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Astros: Re-signed OF Derek Bell to one-year contract worth $2.6 million and avoided arbitration.

Athletics: Re-signed SS Mike Bordick ($1.85 million) and OF Geronimo Berroa ($1.15 million) to one-year contracts and avoided arbitration.

Blue Jays: Re-signed P Paul Quantrill ($775,000), P Mike Timlin ($635,000) and OF Lonell Roberts to one-year contracts.

Cardinals: Agreed to terms with SS Royce Clayton on one-year contract worth $1.6 million. Agreed to terms with P Fabian Salmon.

Cubs: Agreed to terms with OF Brian McRae on a one-year contract worth $3.4 million and avoided arbitration.

Marlins: Agreed to terms with with P Ryan Bowen on one-year contract worth $305,000.

Mariners: Signed P John Farrell to minor-league contract. Promoted Ron Romanick to minor-league pitching coordinator. Named Bryan Price pitching coach at Double-A Port City.

Orioles: Re-signed P Scott Erickson to two-year contract with option for 1998 season and avoided arbitration.

Phillies: Signed free-agent P Mike Walker, who had been with Cubs, to minor-league contract.

Pirates: Re-signed P Denny Neagle (Arundel) to one-year contract and avoided arbitration.

Rangers: Re-signed P Roger Pavlik to one-year contract worth $1.1 million and avoided arbitration.

White Sox: Re-signed P Wilson Alvarez ($2.7 million), P Alex Fernandez ($4.5 million) and P Roberto Hernandez ($1.9 million) to one-year contracts.

Yankees: Signed following players to minor-league contracts and invited them to major-league camp: P Paul Gibson, P John Burgos, P Francisco Gonzales, P Dale Polley, P Rafael Quirico, P Andy Cook, P Jose DeJesus, P Rick Monteleone, P Dave Pavlas, C Tim McIntosh, C Jamie Torres, C Tom Wilson, IF Freddie Benavides, IF Matt Howard, IF Tim Baker, IF Ivan Cruz, OF Kevin Maas, OF Bubba Carpenter and OF Nick Delvecchio.


NBA: Suspended Bullets F Juwan Howard and Heat G Bimbo Coles one game without pay and fined them $12,000 and $6,000, respectively, for fight in game Wednesday.

Clippers: Placed G Malik Sealy on injured list. Activated C Stanley Roberts from injured list.

Jazz: Placed G Chris Morris on injured list. Signed G Andy Toolson to 10-day contract.

L Mavericks: Signed F Reggie Slater to second 10-day contract.

Nets: Traded G Kenny Anderson and G-F Gerald Glass to Hornets for G Kendall Gill and G Khalid Reeves.


Eastern Tennessee State: Men's basketball coach Alan LeForce will resign at end of season.

Indiana: Kicked G Sherron Wilkerson off basketball team.

Long Beach State: Suspended F-C Marcus Johnson from

basketball team for violation of team policy.

Louisville: Assistant men's basketball coach Larry Gay resigned, effective Jan. 30.

Oklahoma: Named Dick Winder offensive coordinator.

Wright State: Basketball G Rick Martinez quit team.


NFL: Fined Steelers DE Ray Seals $2,500 for taunting Bills QB Jim Kelly during playoff game on Jan. 6.

Dolphins: Named Kippy Brown running backs coach. Assistant coaches George Hill, Larry Seiple and Mike Westhoff will be retained.

Eagles: Will seek compensation from Dolphins for loss of chief contract negotiator and director of football administration Bob Ackles.

4 49ers: Named Johnnie Lynn defensive backs coach.

Roughriders (CFL): Promoted defensive line coach and special teams coordinator Jim Daley to head coach, replacing Ray Jauch, who quit last month.

Stampeders (CFL): Signed DB Kevin Allen and FB Steve Mattison to one-year contracts.


Blackhawks: LW Brent Grieve cleared waivers and was reassigned to IHL Indianapolis.

Bruins: Sent G Scott Bailey and G Blaine Lacher on loan to AHL Providence.

Canadiens: Sent C Darcy Tucker on loan to AHL Fredericton.

Canucks: Sent G Mike Fountain on loan to AHL Syracuse.

Capitals: Sent LW Andrew Brunette on loan to AHL Portland.

Rangers: Sent D Chris Snell on loan to AHL Binghamton. Recalled C Steve Larouche from Binghamton.

Senators: Sent D Patrick Traverse on loan to AHL Prince Edward Island.

Adirondack (AHL): Sent D Troy Neumeier on loan to ECHL Toledo.


MLS: Will hold first championship game Oct. 20 at Foxboro (Mass.) Stadium.

Attack (NPSL): GM Bob Wilber resigned.

Rockers (NPSL): Acquired D Neil Gilbert from Power for rights to Dave Hoggan and cash.

Wave (NPSL): Signed F Tony Sanneh for remainder of season and G Paul Royal to developmental contract. Activated F Billy Duranceau from injured list. Placed F Moise Suri on suspended list. Traded G Jon Halliwill to Power for future considerations.


Australian Open Committee: Fined Andre Agassi of United States $1,000 for obscenities.

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