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Auto racing

Melling Racing (NASCAR) -- Signed driver Lake Speed to a three-year contract.

NASCAR -- Announced the following awards: UNICAL 76 Challenge ($114,000) to Rusty Wallace; Mayflower Truck Driver of the Year ($15,000) to Rodney Pickler, who drives for the Joe Gibbs Interstate Batteries team; AP Parts Meet the Challenge ($36,000) to Darrell Waltrip; UAW and General Motors Teamwork of Excellence ($50,000) to Bill Ingles, crew chief for Ricky Rudd; Simpson Rookie of the Year to Jeff Burton. Also, the McDonald All-Star team is Jeff Gordon, Wallace and Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt announced that he no longer will compete in Busch Grand National races.

Baseball

California Angels -- Placed P Jeff Schwarz (5.50 ERA in 13 games) on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Agreed to terms with 1B Pedro Guerrero to a one-year Triple-A contract.

Chicago Cubs -- Placed P Dave Otto (3.80 ERA in 36 games) on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

Colorado Rockies -- Named Todd Maulding bullpen catcher.

San Diego Padres -- Signed free-agent P Brett Merriman (6.35 ERA in 15 games with the Minnesota Twins) to a minor-league contract.

Seattle Mariners -- Signed OF Basil Shabazz, OF Darrell Sherman and OF Gary Thurman to Triple-A contracts.

Texas Rangers -- Placed IF Jeff Huson (career batting average of .233 in 462 games) on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Named Mike Berger manager and Brad Arnsberg pitching coach of Single-A Charleston. Named Bump Wills manager and Steve Foucault pitching coach of Single-A Hudson Valley.

Basketball

NBA -- Named Orlando Magic C Shaquille O'Neal Player of the Month.

Chicago Bulls -- Placed F Corie Blount (infected right foot) on the injured list. Activated F Larry Krystkowiak from the injured list.

Denver Nuggets -- Placed F Reggie Williams (Dunbar) on the injured list with a sprained ligament in his right knee. Activated G

Darnell Mee.

Colleges

Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award -- Announced that finalists are Alabama's Jay Barker, Penn State's Kerry Collins and Georgia's Eriz Zeier.

Duke -- Announced the transfer of sophomore F Joey Beard after the fall semester.

Mississippi -- Named Tommy Tuberville football coach.

Ohio State -- Agreed to terms with football coach John Cooper on a five-year contract.

Hockey

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim -- Assigned D Oleg Tverdovsky to

WHL Brandon.

Track and field

International Athletic Foundation -- Named heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee and distance runner Noureddine Morceli Athletes of the Year.

Jesse Owens Award -- The sport's performer of the year honor went to Michael Johnson, who has won 24 straight 400-meter races. He ran a world-best 43.90 seconds in September; he also had the fastest time in the United States at 200 meters, 19.94.

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