Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Virginia trio carries Cavaliers to first national championship
Given the road to their one shining moment Monday, the Virginia Cavaliers plan to appreciate the national championship glow. "This is just everything you dream as a kid. This is a dream come true," Virginia guard Ty Jerome said.
RHP Santana called up, to make White Sox debut
Veteran starter Ervin Santana was called up by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday will make his season debut against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 36-year-old right-hander will square off against the Rays' Charlie Morton in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon.
Red Sox activate second baseman Pedroia from IL
The Boston Red Sox reinstated second baseman Dustin Pedroia from the injured list on Tuesday ahead of the team's home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. The club optioned infielder Tzu-Wei Lin to make room for Pedroia on the active roster.
Athletics: Coleman to double at U.S. trials, worlds and Olympics
World 100m silver medalist Christian Coleman will go for a sprint double at July's U.S. championships, setting the stage for a run at gold in both at Doha's world championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, his manager told Reuters. "He is definitely doubling," Emanuel Hudson said in a telephone interview.
Kentucky’s Washington declares for NBA Draft
Kentucky standout sophomore PJ Washington declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday and will hire an agent, the school announced. "This place has been my home for two years and it's hard for me to put in words how much I've grown in my time at Kentucky. The staff challenged me from day one to become the best version of myself and to work hard to become one of the best players in college basketball. I feel like I've done that," Washington said in a statement posted on the Wildcats' website.
Oddsmakers make Virginia favorites to repeat in 2020
Las Vegas oddsmakers made the Virginia Cavaliers favorites to repeat as national champions in 2020. Caesars Palace was the first out with odds for next year and posted the Cavaliers as 5-1 favorites to cut down the nets next year in Atlanta. Duke and Kentucky are second at 8-1 with Gonzaga listed as a 10-1 favorite.
Soccer legend Pele back in Brazil, healthy but undergoing tests
Brazilian soccer legend Pele arrived home in Brazil after a spell in a French hospital on Tuesday and was immediately taken to a Sao Paulo clinic for further urinary tests, doctors said. "At the moment, he is undergoing admission exams and his health is good," doctors at the Israelite Albert Einstein Hospital said in a brief statement.
Aaron Rodgers: ‘I lost vision’ after Week 17 concussion
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday that he "lost vision" after suffering a concussion in the final game of last season. In an interview with ESPN Milwaukee radio, Rodgers said it was the first time he's ever removed himself from a game.
Golf: Masters champion Reed relying on Green Jacket for lift
Defending Masters champion Patrick Reed has used his Green Jacket as a motivational tool since he triumphed at Augusta last year and he does not want to hand it over even if it has not exactly been a lucky charm. Reed has spent every day of the last year with the iconic jacket, given to those who win the year's first major, and is ready to do everything in his power to keep hold of it this week.
Brady, Belichick, Kraft skipping title celebration at Fenway
The Boston Red Sox will celebrate their 2018 title as well as the Super Bowl LIII championship won by the New England Patriots, but there will be some noticeable absences Tuesday at Fenway Park. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are not expected to be in attendance, per reports. Brady threw out the first pitch in 2017 when the Red Sox feted the Pats' title over the Atlanta Falcons.