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Chicago Cubs -- Signed P Brian McNichol and assigned him to Single-A Williamsport.

Chicago White Sox -- Activated C Mike LaValliere from the 15-day DL. Optioned C Chris Tremie to Triple-A Nashville.

Philadelphia Phillies -- Purchased the contract of IF Kevin Elster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Designated IF Randy Ready for assignment. Signed P Randy Knoll and assigned him to Rookie-level Martinsville.

Texas Rangers -- Signed 3B Steve Buechele to a contract with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Activated P Jeff Russell from the DL. Optioned P Jose Alberro to Oklahoma City.


Houston Rockets -- Announced that G Vernon Maxwell has cleared waivers and is a free agent.


NCAA -- Denied an appeal by Alcorn State over probation sanctions imposed on the men's basketball program last December.

Colorado Christian -- Announced the resignation of Judy Vaughn, women's basketball coach.

Northeast Missouri State -- Named Karin Nicholls women's basketball coach.


Chicago Bears -- Signed WR Jack Jackson and DE Carl Reeves to multi-year contracts.

Cincinnati Bengals -- Signed S Fernandus Vinson.

Cleveland Browns -- Signed LB Pepper Johnson to a four-year contract extension.

Indianapolis Colts -- Signed OT Derek West, DB Ray McElroy and LB Brian Gelzheiser.

Philadelphia Eagles -- Signed WR Chris T. Jones to three one-year contracts.

Pittsburgh Steelers -- Waived DL Jeff Esters. Signed K Cole Ford.

San Diego Chargers -- Signed RB Terrell Fletcher to a three-year contract and OT Tony Berti and CB Mark Montreuil to two-year contracts.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) -- Signed slotback Barry Rose to the practice roster.


Dallas Stars -- Signed RW Jere Lehtinen to a two-year contract.

Philadelphia Flyers -- Acquired G Garth Snow from Denver for third- and sixth-round draft choices in the 1996 entry draft and signed him to a new contract.

Washington Capitals -- Traded D John Slaney to Denver for a third-round pick in the 1996 entry draft.

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