Lonnie Walker IV helps Miami edge Louisville in overtime

Lonnie Walker IV scored 25 points and the Miami Hurricanes edged Louisville 78-75 in overtime Wednesday night.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Lonnie Walker IV scored 25 points, including an acrobatic layup to force overtime, and the Miami Hurricanes edged Louisville 78-75 in overtime Wednesday night.

Dewan Huell’s dunk on a follow put the Hurricanes ahead to stay in the extra period, 73-71. Louisville coach David Padgett argued in vain that Huell should have been called for goaltending.

The Hurricanes missed 5 of 10 free throws in the final 22 seconds but hung on. Walker blocked a 3-point try by Ryan McMahon, and a 30-footer by the Cardinals’ Deng Adel at the final buzzer barely hit the rim.

Miami (15-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped Louisville’s four-game win streak. The Cardinals (15-5, 5-2) fell to third place in the conference standings behind No. 2 Virginia and No. 4 Duke.

Louisville shot 0 for 5 in overtime and finished at 42 percent. Miami won despite shooting 37 percent.

Walker’s layup with five seconds left sent the game into overtime. The Hurricanes missed their first six shots in the extra period before Walker fed Bruce Brown Jr. for a fast-break dunk and a tie at 71.

Brown otherwise had a rough night offensively, going 2 for 10 and missing all four 3-point tries. Huell had 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Quentin Snider led Louisville with 18 points. Anas Mahmoud had 15 points and four blocks off the bench. Junior Ray Spalding scored nine points, grabbed 13 rebounds and tied a career high with five blocks.

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There were 14 lead changes. Miami overcame a seven-point deficit early in the second half and went ahead 65-62. Louisville regained the lead and was up 69-67 when Mahmoud made one of two free throws with 14 seconds left in regulation.

Walker then outmaneuvered Mahmoud and Spalding with a one-handed layup to tie the game. Adel’s off-balance 30-footer at the buzzer bounced off the rim, sending the game into overtime.

Adel shot 4 for 16 and finished with 13 points.

OFF THE BENCH

Miami 6-10 freshman Sam Waardenburg joined the rotation to help combat the Cardinals’ size, and he contributed seven rebounds and a block in 13 minutes.

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The loss will likely keep the Cardinals out of the rankings next week.

The Hurricanes, playing as an unranked team for the first time this season, needed a win for a shot at climbing back into the Top 25 next week. They improved to 7-1 at home.

UP NEXT

Miami plays Saturday at Florida State. The Hurricanes won 80-74 when the teams met Jan. 7.

Louisville plays four of its next five games at home, including Saturday against Wake Forest.

South Carolina gets hot from downtown, upsets No. 20 Florida

Wesley Myers scored a season-high 22 points, Chris Silva added a double-double and South Carolina upset No. 20 Florida 77-72 on Wednesday night.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Wesley Myers scored a season-high 22 points, Chris Silva added a double-double and South Carolina upset No. 20 Florida 77-72 on Wednesday night.

Silva finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Gamecocks, who won the Elite Eight rematch from last year’s NCAA Tournament.

South Carolina knocked off the Gators in that one thanks to 42 points in the paint. Coach Frank Martin’s team won this one from the 3-point line.

The Gamecocks (13-7, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) hit 11 of 21 shots from beyond the arc, matching their most 3s all season. Myers was 5 of 7 from 3-point range, taking advantage of the league’s worst team at defending the 3.

The Gators (14-6, 6-2) led by 11 in the first half and were up 48-39 early in the second. But they had no answer for Myers outside and Silva down low.

Frank Booker sealed the victory by hitting four free throws in the final 40 seconds.

Florida won eight of its previous nine games to return to the rankings for the first time in more than a month.

Egor Koulechov and Jalen Hudson led Florida with 16 points apiece. KeVaughn Allen added 15 for the Gators, who shot 6 of 23 from 3-point range.

Florida had a great chance to tie the game with two minutes to play, but teammates turned the ball over while fighting for a rebound. Silva sank a jumper a few seconds later to make it 73-68.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: The Gamecocks picked up an NCAA Tournament-boosting victory on the road against a ranked team. It was the team’s first road victory against a ranked team since upsetting then-No. 8 Texas A&M on Feb. 6, 2016. This one came eight days after upsetting Kentucky in Columbia, but might do more for Martin’s team come tourney time.

