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Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay newest names on new Hall of Fame ballot

Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and the late Roy Halladay are the new marquee names on the Hall of Fame Ballot for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, ESPN reported Monday.

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Pitcher Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada are among the 20 newcomers on the ballot. There are 15 holdovers from last year’s ballot, including Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina, ESPN reported.

During his 19-year career with the New York Yankees, Rivera had 652 regular-season saves and 42 in the postseason, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He led New York to five World Series titles and went 8-1 with an 0.70 ERA in the postseason.

Halladay threw two no-hitters and won Cy Young Awards in each league, earning the honor with Toronto in 2003 and Philadelphia in 2010. He was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA and pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins in 2010, according to Baseball-Reference.com. Later that fall, Halladay pitched a no-hitter against Cincinnati in the opener of the National League Championship Series making him the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the postseason. Don Larsen threw a no-hitter for the Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

Halladay died piloting a plane off Florida’s Gulf coast on Nov, 7, 2017.

More than 400 ballots are being sent to eligible voters from the BBWAA, ESPN reported. A player must receive at least 75 percent for election to the Hall of Fame. Ballots are due Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 22.

Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Jim Thome were elected in 2017.

Election 2018: Panthers QB Cam Newton gets 11 write-in votes

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton received 11 write-in votes for an election in North Carolina, officials said.

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Newton’s name was written in for the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation district position, according to the Board of Elections.

The two people who won received more than 100,000 votes each.

Newton has thrown for 2,086 yards and 17 touchdowns this season for the Panthers, who are 6-3 and trail the New Orleans Saints by two games in the National Football League’s NFC South division.

Syracuse misspells last name on jersey of coach Jim Boeheim's son

This is one name that should never be misspelled on a Syracuse University basketball jersey.

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Boeheim.

Jim Boeheim is in his 43rd season as coach of the Orange. With more than 1,029 victories -- along with five Final Four appearances,and a national title in 2003 -- Boeheim has earned legendary status.

But when Boeheim’s son Buddy played in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden against the University of Connecticut on Thursday, the freshman wore a jersey that spelled his last name “Boheim,” the Syracuse Post-Standard reported.

The Orange were red-faced.

The younger Boeheim, at 6-feet, 5 inches, scored a point and had an assist in Syracuse’s 86-73 loss to the Huskies.

With his name properly spelled during Friday’s game against Oregon, Buddy Boeheim did better, scoring three points. But it was not enough, as the Orange (2-2) lost 80-65, spoiling Jim Boeheim’s 74th birthday, which is Saturday.

WATCH: College basketball player apparently elbows opponent's face, gets barred from campus

A basketball player for Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from campus for apparently throwing an elbow into an opponent's face

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The broadcast of the NCAA Division III basketball game posted to Fitchburg's website appears to show number 23, listed on the roster as Kewan Platt of Charlestown, throwing an elbow into the face of another player late in the game.

With Fitchburg State trailing Nichols College 73-63, freshman guard Nate Tenaglia of Tewksbury launches a three on a breakaway. As Tenaglia returns to the ground, Platt glances over his shoulder before apparently throwing an elbow right into the guard's face

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Tenaglia hits the ground hard and remains there momentarily before hopping up as the referees huddle.

"Clearly shows the kid already let the shot go and then gets hit," Fitchburg State junior Prince Addo said. "I don’t even know what to say; I’m just speechless."

After a short stoppage, the refs decide to toss Platt from the game, assessing a flagrant foul.

In a statement, Nichols College Athletics Director Chris Colvin said the team is glad Tenaglia was not hurt.

“We’re very happy that the Nichols College student-athlete involved in the incident, Nate Tenaglia, was unharmed and able to finish the contest. We are proud of the way our student-athletes handled the incident and that they did not allow it to escalate. This matter is in the hands of the authorities and the Fitchburg State administration. We trust that they will handle it appropriately," Colvin said.

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One Twitter user pointed out that Platt appears to have been frustrated by a no-call at the other end. 

