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THREE-TEAM TRADE: The New York Mets pulled off a three-team, 11-player trade, acquiring Jeromy Burnitz from Milwaukee and sending Glendon Rusch to the Brewers and Todd Zeile to Colorado.

The Mets completed an offseason overhaul of their offense, getting the slugging outfielder they had been seeking after being spurned by free agent Juan Gonzalez. Burnitz will fit into a lineup with newcomers Roberto Alomar, Mo Vaughn and Roger Cedeo.

New York also received pitcher Jeff D'Amico, infielder Lou Collier, outfielder Mark Sweeney and cash from Milwaukee. The Mets got two minor leaguers from Colorado: infielder/outfielder Ross Gload and pitcher Craig House.

The Brewers, who saved money by dealing Burnitz back to his original team, added a left-handed starter in Rusch. They also obtained outfielder Alex Ochoa from Colorado and infielder Lenny Harris from New York.

The Rockies filled their third base hole with Zeile and added outfielder Benny Agbayani. The Mets will pay about half of Zeile's $6 million contract.


GOLD CUP: The U.S. team could hardly have played a more dominant — and closer — game.

The Americans kept steady pressure on Cuba, held a 16-5 edge in shots — and scored only once, on a penalty kick. It still turned out to be enough, as Brian McBride's first-half goal carried the United States to a 1-0 victory over Cuba in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.


PANTHERS CLEARED FOR OLYMPICS: Florida defensemen Robert Svehla of Slovakia and Sandis Ozolinsh of Latvia were cleared by the Panthers to play against each other in an Olympic qualifying game.

Svehla and Ozolinsh will play in a Feb. 10 preliminary round game leading up to the Salt Lake City Olympics.


EX-NBA PLAYER KILLED: A former NBA player died from complications of a stab wound to the stomach. George Trapp, 53, died at Sinai Grace Hospital, where he was being treated after being stabbed by his roommate Jan. 11, police said. Trapp played two seasons for the Atlanta Hawks and four with the Detroit Pistons.