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Who won and lost on Hall of Fame election night?

Cooperstown opened its doors to a trio of stars while another hopeful just missed the cut. Here's what we learned from the 2017 Hall ballots.

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Rider-Siena scuffle leads to invisible handshakes (0:41)
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Brown apologizes for being 'caught up in the moment' (0:34)
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Giannis admits he gets scared playing against great players (0:58)
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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Raines on Sportscenter, on how playing in Montreal made his journey to HOF election so much longer: "Playing in Montreal, people didn't get a chance to actually see us play. . . . I think social media actually gave me a chance to get out there even more for people who didn't really get an opportunity to see me play."

MLB 

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens asked if Isaiah Thomas deserves to be an All-Star starter. "Sure." And why is that? "Because he's had a hell of a year."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Julian Edelman, to Steelers reporters, on his Antonio Brown-related comments: "I mean, I think it was taken out of context. I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They're an unbelievable franchise. It starts from the top with the Rooney Family, Coach [Mike] Tomlin, I think they just mis[interpreted] – I mean, I don't know, I may have said it, but I think more of that was that it's not the way we would do it here. That's just how that goes. There was no maliciousness about it, but it's whatever. That's what the media does, try to make stories."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Jeff Bagwell on Barry Bonds: "He's the best player I ever played against in my entire life." Bagwell pronounced himself a "fan" of both Bonds and Roger Clemens.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The BBWAA has now elected 12 Hall of Famers in the past four years, helping to clear some of the logjam on the ballot. This should help Edgar Martinez possibly make the jump from mid-50s percentile to 75 in his final two years, just as Tim Raines did.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The only players to lose votes this year: Curt Schilling (down 31 votes, 7.3 percent) & Billy Wagner (down one vote, 0.1 percent). Oops. I think I'm the vote Wagner lost! (Rule of 10 issues)

MLB 

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Biggest jumps in the voting this year: Tim Raines (16.2 pct), Edgar Martinez (15.2), Jeff Bagwell (14.6), Barry Bonds (9.4), Roger Clemens (8.9), Mike Mussina (8.8)

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's the 1st Hall of Fame inscription ball Jeff Bagwell has signed. Bagwell is an exclusive of Tristar, who is selling these for $159

MLB 

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

A Roger Clemens voting oddity: He has now gotten more votes than Barry Bonds in all 5 years they've been on the ballot, but never by more than 12 votes. This year's totals: Clemens 239, Bonds 238. No idea how to explain that.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

This year's voting bodes well for Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero who are now positioned as shoe in's for the 2018 HOF class. We also look forward to next year's first ballot Hall of Famers that should include both Chipper Jones and Jim Thome. For Bonds and Clemens a step forward and for them a blessing that there is a ten year period of consideration, as years of healing can only enhance their chances of eventually getting in.

MLB 

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The good news for Sammy Sosa: His vote total went up, from 7.0 to 8.6 pct. The bad news: This makes 4 straight years in single digits. He would need to add nearly 300 votes to get elected. Good luck on that!

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Turns out Roger Clemens & Barry Bonds didn't make as dramatic a jump as we expected. Clemens went from 45.2 pct to 54.1, Bonds from 44.3 to 53.8. So both would need close to 100 more votes to get elected. Still, they were both around 36 pct 2 years ago. They have 5 years left on the ballot. And only Gil Hodges got this close with this many years left and didn't get into the Hall

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Congratulations to Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Pudge Rodriguez for getting elected to the Hall of Fame. I hope everyone will celebrate their illustrious careers rather than focus on those who didn't get in and on the voters who's had unpopular ballots.

MLB 

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

For those who voted for maximum 10 players, Hall of Fame ballot will remain crowded even after the elections of Bagwell, Pudge and Raines. Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Omar Vizquel among those first-timers next year.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Another Hall of Fame takeaway: 5 players got more than 70 percent of the vote. That had never happened in any election under the modern voting system

MLB 

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The vote totals for this three-man class of players: In: Jeff Bagwell (86.2%), Tim Raines (86.0%), Ivan Rodriguez (76.0%) Just missed: Trevor Hoffman (74.0%), Vladimir Guerrero (71.7%) Biggest climber: Edgar Martinez (58.6%) Noteworthy: Roger Clemens (54.1%), Barry Bonds (53.8%)

MLB 

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Hall of Fame class of 2017: Jeff Bagwell (86.2 pct), Tim Raines (86.0 pct), Pudge Rodriguez (76.0). Biggest surprises: Vlad Guerrero misses being a first-ballot Hall of Famer by 15 votes. And Trevor Hoffman still falls 5 votes short after getting 67.3 pct last year. No eligible player has come that close & not made it the next year since Tony Perez in 1999.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Pudge Rodriguez is the first Hall of Fame electee whose primary team was the expansion Texas Rangers/Washington Senators (Nolan Ryan's plaque has a Rangers cap, but he pitched more games for the Angels & Astros). Jeff Bagwell is the second Hall of Fame player from the Astros and Tim Raines the third from the Expos.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Hall of Fame votes are in! Who got elected: Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez. Welcome to Cooperstown!

MLB 

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Antonio Brown was contrite in his press conference addressing the Facebook Live issue: "We're not all perfect. I'm human, I'm going to make mistakes, but as a man I own up to those mistakes."

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The Penguins are back in action tonight for the first time since their 8-7 win over the Capitals on Monday. Pittsburgh, which has lost three in a row on the road, is at Montreal, which has lost three of its last four home games against the Penguins. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, with 988 points, is sandwiched on the active career points list by the Canucks' Sedin twins -- Henrik (999) and Daniel (967).

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Confirmed: Carl Cheffers will be the referee for Super Bowl LI. Football Zebras reported the news earlier Wednesday.

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Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Antonio Brown said part of the reason for the video was because he didn't get to play in the Steelers divisional playoff game last year and it ate at him for having to wait so long to get back there. "I'm excited to keep business boomin' this weekend," he said.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Antonio Brown said he "totally regrets" the Facebook Live post and said it was disrespectful to his teammates and the team. He said he just got carried away in the excitement of the moment.