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Former slugger Harold Baines' impact on two franchises was a reason for being selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Era Committee last month. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOVERRO: Hall of Famers should be selected for impact, not just stats

Voting has already taken place among the eligible baseball writers, and the results will be revealed on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Many ballots have already been made public by voters, and I’ll make mine public here. But as I have often said, the vote often turns into a venom-filled referendum on truth and justice instead of simply a decision about a baseball player’s career.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon directs his players in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

Rising Terrapins continue to improve, find new ways to win

- Associated Press

During a six-game winning streak that’s lifted Maryland into third place in the Big Ten, the 19th-ranked Terps (15-3, 6-1) have rallied from behind, blown big leads and prevailed even when their best players were held in check.

United States' Serena Williams prepares to hit a forehand return to Germany's Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Serena Williams looks like her dominating best in Australian Open return

- Associated Press

In her first match at the Australian Open since winning the 2017 title while pregnant — and her first official match anywhere since a loss in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September — Williams looked to be at her dominant best, overpowering Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2 in the first round Tuesday.

Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (33), of Sweden, scores his third goal of the night, against Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1), during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Arvidsson nets hat trick as Predators rout Capitals

- Associated Press

Viktor Arvidsson scored a hat trick on National Hat Day, and the Nashville Predators routed the Washington Capitals 7-2 Tuesday night to snap a two-game skid.

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Wichita State tops 1st place UCF 75-67

Associated Press

Markis McDuffie scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half and Wichita State had a 10-2 run down the stretch to knock off UCF 75-67 on Wednesday night, ending the Knights' seven-game winning streak.

Baylor center Queen Egbo (25) rebounds against Kansas center Chelsea Lott (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Jackson leads No. 2 Baylor women past Kansas 94-68

Associated Press

Chloe Jackson scored a season-high 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting and had eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals to lead No. 2 Baylor to a 94-68 win over Kansas on Wednesday night.

Green sparks comeback off bench, New Orleans tops SFA 68-61

Associated Press

Troy Green scored 15 points off the bench with four assists and four steals and New Orleans clawed out of a 13-point hole and hung on at the end to defeat Stephen F. Austin 68-61 Wednesday night, pushing its win streak to four games.

Reed leads Clemson to 72-60 victory over Georgia Tech

- Associated Press

Marcquise Reed was frustrated his final year in the Atlantic Coast Conference began with three straight losses. He took it upon himself to make sure Clemson's losing streak didn't get any longer.

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets' Treveon Graham during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

James Harden has 58 points in Rockets' OT loss to Nets

- Associated Press

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Brooklyn Nets spoiled James Harden's 58-point night with a 145-142 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) shoots as Brooklyn Nets' Treveon Graham (21) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Harden scores 58 points in Rockets' OT loss to Nets

- Associated Press

Spencer Dinwiddie didn't seem to be nearly as wowed by his late-game scoring for the Brooklyn Nets as he was by the fact that his team got an overtime victory on a night James Harden had a season-high 58 points.