Indians: Optioned IF Russell Branyan and P Jason Rakers to Double-A Akron. Optioned IF Richie Sexson and Bruce Aven to Triple-A Buffalo. Reassigned C Heath Hayes to minor-league camp.
Padres: Optioned SS Juan Melo and P Matt Clement to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Red Sox: Sent IF Arquimedez Pozo outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Royals: Optioned P Roland De La Maza and Bart Evans to Triple-A Omaha and OF Mark Quinn and IF Carlos Febles to Double-A Wichita. Reassigned P Dan Reichert and P Brian Barber to minor-league camp.
NBA: Named Suns G Jason Kidd Player of the Week.
Heat: Signed F Antonio Lang (tendinitis in left knee) for remainder of season and placed him on injured list. Activated F Terry Mills.
Nets: Activated C Rony Seikaly.
Nuggets: Activated G Bobby Jackson. Placed G Harold Ellis (right knee patella tendinitis) on injured list.
Spurs: Signed G-F Willie Burton for remainder of season.
Trail Blazers: Placed F Carlos Rogers (fluid on his right knee) on injured list. Activated C Alton Lister.
NCAA: Barred officials Jack Riordan, Robert Strong and Lolly Saenz from working remainder of women's basketball tournament after they missed timekeeper error and end-line violation that enabled Alabama to beat UCLA on Sunday.
ACC: Named Maryland's Andrew Whipple men's lacrosse Player the Week.
Big South: Named UMBC 1B Ryan Schneider (Atholton) baseball Player of the Week and UMBC's Wayne Fowler (Thomas Stone) Pitcher of the Week.
Patriot League: Named Navy DH Mark Zematis and Navy's Scott Kozink baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Angelo State: Named Joe Esposito men's basketball coach.
Evansville: Discontinued football program, which began in 1923; school has been in Division I-AA in recent years.
Florida: Extended contract of men's basketball coach Billy Donovan through 2002-03.
Idaho State: Named Doug Oliver, an assistant at Stanford for 12 years, men's basketball coach.
Louisiana State: Suspended starting DB Clarence LeBlanc indefinitely for behavior inconsistent with team's principles and philosophies.
Missouri: Women's basketball coach Joann Rutherford retired after 23 seasons and four Big Eight championships.
Wheeling Jesuit: Named Wheeler Brown men's basketball coach.
Cowboys: Re-signed free-agent DE Broderick Thomas to one-year contract.
Eagles: Signed DE Hugh Douglas, acquired Friday from Jets, to six-year contract worth more than $25 million.
Avalanche: Recalled G David Aebischer from ECHL Wheeling.
Blackhawks: Assigned LW-C Brian Felsner to IHL Milwaukee.
Coyotes: Signed C Rob Murray to two-year contract extension.
Devils: Recalled D Kevin Dean, D Brad Bombardir and C 'D Brendan Morrison from AHL Albany.
Flyers: Recalled G Neil Little and RW Craig Darby from AHL Philadelphia.
Panthers: Returned D John Jakopin to AHL New Haven. Recalled LW Peter Worrell from New Haven.
Rangers: Assigned LW Johan Lindbom to AHL Hartford.
Stars: Recalled F Jason Botterill, F Kevin Sawyer, F Jamie Wright D Petr Buzek and D Sergey Gusev from IHL Michigan.
Pub Date: 3/17/98