Florida: Gators center John Egbunu took part in pregame warmups for the first time this season, a positive step in his return from reconstructive knee surgery. Egbunu missed the final 10 games last year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He began non-contact practice last week and could be a huge help in the post for the Gators when he returns.

HINSON HURT

South Carolina guard Evan Hinson, also a tight end on the football team, left the game with what appeared to be cramping in his right leg midway through the second half. Hinson had to be helped to the bench for treatment, but later returned. The sophomore was playing well before the injury, having tied a career high with eight points.

UP NEXT

South Carolina: Hosts No. 14 Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.

Florida: Hosts Baylor in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.

North Korean hockey players head to South to join combined Olympic team

Twelve North Korean female hockey players crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Thursday to form the rivals’ first-ever unified Olympic team during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games.
North Korean women's hockey players arrive at the Inter-Korean Transit Office in Paju, South Korea, Thursday.

North Korean women’s hockey players arrive at the Inter-Korean Transit Office in Paju, South Korea, Thursday. (Korea Pool Photo via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea – Twelve North Korean female hockey players crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Thursday to form the rivals’ first-ever unified Olympic team during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Fielding the joint hockey team was part of a package of Olympics-related rapprochement deals that the rival Koreas recently struck after a year of heightened regional animosity over the North’s advancing nuclear program. Some experts say North may want to use improved ties with South Korea as a way to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions.

On Thursday morning, the North Korean hockey players wearing white and red winter parkas with “DPR Korea,” an abbreviation of their country’s official name Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, written on their backs, arrived in South Korea along with a coach and two support staff. A North Korean advance team tasked with looking at the Olympic stadium and accommodation facilities also came with them, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry.

When busses carrying them left, about 30-40 conservative activists shouted slogans and raised a wood board with a sign demanding the beheading of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his photo. It wasn’t clear if any of the North Koreans on the buses looked at them.

The North Korean hockey players are to travel on to a southern South Korean training center where they’ll be united with their 23 South Korean teammates. They will start their joint practices as early as later Thursday. The North Korean advance team, for its part, moved to eastern towns, where the Feb. 9-25 Olympics are to take place.

North and South Korea are forming a joint team for the Winter Olympics. Following a year of heightened tension over the North's nuclear weapons program, the two countries are assembling a women's ice hockey team for the games in Pyeongchang.

The Koreas began exploring how to cooperate in the Olympics after Kim abruptly said during his New Year’s Day address that he was willing to send an Olympic delegation. Their rapprochement deals include athletes of the two Koreas marching together under a single flag during the Feb. 9 opening ceremony.

The International Olympic Committee has allowed 22 North Korean athletes, including the 12 hockey players, to compete in Pyeongchang in exceptional entries given to the North, which initially had none to come to the Olympics. The 10 others will compete in figure skating, short track speed skating, Alpine skiing and cross-country skiing, and they will come to South Korea on Feb. 1.

The joint hockey team deal has triggered a backlash in South Korea, with a survey showing about 70 percent of respondents opposing the idea because it would deprive South Korean players of playing time.

Asia analyst Gordon Chang weighs in on 'Fox & Friends First.'

Conservatives in Seoul have held a series of small-scale rallies in recent days. On Monday, activists burned Kim’s photo and a North Korean flag as the head of the North’s popular girl band passed by them during a visit to Seoul. North Korea responded Tuesday by warning similar actions could disrupt ongoing reconciliation efforts.

South Korean officials hope an Olympic-inspired mood of detente would serve as a stepping stone to the resumption of diplomatic talks that could slow down North Korea’s nuclear advancement. North Korea, however, has insisted it won’t discuss its nuclear program during its ongoing talks with South Korea, and some experts warn that tensions could flare again after the Olympics.

Suns routed by Pacers despite 4th-quarter surge

It was never close after the first six minutes.

INDIANAPOLIS — Thaddeus Young scored 22 points, Victor Oladipo had 21 points and nine assists and the Indiana Pacers pulled away from the Phoenix Suns for a 116-101 victory on Wednesday night.

