Mets get Conine from Reds for 2 minor leaguers

CINCINNATI -- The New York Mets got Jeff Conine from the Cincinnati Reds for two minor leaguers on Monday, adding a 41-year-old player who has two World Series rings and knows how to contribute off the bench.

Conine can play first base or outfield and is adept at pinch-hitting -- he led the Reds with nine hits in that role. Conine is batting .265 overall with six homers and 32 RBIs.

"We've had our eyes on him for a while," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said.

The move came one day after the Mets put infielder Damion Easley on the 15-day disabled list with a severely sprained left ankle, the latest blow to the NL East leaders.

Easley is expected to miss at least a month, Minaya said. He added the Mets probably would not have made the trade if Easley had not been injured.

Conine won World Series titles with Florida in 1997 and 2003, proving himself adept at hitting in the clutch. He plans to retire after this season, and was delighted to spend the final months in contention.

• LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL -- All five games at the Little League World Series were postponed because of rain.

The postponements will force the first round of the tournament to be pushed back a day. Monday's games will be played Tuesday and Tuesday's games will be pushed to Wednesday.

The semifinals were initially supposed to start Wednesday, with two games that day and two games Thursday. All four semifinal games will now be played Thursday.

The rest of the schedule remains intact, with a day off Friday. The U.S. and international championship games are scheduled for Saturday, with the World Series title to be decided Sunday.

• NBA -- A 31-year-old man was shot during an altercation outside the home of Washington Wizards' guard DeShawn Stevenson, authorities said.

Stevenson, 26, was asleep at his central Florida home when shots were fired about 4 a.m. Monday. He was not injured, according to a sheriff's report. Stevenson re-signed with the Wizards last month, reportedly getting $15 million in a four-year deal.

"We are aware of the incident. We have spoken with DeShawn and he is fine and was not harmed," Washington Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "We will monitor the situation as this is a continuing investigation being conducted by the authorities in Orlando."

• TENNIS -- Three-time defending champion Roger Federer was seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open for the fourth consecutive year, and Justine Henin topped the women's seedings.

Thirteen players who have won Grand Slam titles are among the 32 men and 32 women seeded for the last major tournament of the year.

That includes men's No. 2 Rafael Nadal, the three-time French Open champion, and No. 5 Andy Roddick, who won the 2003 U.S. Open and lost to Federer in last year's final.