"I feel it could’ve been a little feud like back and forth," Fitchburg State junior Eric Patel said.

The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference released a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying the organization is considering further sanctions against Fitchburg State University.

"It doesn't show a good side of the school," Fitchburg State student Eric Patel said Wednesday afternoon. "It kind of ruins the school's reputation. Other than that, it is just unsportsmanlike." 

The conference also said Platt's previous player of the week award had been vacated. 

"His behavior goes against the MASCAC’s mission, which includes good sportsmanship," the conference said on Twitter

WFXT reported that Fitchburg State University police are investigating. 

You can watch the full game here.

Tennessee Titans fan reaching for free T-shirt critical after falling over railing

A Tennessee Titans fan reaching for a free T-shirt Sunday is in critical condition after falling off the lower tier balcony at Nissan Stadium, The Tennessean reported.

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Thomas Carrico Jr., 37, of Goodlettsville, was taken to a hospital and was in critical but stable condition, the newspaper reported, citing a statement from Nashville police.

According to authorities, Carrico lost his balance reaching for one of the free T-shirts tossed into the crowd during the second half of Sunday’s game between the Titans and the New England Patriots, WSMV reported. Carrico fell from the balcony onto an awning covering the Titans’ team tunnel, the television station reported.

An NFL employee told The Tennessean he saw the fan fall as cheerleaders tossed T-shirts into the crowd. One of the shirts landed on the awning.

“Next thing I saw was a guy falling through the netting,” the employee told the newspaper.

"At today’s game, an adult fan fell from the lower bowl seating area to the ground. The fan received attention from emergency personnel on the scene and was transported to a local hospital," the Titans said in a statement.

Philadelphia Eagles players salute veterans after touchdown

The National Football League celebrated Veterans Day on Sunday with tributes to military personnel, flyovers and stories about bravery and commitment on scoreboard screens. But the Philadelphia Eagles added a more personal touch to an emotional day.

When Zach Ertz caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz with 2:08 left in the third quarter to tie Sunday night’s game against Dallas, the entire Eagles offense assembled in the end zone, faced the fans and gave a military salute.

The fans at Lincoln Financial Field responded with cheers, not only for the touchdown that tied the game at 13, but for the gesture dedicated to the veterans assembled at the Philadelphia Stadium.

Ertz would catch another touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the defending Super Bowl champions lost 27-20 to the Cowboys.

Despite the salute, not everyone was happy.

“You should have honored us by covering the spread,” one fan wrote on Yahoo! Sports.

Stunning choice: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin goes cold turkey 

This is a cold stone stunner.

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Pro wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is going cold turkey when it comes to alcohol.

The WWE superstar said he has been sober for more than two weeks, Sports Illustrated reported. Austin, 53, speaking on his podcast, said he is pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

“My eating program is going fantastic,” Austin said on his podcast. (I’m) sticking to my exact macros. (I’ve had) zero alcohol for right at 14 days now.

“Pounds are coming off. My strength is going up.”

Austin’s beer drinking has been a staple of WWE events for more than two decades, and YouTube videos show the wrestler in drinking contests, sharing brews and spraying rivals with the foamy drinks. He even shared a beer with Vince McMahon Jr. before putting his signature “Stone Cold Stunner” move on the WWE owner.

“His favorite beer is his next one,” WWE commentator Jim Ross has said.

Apparently, not any more. “Stone Cold” is happy to be sober.

“No alcohol, and when you hit the weights on a consistent basis and eat what you’re supposed to, it is amazing the difference that you can make or I’m making,” Austin told Sports Illustrated

NFL pioneer Wally Triplett dies at 92

Wally Triplett, one of the first black athletes drafted by an NFL team, died Thursday morning, the Detroit Free Press reported. He was 92. 

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Triplett, who played collegiately at Penn State, was drafted out of Penn State University by the Detroit Lions in the 19th round of the 1949 NFL draft. There were three black players drafted that year, but Triplett was the first to play in a regular-season game, according to an obituary that appeared in the Lawrence Journal World

Triplett, a 5-foot-11, 173-pounder who was a running back and kick returner, played two years with the Lions and two with the Chicago Cardinals. He played in 24 games, starting nine with the Lions, and rushed for 321 yards in 70 carries. He scored one touchdown.

