Baseball Hall of Fame ballot newcomers include Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel

NEW YORK — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for baseball’s Hall of Fame. They are joined by Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter. Also among the newcomers to the 33-man ballot announced Monday are Jamie Moyer, Andruw Jones, Carlos Lee, Kevin Millwood, Carlos Zambrano and Johnny Damon. Trevor Hoffman, who fell five votes short last year, leads holdovers that include Vladimir Guerrero, Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling. Roy Halladay will not appear on the ballot for another year. The retired pitcher died Nov. 7 at age 40 when a plane… Read More

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NFL GM says Baker Mayfield’s Johnny Manziel-like behavior will hurt his draft stock

Baker Mayfield will not start in Oklahoma’s game against West Virginia after he made obscene gestures and comments towards the Kansas sideline on Saturday. One NFL general manager is already saying that Johnny Manziel’s NFL failure will have teams wary on selecting Mayfield in the draft. The general manager spoke to Sporting News, but did not disclose his name because the NFL prohibits general managers from publicly commenting on active college players. As a result, we have an anonymous team exec taking shots at a college player. He said via Sporting News: “You look at the hand motions, the mouthing off. … Listen, he’s not Johnny Manziel, but that failure… Read More

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Falcons vs. Seahawks live stream: How to watch ‘Monday Night Football’ online

The Falcons and Seahawks will be the featured “Monday Night Football” game for Week 11. The Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons are both nearing must-win situations as they go into their Week 11 matchup. They’re set to play under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. The game will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (live streaming via WatchESPN). Atlanta is 5-4 and third place in the NFC South division, two games back of both the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. They have already lost to Carolina once, and will face the Saints two times before the season is up. They are coming off a big 27-7 win… Read More

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No. 1 Alabama’s treacherous path goes through No. 6 Auburn

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — No. 1 Alabama’s path to the Southeastern Conference championship and an assured spot in the playoffs is clear but awfully treacherous. The Crimson Tide (11-0, 7-0 SEC, No. 1 CFP) can secure a spot in the league title game with a road win at No. 6 Auburn (9-2, 6-1) on Saturday. Even coach Nick Saban, who has a noted distaste for hype-fueled distractions, had to admit that the Iron Bowl has “got lots of ramifications this year.” Lose and Alabama’s run of three straight SEC titles comes to an end, and a fourth-consecutive playoff berth isn’t a sure bet. Win and the Tide gets another big… Read More

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Sportsnet insiders grade the Canucks’ first 20 games

After 20 regular season games, have the Vancouver Canucks surpassed expectations, met projections, or failed to make the grade? Depends who you ask. Canuck report card time! 20 games into the schedule we need you to rate the @Canucks performance. Give us your grade! — Sportsnet 650 (@Sportsnet650) November 20, 2017 Sitting 11th in the West at 9-8-3 with 21 points, the Canucks have managed only three wins at home and are 10 points behind the conference-leading Blues who knocked them down in OT Saturday night at Rogers Arena. Rather than ask if the Canucks are “better than average” since they are squarely average and flush in the middle of… Read More

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