The Baseball Hall of Fame announced the ballot for its veterans committee, and the most prominent names are late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and his frequent sidekick, Billy Martin. Results of the voting will be announced Dec. 6. In other news from around the web, read about why Isiah Thomas' dreams of returning to the NBA may be fleeting, and why Tom Brady is being credited with another shrewd decision for taking a share of Under Armour as part of his deal to endorse the company's products.

Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder was furious Sunday during the Dolphins' 26-10 loss to the Ravens, but it wasn't just because of the loss. Crowder became incensed and had to be restrained by his teammates because, he later explained, Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain spit in his face. McClain denied the accusation, but Crowder was adamant after the game. "Le'Ron McClain spit in my face," he said. "That's some real [expletive], so if you talk to him tell him he's a [expletive] and if he ever comes to Miami he's got to see me. ...

Randy Moss' departure from Minnesota apparently was triggered by his rude behavior toward some employees who were catering a post-practice meal for the Vikings. This got us thinking about other infamous incidents in sports involving food. Who can forget then-Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens tossing items from a postgame buffet at a writer, an NFL assistant coach's naked trip through a fast food drive-through window, or Jim Schoenfeld's "Have another doughnut" rant at an NHL official?

Despite being coach at Florida International University, Isiah Thomas doesn't mind letting everyone know he would prefer to be in New York. In an interview with ESPN, Thomas was asked if he thought about eventually replacing 69-year-old Donny Walsh as Knicks president.

The surfing world is in shock following the death of three-time world champion Andy Irons, who was found dead Tuesday morning in a Dallas hotel room during a layover on a trip to his home in Hawaii. The 32-year-old Irons had withdrawn from a tournament in Puerto Rico because of an illness related to dengue fever, according to his sponsor, and his illness apparently worsened during his flight home.

FOXBORO — New England Revolution star forward Taylor Twellman announced his retirement Wednesday afternoon at Gillette Stadium due to lingering effects from a serious concussion and neck injury in August 2008.

 

"Today is hard," the 30-year-old Twellman said. "It's unfortunate to lose your career to injury." 

 

Twellman was injured on Aug. 30, 2008, in a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy and was limited to just two games in 2009 and did not play this past season. 

 

One of the Chilean miners who was trapped underground for 69 days will run the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Edison Pena, 34, trained by running 3-6 miles each day in work boots through underground tunnels, listening to Elvis Presley songs on an iPod and sometimes dragging a wooden pallet behind him for an added challenge. "I ran to forget that I was trapped," Pena said. "I ran in the dark. It was tremendous for me. ... I went to the depths, the lowest of the low, but I kept running. If you show God you can fight, He will listen much more than if you give up.

According to multiple reports, Revolution forward Taylor Twellman will announce his retirement Wednesday afternoon. Twellman, 30, has been dealing with post-concussion symptoms for the last two years following a collision with Los Angeles goalkeeper Steve Cronin. The second overall pick in the 2002 MLS draft, Twellman scored a team-record 101 goals in 174 regular-season matches with the Revs. A five-time All-Star, he was named league MVP in 2005.

There are five former professional athletes running for office in Tuesday's elections: former NBA centers Shawn Bradley (Utah state house of representatives) and Chris Dudley (Oregon governor), and former NFL players Jon Runyan (U.S. congress representing New Jersey), Keith Fimian (U.S. congress representing Virginia) and Heath Shuler (U.S. congress representing North Carolina).

LeBron James told reporters on Sunday that, in retrospect, he would handle the announcement of his free agent decision differently if he had to do it again. However, he didn't get into specifics about what he would do differently, and he made it clear that he is pleased with his move to Miami. The interview occurred while James and the Heat were in New Jersey to play the Nets, and James recalled how he enjoyed meeting with Nets management.