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Six-time All-Pro offensive lineman Joe Thomas, shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis and speedy pass rusher Dwight Freeney headline the list of nine first-year eligible players picked among the 129 nominees for the 2023 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The other first-year eligibles are running back Chris Johnson, offensive lineman Jahri Evans, linebackers NaVorro Bowman and James Harrison; defensive back Kam Chancellor and punter Shane Lechler.

The nine new candidates combined for 52 Pro Bowl berths, 30 first-team All-Pro selections, with five of the nine winning Super Bowls and five making an all-decade team. Johnson also won an Offensive Player of the Year award in 2009 and Harrison was picked as top defensive player in 2008.

Thomas was one of the top tackles in the league over a durable 11-year career that saw him selected first-team All-Pro six times and second team two other times. He had a streak of 10,363 consecutive plays while playing for the Browns his entire career.

Revis, who also came out in the 2007 draft, moved around much more, spending time with the Jets, Tampa Bay, New England and Kansas City.

His best play came in New York where he was a first-team All-Pro from 2009-11 and finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2009 when he repeatedly shut down top receivers by sending them to “Revis Island.”

Revis spent one year in New England, helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl in the 2014 season.

Freeney spent most of his 16-year career in Indianapolis where his speed off the edge and dominant spin move led to 125 1/2 career sacks. He anchored a defense that complemented a high-powered offense led by Peyton Manning and helped the Colts win the Super Bowl following the 2006 season.

The list will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in January before the selection committee discusses and chooses the class of 2023 that will be enshrined in August.

The 15 finalists will be trimmed to 10 and then five during the selection meeting early next year. The final five candidates will need to get 80% of the votes from the panel to get into the Hall.

The roster of nominees consists of 67 offensive players, 50 defensive players and 12 special teamers.

Finalists from 2022 re-nominated for next year are defensive end Jared Allen, tackle Willie Anderson, defensive back Ronde Barber, returner Devin Hester, receivers Torry Holt, Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne; linebackers Zach Thomas and Patrick Willis; and edge rusher DeMarcus Ware.

The committee will also consider former Chargers and Cardinals coach Don Coryell in the coaching category and three senior candidates: Super Bowl V MVP Chuck Howley and All-Pro defenders Joe Klecko and Ken Riley.

They also will get in if they get support from at least 80% of voters in January.

Three-time All-Pro receiver Cliff Branch and Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil are finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2022.

Branch is the senior candidate and Vermeil is the nominee in the coaches category picked Tuesday by a five-person committee of Hall of Fame voters. To be elected to the Hall of Fame, Branch and Vermeil must receive 80% of the vote from the entire 49-member selection committee when it meets early next year.

Branch was one of the most dynamic receivers of his era as the speedy deep threat for the Raiders that stretched opposing defenses.

Branch played 14 seasons from 1972-85, ranking in the top five in the NFL in catches (501), yards receiving (8,685) and touchdown catches (67) over that span.

He also played a key role on three Super Bowl champions with 73 catches for 1,289 yards and five TDs in 22 playoff games. Only Jerry Rice, Julian Edelman and Michael Irvin have more yards receiving in the postseason than Branch.

Branch led the NFL in touchdowns twice and eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards twice. He was a first-team All-Pro in 1974, ’75 and ’76.

“He dreamed of this. He wanted this so bad, he could taste it,” Cliff’s sister, Elaine Anderson, said in a call with Hall of Fame President David Baker on Tuesday. “It was all he talked about — when he would go to the Hall of Fame.”

Branch died in 2019 at age 71.

Vermeil won 120 games in the regular season, leading the Philadelphia Eagles (1980) and St. Louis Rams (1999) to Super Bowl appearances. His “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams won the Super Bowl 23-16 over Tennessee.

Vermeil came to the Eagles from UCLA in 1976 and got long-struggling Philadelphia into the playoffs in his third season and Super Bowl two years after that where he lost to Branch and the Raiders 27-10.

He stepped away from coaching following the 1982 season and became a broadcaster before returning to the sideline in 1997 in St. Louis.

