Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are set to show up on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and fans will soon find out whether drug allegations block the former stars from reaching baseball's shrine.

The 2013 ballot will be announced Wednesday.

Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling are certain to be among the other first-time eligibles. Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are the top holdover candidates.

Longtime members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will vote through next month. The much-awaited results will be announced Jan. 9.

  • Carlos Ruiz, the Philadelphia Phillies' all-star catcher, was suspended for the first 25 games next season by Major League Baseball for violating its performance-enhancing drug policy.

    The suspension was triggered by Ruiz's second positive test for Adderall, according to two league sources.

  • The Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with free-agent closer Ryan Madson, who is less than eight months removed from Tommy John surgery.

  • Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees are nearing agreement on a one-year contract in the range of $10 million to $12 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

  • The Chicago Cubs and former Texas Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman (Burlingame High), have agreed to a one-year contract, the team said.

    Colleges


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    The Big East moved quickly to replace Rutgers and braced for more possible departures, getting Tulane and East Carolina to agree to join the conference in 2014. Rutgers announced a week ago that it would leave for the Big Ten.

  • The Atlantic Coast Conference has filed a lawsuit against Maryland seeking full payment of the approximately $53 million exit fee for the school's move to the Big Ten.

  • Tulsa athletic director Ross Parmley was placed on paid leave as the university investigates allegations that he might have been involved with an alleged bookie in Oklahoma City.

  • The Western Athletic Conference is adding Grand Canyon University to replace the University of Denver, which is bolting for the Summit League after just one year in the WAC.

    Golf

    Tiger Woods said he won't join the European Tour. He had floated the possibility last month in Turkey that he would look into dual membership.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer and Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.