The Pacers have won five of six, blowing out the Suns for the second time in 10 days.

Josh Jackson had 20 points while Greg Monroe had 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to lead Phoenix, which never led and didn’t get closer than 10 over the final three quarters. The Suns have lost two straight and five of six.

Indiana sealed it by closing the first half with a 13-4 flurry to make it 63-44. It opened the second half on a 16-2 run to make it 79-46 with 9:20 left.

It didn’t take long for Phoenix’s poor first-half performance to turn into a far more embarrassing finish.

Bojan Bogdanovic opened the second half with a dunk, Domantas Sabonis followed that with a dunk and a layup, and Joe Young added a 21-footer. By the time Phoenix called timeout, it was trailing 71-44, Tyson Chandler was on the bench with four fouls. On the final stop of a four-game road trip, the Suns looked like they were ready to head home.

It was never close after the first six minutes.

Indiana used a 13-4 run late in the first quarter to take a 25-14 lead and extended the margin to 43-28 midway through the second quarter before sealing the win with the two big runs.

TIP-INS

It took Phoenix more than 4 minutes to make a basket in the second half. … The Suns were 9 of 35 on 3-pointers but still extended the league’s longest active streak of consecutive games with a 3 to 1,106. Dallas holds the NBA record at 1,108. … Devin Booker and Troy Daniels each scored 19 points. … Phoenix was swept by Indiana for the second time in three years.

UP NEXT

Suns play their first home game in 12 days when the Knicks visit Friday.

Terance Mann scores career-high 30 to lead Florida State over Clemson

Terance Mann scored a career-high 30 points and Florida State got back to .500 in ACC play, defeating Georgia Tech 88-77 on Wednesday night.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Terance Mann scored a career-high 30 points and Florida State got back to .500 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, defeating Georgia Tech 88-77 on Wednesday night.

Mann hit his first seven shots and was 10 of 13 from the field in 36 minutes along with having five rebounds and five assists. He scored 21 points in the first half, including nine of the Seminoles’ final 14 points in the frame as they led 50-36 at halftime. It is the 6-foot-6 junior guard’s seventh game with 20 or more points this season and the eighth of his career. His previous career high was 25 earlier this season at Florida and against Louisville.

Braian Angola added 19 points and Phil Cofer 12 for Florida State (15-5, 4-4), which has won 30 of its last 31 at home.

Jose Alvarado led Georgia Tech (10-10, 3-4) with 23 points while Josh Okogie added 16 points and 16 rebounds.

The game was close for the first 14 minutes until Florida State scored six straight points on an Angola 4-point play and a Mann breakaway dunk. The Seminoles were up 68-53 with 9:32 remaining in the second half before the Yellow Jackets scored seven straight to cut it to eight. They would get within 74-67 before FSU went on a 12-1 run to put it out of reach.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets are ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense, holding opponents to 62.2 points per game in conference play, but this is the second straight game where they have allowed 80 or more points.

Florida State: Mann is the first Seminoles’ player to score 30 or more since Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 30 against North Carolina on Jan. 4, 2016. He is the fifth FSU player to do it since the start of the 2010-11 season.

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech: Hosts 18th-ranked Clemson on Sunday.

Florida State: Hosts Miami on Saturday. The Hurricanes won the first meeting 80-74 on Jan. 7.

Saints GM: Brees was ‘fantastic’ and is wanted back

Saints GM: Brees was ‘fantastic’ and is wanted back

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the team will seriously evaluate quarterbacks in this year’s draft regardless of how negotiations toward a new deal with 12-year starter Drew Brees progress.

“Look, you evaluate everyone because you never know when you might make a move up to trade up higher and you end up picking in a position that you don’t expect,” Loomis said on Wednesday while meeting with reporters who are in Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl. “That’s what our scouts do, what our personnel department does.”

While Loomis said negotiations with Brees on a new contract have yet to commence, he sounded optimistic that the Saints and Brees will agree on an extension as they did in 2012 and again in 2016.

Former Red Raider Amendola now a reliable option for Brady, Patriots

Amendola making playoffs his playground for Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Danny Amendola is Bill Belichick’s kind of player.

After battling injuries throughout 2016, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver has had some of the best moments of his five-year Patriots’ tenure during their past two playoff runs.

