with career hits leader Pete Rose, who was banned for betting on baseball as manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Price is Wright for the Mets: 8 years, $138M contract
NEW YORK – David Wright and the New York Mets agreed Friday to a $138-million, eight-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The deal, the richest in franchise history, replaces Wright’s $16-million salary for next season and includes $122 million in new money, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final.
Braves trade with Angels: Hanson for Walden
ATLANTA – The Braves traded Tommy Hanson to the Los Angeles Angels for former closer Jordan Walden.
The 26-year-old Hanson set a career high with 13 wins this year, but his 4.48 ERA also was a career worst. The right-hander was 45-32 in four seasons with the Braves.
Walden had 32 saves in 2011, then lost his closer’s role to Ernesto Frieri and was 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA and one save this year. He became superfluous when the Angels agreed this week to a $3.5-million, one-year contract with Ryan Madson.
NHL and the players’ union shun federal mediation
NEW YORK – If the NHL and the players’ association are going to make a deal to save the hockey season, they likely are going to have to do it by themselves.
A pair of federal mediators tried to help for two days, but even they couldn’t bring the fighting sides closer to a compromise.
Two members from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service joined the discussions Wednesday and Thursday and failed to make a breakthrough. Now the owners and players are back on their own to somehow find a compromise.
The bottom line: 75 days into the owners’ lockout of players, there is no end in sight. The lockout already has forced the cancellation of games through Dec. 14.
World Cup Ski Racing
Bad back? Innerhofer glides across Birds of Prey for W
BEAVER CREEK – Christof Innerhofer barely could train in the offseason because of his chronically aching back. After this performance, the Italian skier was wondering if he ever should train again.
Innerhofer effortlessly glided through the demanding Birds of Prey course Friday for his first World Cup downhill victory in nearly four years. Innerhofer finished in 1 minute, 41.69 seconds, beating Aksel Lund Svindal by 0.23 seconds.
Stomach bug? Vonn leads an American 1-2 finish
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Lindsey Vonn won the season-opening downhill Friday for her 12th career World Cup victory at the Canadian resort.
Vonn finished in 1 minute, 52.61 seconds to beat American teammate Stacey Cook by 1.73 seconds.
Vonn raced for the second time since returning from a stomach bug that landed her in a Vail hospital for multiple days.