Around The Nation (Dec. 9): Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to baseball Hall

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BASEBALL

Hall of Fame tabs La Russa, Cox

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox have been unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.

Each of the inductees won more than 2,000 games in managerial careers that spanned more than four decades. Torre became the fifth manager to win at least four World Series titles. La Russa won championships with Oakland and St. Louis. Cox led Atlanta to one championship and 14 straight division titles.

Two-time Cy Young Halladay retires

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay has retired after 16 seasons in the major leagues with Toronto and Philadelphia.

The 36-year-old right-hander signed a one-day contract Monday to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. He made the announcement at a news conference at the winter meetings in Orlando.

Halladay played for the Phillies from 2010-13, finishing with two injury-plagued seasons. He won an NL Cy Young Award in 2010, throwing a perfect game that season and a no-hitter in his first postseason game.

Halladay was 203-105 with an ERA of 3.38 in 416 career games, including 390 starts. He had 67 complete games and 20 shutouts.

FOOTBALL

Cardinals' Mathieu out with torn ACL

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tyrann Mathieu's terrific rookie NFL season has come to a premature end.

Arizona coach Bruce Arians has confirmed that Mathieu tore an ACL and sustained further damage in his left knee and will undergo surgery.

Mathieu, who earned the nickname "Honey Badger" in his days at LSU, was Arizona's starting safety and had been in on almost every defensive play for the Cardinals.

He was injured returning a free kick after John Abraham had tackled Kellen Clemens in the end zone in the third quarter of Arizona's 30-10 victory over St. Louis on Sunday.

Mathieu was buried in a pile of tacklers. He tried to jog off the field but his knee buckled and he collapsed. Mathieu blew a kiss to the crowd as he was carted off.

COLLEGE

Peterson: "Washington was new challenge"

SEATTLE -- Chris Petersen says it was simply a gut feeling that it was time to take on a new challenge by leaving Boise State for Washington.

Petersen was introduced as the Huskies new coach on Monday at a news conference overlooking his new football home in Husky Stadium. Petersen says he's constantly been asked 'why?' he finally left Boise State after eight years as the Broncos head coach.

The 49-year-old says it was a combination of timing and fit.

Petersen was 92-12 at Boise State, including five conference titles and two Fiesta Bowl victories. He replaces Steve Sarkisian, who was 34-29 in five seasons at Washington before taking the job at USC.

Iowa left tackle Scherff returning for senior season

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa left tackle Brandon Scherff says he's staying with the Hawkeyes for his senior season.

Scherff was believed to be a potential first-round pick in next spring's NFL draft. But Scherff announced Monday that he's skipping the draft and returning to Iowa in 2014.

Scherff has started all 12 games for Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) this season and was a first-team All-Big Ten pick by the league's coaches.

Scherff's return should bolster expectations for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa surprised many by winning eight games and earning a berth to the Outback Bowl against LSU -- and should be one of the Big Ten's most experienced teams in 2014.

South Carolina star Clowney gets 110 mpg speeding ticket

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Troopers say South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was ticketed for going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone on a South Carolina interstate.

Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said Clowney was pulled over in a Chrysler 300 around 7:30 p.m. Saturday northbound on Interstate 77 in Fairfield County, about 25 miles north of Columbia.

Jones says Clowney was issued the ticket and allowed to drive away. It carries a $355 fine and six points, which are half the points needed to suspend a driver's license.

The university didn't make Clowney or coach Steve Spurrier available to talk.

Clowney is a junior expected to enter the NFL draft after South Carolina plays Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. He was named to The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team Monday.

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