CINCINNATI (AP) – The Rockies put catcher Ramon Hernandez on the
15-day disabled list Friday with a strained left hand that has
bothered him for several days and made it difficult to grip a bat
tightly. Colorado called up catcher Wil Nieves from Triple-A Colorado
Springs to take his spot. They also transferred infielder Hector
Gomez from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL with a
strained groin. Hernandez batted .215 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 27 games. He went on the DL before the start of a weekend series against the
Cincinnati Reds, his former team. The 34-year-old Nieves is playing for his fifth major league team, along with the Padres, Yankees, Nationals and Brewers. He batted .299 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 28 games at Triple-A.

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) – The Boston Celtics have lost guard Avery
Bradley for the season on the eve of the decisive Game 7 of their
NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series against Philadelphia. Coach
Doc Rivers says Avery is scheduled for surgery on his left shoulder
which has been popping out all season.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A forensic scientist has testified that two
cotton balls and a syringe allegedly saved from steroid injections
to Roger Clemens tested positive for the former pitching great’s
DNA. Former Clemens trainer Brian McNamee has testified at Clemens’
perjury trial he saved the materials after giving Clemens steroid

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Jason Dufner’s bogey-free 6-under 64
has made him the clubhouse leader at 11-under in the second round
of the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Dufner has put himself in
position to contend a third title in four tournaments after
victories in the Zurich Classic and Byron Nelson Championship.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Miami is reaffirming its commitment to
the Atlantic Coast Conference, debunking speculation that the
Hurricanes may be considering a jump to the Big 12 or elsewhere.
Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst released a statement Friday
saying, among other things, that Miami hasn’t engaged in formal or
informal discussions with any other conferences.

PARIS (AP) – Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) and
Victoria Azarenka are the top seeds for the French Open which
begins next week. Djokovic will be trying to become the first man
since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four straight grand slam tournament
titles, while Azarenka will be trying to add the French title to
her Australian Open championship.