WASHINGTON — The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Antawn Jamison on Wednesday night, the forward they hope will fit in between LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal on a championship front line.
Jamison goes to Cleveland from the Washington Wizards in a three-team trade that sent Drew Gooden to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Washington received Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a 2010 first-round draft pick and the rights to Emir Preldzic, who was selected in the second round of last year's draft from Cleveland.
The Wizards also received forward Al Thornton from Los Angeles.
Cleveland gets guard Sebastian Telfair from the Clippers.
"Antawn is a great pro. We are very excited to have an experienced all-star player of Antawn's caliber and character join us," Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement announcing the trade. "He has the ability to add a special, unique dimension to our team with a strong inside presence and the ability to stretch teams defensively, while impacting the entire court. We think he matches the culture we have built, and continue to build, and will fit well with our group on the court and off."
The Cavaliers had long coveted an athletic power forward who could play on the perimeter after they were eliminated by the Orlando Magic in last year's Eastern Conference finals.
LOS ANGELES — The Davis Cup match between the U.S. and host Serbia on March 5-7 in Belgrade could almost be called Southern California against Serbia.
Sam Querrey of Thousands Oaks will play singles and twins Mike and Bob Bryan of Camarillo will play doubles, captain Patrick McEnroe announced Wednesday. The other singles player will be John Isner of Georgia.
The match will be played on red clay in a 20,000-seat arena, one that McEnroe expects to be raucous. It will be the first Davis Cup meeting between the U.S. and Serbia.
Two U.S. Davis Cup stalwarts, Andy Roddick and James Blake, already had announced they were sitting out the team competition to concentrate on regular tournament play. The 22-year-old Querrey and 24-year-old Isner, who at 6 feet 9 will be the tallest player in U.S. Davis Cup history, according to McEnroe, were next in line.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Top-seeded Andy Roddick snapped a three-match losing streak to fellow American James Blake with a 6-3, 4-6. 7-6 (3) victory in the first round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships on Wednesday night.
"We've played so many times, and he's beaten me, that there's going to be a sense of belief that most guys ranked 60th in the world probably aren't going to have as much as he has against me," Roddick said.
Blake, actually ranked 55th, broke Roddick's serve in the 10th game of the third set to pull even at 5-5. Both then held serve sending the match to the tiebreaker.
He went up in the tiebreaker when he broke serve on the fourth point as Blake hit a backhand wide down the line. Blake would end up with three unforced errors off the backhand in the tiebreaker.
"Whoever won was going to be pretty darn well-prepared for the rest of the tournament and feel good about their chances," Blake said. "It's tough to swallow.
"It just didn't go my way on a couple of points," Blake said of the tiebreaker. "A couple of missed backhands, and he kept the pressure on me the whole time."
NEW YORK — Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez says the surgery to repair the patella ligament in his left knee went "exceptionally well."
Sanchez, who led New York to the AFC title game as a rookie, tweeted after the procedure Wednesday afternoon that Jets team doctors said it was a success.
He will miss some offseason workouts, which begin next month, but should be completely healthy by the start of training camp in July. The procedure is expected to help prevent future tweaks to the kneecap area.
Sanchez dislocated the kneecap during fall practice before his junior season at Southern California. He has worn a brace on the knee since, but aggravated the injury against Carolina on Nov. 29 when the kneecap popped out and back into place.
BEREA, Ohio — Jamal Lewis was released by the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, but hasn't given up hope of playing again in the NFL.
Lewis was let go with one year remaining on his contract. His season ended on Dec. 2 when he was placed on injured reserve with post-concussion symptoms, but he doesn't want his career to end with an injury.
First, he must be cleared to return.
"If Jamal wants to play and he's cleared to play, I think he's got a lot of football he can bring to the table to help an organization," Lewis' agent, Mitch Frankel said. "He can be a significant contributor to the right organization. Jerome Bettis and some other guys at the end of their careers took on a different role, and I think Jamal can do that."
Lewis, 30, said after the Browns' season finale that he was still suffering from headaches and blurred vision as a result of the concussion, which he sustained in the opener against Minnesota. Frankel said he wasn't sure if Lewis was still having the problems and Lewis did not address them in a prepared statement, although he did thank Browns fans and owner Randy Lerner.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Dez Bryant believes the NCAA was "unfair" in its handling of his rules violation case at Oklahoma State and judged him based on the belief that Deion Sanders had been serving as a runner for an agent instead of the accusation that he lied to an investigator.
Bryant said in an interview Wednesday that Sanders did not introduce him to agent Eugene Parker during an offseason meeting in Texas that eventually led to a yearlong suspension. Bryant, a top-rated wide receiver, instead left school and entered his name in this year's NFL draft.
Bryant says he has matured as a result of the situation, and he is now focused on the combine next week in Indianapolis and the draft in April.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke missed his first scheduled bullpen session Wedenesday for the Kansas City Royals because he had to get two teeth pulled.
Greinke left camp with puffiness in his right jaw after he said he had a wisdom tooth and a broken tooth extracted.
Greinke said he would play catch Thursday and, if all goes well, resume throwing off the mound Friday. Greinke went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA last season and has been named the opening day.
PEORIA, Ariz. — Cliff Lee has a new spring training address in Arizona, the Seattle Mariners' complex, but it likely will be another week or more before he can pitch.
Acquired from Philadelphia in the biggest trade of the offseason, Lee has a bandage around his left foot following Feb. 5 surgery to remove a bone spur. He arrived Wednesday for a physical and said he's getting around fine.
"It won't affect me," Lee said.
The 31-year-old left-hander is expected to combine with Felix Hernandez to give Seattle among the best rotation fronts in the major leagues.
"It's minor in terms of Cliff. I think he's feeling really good about himself," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "When they went in and did it, they thought it was kind of a surface-type injury."
Seattle and the doctors preferred that Lee have the operation earlier rather than later.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez has gone to a salary arbitration hearing against the Houston Astros, asking to be paid $7 million this year instead of the team's $5 million offer.
The 31-year-old left-hander was 14-12 last season with a 3.02 ERA, ninth in the NL among qualifiers. He struck out a career high 193, also ninth, and made $2.65 million. His 192 hits allowed also were a career high and 21 homers allowed were one shy of his worst.
Arbitrators Richard Bloch, Elizabeth Neumeier and Fredric Horowitz were expected to issue a decision Thursday, a day after hearing the case.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is facing DUI and speeding charges in Arizona.
Scottsdale police say an officer pulled over Khabibulin's Ferrari shortly after midnight on Feb. 8 after the car was clocked at 70 mph in a 45 mph zone.
— The Associated Press
The 37-year-old Khabibulin played for the Phoenix Coyotes from 1996-99 and still has a home in Paradise Valley. He hasn't played since Nov. 16 because of a herniated disk in his back that required surgery last month.
Police say an officer smelled alcohol on Khabibulin and he was arrested after a field sobriety test. He was booked into jail on DUI and excessive speed charges pending laboratory results.
Khabibulin's agent, Jay Grossman, did not immediately return a call Wednesday seeking comment.
Khabibulin has a 7-2-9 record with a 3.03 goals-against average this season, his first with the Oilers after signing a four-year, $15 million contract last summer. The four-time NHL All-Star has also played for Winnipeg, Chicago and Tampa Bay and helped the Lightning win the Stanley Cup in 2004.