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Atlanta Braves -- Placed OF Oddibe McDowell (.243, 7 HRs, 25 RBI in 1990) on waivers for purpose of giving him unconditional release. McDowell will get 45 days of termination pay -- $228,708.80.

Baltimore Orioles -- Sent P David Martinez and P Todd Frohwirth to minor-league camp for assignment.

Boston Red Sox -- Sent P Eric Hetzel (1-4, 5.91 ERA) to Class AAA Pawtucket after he cleared waivers. Returned C Pedro Matilla to minor-league camp for assignment.

Cincinnati Reds -- Sent IF Billy Bates (hitless in 5 at-bats; his 10th-inning single started winning in Game 2 of World Series), P Keith Brown (4.76 ERA in 11.1 IP), P Milt Hill, C Dave Liddell (1-for-1 for New York Mets), 1B Terry Lee (.211 in 19 AB) and OF Leo Garcia to minor-league camp for assignment.

Cleveland Indians -- Optioned P Efrain Valdez (1-1, 3.04) to Class AAA Colorado Springs. Sent IF Luis Lopez to minor-league complex for assignment.

Los Angeles Dodgers -- Placed P Fernando Valenzuela (13-13, 4.59; 141-116 lifetime) on waivers for purpose of giving him unconditional release.

Montreal Expos -- Placed P Brian Barnes (1-1, 2.89) on 15-day disabled list with strained muscle in left shoulder.

New York Mets -- Assigned P Blaine Beatty (former Baltimore Orioles farmhand) to minor-league camp.

New York Yankees -- Announced resignation of Tony Bartirome, traveling secretary. Named David Szen traveling secretary. Announced that Bobby Murcer has signed 1-year contract as WPIX-TV announcer.

Pittsburgh Pirates -- Assigned OF Ty Gainey and OF Jeff Schulz (.258 in 66 AB for Kansas City Royals) to Class AAA Buffalo.

Seattle Mariners -- Optioned P Dave Burba (4.50 in 8 IP) to Class AAA Calgary. Sent P Dave Fleming, IF Rich Amaral and IF-OF Chuck Jackson to minor-league camp for assignment.

Texas Rangers -- Invited free-agent OF-DH Brian Downing (.273, 14, 51 for California Angels) to camp.


NBA -- Suspended Philadelphia 76ers F Charles Barkley for 1 game without pay and fined him $10,000 for spitting at fan and using abusive language during game March 26.

Jolumbus (CBA) -- Claimed G Jeff Fryer off waivers from Albany.

Oklahoma City (CBA) Fired coach Charley Rosen.


Michigan State -- Named Ed Zaunbrecher quarterbacks coach and Kip Waddell defensive-line coach.

Northeastern -- Announced resignation of second-year men's hockey coach Don McKenney.


Atlanta Falcons -- Owner Rankin M. Smith said he has completed details to sell 12 percent of the outstanding stock in the franchise to John P. Imlay Jr. and Tom Watson Brown.

Denver Broncos -- Agreed to terms with CB Charles Dimry on 2-year contract. Signed G Crawford Ker.

Minnesota Vikings -- Signed LB Greg Manusky, Plan B free agent from Washington Redskins.

San Diego Chargers -- Signed WR Troy Kyles.

Washington Redskins -- Signed Philadelphia Eagles S Terry Hoage and Atlanta Falcons RB John Settle, both Plan B free agents.

WLAF -- Announced that first championship game will be June 9 at Wembley Stadium (capacity 63,500) in London.


NHL -- Suspended Los Angeles Kings coach Tom Webster for 4 games and fined him $5,000 for fighting in game against Calgary Flames on March 24. Suspended Calgary's Doug Gilmour and Tim Hunter for 2 games each and fined Gilmour $500 for their actions. Fined Calgary's Joel Otto $500.


USOC -- Named Charles Dillman deputy executive director for programs.


APSL -- Announced that league's all-star team will play Linfield Football Club of Northern Ireland on April 27 in Knoxville, Tenn.

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