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Boston Red Sox -- Named Al Nipper pitching coach for Single-A Fort Lauderdale, Bob Geren roving minor-league catching instructor and Steve McAllister full-time scout.

Los Angeles Dodgers -- Released P Jonathan Hurst.

San Diego Padres -- Named Tom Robson minor-league roving hitting instructor, Dave Smith pitching coach at Single-A Spokane and Saul Soltero pitching coach at Single-A Waterloo.

Texas Rangers -- Announced their affiliate in the New York-Penn League will move from Erie, Pa., to Dutchess County, N.Y.


Orlando Magic -- Signed F Lorenzo Williams. Placed F/C Keith Tower on the injured list.


Ferrum -- Named Dave Davis football coach.

Georgia -- Announced the resignation of football defensive coordinator Richard Bell.

Houston -- Fired secondary coach Melvin Robertson, receivers coach Ron Shanklin, offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek and recruiting coordinator Bruce Davis. Reassigned defensive line coaches Tony Fitzpatrick and Ben Hurt to off-field duties.

Northwestern State -- Extended the contract of football coach Sam Goodwin for one year.

San Diego State -- Fired football coach Al Luginbill and assistants Ron Mims, Bret Ingalls, Del Wight, Ulima Afoa, Curtis Johnson, Barry Lamb, Sean Payton and Ed Schmidt. Announced that Luginbill will be reassigned within the athletic department. Retained recruiting coordinator Dave Schramm.

Siena -- Announced that F Mike McGhee has been medically disqualified to play basketball for the remainder of his career due to a knee injury.


NFL -- Awarded an expansion franchise to Jacksonville, Fla., to be known as the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Chicago Bears -- Signed G Tom Myslinski. Waived FB John Ivlow.

Cleveland Browns -- Signed WR Keenan McCardell off the Chicago Bears practice squad.

Los Angeles Rams -- Signed CB Mitchell Price.


NHL -- Suspended New York Rangers RW Alexei Kovalev for tripping the Washington Capitals' Dale Hunter during a game Sunday night. Announced Kovalev will face a league hearing today to determine the length of the suspension, which was effective immediately.

Buffalo Sabres -- Reassigned RW Steve Thomas to AHL Rochester.

Chicago Blackhawks -- Returned D Karl Dykhuis to IHL Indianapolis.

Florida Panthers -- Acquired D Greg Hawgood from the Philadelphia Flyers for future considerations.

Montreal Canadiens -- Signed D Eric Desjardins to a three-year contract and G Andre Racicot to a two-year contract.

New York Rangers -- Loaned G Jon Hillebrandt to the U.S. Olympic team.

Ottawa Senators -- Assigned F Andy Schneider to AHL Prince Edward Island. Recalled D Dmitri Filimonov from Prince Edward Island.

San Jose Sharks -- Assigned D Michal Sykora to IHL Kansas City.

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