Around the Nation (Nov. 28): Bonds, Clemens, Sosa on Hall ballot for first time

BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer Published:

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BASEBALL

Bonds, Clemens, Sosa on baseball Hall ballot for first time

NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, setting up an election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era.

The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday.

More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9.

Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling also are among the 24 first-time eligibles.

LHP Pettitte, Yankees reach one-year deal

NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte is staying with the New York Yankees next season.

The left-hander signed a one-year deal with the Yankees worth $12 million on Wednesday, putting baseball's biggest postseason winner back in pinstripes.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Les Miles, LSU agree to raise, extension

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU athletic director Joe Alleva says football coach Les Miles is getting a raise and an extension through 2019.

Alleva confirmed the length of the deal after he and Miles's agent, George Bass reached an agreement on Wednesday afternoon.

Alleva says financial details of the contract are still in the negotiation process and will be announced at a later date.

Miles' previous contract paid about $3.75 million annually through 2017.

PRO FOOTBALL

Harbaugh chooses Kaepernick to be QB

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Colin Kaepernick will start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at St. Louis.

Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement Wednesday that Kaepernick would go over Alex Smith after the second-year pro led the NFC West-leading Niners (8-2-1) to victories in the past two games, his first two NFL starts.

He says, "Colin we believe has the hot hand."

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