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NEW YORK -- Baseball writers could elect a quartet of players to the Hall of Fame for the first time in more than a half-century

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NEW YORK -- Baseball writers could elect a quartet of players to the Hall of Fame for the first time in more than a half-century. Robert Golden Chiefs Jersey . Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas appeared to be on track to gain election from the Baseball Writers Association of America on Wednesday, and Craig Biggio could join them. The last time four players received the required 75 per cent was in 1955, when Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons and Dazzy Vance all got in. Surprisingly, it was the third ballot appearance for DiMaggio, who fell 81 votes short in 1953 and 14 shy the following year. When he announced his retirement in December 2008, Maddux wouldnt talk about the Hall. "I think theres a lot of good players in there," he said. "Dont really have any thoughts on it." Maddux could break the mark for highest percentage (98.84), set when in 1992 when Tom Seaver topped the record Ty Cobb set in 1936. "I just have just never come across any human being, whether theyre a voter or just a fan, that doesnt think Greg Maddux is a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest pitchers who ever pitched," The Boston Globes Nick Cafardo said Tuesday. "I cant imagine someone not voting for him. So I would guess that hes going to break Seavers record." Maddux is among three high-profile players on the BBWAA ballot for the first time, joined by his former Atlanta teammate Glavine and Thomas. Holdovers include Biggio, who topped voting at 68 per cent last year, 39 votes short of the 75 per cent needed for election. It was only the second time in four decades the BBWAA failed to elect anyone. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, a former reporter for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, said Tuesday the only player he voted for was Jack Morris, on the writers ballot for the 15th and final time after falling 42 votes shy last year. "To me, I didnt exclude Maddux. I excluded everybody from that era, everybody from the Steroid Era," Gurnick said. "It wasnt about Greg Maddux, it was about the entire era. I just dont know who did and who didnt." Gurnick said Morris also was the only player he voted for in 2013 and added he intends to abstain in future elections. "Some people quibble over when the era starts, but the bulk of his career was in my opinion well before all of the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs," Gurnick said. Given that 569 ballots were submitted in 2013, Maddux likely could be omitted from six this year and still break the record set by Seaver, who received 425 of 430 votes. Seaver was left off by Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News, Bob Hertzel of The Pittsburgh Press and freelance writer Bob Hunter. They all submitted blank ballots to protest the decision by the Hall of Fame board of directors to bar Pete Rose from the vote because of his lifetime ban from baseball following a gambling probe. Retired writers Deane McGowen and Bud Tucker also did not vote for Seaver. "If it had cost Seaver anything, yeah, I probably would regret it at some level, but it didnt really cost him anything," Hagen, now with MLB.com, said Tuesday. "He still got the highest vote (percentage) total ever, and he wouldnt have been unanimous anyway." The Steroids Era has impacted the vote totals of players with stellar statistics. In initial appearances last year, Mike Piazza was at 57.8 per cent, Roger Clemens at 37.6, Barry Bonds at 36.2 and Sammy Sosa at 12.5. Mark McGwire received 16.9 on his seventh try. The Baseball Think Factory website compiled votes by writers who made their opinions public, and with 194 ballots had Maddux at 99.5 per cent, followed by Glavine (95), Thomas (90) and Biggio (78). The websites count had Piazza (69), Morris (61) and Jeff Bagwell (58) falling short along with Tim Raines (54), Bonds (42), Clemens (41), Curt Schilling (37) and Mike Mussina (26). McGwire (11) and Sosa (8) had little support. Approximately 600 writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point considered the 36-player ballot. Next years ballot could be even more crowded when Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Carlos Delgado and Gary Sheffield become eligible, five years after their retirements. The BBWAA last month formed a committee to study whether the organization should ask the Hall to change the limit of 10 players per ballot. Stefan Charles Chiefs Jersey . Karlovic of Croatia used his big serve to beat Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7). Kohlschreiber