Mets: Recalled P Jim Mann from Triple-A Norfolk.
Orioles: Promoted IF Rick Short from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Rochester.
Pirates: Placed OF Bruce Aven on 15-day DL with strained left hamstring. Recalled OF Tike Redman from Triple-A Nashville.
IBL: Awarded Flint, Mich., franchise, to begin play in 2000-01. Nickname will be Stones. Coach will be Justus Thigpen.
Cincinnati (IBL) : Named Mike Frink coach and director of basketball operations.
NCAA: Ruled that Texas Tech (1996), Arizona (1999) and UCLA (1999) must return men's basketball tournament shares for using ineligible players.
Saints: Signed RB Michael Blair and K Shayne Graham to one-year contracts. Agreed to one-year contract with QB Pat Barnes.
Vikings: Signed S Tyrone Carter, fourth-round draft pick, to $1.12 million, three-year contract, and C Mike Malano, seventh-round pick, to $850,000, three-year deal
Blues: Signed D Mike Van Ryn to three-year contract.
Bruins: Named Peter Laviolette assistant coach.
Coyotes: Re-signed D Chris Joseph to one-year contract.
Panthers: Released C Craig Ferguson.
United (MLS): Waived M Mike Slivinski.