Astros: Named Vern Ruhle pitching coach.
Cavaliers: Waived G Terrence Rencher.
Hornets: Waived F Ochiel Swaby.
Suns: Waived F Evric Gray and G Brian Green.
Oklahoma State: Called news conference for today amid reports that Gary Ward, who has led Cowboys to 16 straight conference baseball titles and 10 College World Series appearances, is resigning.
Buccaneers: Waived OL Scott Adams.
Colts: Signed QB Chris Hetherington, who had been on Bengals' practice squad.
Eagles: Signed free-agent CB Johnny Thomas. Released DB Barry Wilburn.
Falcons: Waived QB Jeff George.
49ers: Waived WR Mark Harris. Signed WR Kevin Lee.
Jets: Re-signed kickoff specialist Don Silvestri. Waived DT Jeff Faulkner and FB Sherriden May.
Panthers: Signed CB Rod Smith. Released former Ravens RB Leroy Hoard.
International Golf Association: Awarded 1997 World Cup of Golf to Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.
Blackhawks: Reassigned RW Mike Prokopec to IHL Indianapolis.
Blues: Sent RW Konstantin Shafranov to AHL Worcester. Recalled C-RW Gary Leeman from Worcester.
Maple Leafs: Sent D Matt Martin to AHL St. John's for conditioning.
Mighty Ducks: Recalled D Nikolai Tsulygin from IHL Fort Wayne.
Sabres: Reassigned C Wayne Primeau to AHL Rochester.
Sharks: Signed free-agent G Darrin Madeley.
Syracuse (AHL): Recalled F Ian McIntyre from ECHL Wheeling.
Buffalo (NPSL): Signed D Rene Rivas.
Pub Date: 10/23/96