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Houston Astros -- Placed P Brian Williams on the 15-day DL. Recalled P Ross Powell from Triple-A Tucson.

Milwaukee Brewers -- Placed OF Alex Diaz on the 15-day DL. Recalled OF Duane Singleton from Triple-A New Orleans.

Pittsburgh Pirates -- Purchased the contract of IF Junior Noboa from Triple-A Buffalo. Optioned IF Tony Womack to Buffalo.

Seattle Mariners -- Placed P Shawn Boskie on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 31. Optioned IF Alex Rodriguez to Triple-A Calgary. Recalled IF Torey Lovullo and P Jeff Darwin from Calgary.

St. Louis Cardinals -- Activated P Rheal Cormier from the 15-day TC DL. Optioned P Gary Buckles to Triple-A Louisville.

Texas Rangers -- C Mike Scioscia announced his retirement.


NBA -- Disapproved the contracts between A. C. Green and the Phoenix Suns and Horace Grant and the Orlando Magic on the grounds that they violate the league's salary cap rules.

Charlotte Hornets -- Acquired G Michael Adams from the Washington Bullets for a second-round draft pick in 1996 and 1997. Announced that F-C Leron Ellis has signed a one-year contract to play with FC Barcelona of the Spanish League.

Cleveland Cavaliers -- Re-signed G Bobby Phills.

Washington Bullets -- Re-signed G Mitchell Butler to a four-year contract.

Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA) -- Named Monte Towe assistant coach.


Navy -- Named Steve Orsini associate director of athletics and business manager and Gene Taylor, Mary McElroy and Tom Bates assistant directors of athletics.

Towson State -- Named Michelle Frates field hockey coach.


Arizona Cardinals -- Signed RB Fred McAfee and RB Alex Smith.

Buffalo Bills -- Waived S David Gulledge.

Cleveland Browns -- Signed WR Derrick Alexander.

Green Bay Packers -- Claimed TE Jeff Thomason on waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals. Waived TE Willie Felton.

Kansas City Chiefs -- Signed TE Keith Cash.

New York Jets -- Named Jesse Kaye scout.

San Francisco 49ers -- Signed LB Rickey Jackson, TE Steve Brooks and S Damien Russell.

Washington Redskins -- Agreed to terms with QB Heath Shuler.


Edmonton Oilers -- Named George Burnett coach. Named Pete Mahovlich coach of AHL Cape Breton Oilers.

New York Islanders -- Agreed to terms with F Andy Brickley, F Kip Miller, D Gord Dineen, D Milan Tichy and G Frank Pietrangelo.

Pittsburgh Penguins -- Signed free-agent LW Jeff Christian.

St. Louis Blues -- Named Ted Sator associate coach.

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