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Triplett a native of La Mott, Pennsylvania, also made 17 catches for 175 yards.

“As the first African-American to be drafted and to play in the National Football League, Wally is one of the true trailblazers in American sports history," the Lions said in a news release. "He resides among the great men who helped reshape the game as they faced the challenges of segregation and discrimination.

“His contributions date back to his days at Penn State as the Nittany Lions’ first African-American starter and varsity letter-winner, highlighted by his appearance in the first integrated Cotton Bowl. Wally’s legacy also reaches beyond breaking color barriers, having served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

“We fondly reflect on his great achievements and send our heartfelt condolences to the Triplett family.”

Triplett had 34 career punt returns for 401 yards and a touchdown, and returned 18 kickoffs for 664 yards and a touchdown.

On Oct. 29, 1950, Triplett set a then-NFL record with 294 yards on four kick returns, including a 97-yard touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams, the Free Press reported. The record stood for 44 years and is now the third-highest mark in league history.

Triplett was drafted into the Army after the 1950 season and served two years before finishing his career with the Cardinals.

Police: Florida university football player held gun to teammate's head at party

A southwest Florida university football player is accused of holding a gun to a teammate’s head during a Halloween party, the Naples Daily News reported.

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Cory Del Prado, 18, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

Del Prado, a freshman quarterback from Miami who attends Ave Maria University, arrived at an off-campus party an apartment Saturday and was denied entry, the Daily News reported, citing an arrest report by the Sheriff’s Office.

Kurt Tibbetts, a freshman offensive lineman for Ave Maria, told Del Prado and teammate, Daniel Hoffman, that the party was overcrowded and they could not enter, the newspaper reported.

According to the arrest report, Del Prado became upset and pushed Tibbetts. He then pulled a black, semi-automatic firearm from his waistband and held it at the right side of Tibbetts’ head, the Daily News reported.

According to the arrest report, Del Prado told Tibbetts that “I will ruin your life.”

Tibbetts was pulled back into the apartment and Del Prado fled the scene, according to the Daily News.

Del Prado denied he threatened Tibbetts, telling investigators that he was dressed as a gangster for the Halloween party and was holding a black BB gun in his hand as part of the costume, the newspaper reported. He also told authorities he was intoxicated and did not recall everything that he did, the Daily News reported.

Deputies found a black .177-caliber Powerline pellet gun in the trunk of Del Prado’s vehicle, according to the report. On the side of the pellet gun was a warning that said, “Not a toy. Misuse or careless use may cause serious injury or death.”

Del Prado was released from the Collier County Jail on Tuesday after posting a $10,000 bond.

Del Prado’s biography was removed from the Ave Maria University football media guide.

Montreal Canadiens set NHL record with 2 goals in 2 seconds 

The Montreal Canadiens set an NHL record Thursday night, scoring two goals in two seconds during their 6-4 victory against the Washington Capitals, The Sporting News reported.

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The back-to-back goals by Max Domi and Joel Armia at the Bell Centre were the fastest two goals ever scored by one team, breaking a record that had stood in the National Hockey League since 1935, TSN reported.

Domi scored with 21 seconds remaining to give the Canadiens a 5-4 lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Armia added an empty-net goal less than two seconds later after Montreal’s Phillip Danault won the draw at center ice to seal Montreal’s win.

The previous record was three seconds, set by the St. Louis Eagles on March 12, 1935. It was equaled on Jan. 21, 2004, by the Minnesota Wild, and by the New York Islanders on Nov. 30, 2016.

Players from different teams have scored two seconds apart. On Dec. 19, 1987, Ken Linseman of the St. Louis Blues scored at 19:50 of the third period and Doug Gilmour of the Boston Bruins scored two seconds later, NHL.com reported.

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