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January 25, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Third baseman Chipper Jones, first baseman Jim Thome (TOH’-mee), outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and closer Trevor Hoffman have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted this July 29 in Cooperstown, New York. Jones and Thome were elected in their first year of eligibility, Guerrero made it on his second try and Hoffman was chosen in his third year. Designated hitter Edgar Martinez came close after a grass-roots campaign to boost him.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison following a weeklong hearing in which more than 150 women and girls offered statements of sexual abuse by him. Nassar admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years under the guise of medical treatment. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said it was her honor and privilege to sentence Nassar, telling him, “I just signed your death warrant.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended five games without pay by the NHL for elbowing New Jersey’s Marcus Johansson in the head during Tuesday’s game. The hit occurred with 1:59 left in the third period of Boston’s 3-2 win and knocked Johansson out of the game. The Boston star has previously been suspended five times and fined three times in his nine-year career.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It will be top-ranked Simona Halep (see-MOH’-nah HA’-lehp) against No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open women’s final. Halep blew a 5-3 lead in the third set before pulling out a 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 win over former champion Angelique Kerber. Wozniacki has advanced to the final for the first time by downing Elise Mertens 6-3, 7-6.

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams plans to return to tournament play in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The two-time champion gave birth in September and will have spent 14 months away from the WTA Tour when she competes in the March 5-18 event at Indian Wells. Williams was among the entries released Wednesday by tournament officials.

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