BaseballCalifornia Angels -- Claimed P Ben VanRyn...



California Angels -- Claimed P Ben VanRyn from waivers and optioned him to Vancouver of the Pacific Coast League. Designated P Mark Holzemer for assignment.

Chicago White Sox -- Named Chris Cron manager of Bristol of the Appalachian League.

Cleveland Indians -- Signed IF Casey Candaele and OF Lloyd McClendon to minor league contracts and assigned them to Triple-A Buffalo.

Los Angeles Dodgers -- Placed OF Todd Hollandsworth on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 3.

St. Louis Cardinals -- Activated 1B Todd Zeile from the 15-day disabled list. Optioned OF Allen Battle to Louisville of the American Association.


Vancouver Grizzlies -- Named Jay Triano director of community relations.


Big South Conference -- Named UMBC senior RHP Howie Brown (Wilde Lake) Pitcher of the Week.

Dartmouth -- Named Steffany Bender softball coach.

Eastern Illinois -- Named Deborah Polca associate director of athletics.

Goucher -- Announced that junior field hockey and lacrosse player Michele Mohlman was named Capital Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Patriot League -- Announced that Navy baseball player Toby Moore was named Pitcher of the Year, teammate Brian Bernth was Player of the Year and Bob McDonald was Coach of the Year. Steve Mauro was named to the first team, Tom McLemore and Toph Lake to the second team.

UMBC -- Ben Ricker (DeMatha) signed a national letter of intent for golf. Softball and volleyball player Jen Jewell (McDonogh) was named Female Outstanding Athlete. Track sprinter David Bobb was named Male Outstanding Athlete. Basketball's Eunice French was named Female Outstanding Senior Athlete. Baseball's Kevin Loewe (Perry Hall) received the Male Outstanding Senior Athlete honors. Volleyball player Judy Jackson and swimmer Jen Atkins (Oakland Mills) were named Female Outstanding Scholar-Athletes while lacrosse player Chris Morris (McDonogh) was named the Male Outstanding Scholar-Athlete. The Retriever Club Scholarship winners were softball player Dina Glorioso (Seton Keough) and soccer player Anthony Adams (Calvert Hall), and the Leon Upshur Award winner was senior Cindy Lang.

Villanova -- Named Karen Frascona assistant athletic director for media relations.

Virginia -- Announced Cory Alexander, junior basketball guard, will forego his senior year and make himself eligible for the NBA draft.

Western Carolina -- Announced the resignation of Benny Dees, men's basketball coach.


Cincinnati Bengals -- Released S Louis Oliver.

Green Bay Packers -- Signed LB Brian Williams.

Houston Oilers -- Signed C Richard Saenz and TE George Terrell.

Miami Dolphins -- Signed LB Dwight Hollier to a two-year contract and RB Ontiwaun Carter.

San Francisco 49ers -- Waived DT Barry Hawkins.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Agreed to terms with CB Jerry Wilson on a three-year contract.

Birmingham Barracudas (CFL) -- Signed RB Earl Beecham, WR Many Hazard, WR Ken Harris, LB Ronald Sterling and DB Stacy Edwards.

Shreveport Pirates (CFL) -- Signed RB Gil Carillo. Waived DT Keith Browner and DB Don Caparotti.

Toronto Argonauts (CFL) -- Signed WR Mike Morreale and DB Corey Bell.


Boston Bruins -- Returned LW Guy Larose to Providence of the AHL.

Dallas Stars -- Extended their multi-year agreement with Kalamazoo of the International Hockey League. Extended the contracts of Kalamazoo coach Ken Hitchcock and assistant coachClaude Noel.

Montreal Canadiens -- Returned LW Mario Roberge to Fredericton of the AHL.

Quebec Nordiques -- Returned G Garth Snow to Cornwall of the AHL. Recalled RW Landon Wilson from Cornwall.

San Jose Sharks -- Recalled RW Shean Donovan and D Vlastimal Kroupa from Kansas City of the IHL.

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