- - Sunday, August 7, 2011

BASEBALL

Mets’ Reyes leaves game with sore hamstring

NEW YORK — Mets shortstop Jose Reyes left Sunday’s game against Atlanta because of stiffness in his left hamstring, the same spot that landed him on the disabled list last month.

Reyes, the NL batting leader, was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the second. It was unclear how he was hurt. He was scheduled for an MRI exam Sunday at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

The four-time All-Star missed more than two weeks in July because of a strained left hamstring, the latest in a long line of leg injuries for the speedy switch-hitter.

Reyes, 28, has been one of baseball’s best all-around players this year, and he can become a free agent after the season. Injury concerns probably are his biggest drawback.

• Slumping designated hitter Jorge Posada was not in the lineup for the New York Yankees’ series finale against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Manager Joe Girardi said Eric Chavez and Eduardo Nunez had been swinging hot bats, prompting the move. Posada is 3-for-18 this month and hitting only .230 with nine homers and 31 RBI this season.

PRO BASKETBALL

California developer to buy Hawks, arena

ATLANTA — The Hawks and Philips Arena will be sold to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo, but the NBA team will remain in Atlanta, a person familiar with the deal said Sunday.

The deal, subject to the approval of the NBA, is to be announced Monday. The Hawks ownership group, led by Michael Gearon Jr. and Bruce Levenson, also recently sold the NHL Atlanta Thrashers to a group that has moved the team to Winnipeg. The Thrashers deal was for a reported $170 million.

Meruelo, who will have controlling interest of more than 50 percent of the Hawks, founded La Pizza Loca. It has more than 50 franchised and company-owned restaurants in Southern California.

TRIATHLON

One dead, one critical after swimming portion of event

NEW YORK — One person died and another was in critical condition after getting in trouble during the swimming portion of the Nautica New York City Triathlon.

Race Director Bill Burke says in a statement that a 64-year-old man died in Sunday’s race. He didn’t say how he died. A 40-year-old woman was treated on the scene, then taken to a hospital.

Participants in the yearly race swim 1.5 kilometers in the Hudson River, bike 40 kilometers and run 10 kilometers.

AUTO RACING

Dixon eases by Franchitti to claim checkered flag

LEXINGTON, OHIO — Pole-sitter Scott Dixon waited patiently before taking control 24 laps from the finish and then coasted to an easy victory over teammate Dario Franchitti in the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio on Sunday.

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