BASKETBALL

Lakers’ Bryant looks ready for comeback

•?Wearing his practice shorts and a sweatshirt, Kobe Bryant looked as if he was ready to return to action in Washington.

After the Los Angeles Lakers signed the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history to a two-year contract extension, Bryant said he can’t wait to play.

In what he says will probably be his final contract, Bryant says there was no negotiation.

Bryant’s new deal is reportedly worth $48.5 million, and it takes him into his 20th season with the Lakers.

He hasn’t played this season while recovering from surgery in April on a torn Achilles tendon. He won’t play on this three-game road trip, but he’s looking forward to three practices in the four days off that precede Los Angeles’ game in Sacramento on Dec. 6 as a possible return.

•?The Minnesota Timberwolves have finalized the trade that sends Derrick Williams to Sacramento for Luc Mbah a Moute. The deal was finished on Tuesday. Williams was the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2011.

BASEBALL

Hall of fame ballot includes big names

•?Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year’s hall of fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez also are among the players eligible to be voted on for the first time by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The 36-player ballot will include Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow and Mike Timlin, the hall said Tuesday.

•?A person familiar with negotiations says representatives for free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano met with the New York Yankees, and the gap between the sides remains wide. The person said the sides may meet again today.

•?Free-agent left-hander Javier Lopez has finalized his $13 million, three-year contract to stay with the San Francisco Giants. Lopez agreed to terms on the new deal last Thursday, but needed to travel to the Bay Area to undergo his physical before signing the contract.

•?Skip Schumaker is returning to the NL Central, completing a $5 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds that gives them a versatile player off the bench.

Hockey

Canes’ Westgarth suspended 2 games

•?Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth has been suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for a boarding hit. The league’s department of player safety announced Westgarth’s suspension Tuesday. Westgarth was suspended for his hit on Ottawa defenseman Mark Boroweicki at 7:55 of the first period of Sunday’s game.

•?The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Jared Boll on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 22 because of a bruised foot and have added forward Sean Collins to the roster on emergency recall from Springfield of the AHL. Boll, the longest serving current Blue Jacket, is eligible to return on Nov. 30.

— From wire reports