Sports briefs: Bonds, Clemens, Sosa on Hall of Fame ballot for first time
MLB • 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.
Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and won a record seven MVP awards. Clemens took home a record seven Cy Young trophies and is ninth with 354 victories. Sosa ranks eighth on the homer chart with 609.
Yet for all their HRs, RBIs and Ws, the shadow of PEDs looms large.
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.
• The Atlanta Braves made baseball's first big offseason move when they agreed to terms with former Tampa Bay center fielder B.J. Upton on a five-year contract worth $75.25 million, the largest free-agent contract in franchise history.
The Braves weren't expected to make an announcement before Thursday, but Upton changed the avatar on his Twitter page to a Braves script "A" by early Wednesday evening.
Upton, 28, has spent his entire career with the Rays and hit .246 with a personal-best 28 homers along with 31 stolen bases in 2012.
Morgan's hat trick lifts U.S. to 5-0 win
Women's soccer • Alex Morgan scored three first-half goals and the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women's national team beat Ireland 5-0 on Wednesday night, the latest match in an exhibition tour for fans following the London Games.
Sydney Leroux added two goals to help the top-ranked United States improve to 4-0-2 on its Fan Tribute Tour.
Morgan struck first in the 24th minute. It was her 25th goal this year, making her the third U.S. player to reach the mark in a season Abby Wambach had 31 in 2004 and Michelle Akers had 39 in 1991.
From wire reports
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