Auto racingBenetton -- Announced that Dutch driver...

Auto racing

Benetton -- Announced that Dutch driver Jos Verstappen will make his Formula One debut in the Brazilian Grand Prix on March 27 as a replacement on the team for the injured JJ Lehto.



California Angels -- Sent P Pete Janicki to minor-league camp for assignment.


Houston Astros -- Optioned IF Roberto Petagine and OF Brian Hunter to Triple-A Tucson. Sent IF Frank Kellner to minor-league camp for assignment.

Kansas City Royals -- Optioned IF Joe Randa, IF Joe Vitiello and OF Les Norman to Triple-A Omaha. Optioned P Jeff Granger, C Lance Jennings, C Chad Strickland, IF Gary Caraballo, IF Shane Halter and OF Darren Burton to Double-A Memphis. Sent P Mike Loynd and IF Ed Caceres to minor-league camp for reassignment.

Milwaukee Brewers -- Sent P Steve Sparks, P Tyrone Hill, P

Charlie Rogers, IF Greg Smith, OF Duane Singleton and C Jimmy Kremers to minor-league camp for reassignment.

Seattle Mariners -- Claimed P Bill Risley off waivers from the Montreal Expos. Moved P Ted Power from the 30- to the 60-day DL. Optioned IF Anthony Manahan and OF Marc Newfield to Triple-A Calgary. Sent IF Dale Sveum to minor-league camp for reassignment.

Arizona Fall League -- Named Dan O'Brien director of baseball operations and David Salow director of league operations.


NCAA -- Selected Marshall University as host of the Division I-AA football championship game for the next two years.


Catawba -- Promoted Tom Harper Jr., assistant football coach, to defensive coordinator.

Georgia State -- Announced the resignation of Brenda Paul, women's basketball coach.

Maine -- Fired Linwood "Woody" Carville, NCAA compliance officer.

Northeastern -- Reassigned Karl Fogel, men's basketball coach, to other duties.

Pratt -- Announced that Richard Udewitz has resigned as SID to become an assistant men's basketball coach and will continue as basketball media consultant.



Atlanta Falcons -- Agreed to terms with DB Kevin Ross.

Denver Broncos -- Named Jim Fassel assistant head coach.

Indianapolis Colts -- Signed DE Jon Hand.

Kansas City Chiefs -- Announced that Jack Steadman has retired as CEO but will continue as the team's board chairman.

Phoenix Cardinals -- Announced they will change their name to the Arizona Cardinals, pending approval from the NFL.

Washington Redskins -- Signed OL John Gesek to a three-year contract.



Montreal Canadiens -- Signed LW Gerry Fleming to a two-year contract and recalled him from AHL Fredericton.

Washington Capitals -- Claimed RW Tim Bergland off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

IHL -- Announced that new team in Houston has chosen the nickname Aeros, the same name used by the World Hockey Association club in the 1970s. The team will begin play next season, along with the Chicago Wolves, Denver Grizzlies and Minneapolis-St. Paul team.


Whitbread Round the World Race -- Organizers announced that the Whitbread 60 would be the only class yacht allowed in the next race, in 1997.



NBC -- Hired Randy Cross as a pro football analyst.

Track and field

IAAF -- Suspended Irina Belova, Russian pentathlete, for four years and stripped her of her world championship gold medal after she tested positive for testosterone during last year's World Indoor Championships.

Romanian Track and Field Federation -- Suspended high jumper Galina Astafei-Stavariu for three years for refusing to compete in last weekend's European Indoor Championships in Paris.