It started last year with his touchdown catch and game-tying 2-point conversion during New England’s comeback win over Atlanta in the Super Bowl.

Amendola’s been just as dependable this postseason. He caught 11 passes for a playoff career-high 112 yards in New England’s divisional-round win over Tennessee.

He then hauled in two touchdown catches, including the winner, in the Patriots’ AFC championship game win over Jacksonville. He enters his third Super Bowl as New England’s leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns this postseason.

“When you look up `good football player’ in the dictionary his picture is right there beside it,” Belichick said of the 32-year-old. “It doesn’t matter what it is. Fielding punts, third down, big play, red area, onside kick recovery — whatever we need him to do.”

Often Tom Brady’s third option in the passing game behind Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, Amendola reworked his contract this past offseason just to stay in New England.

“I have a lot of great memories here,” he said. “Any negative thing or anything that’s tried to hinder me, I try to ignore and focus on the positive things that have been going on in this building for the last five years for me.”

Belichick credits Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, then the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator when Amendola was there in 2011, with recognizing his potential.

Amendola was originally signed by Dallas as undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech in 2008. Following stints on the practice squads for the Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, he was in his third season with the Rams when he caught McDaniels’ eye.

“You saw a good player in St. Louis, but you didn’t see all the things behind the scenes that you kind of can see when you actually have the player on your team,” Belichick said.

“Josh saw that and he made us aware of all the things that Danny does and how well he does them.”

When McDaniels got back to New England in 2012, he pushed Belichick to sign Amendola when he became a free agent in the spring of 2013.

Amendola’s role increased in 2017 after Edelman tore the ACL in his right knee during the preseason and Malcolm Mitchell went on injured reserve for a knee injury prior to the start of the regular season.

Amendola found himself in the game plan even more when Chris Hogan had a shoulder injury in Week 10 at Denver.

Whether it was those injuries or Gronkowski leaving the AFC title game with a concussion, Amendola said he’s tried his best to adapt.

“I don’t feel any added pressure,” he said. “Every play I’m competing my tail off to try to win the route, win the block or whatever my job is on that play.

“Whoever is in the game, whoever is beside me, I have a lot of trust and faith in them whether it’s Gronk or Cookie (Brandin Cooks) or Hoagie (Hogan). Whoever it is, I know we have a lot of trust in this room.”

That trust has morphed into what Amendola describes as an unspoken language on the field with Brady. Now, a simple glance from his quarterback can lead to an adjustment that can be the difference between an incompletion or a touchdown.

“He’s made so many big catches,” Brady said. “I’m always looking for him at some point. I mean, he’s a big part of what we do, so he’s never not part of what we’re doing.”

As for his postseason success, Amendola says he’s always brought the same approach.

“It’s a lot about preparation, circumstance, opportunity, being ready and no fear,” he said. “Just get out there and get it done.”

NOTES: The Patriots did not practice Wednesday, but Gronkowski was listed with a concussion on the injury report the team is required to release. Joining him on the list were defensive lineman Deatrich Wise, Jr. (concussion), defensive lineman Malcolm Brown (foot), running back Mike Gillislee (knee) and offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle (knee).

Vlad is Rad! Reaction to Guerrero’s Hall of Fame induction

The best social media posts from Wednesday’s huge news.

Wednesday was one of the biggest days in Vlad Guerrero’s life.

The former Angels slugger was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame with 92.9 percent of the vote.

And, as expected, plenty of people wanted to offer their congrats to Vladdy.

But first, the man himself!

To all baseball writers who considered me a Cooperstown member. Thank you!

Repblica Dominicana esto es para todos ustedes. pic.twitter.com/R2w1c1fCwB

— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) January 24, 2018

Thank you Baseball. pic.twitter.com/u6sUvlgiNu

— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) January 24, 2018

Mi Pueblo de Don Gregorio. Lo logramos!

— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) January 24, 2018

I couldnt be more happier to be part of #HOFClass2018 with these guys @RealCJ10 Jim Thome and @THoffman51

My respect, Congratulations!

— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) January 24, 2018

The Angels

Be glad for Vlad! @VladGuerrero27 is Cooperstown bound! #VladHOFpic.twitter.com/OTMKVBlJ3Q

— Angels (@Angels) January 24, 2018

Forever immortalized in Cooperstown. #VladHOFpic.twitter.com/MJTIBH4dR6

— Angels (@Angels) January 24, 2018

FSW

Proud son of | @Angels legend | Former AL MVP! MVP! | And now, a HALL OF FAMER Congrats to Vladimir Guerrero on his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame! @VladGuerrero27@MLBonFOX@BaseballHallpic.twitter.com/99NDVqGtkT

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 24, 2018

Another round of applause for our pal Vlad Guerrero, who’s bound for Cooperstown! But now, step into a time machine & watch Part I of our #BeforeTheBigs feature on @VladGuerrero27 from 2006. Parts 2-4 https://t.co/aifl8OaysP@MLBonFOX@Angelspic.twitter.com/O3u857HwPa

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 24, 2018

Congrats to @VladGuerrero27 on getting the CALL! #HOF2018#BigDaddy#MLB@Angelspic.twitter.com/CIhZgVQYCf

— Mark Gubicza (@Markgubicza) January 24, 2018

VLAD! Hall of Famer! pic.twitter.com/JpMdmStGBu

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) January 24, 2018

San Diego congratulates Trevor Hoffman

San Diego’s wasted no time in congratulating Hoffman on his Hall of Fame election.

SAN DIEGO — Just after 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, all of San Diego rejoiced in celebration over Major League Baseball’s announcement that the all-time great Trevor Hoffman will be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2018.

Following are the congratulatory Twitter posts from various sports figures and media immediately following the news.

The Hall called. Trevor Hoffman answered. #HOFfmanpic.twitter.com/sCF3SnlLUJ

— San Diego Padres (@Padres) January 24, 2018

Congratulations Trevor Hoffman!

51 has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. #HOFfmanpic.twitter.com/nRcIjsmctj

— FOX Sports San Diego (@FOXSportsSD) January 24, 2018

Congratulations to @THoffman51 on his election to the @baseballhall@Padres#Padrespic.twitter.com/kYIh7Kf67z

— East Village Times (@EVT_News) January 24, 2018

Its Trevor Time!

Hells Bells is ringing off at @PetcoPark. #HOFfmanpic.twitter.com/Qho292CZSR

— FOX Sports San Diego (@FOXSportsSD) January 25, 2018

Congratulations to one the best to ever wear a padre uniform and close out game, my uncle from another mother, one my mentors… @THoffman51#51toHOF

— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) January 24, 2018

Congratulations to #51! Trevor Hoffman, always a Hall of Fame guy, but now its official. A Hall of Famer who will forever be enshrined in Cooperstown! A class guy, now in a class of greats!

— Mark Grant (@Mudcat55) January 24, 2018

Congrats to @THoffman51. Hall of Fame bound and deservedly so. Thank you for all you did to make me feel welcome to the @Padres. HOF class of 2018! #HellsBellspic.twitter.com/WWbTK3dsXy

— Don Orsillo (@DonOrsillo) January 24, 2018

601 saves. Yeah, he could slam that door.

Welcome to Cooperstown, @THoffman51. #HOF2018pic.twitter.com/RGttCnXFHC

— MLB (@MLB) January 24, 2018

I grew up going to countless Padres games. I rarely left early because I wanted to see Trevor Hoffman pitch. I wanted to hear the stadium and the fans erupt to Hells Bells. He deserves to get the call to the HOF today #51toHOF

— Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) January 24, 2018

Congrats to Trevor Hoffman. Theres no one better to represent Baseball than Trev.

Very proud to call him a San Diego Padre and friend.

Enjoy the moment, it was well deserved.

— Randy Jones (@RJBBQ35) January 24, 2018

#51InHOF: Hoffman goes in on the 20th anniversary of the 1998 #Padres, who reached the World Series largely because Hoffman converted a record 53 of 54 saves in the regular season — one of his nine seasons with 40 or more saves. #HoffyInHall

— Bill Center (@PadresCentral) January 24, 2018

I couldnt be more happier to be part of #HOFClass2018 with these guys @RealCJ10 Jim Thome and @THoffman51

My respect, Congratulations!

— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) January 24, 2018

Heres an example of why so many people are thrilled for Trevor Hoffman: pic.twitter.com/bKf8fHCQro

— Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) January 24, 2018

Yay Trevor!! Congratulations to this San Diego legend on being elected into the national baseball Hall of Fame!! For this story, Trevor taught Katie and I how to throw a fastball… what a guy! #HellsBells#HOF#baseball#trevortime#saves#padres#SanDiego@Padrespic.twitter.com/UXTRXYWFMT

— Brie Thiele (@BrieThiele) January 25, 2018

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome head new Baseball Hall of Fame class

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Vladimir Guerrero were overwhelmingly voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday, while Trevor Hoffman narrowly made the cut on his third try.
Chipper Jones, left, and Jim Thome were elected with more than 85 percent of the vote in their first year of eligibility.

Chipper Jones, left, and Jim Thome were elected with more than 85 percent of the vote in their first year of eligibility. (John Bazemore, AP File/Ron Kuntz, REUTERS)

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Vladimir Guerrero were overwhelmingly voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday, while Trevor Hoffman narrowly made the cut on his third try.

Jones and Thome received 97.2 and 89.8 percent of the vote respectively in their first year of eligibility. Guerrero received 92.9 percent of the vote in his second year on the ballot after falling 17 votes short of the 75 percent threshold last year.

Hoffman, who fell five votes short of the mark last year, received 79.9 percent of the vote to become just the sixth Hall of Fame pitcher who was primarily a reliever, joining Hoyt Wilhelm (1985), Rollie Fingers (1992), Dennis Eckersley (2004), Bruce Sutter (2006) and Goose Gossage (2008).

All four will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at a July 29 ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y. along with pitcher Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell.

Jones and Thome’s elections mean 54 players have now been elected to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 31 de marzo de 2014, el ex jugador de Grandes Ligas Vladimir Guerrero sonríe tras realizar el primer lanzamiento antes de un partido entre los Angelinos de Los Angeles y Marineros de Seattle en Anaheim, California. Se espera que Guerrero ingrese al Salón de la Fama cuando se anuncien los resultados de la votación el 24 de enero de 2018. (AP Foto/Jae C. Hong, archivo)

Vladimir Guerrero won the 2004 American League MVP as a member of the Anaheim Angels. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

An eight-time All-Star, Jones won the 1999 NL MVP and the 2008 NL batting title. He batted .303 with 2,726 hits and 468 home runs in 19 seasons with the Atlanta Braves.

Jones’ enshrinement puts him alongside other members of the Braves teams that won 14 straight NL East titles, including pitchers John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, manager Bobby Cox and general manager John Schuerholz

San Diego Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman throws against Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning during their National League baseball game in San Diego, California April 18, 2007 . REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES) - GM1DVBNWYHAA

Trevor Hoffman recorded 601 saves over an 18-year career. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Thome was a five-time All-Star who hit 612 home runs, eighth on the career list, over 22 seasons, 13 of which were spent with the Cleveland Indians.

Guerrero was a nine-time All-Star and the 2004 AL MVP with the Anaheim Angels. He hit .318 with 449 homers and 1,496 RBIs in 16 big league seasons.

Hoffman recorded 601 saves in his 18-year career, the second-most in MLB history behind Mariano Rivera’s 652. He is the third Hall of Famer who spent the bulk of his career with the San Diego Padres, joining Dave Winfield and Tony Gwynn.

Edgar Martinez continued his steady rise up the ballot, garnering 70.4 percent of the vote after receiving just 25.2 percent in 2014, 27 percent in 2015, 43.4 percent in 2016 and 58.6 percent last year. Martinez is attempting to become just the second player who was primarily a designated hitter to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

Longtime Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees starter Mike Mussina also made a big move, climbing to 63.5 percent from 51.8 percent last year.

Relievers and DHs get a boost when Mariano Rivera becomes eligible next year and David Ortiz in 2022.

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds crept closer to the 75 percent of the vote needed for election, but fell short with 57.3 and 56.4 percent, respectively.

Clemens and Bonds each have four tries left.

Morris and Trammell were voted in last month by the Hall’s Modern Era committee, which considered former players and executives whose contributions to baseball were most significant from 1970-87.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.