Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:
- NEW YORK - Barry Bonds, Rogers Clemens and Sammy Sosa are expected to fall short in their first appearances on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot. There's a chance no player at all is elected. Announcement 2 p.m.
- NEW YORK - The 30 NHL owners meet to vote on the tentative hockey labor deal, one of the final steps before the lockout officially ends. The vote is expected to pass.
- WASHINGTON - Surgery on Robert Griffin III's knee reveals anterior cruciate ligament damage, the AP is told. The Redskins' quarterback reinjured his right knee in Sunday's playoff loss to Seattle.
- ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - This could be John Elway's greatest comeback. Taking over a team that had lost its way, he signed Peyton Manning and made other moves that have the Broncos two wins from a Super Bowl.
- GREEN BAY, Wis. - Protecting the quarterback is the responsibility of any offensive line. When that quarterback is reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, the pressure is even higher.
- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons, with no playoff wins in their last five years, are feeling the heat to finally break their postseason drought when they host the Seahawks. By
- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady's regular January routine begins again. He hopes to start a run to his first Super Bowl championship in eight years after winning three in his first five.
- LOS ANGELES - Chris Paul and the Clippers try to extend their 12-game home winning streak when they play the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers (27-8) have the best record in the NBA. Game starts 10:30 p.m.
- WACO, Texas - Brittney Griner and Baylor play their first game since regaining the No. 1 ranking, facing No. 25 Iowa State. The defending champion Lady Bears have won 47 in a row at home. Game starts 8 p.m.