had lost all of his three previous matches against Istomin but the German broke serve for a decisive 3-2 lead in the third set and held on to reach his first final of the year. Anthony Hitchens Chiefs Jersey . This is the final meeting of the season between these teams.? The Capitals were 5-4 winners in a shootout Oct. http://www.thechiefsshoponline.com/Youth-Derrick-Nnadi-Chiefs-Jersey/ .com) - Coming off a pair of tough losses last week, the Syracuse Orange will try to put an end to their first losing skid of the season when they pay a visit to the Maryland Terrapins at the Comcast Center on Monday night in Atlantic Coast Conference action.GLENDALE, Ariz. - Shane Doan skated toward Frederik Andersen, sending a shot he intended to put between the goalies legs. Instead, Doans stick broke and the blade sailed over Andersens shoulder.Confused by what happened, Doan glanced back just in time to see the puck trickle over the line. Even then, Arizonas captain wasnt sure if the goal counted because of the broken stick.It did, giving Doan his first shootout goal since 2012 and the Coyotes a rare winning streak.Doan scored the only goal in the shootout with the broken stick, Devan Dubnyk stopped 36 shots and the Coyotes beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Saturday night.In your head, youre like: Did that really just happen? Is it going to work? Doan said. When I saw him point at the net, I was pretty excited.Zbynek Michalek scored in the first period and Arizona played well in its own end against one of the NHLs most explosive teams.Dubnyk was sharp from the start and gave the Coyotes a chance with some big saves in the third period when Anaheim picked up the pressure.After both teams failed to score the first three rounds of the shootout, Arizona coach Dave Tippett sent out Doan for the fourth.He hadnt taken a shot in a shootout this season and appeared to have no chance at scoring when his stick broke on the shot. But with the blade distracting Andersen as it sailed past, the puck trickled toward the right post and just sneaked over the line before Anaheims goalie could react.Too bad you cant get a save for stopping the blade, Andersen said. For a split second, that was my reaction (following the blade), it happened so fast. Yeah, thats a weird goal.Andersen was sharp after the holiday break, stopping 28 shots and giving up two goals on screens — one by Sam Gagner on Michaleks goal, the other by Doans stick.Rene Bourque scored for the Ducks, who are still undefeated in one-goal games (17-0-6) despite the fluky shootout goal.More power to them, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. Its a lucky goal, but they got it.Anaheim was arguably the NHLss best team before the holiday break, rising to the top of the NHL with 51 points while tying for the league lead with 23 wins. Dorian ODaniel Jersey. he Coyotes have been one of the leagues worst teams, struggling at both ends of the ice to lurk near the bottom of the Western Conference. Arizona entered the break with 12 wins — five of those against Edmonton after beating the struggling Oilers 5-1 on Tuesday night.The Ducks jumped on Arizona early, scoring in the first period when Bourque beat Dubnyk on a one-timer from just outside the crease after Ryan Getzlaf juked his way through Arizonas defence.Michalek answered 1:13 later with a hard shot from near the blue line that Andersen had trouble seeing as Gagner skated past.The score held up through the second period, thanks to the goalies.Andersen had some tough stops, splaying out on one to rob Mikkel Boedker on a rebound. Dubnyk was solid, too, the highlight a snatching glove save on Patrick Maroons shot from the left circle.Dubnyk made a few more tough saves and got a break early in the third, when a shot by Andrew Cogliano got by him but hit the crossbar. Dubnyk stopped 18 shots in the period, including a blocker stop on Maroon with a second left in regulation.Andersen made another big save late in overtime, stopping Antoine Vermette on a semi-breakaway.That set the stage for Doans stick-breaking winner, giving Arizona consecutive wins for the first time since beating Vancouver and Edmonton on Nov. 14 and 16.Ive seen a lot of things in this game for a long time and never seen that before, Tippett said. I just watched the replay and you couldnt do it again if you tried it a thousand times.Notes: The game included the players with the three longest active consecutive games streak: Cogliano (577), Vermette (428) and Arizona defenceman Keith Yandle (420). ... Doan played game No. 1,350, passing Kirk Muller for 45th on the NHLs career list. ... ... Arizona LW Lauri Korpikoski returned after missing four games with a lower-body injury. 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