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December 9, 2013 12:20 PM EST | AP


Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST.

— LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox are unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.

— LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Baseball's winter meetings begin, with one-quarter of the 168 major leaguers who became free agents after the World Series already having reached agreements.

— SAO PAULO — With disturbing images of fans hitting each other shown across Brazil, soccer's governing body downplays the risk of violence inside World Cup stadiums.

— NEW YORK — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is expected to be one of the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, but who else will be coming to New York for award ceremony? Announcement 6 p.m.

— SEATTLE — Washington introduces Chris Petersen as its football coach. He gets a chance to explain why this job was the one that finally lured him from Boise State. News conference 3 p.m.

— NEW YORK — The AP releases its latest Top 25 rankings in men's and women's college basketball.

— CHICAGO — Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys go for their third straight, trying to strengthen their playoff standing when they face a Bears team with fading postseason hopes. Game starts 8:40 p.m.

— METAIRIE, La. — The Saints have quickly bounced back from their worst performance this season and now aim to consolidate their hold on the No. 2 playoff seed in the NFC.

— FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots make the amazing look automatic. Week after week, they stage improbable comebacks. Sunday's win over Cleveland might have been the most impressive.

— LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant is back from his torn Achilles tendon, and everything is changing for the Lakers. Bryant knows he must get back into game shape without getting in his teammates' way.

— LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC is completing a letter to Olympic athletes, reminding them to refrain from demonstrations or political gestures during the Sochi Winter Games.

— LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Lindsey Vonn returned to racing for the first time in 10 months this weekend, a serious three-race, 72-hour test for her surgically repaired right knee.

— SALVADOR, Brazil — The World Cup may be great for planet soccer, but it isn't so good for planet Earth. The 2014 tournament will require huge amounts of air travel, spewing plenty of greenhouse gases.

— JOHANNESBURG — The mere sounds of a soccer game brightened Nelson Mandela in his darkest, most isolated times in prison. Soccer also gave him a closing victory, and the chance for a final wave goodbye.