November 21, 2017

NEW YORK — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for baseball’s Hall of Fame.

They are joined by Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter. Also among the newcomers to the 33-man ballot announced…

Panthers looking to get TE Olsen, C Kalil back on field

November 21, 2017

CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panther could get two key players back for the stretch run.

Tight end Greg Olsen and center Ryan Kalil returned to practice Monday following the team’s bye week and could play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Coach Ron Rivera said the return of Olsen and Kalil…

Cowboys' playoff hopes rest on winning without Elliott

November 21, 2017

FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys may not have any realistic playoff hopes remaining by the time suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott returns for the final two games of the regular season.

If the defending NFC East champs are to stay in the postseason picture, they probably have to win at…

NASCAR finale a respite from exodus of stars

November 21, 2017

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — As Kyle Busch walked off the stage following the final race of the year, a NASCAR official told the driver he would see him next season.

“If I don’t retire,” Busch said.

Ummm, what?

“Wouldn’t be the first guy,” Busch quipped.

Busch was…