halladay, clemens in twitter feud
Former major-league pitchers Roy Halladay and Roger Clemens engaged in a Twitter battle about the 2016 Hall of Fame voting after Halladay said on the social media site that players who used performance-enhancing drugs have no place in the Hall.
"When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly! Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!" Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who retired in 2013 with 203 wins, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday before the results were announced.
Clemens and Barry Bonds, both accused of steroid use, were on the ballot. Both have denied the allegations. Neither received enough Hall votes to be elected.
Clemens responded to Halladay's comments, saying it was "disheartening" to hear about "an ill informed player" making a stupid statement comment. He also brought up accusations that Halladay, with whom he was a Blue Jays teammate in 1998, had used amphetamines. Halladay responded with "I'll let my reputation speak for itself."
Hall hats chosen: Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the only players chosen for the Hall this year, said Thursday they will be inducted wearing Mariners and Mets caps, respectively. But Griffey said his plaque won't portray him with the brim toward the rear, the way he wore it often.
Dodgers: The team signed Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda to an incentive-laden deal that could be worth $106.2 million if he stays healthy. He has had elbow issues.
Giants: The Giants filled their biggest remaining, agreeing on a $31 million, three-year deal with free-agent outfielder Denard Span, a Tampa native and Tampa Catholic alum.
Soccer: Michel Platini is giving up his bid to become the next president of the sport's world governing body, FIFA. Platini said he remains determined to overturn the eight-year ban he was handed by FIFA's ethics committee last month but that the deadline for the Feb. 26 election is too short and renders his candidacy impossible. He and president Sepp Blatter were banned for eight years last month for conflict of interest in a $1.35 million) payment deal that is also the subject of a criminal investigation in Switzerland.
Tennis: Top-seeded Novak Djokovic beat eighth-seeded Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Qatar Open semifinal in Doha. Second-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win against Andrey Kuznetsov. … Roger Federer opened his season with a 6-2, 6-1 win over qualifier Tobias Kamke at the Brisbane International in Australia.
Track and field: The son of the former president of the sport's governing body (IAAF) and two Russian officials were banned for life for engaging in blackmail, bribery and extortion to cover up a Russian doping case. They can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The sanctions centered on the case of Russian marathoner Liliya Shobukhova, who the IAAF says was extorted out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to avoid a doping ban before the 2012 Olympics.