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Braves send SS Renteria to DL

ATLANTA -- Shortstop Edgar Renteria was put on the disabled list by the Atlanta Braves on Friday, one day after he sprained his right ankle while trying to field a hard grounder.

Renteria, hitting .336 with 11 homers and 53 RBIs, was put on the 15-day DL after he was found to have a high ankle sprain. Renteria had to be helped off the field Thursday night after he hurt the ankle in the eighth inning while trying to field a one-hopper off the bat of Houston's Ty Wigginton.

Right-handed reliever Joey Devine was recalled from Triple-A Richmond of the International League.

• Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano left Friday's game against the New York Mets in the sixth inning due to heat-related cramping.

Zambrano, who tied a career high with seven walks, had just given up a homer to Ramon Castro and had a 1-1 count on Shawn Green when trainer Mark O'Neal and manager Lou Piniella came to mound. After a brief chat, Piniella took the ball and called on Carlos Marmol.

• Detroit Tigers infielder Neifi Perez was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a third time for a banned stimulant, a penalty that finishes his season.

Perez was suspended for 25 games on July 6 when he tested positive for a second time. Under baseball's labor contract, a player who tests positive for the first time is sent for counseling.

Perez has been the only player suspended by baseball for stimulants since they were banned before the 2006 season.

• Right-hander Scott Elarton signed a minor league contract Friday with the Cleveland Indians, and the 31-year-old was assigned to pitch out of the bullpen for Triple-A Buffalo.

Elarton was released by Kansas City Royals last week after going 2-4 with a 10.46 ERA in nine starts. He gave up 53 hits and 21 walks in 37 innings, having not regained form since shoulder surgery sidelined him for the final 71 games of last season and the first 36 games this year.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- With Clemson's preseason football practice set to open today, coach Tommy Bowden shifted three returning veterans to different positions.

Third-year sophomore Sadat Chambers was moved from safety to running back, a position he starred at during his prep career at Pageland Central.

In addition, quarterback Michael Wade was moved to safety and linebacker Kevin Alexander was moved to a bandit end position on defense.

• COLLEGE BASEBALL -- When longtime South Carolina assistant Jim Toman left to run his own program at Liberty, Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner likened it to a divorce.

So it only made sense to take some time before diving back in to find a replacement, Tanner said.

In the end, Tanner didn't look too far away, elevating volunteer assistant Monte Lee to full-time coach with Toman's old position of recruiting coordinator.

Tanner actually called Lee with the news almost two weeks ago. But with vacations and Lee on the road tracking prospects, Tanner hadn't had the chance to make things public before now.

• NBA -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand ruptured his left Achilles' tendon during his daily workout.

The 28-year-old will undergo surgery but plans for the operation have not been finalized yet, the Clippers said.

Last month, Brand -- a veteran of eight NBA seasons -- withdrew from the U.S. national team because of injury. He averaged 20.5 points and 9.3 rebounds last season, when the Clippers failed to make the playoffs.

• WNBA -- In Washington, Alana Beard scored 24 points and Nakia Sanford scored 16 points to help the Washington Mystics defeat the New York Liberty 80-68 on Friday.

• SHOCK 66, SKY 60 -- In Chicago, Plenette Pierson scored 15 points to help the Detroit Shock beat the Chicago Sky.

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