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Baseball

Giants trade Augusta speedster

The San Francisco Giants sent speedy Augusta GreenJackets center fielder Evan Crawford to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for Mike Fontenot.

Crawford led the South Atlantic League with 12 triples and led the GreenJackets with 24 stolen bases in 33 attempts. He hit .255 in 109 games for Augusta and ranked third on the team with 108 strikeouts.

The 22-year-old Indiana University product was drafted by the Giants in the ninth round in 2009.

Gymnastics

Defending champion leads after first day

In Hartford, Conn., Jonathan Horton moved a step closer to defending his national gymnastics title, taking the lead after the first day of the U.S. championships.

Despite falling on his high bar routine, Horton finished Wednesday with 90.15 points. He leads Danell Leyva by 0.8, with the finals scheduled for Friday.

- Ten years after finishing fourth at the Sydney Olympics, the U.S. women's team received the third-place prizes that were stripped from China because a member of that team was found to be underage.

The new bronze medalists are Amy Chow, Jamie Dantzscher, Kristin Maloney, Elise Ray, Tasha Schwikert and Dominique Dawes.

Boxing

Ex-champ Holyfield to step in ring at 48

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield plans to fight journeyman Sherman Williams in November at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) will be 48 when he fights for the first time since knocking out 41-year-old Frans Botha in the eighth round in April. The 37-year-old Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) is coming off a 10-round decision loss to Manuel Charr in October.

NBA

Thomas will not be Knicks' consultant

Isiah Thomas will not be returning to the New York Knicks after all.

Thomas said Wednesday in a statement he was declining a position as a consultant with the franchise he ran for 4 1/2 years because it might not be legal.

"After speaking with commissioner Stern and Knicks executives, it has become apparent that my new agreement violates certain NBA bylaws," Thomas said. "Because of this, I have decided to rescind my contract with the team."

- The Indiana Pacers acquired point guard Darren Collison and forward James Posey from New Orleans in a four-way trade that also included New Jersey and Houston.

The Pacers dealt Troy Murphy to the Nets, who traded guard Courtney Lee to Houston. To complete the deal, the Rockets shipped swingman Trevor Ariza to New Orleans.

- The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright told police she saw him leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs the night he disappeared, according to court documents.

Sherra Wright said her ex-husband left her home at 10:30 p.m. on July 18 with the drugs, returned a short time later, then left again with an unspecified amount of money, said an affidavit for a search warrant by Memphis police Sgt. W.D. Merritt.

Wright's body was found July 28 in woods outside Memphis.

Tennis

Nadal posts victory after tough first set

In Toronto, Rafael Nadal wrestled through a marathon first set tiebreak before he was finally able to shake Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-6 (12-10), 6-3 in the second round of the Rogers Cup.

In other matches, Novak Djokovic earned a 7-5, 7-5 win over Julien Benneteau and defending champion Andy Murray beat Xavier Malisse 7-5, 6-2.

- In Mason, Ohio, French Open champion and fifth-seeded Francesca Schiavone became the highest seed to be eliminated from the Cincinnati Women's Open when she was upset by Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-4 in the second round.


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