He once again quickly revived a downtrodden franchise and delivered the Rams their first Super Bowl title in his third season with one of the most prolific offenses led by Hall of Famers Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce.

He left the Rams after that Super Bowl and finished his coaching career with a five-year stint in Kansas City starting in 2001.

He posted double-digit wins in six of 15 seasons and had a .524 career winning percentage.

“I am overwhelmed. I’m not sure I belong there,” Vermeil said of the Hall of Fame upon hearing the news of his finalist status from Baker. He said the coach committee had his “deepest appreciation and gratitude.”

The selection committee will also consider 15 modern era finalists and one contributor, who will be named on Aug. 31.

The preliminary list of modern era candidates will be picked in September, then trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and the 15 finalists in January.

The Class of 2022 will be formally enshrined next summer in Canton, Ohio.

The NHL announced the 31 nominees for this year’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

The award is handed out annually to the player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”

Each team chooses its nominee, and the winner is then chosen by a committee of NHL executives led by commissioner Gary Bettman and his deputy, Bill Daly.

The winner will receive a $25,000 donation to a charity or charities of their choice, while the two runners-up will receive $5,000 each.

Here’s the full list:

Anaheim DucksCam Fowler
Arizona CoyotesOliver Ekman-Larsson
Boston BruinsCharlie Coyle
Buffalo SabresJack Eichel
Calgary FlamesMikael Backlund
Carolina HurricanesJordan Staal
Chicago BlackhawksConnor Murphy
Colorado AvalanchePierre-Edouard Bellemare
Columbus Blue JacketsCam Atkinson
Dallas StarsEsa Lindell
Detroit Red WingsDylan Larkin
Edmonton OilersKyle Turris
Florida PanthersSergei Bobrovsky
Los Angeles KingsTrevor Moore
Minnesota WildMats Zuccarello
Montreal CanadiensJonathan Drouin
Nashville PredatorsPekka Rinne
New Jersey DevilsP.K. Subban
New York IslandersAnders Lee
New York RangersChris Kreider
Ottawa SenatorsThomas Chabot
Philadelphia FlyersScott Laughton
Pittsburgh PenguinsSidney Crosby
San Jose SharksKurtis Gabriel
St. Louis BluesRyan O’Reilly
Tampa Bay LightningAlex Killorn
Toronto Maple LeafsJohn Tavares
Vancouver CanucksTyler Motte
Vegas Golden KnightsMarc-Andre Fleury
Washington CapitalsGarnet Hathaway
Winnipeg JetsBlake Wheeler

The NHL revealed its 31 nominees for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Monday.

The award is given to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.”

Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom may be considered the front-runner this season after announcing he was cancer-free in December. Lindblom was one of three finalists last year.

Bobby Ryan won last season as a member of the Ottawa Senators. He entered the player assistance program to help fight his battle with alcoholism.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame unveiled its list of 2018 nominees for enshrinement, including several no-brainer, first-ballot cases.

As expected, Jason KiddSteve Nash, and Ray Allen will be on the ballot, the latter two included earlier than expected due to the Hall’s recently revised eligibility requirements. They will be joined by three other nominees on the men’s side, each with distinct ties to the Detroit PistonsGrant HillChauncey Billups, and Richard “Rip” Hamilton.

Holdover nominees from include Chris Webber, Ben Wallace, Muggsy Bogues, Maurice Cheeks, Tim Hardaway, and Sidney Moncrief.

Notably absent from the ballot is Rasheed Wallace, inextricably linked with the mid-2000s Pistons. Billups, Hamilton, and Ben Wallace can all credit their strong cases to having played on those teams, including the franchise’s surprising title win in 2004.

On the women’s side, WNBA greats Becky Hammon, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, and Teresa Weatherspoon are on the ballot, as well as Kim Mulkey nominated for both her playing days at Louisiana Tech and her storied coaching tenure at Baylor.

Former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino, who passed away in August at 82 years old, is also on the ballot. He led the Wildcats to a 355-241 record from 1973-92, including the program’s first national championship in 1985.