Briefs

Hall of Fame voting clouded by steroids

NEW YORK — There’s a chance the podium under the chandeliers in the gold-and-ivory-colored Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel will go unused Thursday.

With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others, baseball writers may fail for the only the second time in more than four decades to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame, rendering a news conference unnecessary.

About 600 people are eligible to vote in the BBWAA election, all members of the organization for 10 consecutive years at any point. Results will be announced at 1 p.m. CST Wednesday, with the focus on first-time eligibles that include Bonds, Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mike Piazza.

Since 1965, the only years the writers failed to elect a candidate were in 1971 and 1996.

LSU’s Kennedy
wins in Key Biscayne

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla.— LSU freshman Harrison Kennedy took a three-set victory to lead the Tigers tennis team on the final day at the Key Biscayne Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday.

Kennedy won his third
singles match the year in a three-set super tiebreaker, 7-6(1), 1-6, 10-6, against
Denver’s Max Krammer.

LSU opened with doubles play against Texas. No. 33 Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski lost to No. 13 David Holiner and Chris Camillone, 8-6. Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh lost 8-5, to No. 40 Daniel Whitehead and Sudanwa Sitaram.

Joe Hill and Boris Arias lost 8-6 to Ben Chen and Andrew Korinek.

In singles, Simpson lost to Denver’s 47th-ranked Enej Bonin, 6-2, 6-3. Trinh lost 6-2, 6-2 to Jens Vorkefeld, and Arias dropped his match to Henry Craig, 6-3, 6-3.

Gwyn to compete
in punt, pass and kick

Lafayette’s Parker Gwyn will represent the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals on Saturday in Atlanta.

Gwyn, one of four finalists in the boys 6-7 age group, is among 40 youths from across the country who’ll compete for national honors in the boys and girls divisions in five age groups (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15).

The competition will be held at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility and the winners will be announced during Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Falcons and Seattle Seahawks at noon on Fox.

All participants will get two punts, two passes and two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy. Each contestant advanced to the national finals through local, sectional and team championship competitions.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press.