NEW YORK (AP) - The Lakers' Kobe Bryant and the Clippers' Chris Paul lead Western Conference backcourt players in voting for the NBA All-Star game. The Miami Heat's LeBron James is the top vote-getter so far, with Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant a close second. The Clippers' Blake Griffin is second in the West frontcourt.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake will be out at least six weeks with a torn ligament in his right elbow. Blake was hurt Nov. 26 in a game at Washington, but kept playing with the injury. The Lakers' team doctors diagnosed the tear in an examination yesterday. The Lakers also are without point guards Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Athletics have completed their trade with Baltimore that brought closer Jim Johnson to Oakland by sending minor league catcher David Freitas to the Orioles as the player to be named. Infielder Jemile Weeks also went to Baltimore in last week's swap. The A's also sent left-handed pitcher Andrew Werner to Triple-A Sacramento.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants have reached agreement on a one-year contract with outfielder Michael Morse, finding an option to help Gregor Blanco in left field. The deal is pending a physical. Morse missed time this past season with both a broken right pinkie and strained right quadriceps before returning from the disabled list in late July.
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