Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia at 74

Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, the star of the New York Mets’ 1969 World Series championship team, has been diagnosed with dementia at age 74.

His family made the announcement Thursday through the Hall and said Seaver has retired from public life. He will continue to work at Seaver Vineyards, founded by the retired pitcher and wife Nancy in 2002 on 116 acres at Diamond Mountain in Calistoga.

Seaver, who was born and raised in Fresno, was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 1991, and it reoccurred in 2012 and led to Bell’s Palsy and memory loss, the New York Daily News reported in 2013.

A three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and the 1967 NL Rookie of the Year, Seaver was 311-205 with a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts and 61 shutouts from 1967 through ’86. A five-time 20-game winner nicknamed Tom Terrific, Seaver was elected to the Hall in 1992 when he appeared on 425 of 430 ballots for a then-record 98.94 percent.

Seaver pitched for the Mets from 1967 until 1977, then finished his career with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.


Broncos deal Keenum to Washington

Case Keenum is on the move again. The Denver Broncos reportedly have agreed to trade the former Minnesota Vikings quarterback to Washington.

The teams also will swap 2020 draft picks, with Denver receiving a sixth-rounder and Washington a seventh-rounder.

Keenum’s contract will be reworked with Denver and Washington each picking up half of the $7 million he was guaranteed in 2019.

The Broncos decided to move Keenum last month when they acquired Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens.

Keenum will try to replace former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who broke his right tibia and fibula in November and is expected to miss the entire 2019 season.

• The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey (two years, $11 million) and left guard Ramon Foster (two years, $8.25 million) to deals.

• The New York Giants re-signed Pro Bowl placekicker Aldrick Rosas to an undisclosed contract.

Golf: Rafa Cabrera Bello shot a 7-under-par 65 in his Bay Hill debut to take the first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.

Keegan Bradley played bogey-free for a 67

Phil Mickelson, back for the first time in six years, Mickelson capped off a wild round by nearly holing his approach from the 18th fairway and rallying for a 68. Mickelson was in the group at 68 along with Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson, Patrick Rodgers and Billy Horschel.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy opened with a 72.

Tennis: Playing just her seventh match of the year, Venus Williams beat Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (Riverside County).

Soccer: Head coach Eddie Soto resigned as USF’s men’s head coach to become the head coach for Cal State Dominguez Hills men’s program.

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