Blue Jays: Designated IF Mike Peeples for assignment.
Pirates: Signed P Jim Baron, P Johann Lopez, former Orioles P Bob Milacki, former Orioles C Mel Rosario and C-IF Reed Secrist to minor-league contracts.
Twins: Agreed to terms with IF Denny Hocking on two-year contract. Invited P Steve Wojciechowski, P Ryan Mills, P Kevin Ohme, P Gary Rath, C George Williams, C Matt LeCroy, IF Brent Gates, IF Mike Moriarty, IF Chad Rupp, IF Michael Cuddyer, IF Eddie Williams and OF Melvin Nieves to spring training as nonroster players.
Mid-Continent Conference: Suspended Oakland University's Jen Amy and Western Illinois' Rhonda Gondringer two games apiece for altercation Dec. 21.
East Carolina: Named Tim Rose defensive coordinator.
Missouri-Rolla: Named Kirby Cannon football coach.
NFL: Named Players of the Week: AFC offense, Dolphins QB Dan Marino; AFC defense, Patriots S Willie Clay; AFC special teams, Broncos KR Vaughn Hebron (Cardinal Gibbons); NFC offense, Packers WR Antonio Freeman (Poly); NFC defense, Giants S Percy Ellsworth; NFC special teams, Packers K Chris Jacke.
Browns: Signed L John Henry Mills, TE Aaron Laing and DT Chris Maumalanga.
Dolphins: Released G Chris Brymer from practice squad. Signed T Alan Barnett to practice squad.
Packers: Signed RT Earl Dotson to four-year extension. Signed TE Scott Galbraith.
Patriots: Released FB Clif Groce.
Redskins: Signed FB Le'Shai Maston to active roster. Waived LB Kevin Jefferson.
Blackhawks: Recalled D Christian Laflamme from AHL Portland.
Senators: Recalled G Jani Hurme from IHL Cincinnati.
Pub Date: 12/24/98