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Athletics: Agreed to $6.95 million, three-year contract with P Jim Mecir, avoiding salary arbitration.

Padres: Announced that pitching coach Dave Smith will take leave of absence for personal reasons. Named bullpen coach Greg Booker interim pitching coach and Triple-A pitching coach Darrel Akerfelds to handle Booker's duties. Agreed to one-year contracts with P Kevin Walker, P Brian Tollberg, P Harry Herndon Jr., P Dave Maurer, OF Bubba Trammell, OF Kory DeHaan, OF Jeremy Owens, OF Mike Colangelo, SS Damian Jackson, IF Kevin Eberwein, SS Donaldo Mendez and C Wiki Gonzalez.

Royals: Signed OF Jacob Brumfield and P Mike Villano to minor-league contract.

Twins: Agreed to $4 million, two-year contract with P LaTroy Hawkins, avoiding salary arbitration.

Yankees: Agreed to one-year contracts with IF Erick Almonte, IF Clay Bellinger, IF Nick Johnson, IF Scott Seabol, P Craig Dingman, P Brian Rogers and P Ted Lilly.

Basketball

Magic: Placed F Pat Garrity on injured list after arthroscopic repair of medial meniscus in left knee.

Minnesota (WNBA): Traded F Kristin Folkl and 2001 first-round draft pick to Portland for F Lynn Pride and C Michel VanGorp.

College

NCAA: Reduced Wisconsin G Ricky Bower's suspension from nine games to four in response to appeal by university.

Miami, Fla.: Named Randy Shannon defensive coordinator.

North Carolina: Suspended OT Bryant Cornelius Malloy and CB Errol Hood from football team for violating team rules.

Southern Methodist: Reinstated men's basketball C Nigel Smith, who took leave of absence three weeks ago.

Football

Broncos: Re-signed LB Keith Burns to three-year contract. Signed WR Ryan Thelwell and FB Mike Stack to contracts.

Lions: Signed QB Neo Aoga, TE Kawasak Penn and TE John Waerig.

Packers: Signed K Ryan Longwell, NFL's career field-goal percentage leader (.847), to five-year contract.

Ravens: Had following players allocated to NFL Europe teams: LB Brendon Ayanbadejo, Amsterdam; RB Jason Brookins, Rhein; WR Linton Coleman, Frankfurt; DT Kelly Gregg, Rhein; CB Evan Howell, Amsterdam; LB Calvin Wilkinson, Frankfurt; T Sammy Williams, Berlin.

Saints: Named John "Chip" Beake offensive assistant coach.

Hockey

Capitals: Signed D Ross Lupaschuk, 1999 draft pick, to three-year contract.

Soccer

Philadelphia (NPSL): Traded former Blast F Domenic Mobilio to Detroit for F Shawn Boney.

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