Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, and Trevor Hoffman were all elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday night.
This is the fourth time the Baseball Writers' Association of America has elected four players in a year. Jones, a third baseman for the Atlanta Braves, and Thome, an infielder for the Cleveland Indians, were both selected in their first year of eligibility. To be considered for the Hall of Fame, players have to be retired for five years and need 75 percent of the vote; this year, Jones had more than 97 percent of the vote, one of the highest percentages in Hall of Fame history.
In December, a veterans committee selected Jack Morris and Alan Trammell to also join the Hall of Fame in 2018. The induction ceremony will take place July 29 in Cooperstown, New York. Catherine Garcia
The Philadelphia Eagles had a huge victory over the Minnesota Vikings, 38-7, in Sunday night's NFC championship game, and will now face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. This will be the team's third trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history. Quarterback Nick Foles completed 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards, with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Super Bowl LII is set for Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Catherine Garcia
The New England Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 during Sunday's AFC championship game, sending the team to its third Super Bowl in four years.
The Patriots had a late comeback, with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Quarterback Tom Brady, who has five Super Bowl victories under his belt and has been Super Bowl MVP four times, played with an injured hand, and completed 26 of 38 passes. The Patriots will play the winner of Sunday's NFC championship game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings. Super Bowl LII is set for Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Catherine Garcia
In a double-overtime thriller, Georgia defeated Oklahoma 54-48 in Monday's Rose Bowl, advancing to the College Football Playoff championship game.
A 27-yard touchdown by Sony Michel gave Georgia the win, and the team will play either Alabama or Clemson in the title game on Jan. 8. It was a game of firsts — this was the first overtime game in the Rose Bowl's 104 years, the highest-scoring Rose Bowl game ever, and the first College Football Playoff game to go into overtime. Catherine Garcia
The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the World Series after defeating the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Thursday night at Wrigley Field, winning the National League Championship Series in a Game 5 blowout.
It was a big night for Dodgers slugger Enrique Hernandez, who hit three home runs and set an NLCS record for most RBIs in a game, the Los Angeles Times reports. This is the Dodgers' first pennant win since 1988, and they will face off against either the Houston Astros or New York Yankees in the first game of the World Series next Tuesday in Los Angeles. Catherine Garcia
The Yankees defeated the Indians Wednesday night in Cleveland 5-2 in Game 5 of the American League Division Series, and will face the Astros in the American League Championship Series.
The Indians beat the Yankees in the first two games of the series, but by winning Games 3, 4, and 5, the Yankees became the 10th team in MLB history to win a best-of-five postseason series after being down 0-2. Game 1 of the ALCS is scheduled for Friday night in Houston. Catherine Garcia
The Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0, tying the American League record with their 20th consecutive win.
The AL record was set by the Oakland Athletics in 2002. The all-time Major League Baseball record is held by the 1935 Chicago Cubs, who won 21 straight games. The Indians, who lost to the Cubs in the World Series last year, took the lead early in the first inning, when shortstop Francisco Lindor hit a home run, his 30th of the season; a second run came in the eighth inning. Pitcher Corey Kluber had eight strikeouts over nine innings, with just five hits. Catherine Garcia
No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal won his 16th Grand Slam title Sunday when he defeated Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in the U.S. Open men's final.
This is the third U.S. Open championship for Nadal, a Spaniard, and it was his 23rd career Grand Slam final; he won the French Open in June. Anderson, from South Africa, was ranked No. 32 and was attempting to become the lowest-ranking player to win the U.S. Open. It was his first appearance in a major final. Catherine Garcia