Whitey Herzog

and umpire

Doug Harvey

were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday by the Veterans Committee.

Herzog, 78, and Harvey, 79, missed by one vote in their previous tries. Among those who came close this year: Marvin Miller, the man who built the players' union into a significant force, and former Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh, a Chester native.

Herzog won the 1982 World Series and three NL pennants with the St. Louis Cardinals and three division titles with Kansas City. He became the 19th manager to make the Hall.

He will be enshrined with Harvey at the induction ceremonies on July 25.

Harvey will be the ninth umpire in the Hall. He worked in the National League for 31 seasons before retiring in 1992. He worked five World Series, six All-Star Games, and handled more than 4,600 games overall.

The New York Yankees dealt righthander Brian Bruney to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named in the first trade of the winter meetings in Indianapolis. In his lone World Series appearance, Bruney gave up two runs and got just one out in the opener against the Phillies.

Ramon Scruggs, a former doctor who admitted illegally prescribing performance-enhancing drugs to major-leaguers Scott Schoeneweis and Troy Glaus, was sentenced by a federal judge in San Jose, Calif., to six months of home arrest and two years of probation.

Elsewhere: Righthander Brad Penny and St. Louis reached a tentative agreement on a $7.5 million, one-year deal, pending the results of his physical. . . . Milwaukee reliever Mark DiFelice, a Haverford High product, had surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff. . . . The Chicago Cubs said Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, 50, would manage triple-A Iowa next season after managing the double-A Tennessee Smokies in 2009. . . . Shortstop Adam Everett accepted a $1.55 million, one-year deal to stay with the Detroit Tigers.

OLYMPICS: Olympic leaders are ready to distribute some of the 2000 Games' five individual medals stripped from Marion Jones for doping - but withhold the 100-meter gold from another drug-tainted athlete.

Jones won three gold and two bronze medals in Sydney, Australia.

The gold in the 200 meters will go to Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas, who will be upgraded from silver. The gold in the 100 will remain vacant rather than be awarded to disgraced Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who was at the center of a drug scandal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

AUTO RACING: Danica Patrick has reached a deal to enter NASCAR with JR Motorsports, the Associated Press reported. The IndyCar driver will announce a partial schedule in the second-tier Nationwide Series today in Phoenix.

GOLF: Troy Merritt medaled at the PGA Tour's qualifying tournament, finishing the six-round event at 22-under-par 410 at Bear Lake Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. Tour veteran Jeff Maggert was a shot behind.

Duke star Amanda Blumenherst medaled at the LPGA Tour's qualifying tourney at LPA International's Champions Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. She closed the 90-hole event at 9-under 351.

COLLEGES: Villanova's Scottie Reynolds and Temple's LaKeisha Eaddy are the Big Five men's and women's basketball players of the week.

Duke freshman guard Andre Dawkins left the team to be with his family in Virginia after his sister's death in a weekend car accident in West Virginia.

INDOOR SOCCER: Kixx forward Leo Gibson is the Major Indoor Soccer League player of the week.

- Staff and wire reports