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The Miami Marlins traded outfielder Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday for outfielders Lewis Brinson and Monte Harrison, infielder Isan Diaz and right-hander Jordan Yamamoto. ESPN reported last month that Yelich's relationship with the Marlins was "irretrievably broken" after the team dealt away top players such as Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon to cut payroll.
NEW YORK — Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman are headed to Cooperstown after being voted in as the Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. Jones and Thome both earned the distinction of being first-ballot Hall of Famers in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with the results announced by Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Guerrero was voted in on his second year on the ballot, and Hoffman made it in his third.
Guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 59 points as the Portland Trail Blazers topped the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves 123-114 Wednesday night at Moda Center. Lillard scored 31 points and McCollum added 28 for the Trail Blazers, who won their seventh straight home game. Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting -- including 3-for-4 from 3-point range -- and had seven rebounds for the Blazers. Portland also got 12 points from Pat Connaughton and 11 points and 10 rebounds from Ed Davis off the bench.
MINNEAPOLIS—Four Northwestern players scored in double figures Tuesday night as the Wildcats rallied from an eight-point second half deficit to stop Minnesota 77-69 in a Big 10 Conference matchup at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Bryant McIntosh and Vic Law led the Wildcats (13-9, 4-5 Big Ten) with 18 points each. Law stuffed the stat sheet with 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots. Scottie Lindsey scored 15 points, and Dererk Pardon was good for 10 points and eight rebounds.
Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook heads the list of reserves for the NBA All-Star Game, which were announced Tuesday. The Oklahoma City Thunder star is close to matching the triple-double average he produced last season, as he is currently at 24.8 points, 10.1 assists and 9.7 rebounds per game. Westbrook was one of seven players picked from Western Conference teams for the Feb. 18 contest at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
New York Giants safety Landon Collins has withdrawn from Sunday's Pro Bowl because of an arm injury suffered in Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals. Collins was selected as a starter in the event for the second time in his three NFL seasons. Replacing Collins on the roster will be Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith, who will be headed to his third consecutive Pro Bowl. Joining Smith from the Vikings will be defensive tackle Linval Joseph, replacing the Eagles' Fletcher Cox, and Kyle Rudolph, who will take the spot of injured Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham.
Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points and Jeff Teague contributed a season-best 30 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves notched a high-octane 126-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Another Ball will join Lithuanian club Vytautas for its Big Baller Challenge game Tuesday night. LaVar Ball, father of players LiAngelo and LaMelo, will serve as an assistant coach for the team's matchup against BC Dzukija. "He will be an assistant coach on game protocol but will drive the team through the game and make many of the decisions," a team spokesman told ESPN. "The style the team is going to play is going to be LaVar's choice."
Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater are all unsure of their respective futures with the Minnesota Vikings. In the meantime, head coach Mike Zimmer isn't showing his hand on the matter. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Zimmer didn't provide any indication as to what the team plans to do at the quarterback position moving forward. "We'll work through all that process. I'm really not prepared to comment on it after we got back at 3:00 a.m. yesterday," Zimmer said. "So, we're just going to work through it, just like we always do, and go from there."
The New York Giants officially hired Pat Shurmur as head coach on Monday. Shurmur had been rumored as the club's top choice but was unable to accept the position until the Minnesota Vikings' season ended. Shurmur was offensive coordinator for the Vikings, who lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Shurmur, 52, has a 10-23 record as an NFL head coach. He went 9-23 as coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2011-12 and also won a game as interim coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015.