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No Bonds. No Clemens. Only one.

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Tuesday was one Hall of a night for Big Papi, who won’t be joined by any other players from the ballot for the 2022 induction class. He is the only player from the ballot to get voted into the Hall.

After the announcement, Roger Clemens tweeted a statement in an effort to downplay his disappointment. Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Curt Schilling will now wait for a special era committee to consider their credentials in a few years.

What we’re watching tonight:

  • NBA: Knicks @ Heat — 7:30 PM ET
  • NBA: Nuggets @ Nets — 8 PM ET
  • CBB: #10 Michigan State @ #24 Illinois — 7 PM ET
  • CBB: Maryland @ Rutgers — 8 PM ET
  • CBB: #3 Arizona @ #7 UCLA — 11 PM ET
  • NHL: Bruins @ Avalanche — 10 PM ET

Remembering Kobe


Today marks the second anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death. We’re sure social media will be filled with tributes all day, especially after LeBron tied Kobe for 14th on the NBA’s all-time games played list last night. Ironically, LeBron passed Kobe on the all-time scoring list the night before Kobe died.

Big Papi headed to Cooperstown

David Ortiz was the only player voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. We found out Tuesday evening that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens came up well short of the needed 75 percent of the votes needed for induction.

 

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Tough night in Brooklyn

James Harden showed out but the Lakers — led by LeBron and, for the first time in what feels like forever, Anthony Davis — were too much for the Durant-less and Kyrie-less Nets on their home court last night.

New Ironman record

The NHL has a new record. Tuesday night, Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle broke the all-time record for consecutive games played against the New York Islanders. Unfortunately for Yandle, the Isles won the game 4-3.

He’s had plenty of chances to take a night off over the years, but hasn’t missed a game. Truly an impressive accomplishment.

Whoa, Canada!

On Tuesday we found out who will be representing Canada in the upcoming Winter Olympics. The list has some veteran NHL names many will recognize, including Eric Staal and former Islander Josh Ho-Sang.

But many will be watching 2021 No. 1 overall pick and future Buffalo Sabres defenseman Owen Power.

Tab has written about MLB, the NHL and the NFL for more than a decade for publications including The Fourth Period, Bleacher Report and La Vida Baseball. He is the author of two books about the Chicago Blackhawks and has been credentialed for the MLB All-Star Game and postseason and multiple Stanley Cup Finals. He is the co-host of the Line Drive Radio podcast.