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Nixon traded, and promoted, to Mets

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June 14, 2008

Former Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon, 34, was dealt from the Arizona Diamonbacks to the Mets last night and will be installed in New York's lineup in place of Moises Alou, who went back on the disabled list with a lingering calf strain. Nixon hit .309 with 10 homers and 31 RBIs in 58 games with Triple A Tucson . . . All-Star closer J.J. Putz went on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended pitching elbow, the second DL stint this season for Putz, who missed 18 games with a rib cage injury and has had knee and finger pain. Putz has a 5.21 ERA with three blown saves in 20 games this season . . . White Sox righthander Esteban Loaiza (0-0, 3.00 ERA in three relief appearances) was placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation, less than two weeks after he returned.

Basketball
Cavaliers: No Olympics for Ilgauskas
LeBron James will be the only Cleveland Cavaliers player going to China this summer. The Cavaliers have declined permission for center Zydrunas Ilgauskas to play for Lithuania in the Olympics. Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said Ilgauskas is a higher-risk player because of his injury history. The 7-foot-3-inch Ilgauskas was plagued by foot injuries early in his career and the Cavaliers are concerned about his lower back. Ilgauskas needed permission to play because his contract is not fully insured. "We declined consent for Zydrunas to play in the Olympics when he approached us several weeks ago, and in light of the inability to insure Zydrunas adequately, we continue to deny consent," Ferry said yesterday . . . Mike Woodson, who led the Atlanta Hawks to their first playoff berth in nine years, has signed a two-year extension, new general manager Rick Sund announced. Woodson's record is a poor 106-222, but the Hawks' win total has improved in each of his four years . . . In WNBA action, Becky Hammon scored 17 points as the host San Antonio Silver Stars rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat the Seattle Storm, 74-69; Tan White scored 21 points and the Indiana Fever held off host Atlanta's late comeback attempt to beat the winless Dream, 76-67.

Football
Agent: Henry suspended pending trial
Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry has been suspended by the NFL pending the outcome of his trial later this month for assault and criminal damaging, his agent, Marvin Frazier, said. The Bengals released Henry April 3 after he was arrested for the fifth time. Henry had received permission from the judge to try out with other NFL teams. Commissioner Roger Goodell has blocked him from doing so until his case is heard, Frazier said . . . A law enforcement official familiar with the case but speaking anonymously said Buffalo Bills chief operating officer Russ Brandon has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury looking into a hit-and-run accident involving running back Marshawn Lynch's SUV . . . Tennessee Titans receiver Brandon Jones faces a misdemeanor charge for unlawful possession of a handgun after trying to carry the weapon through a security checkpoint in his bag at Nashville Airport.

Tennis
Federer unstoppable on grass courts
Roger Federer extended his grass-court streak to 57 matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Marcos Baghdatis and reached the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. James Blake defeated wild card Andreas Beck, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5), and will face Philipp Kohlschreiber . . . In London, Rafael Nadal overcame Ivo Karlovic's powerful serve to win, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), and reach the Queen's Club semifinals against Andy Roddick, who advanced when Andy Murray withdrew with a thumb injury. Also in the semifinals are Novak Djokovic and David Nalbandian . . . Reaching the semifinals in the Warsaw Open were Nikolay Davydenko, Tommy Robredo, Fabio Fognini, and Juan Monaco.

Miscellany
Flooding forces Johnson from gym
With the Olympic trials only days away, rising floodwaters forced world gymnastics champion Shawn Johnson from her gym in West Des Moines, Iowa. There was a foot of water inside Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute, with fish swimming in the parking lot. So Johnson moved to Iowa State, about 30 miles north of her hometown . . . Charlie Jones, 77, whose career as a play-by-play announcer spanned 38 years for ABC and NBC, died Thursday of a heart attack in La Jolla, Calif. . . . In European Championship soccer action, the Netherlands beat France, 4-1, in Bern, Switzerland, for a place in the quarterfinals. Italy and Romania tied, 1-1, in Zurich, keeping Italy alive in Group C.

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