COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Larry Walker have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, with Jeter falling one vote shot of being a unanimous selection. 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 New York Yankees. Walker spent 17 seasons in the majors, hitting .313 with 383 home runs and 1,311 RBIs for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals.
BOSTON (AP) — The resumption of Dustin Pedroia’s (peh-DROY’-uhz) major league career has suffered a significant setback while rehabbing his left knee injury. The Boston Red Sox second baseman and 2008 American League MVP has been on the mend since Baltimore’s Manny Machado slid into his surgically repaired knee at second base in April 2017. Pedroia has had multiple surgeries on the knee since then and has been limited to just nine games over the past two seasons.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is recovering from surgery to repair a core muscle injury after playing 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. The Browns did not provide a timeline on his return but says Beckham is expected to make a full recovery.
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO-uh tag-oh-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 NFL on Tuesday released the official list of 120 players who gave up college eligibility, many of whom had already publicly announced their intentions. Among that 120 are 16 players who notified the NFL they had completed college degree requirements and were therefore eligible to be selected in the April 23-25 draft in Las Vegas.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — 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.