Astros: Signed P Tony McKnight, P Brian Powell, P Derek Root, P Brian Sikorski, IF Julio Lugo, IF Chris Truby, IF Carlos Villalobos and OF Glen Barker to one-year contracts.
Braves: Signed 1B Brian Hunter; invited him to major-league camp.
Diamondbacks: Signed P Byung-Hyun Kim.
Dodgers: Hired Jin Roy Ryu as special adviser.
Rockies: Agreed to one-year contracts with SS Neifi Perez and P Jamey Wright.
Conference USA: Reprimanded Cincinnati men's basketball coach Bob Huggins for comments made over public address system during game Wednesday.
Nevada: Extended suspension of G-F Joao Santos for remainder of season.
Northwestern State: Defensive coordinator Brad Peveto resigned.
Oregon: Named Nick Alliotti defensive coordinator.
Rhode Island: Women's basketball coach Linda Ziemke resigned. Named Dayna Smith interim coach.
UCLA: Named John Pearce defensive ends coach.
Dolphins: Signed LB Robert Jones to five-year contract extension.
Hurricanes: Assigned F Shane Willis to AHL New Haven.
Panthers: Reassigned D Peter Ratchuk to AHL New Haven.
Rangers: Assigned D Adam Smith to IHL Fort Wayne.
Pub Date: 2/20/99