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Marlins get Robertson

The Florida Marlins acquired left-hander Nate Robertson from the Detroit Tigers for left-hander Jay Voss on Tuesday.

The trade enables Robertson to start with the Marlins and assures left-hander Dontrelle Willis a spot in the Detroit rotation. Robertson started six games and also spent time in the bullpen for the Tigers last season, finishing 2-3 with a 5.44 ERA in 28 appearances.

In other baseball news, the Buffalo Bisons and Memphis Redbirds played to a 9-9 tie in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Herd (6-0-1) plays New Orleans in Port St. Lucie this afternoon. Buffalo trailed, 7-1, after three innings and 9-7 heading into the ninth inning. Mike Cervenak finished the game 3 for 3 with a double, two stolen bases and a run scored for Buffalo.

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Texans lock up Ryans

Houston Texans middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans has agreed to a six-year contract to remain with the team, a person speaking on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press.

Ryans was the 2006 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and is the leader of a young Houston team that went 9-7 last season for its first winning record, making the Pro Bowl. He was a restricted free agent.

In other NFL news, the Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with cornerback Tye Hill, a former first-round draft choice. Last year he started three games for the Atlanta Falcons.

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NCCC lacrosse loses debut

The Niagara County Community College men's lacrosse team debuted with a 9-7 loss to visiting Mercyhurst Northeast on Tuesday.

John Plunkett (North Tonawanda) scored three goals and had an assist, while Nick Ciemny added two goals and two assists for the Trailblazers, who will play a nine-game regular season schedule. The game was tied, 3-3, at halftime but the visitors scored six of the next nine goals to seize control. Still, NCCC coach and former Buffalo Bandit Rich Kilgour was pleased with the effort of his Trailblazers.
"They played as hard as they could. I wish we would've won but I'm not disappointed [with their performance]," Kilgour said.
Briefly

Andy Roddick advanced to the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. by beating Benjamin Becker, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Rafael Nadal, who could face Roddick in the semifinals, advanced by beating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Three-time champion Venus Williams became the first women's semifinalist by defeating No. 6-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 6-1.

Pitt football coach Dave Wannstedt signed a two-year contract extension that runs through 2014. The extension was the second signed by the former NFL coach since he was hired in 2004.

From News and wire service reports.

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