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Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to Hall of Fame
UNDATED (AP) — Derek Jeter and Larry Walker will be giving speeches in Cooperstown, New York, this summer.
Jeter was a near-unanimous selection for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Yankees shortstop and longtime team captain appeared on all but one of the 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Walker will join Jeter on the induction stage after being elected in his 10th year on the ballot. Walker was named on 76.57% of the ballots, just above the required 75%.
Jeter won five World Series while batting .310 with 260 home runs and 1,311 RBIs in a 20-year career spent entirely with the Yankees. Walker spent 17 seasons in the majors, hitting .313 with 383 home runs and 1,311 RBIs for the Expos, Rockies and Cardinals.
Pitcher Curt Schilling was third with 278 votes (70%) in his eighth ballot appearance.
In other MLB news:
— The Braves and free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) have worked out a one-year, $18 million deal that puts him on the team he helped beat in the playoffs last October. Ozuna hit .429 with two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in their five-game win over the Braves in the NL Division Series. He batted .241 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs during the regular season.
— The Red Sox say second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) has suffered a significant setback while rehabbing his left knee injury. It is the latest blow to the four-time All-Star's attempt to return to the field. The 2008 American League MVP has been on the mend since 2017. Pedroia has had multiple surgeries on the knee, has been limited to just nine games over the past two seasons.
— The Los Angeles City Council wants Major League Baseball to strip the Astros and Red Sox of their World Series titles and award the trophies to the Dodgers. The symbolic resolution, meant as a statement against cheating, was introduced after it was revealed that the Astros used a system by then-coach Alex Cora in 2017 to tip off batters on what pitch was to be thrown.
— The Cubs have acquired reliever Travis Lakins from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash. The 25-year-old right-hander debuted with Boston last season and posted a 3.86 ERA in 16 games.
Day 3 in progress
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Play is underway on Day 3 at the Australian Open with defending champion Naomi Osaka playing Zheng Saisai in the opening match at Margaret Court Arena.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is playing the first match at Rod Laver Arena before top seed Ash Barty and Novak Djokovic hit the main court to conclude the day session. Serena Williams and Roger Federer will make up the night session at Laver Arena.
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Evansville makes coaching change
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Evansville men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty has been fired and replaced by assistant Bernie Seltzer for the remainder of the season.
McCarty was placed on administrative leave on Dec. 26 so university officials could investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and violations of the school's Title IX policy.
Beckham recovering from surgery
UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is recovering from surgery to repair a core muscle injury.
Beckham played most of last season with a sports hernia. He didn't miss a game, but the three-time Pro Bowler didn't make the same kind of game-breaking plays that made him so dangerous for the New York Giants. A full recovery is expected.
In other NFL news:
— Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO'-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH'-ah), Ohio State defensive end Chase Young and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor are among 99 juniors granted eligibility by the NFL into the draft. The league released the official list of 120 players entering the draft.
Magic Johnson at Stern memorial: I'm going to miss my angel
UNDATED (AP) — Current and former NBA stars gathered in New York Tuesday in a 2 ½ hour tribute to former NBA commissioner David Stern, who died earlier this month after a brain hemorrhage.
A tearful Magic Johnson called Stern “his angel.” Johnson recalled how Stern supported him playing in the 1992 All-Star Game despite some players concerns and fears about Johnson being HIV positive.
Others former stars who packed Radio City Music Hall included big men Bill Russell and Yao Ming to dazzling distributors such as Johnson and Isiah Thomas. Stern spent 30 years as commissioner. All credited Stern with popularizing the NBA.
In other NBA news:
— The Portland Trail Blazers have pulled off a multi-player deal that brings them Trevor Ariza (ah-REE’-zah), Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan from the Sacramento Kings for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round draft picks. Ariza is a 15-year-veteran who was averaging six points and 4.6 rebounds for the Kings this season. Bazemore has started 21 of his 43 games this season, averaging 7.9 points and four rebounds.
Investigators search home, gym of coach tied to Nassar
GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan authorities have searched the home and former gym of a gymnastics coach who had ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.
The Lansing State Journal posted photos of a man with a police coat carrying a box away from John Geddert’s house near Lansing, Michigan.
A spokesman for the state attorney general says Geddert was a U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach who worked closely with Nassar and at whose gymnastics club, Twistars, many of the Nassar victims were abused.