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>Alomar, Blyleven await Hall

Unless the voters throw a real curve, Bert Blyleven should be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. Same for Roberto Alomar.

Blyleven and Alomar both came within a few ballots in last year's election by the Baseball Writers' Association of America -- no one who's come so close has ever been shut out for good.

Alomar drew 397 votes (73.7 percent) in his first try and fell eight short of the required 75 percent.

This will be Blyleven's 14th time on the ballot, leaving him one more try with the BBWAA electorate if he misses. The curveballer was just five votes shy of selection last year and drew 74.2 percent.

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>Beltre, Rangers near deal

All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre and the AL champion Texas Rangers are nearing agreement on a contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an agreement with Texas had not been completed.

Beltre became a free agent after turning down a $10 million player option to stay with Boston.

A two-time Gold Glove winner, Beltre hit .321 with 49 doubles, 28 homers and 102 RBIs in 154 games in his only season with the Red Sox.

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>Irish edge UConn

Ben Hansbrough scored 21 points and No. 14 Notre Dame survived a late surge by No. 8 Connecticut to beat the Huskies, 73-70, in college basketball.

Kemba Walker, averaging 26.7 points entering the game, scored 19 to lead Connecticut (11-2, 1-2 Big East) but had his string of 11 straight games with at least 20 points snapped.

Walker, under tough defense from Hansbrough, shot just 8 for 23 but helped UConn rally from a late 11-point deficit to get within two in the closing seconds. Shabazz Napier added 18 for the Huskies.

Tim Abromaitis added 19 points for the Irish (13-2, 2-1).

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>Soroka's 20 lift Daemen

Senior forward Sarah Soroka scored 20 points to pace Daemen to a 70-63 win over Houghton in American Mideast Conference women's basketball action Tuesday.

Soroka (East Aurora) collected her sixth straight AMC Player of the Week honor for the Wildcats (12-3, 3-0 AMC), who are ranked 14th in the latest NAIA Division II poll.

News Staff and wire service reports

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