Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

November 25, 2005

Marlins finalize trades with Mets, Red Sox

The Florida Marlins finalized their big trade with the Mets, sending slugger Carlos Delgado to New York for first baseman Mike Jacobs and two minor leaguers.

Just hours later, the Marlins completed the other big deal they struck this week by shipping ace Josh Beckett, third baseman Mike Lowell and reliever Guillermo Mota to the Boston Red Sox for four prospects.

The Mets also will receive $7 million from the Marlins to help cover the $48 million Delgado is owed over the next three seasons. The minor leaguers going to Florida in that deal are pitcher Yusmeiro Petit and infielder Grant Psomas.

"One of our goals this offseason was to acquire a big bat for the middle of our lineup," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. "Carlos Delgado certainly fits that description. He'll be a superb fit for our lineup."

The Mets and Marlins reached a preliminary agreement on their deal Wednesday, but it needed to be approved by the commissioner's office because more than $1 million is changing hands.

"We thank Carlos Delgado for his contributions and wish him well," Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said. "He did a great job for the Marlins in 2005."

The trade with Boston also was reported and confirmed by baseball officials earlier in the week, but it wasn't finalized until the players passed their physicals. The announcement last night included two new names: Mota is headed to the Red Sox and minor league right-hander Harvey Garcia to Florida.

The Marlins also receive top shortstop prospect Hanley Ramirez along with minor league pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Jesus Delgado.

Trading away Delgado, Beckett and Lowell will cut Florida's payroll, which was $60 million at the start of last season, by about $27 million for 2006.

Pro basketball

Bucks' Bogut has surgery on nose

Milwaukee Bucks rookie center Andrew Bogut had successful surgery on his broken nose. The No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, Bogut was hurt when Allen Iverson's hand hit him in the face during the third quarter of Milwaukee's 108-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Bogut came back in the fourth quarter with a face mask to protect his nose. The Bucks said Bogut will be required to wear a protective mask for at least six weeks. He is day-to-day.

Mavericks -- The team and Doug Christie were working on a contract settlement, a week after he left the team to have his surgically repaired left ankle examined by his personal physician. Coach Avery Johnson said after practice that he expects "some resolution" by today. The NBA commissioner's office has to approve any move that would remove Christie from the Mavericks' 15-player roster. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said earlier this week that retirement was an option.

Clippers -- Backup center Zeljko Rebraca has been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and is sidelined indefinitely, the team said.

Gymnastics

Tomita boosts Japan with all-around win

Forget Russia and China, the United States has a new rival in men's gymnastics - Japan. Hiroyuki Tomita became the first Japanese in 31 years to win an all-around title at the world championships in Melbourne, Australia. Hisashi Mizutori of Japan took the silver and Denis Savenkov of Belarus was the surprising bronze medalist. The top American was U.S. national champion Todd Thornton in 20th place. Forty years ago, Japan dominated the sport, winning every Olympic all-around title and several individual event titles between 1962 and 1972. But Japan gave way to Russia and China during the 1980s. Tomita finished with 56.698 points. Tomita scored 9.5 on his vault and 9.550 on parallel bars despite an unsteady handstand and a small hop on his dismount, a piked double somersault. Tomita lost momentum briefly during a one-armed twist around the high bar and hopped his landing, but still scored 9.337 of 10 - enough to give Japan its first all-around title since Shigeru Kasamatsu in 1974.

Horse racing

Indian Vale wins at Churchill Downs

Indian Vale won for the fifth time in six career starts, racing to a 6 1/2 -length victory in the $338,700 Grade II Falls City Handicap for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Indian Vale, ridden by John Velazquez, ran 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 50.25 seconds and paid $6, $4 and $2.80. The 3-year-old daughter of A.P Indy, owned by Melynk Racing Stables Inc. and trained by Todd Pletcher, earned $209,994 to push her career total to $364,674. Pampered Princess returned $4 and $3, and Miss Fortunate paid $3.60 to show.

Aqueduct -- Attila's Storm beat Voodoo by a neck in the $112,100 Fall Highweight Handicap in New York. Ridden by Pablo Morales, Atilla's Storm covered six furlongs in 1:09.30 over the fast track and paid $8, $4.30 and $3.20 in the race for horses 3 and older. The 3-year-old colt won for the fourth time in eight starts this year, earning $67,260 for Barry K. Schwartz, Wachtel Stable and Double S Stable. Voodoo paid $6 and $3.80, and Super Fuse paid $8 to show.

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