NEW YORK (AP) — The Baseball Hall of Fame's newest inductees will be announced today, although there's a chance none of the Hall-eligible players will gain entrance into Cooperstown this year. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are among the players on the ballot who have been linked to steroids, either in the Mitchell Report or the Jason Grimsley Affidavit. Mike Piazza is among the eligible power hitters whose statistics have been questioned because of the Steroids Era.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers top the NBA's Western Conference at 27-8 heading into their home game against the struggling Dallas Mavericks, who've dropped three straight to fall to 13-22. The Clippers have won a franchise-record 12 straight home games, including a 115-89 rout of Golden State in their last game on Saturday. The Mavericks are among the league's worst road teams at 5-15 and come off Monday's 100-94 loss to Utah.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to bounce back from Monday's 101-99 loss to the lowly Washington Wizards when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Thunder begin play second in the West at 26-8 and have won 17 of their 20 home games. Oklahoma City has won just five of its last nine games since a 12-game winning streak.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs need a rebound victory after falling to the last-place New Orleans Hornets 95-88 on Monday. The Spurs can improve to 15-2 at home by beating the stumbling Los Angeles Lakers, who've lost three in a row and are without starters Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') due to injuries. The Spurs are a game behind the West-leading Clippers and a half-game in back of Oklahoma City.
UNDATED (AP) — The men's basketball schedule includes five games involving top-10 teams, headed by No. 2 Michigan against Nebraska. The Wolverines are trying to open the season 16-0 for only the second time in school history, and the first since 1985-86. Third-ranked Louisville is at Seton Hall, sixth-ranked Kansas hosts Iowa State, No. 7 Syracuse visits Providence and eighth-ranked Minnesota has a Big Ten matchup at No. 12 Illinois.