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baseball • Suspected steroid users Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez are on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for the first time and join Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, both having fallen just short in last year's vote.
Former Most Valuable Players Jeff Bagwell and Larry Walker, and former Rookies of the Year Benito Santiago and Raul Mondesi also will be on the 33-man ballot, the Baseball Writers' Association of America said Monday.
Mark McGwire, 10th on the career list with 583 homers, is back on the ballot. He received 128 votes (23.7 percent) in January in his fourth appearance on the ballot well under the 75 percent needed for election. He admitted last year to using steroids and human growth hormone during his playing days.
Uribe set to leave Giants for Dodgers
MLB • Infielder Juan Uribe is closing in on a three-year deal to leave the World Series champion San Francisco Giants for the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, two people with knowledge of the situation said on Monday.
San Francisco offered Uribe salary arbitration last week, when general manager Brian Sabean acknowledged the sides were far off in their numbers.
• Free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba has agreed to a two-year contract with the Texas Rangers. Torrealba hit .271 with seven homers and 37 RBI in 95 games with San Diego last season.
Attorney general joins U.S. pitchmen
soccer • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will join former President Bill Clinton and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman on Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, at the final presentation to FIFA's executive committee of the U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup. Australia, Japan, Qatar and South Korea also are hoping to host the 2022 tournament. FIFA will decide the same day among England, Spain-Portugal, Russia and Belgium-Netherlands for 2018.
• David Villa scored twice as host Barcelona routed coach Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid 5-0 Monday night, moving into first place in the Spanish league with its record fifth straight win in the "Clasico" matchup.
From wire reports