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Braves: Claimed C Paul Bako off waivers from Marlins. Optioned C Fernando Lunar to Double-A Greenville.

Cardinals: Purchased contract of C Rick Wilkins. Optioned C Keith McDonald to Triple-A Memphis. Transferred P Mike Matthews from 15-day to 60-day DL.

Cubs: Traded OF Glenallen Hill to Yankees for P Ben Ford and P Ozwaldo Mairena; assigned Ford to Triple-A Iowa and Mairnea to Double-A West Tennessee. Recalled 1B Chad Meyers from Triple-A Iowa.

Expos: Placed P Yovanny Lara on 15-day DL with right triceps strain. Activated P Mike Thurman.

Indians: Recalled P Kane Davis from Triple-A Buffalo. Optioned P Jim Brower to Buffalo.

Marlins: Recalled C Ramon Castro from Triple-A Calgary.

Mets: Optioned P Jim Mann to Triple-A Norfolk. Recalled C Mike Kinkade from Double-A Binghamton. Moved OF Darryl Hamilton from 15-day to 60-day DL.

Padres: Placed former Orioles minor-league P Steve Montgomery on DL with strained right shoulder. Called up P Dave Maurer from Triple-A Las Vegas. Transferred P Brian Boehringer from 15-day DL to 60-day DL.

Phillies: Placed C Mike Lieberthal on 15-day DL , retroactive to July 18, with sprained left ankle. Activated 1B Rico Brogna from 15-day DL.

Pirates: Recalled OF Emil Brown from Triple-A Nashville. Optioned P Jeff Wallace to Nashville.

Red Sox: Placed P Pete Schourek on 15-day DL with soreness in left shoulder. Recalled P Tomokazu Ohka from Triple-A Pawtucket.


Trail Blazers: Claimed G-F Rodrick Rhodes off waivers.


Cal State Northridge: Reached four-year contract with men's basketball coach Bobby Braswell.

Mississippi State: Named Phil Cunningham assistant men's basketball coach.

Rutgers: Extended contract of Kevin Bannon, men's basketball coach, through 2005-06.

William Penn: Women's basketball coach Garey Smith resigned to become coach at Grand View College.


NFL: Cut suspension of Titans CB Denard Walker from two games to one; Walker pleaded guilty last summer to assault.

Bengals: Signed K Neil Rackers to three-year contract.

Bills: Agreed to four-year deal with S Travares Tillman.

Broncos: Signed CB Deltha O'Neal, WR Chris Cole, LB Jamie Baisley, P-K Frank Biancamano and DT Jerry Johnson. Signed free-agent DE Antonio Edwards.

Chiefs: Agreed to four-year contract with CB William Bartee, second-round pick.

Dolphins: Signed WR Oronde Gadsden to one-year contract. Placed WR O. J. McDuffie on physically unable-to-perform list with injured left big toe. Waived P Chris Hanson.

Packers: Signed LB Vernon Crawford and OT Tony Berti.

Steelers: Reached multi-year contract with CB Hank Poteat, third-round choice.

Vikings: Signed DT Fred Robbins, DE Michael Boireau and LB Antonio Wilson.


Capitals: Traded D Nolan Baumgartner to Blackhawks for D Remi Royer. Signed D Todd Rohloff.

Devils: Signed LW Michael Rupp.

Oilers: Named Charlie Huddy and Bill Moores assistant coaches.

Red Wings: Signed LW Brent Gilchrist to one-year contract.

Thrashers: Agreed to terms with C-F Jarrod Skalde.

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