Astros: Agreed to $750,000 contract with OF Thomas Howard.
Cardinals: Agreed to $1 million contract with OF Willie McGee. Named Gaylen Pitts manager of Triple-A Louisville.
Dodgers: Agreed to contract with OF Brett Butler. Designated RHP Eric Weaver for assignment.
Indians: Sold contract of LF Nigel Wilson to Japanese Chiba Lotte Marines.
Padres: Named Greg Booker bullpen coach.
Red Sox: Named Ken Macha manager of Triple-A Pawtucket. Obtained rights to P Robinson Checo from Japanese Hiroshima Toyo Carp for cash.
White Sox: Named Steve Renko pitching coach of Double-A Birmingham.
Bulls: Activated C Robert Parish from injured list. Placed C Luc Longley (separated shoulder) on injured list.
Suns: Traded F Chucky Brown to Bucks for G Darrin Hancock and conditional second-round draft pick.
Big East: Announced players of year: defense-West Virginia LB-DE Canute Curtis, offense-Syracuse QB Donovan McNabb and Virginia Tech QB Jim Druckenmiller, special teams-Miami KR Tremain Mack, rookie-West Virginia's Amos Zereoue. Announced that Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer is coach of year.
Citadel: Announced C Brett Hughes (Owings Mills), 6-11, 200 pounds, signed national letter of intent to play basketball. He averaged 11 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks last season.
East Carolina: Signed football coach Steve Logan to contract extension through 2001.
Florida: T Mo Collins tore medial collateral knee ligament and will miss the SEC title game Saturday and likely is out for bowl game. He is team's third offensive line starter out with an injury.
Lou Groza Award: Named Marc Primanti of N.C. State, perfect on 24 field-goal attempts and 20 point-after conversions, as top kicker for honor given by Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sports Commission. Named for Cleveland Browns' Hall of Fame kicker.
N.C. Charlotte: Announced resignation of women's volleyball coach Jim McClellan.
St. Olaf College: Named Paul Miller head football coach.
Temple: Fired offensive coordinator Nick Gasparato and defensive coordinator Dale Strahm.
Texas A&M;: Fired offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, and wide receivers coach Les Koennig.
Wake Forest: Fired defensive coordinator Chris Allen.
Wisconsin: Announced its 7-5 football team accepted invitation from Dec. 27 Copper Bowl in Tucson, Ariz., against loser of Saturday's WAC title game -- Brigham Young or Utah.
Bears: Signed T James Parrish. Placed CB Clifton Abraham on injured reserve.
Colts: Placed S David Tate on injured reserve. Activated DB Richard Jones from practice squad.
Dolphins: Placed LB Marc Lillibridge on practice squad/injured list with a torn left biceps. Added DE Larry Jackson to practice squad.
Jets: Signed QB John Paci. Waived WR Phillip Riley from practice squad. Signed WR Clarence Jones to practice squad.
Saints: Placed S Sean Lumpkin on injured reserve. Signed S Derrick Hoskins. Signed DE Herb Coleman to practice squad.
CFL: Commissioner Larry Smith resigned after 4 1/2 years.
Capitals: Recalled C Anson Carter from AHL Portland.
Coyotes: Assigned C Chad Kilger to AHL Springfield. Activated RW Dallas Drake from injured reserve.
Rangers: Recalled LW Sylvain Blouin from AHL Binghamton.
Breeders' Cup Limited: Elected D. G. Van Clief Jr. to succeed retiring James E. Bassett III as president.
Pub Date: 12/05/96