Around the Nation (Jan. 8): Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to Hall of Fame

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BASEBALL

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, while Craig Biggio fell two votes short.

Maddux was picked on 555 of 571 ballots by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. His 97.2 percentage was the eighth-highest in the history of voting.

Glavine, Maddux's longtime teammate in the Atlanta rotation, appeared on 525 ballots and received 91.9 percent. Thomas, the Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career was a designated hitter, was at 483.

Biggio, in his second appearance, was at 427 votes and 74.8 percent, matching Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin to just miss.

Jack Morris, in his 15th and final appearance, fell 78 votes short at 61.5 percent on a crowded ballot.

Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro, who all compiled big numbers but were tainted by the Steroids Era, each saw their vote percentages drop. Clemens drew the most votes among the group at 35.4 percent.

Tigers sign Igelsias to one-year deal

DETROIT -- The Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Iglesias finished second in last year's AL Rookie of the Year vote, hitting .303 in 109 games with Boston and the Tigers. Detroit acquired him from the Red Sox in a three-way deal shortly before the trade deadline.

Iglesias replaced Jhonny Peralta at shortstop for Detroit while Peralta was serving a drug suspension last season. Peralta signed with St. Louis during the off-season.

COLLEGE

Father: Spence's susp. was unjust

COLUMBUS -- The father of Ohio State's Noah Spence says his son unknowingly ingested the drug ecstasy and that the Big Ten unjustly suspended the sophomore defensive end.

Spence was suspended for Ohio State's Orange Bowl loss and must sit out the first two games of the 2014 season. His father, Greg Spence, has told several media outlets that someone apparently slipped the drug into a drink without Noah knowing it the week before the Big Ten title game on Dec. 7.

Ohio State backed the Spences' appeal. Greg Spence said the Big Ten initially wanted to suspend his son for a season but then determined Ecstasy is not a performance-enhancing drug but rather a stimulant. The Big Ten denied an appeal to drop the suspension.

Spence led the Buckeyes in sacks.

Manziel declares for NFL Draft

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel declared for the NFL Draft on Wednesday, wrapping up a spectacular two seasons in which he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and helped the Aggies make a splash in their first two years in the Southeastern Conference.

In a letter posted by the university, Manziel says he felt it was the "right time" to take the next step toward the NFL. He thanked his coaches and fans.

Michigan fires offensive coord.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan has fired offensive coordinator Al Borges after the Wolverines went 7-6 during the 2013 season.

Michigan finished 86th in the country in total offense. Although quarterback Devin Gardner had his moments, the Wolverines averaged only 3.3 yards per rush and were unable to move the ball consistently as they slipped out of the Big Ten title race.

Borges was one of several assistants who came with coach Brady Hoke from his previous staff at San Diego State. Hoke took over at Michigan after the 2010 season and led the Wolverines to the Sugar Bowl in his first year. But they dropped to 8-5 in the 2012 season and looked overmatched on the offensive line in 2013.

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