BaseballANGELS: Assigned IF Larry Barnes to Triple-A...



ANGELS: Assigned IF Larry Barnes to Triple-A Salt Lake.

ASTROS: Rob Matwick won Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence.

BREWERS: Sent P Gene Altman and P Jose Garcia outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

CARDINALS: Agreed to $27 million, four-year contract with P Jason Isringhausen, with club option for 2006.

CUBS: Acquired SS Alex Gonzalez from Blue Jays for P Felix Heredia and player to be named.

METS: Re-signed P Pete Walker to minor-league contract.

YANKEES: Named former Orioles coach Rick Down hitting coach and Rich Monteleone bullpen coach. Named Brian Butterfield manager of Triple-A Columbus.


NBA: Named Cavaliers G Andre Miller Eastern Conference Player of the Week and Clippers F Elton Brand Western Conference Player of the Week.

76ERS: Activated G Eric Snow. Placed G Speedy Claxton on injured list with left ankle sprain.


ACC: Named G Jason Williams men's basketball Player of the Week and North Carolina State's Josh Powell Rookie of the Week.

CHUCK BEDNARIK TROPHY: Honor that goes to college football's top defensive player went to Oklahoma DB Roy Williams.

BIG SOUTH: Accepted Virginia Military Institute as 10th conference member.

ARIZONA STATE: Starting QB Jeff Krohn plans to leave school and transfer to another program.

CINCINNATI: C B.J. Grove rejoined men's basketball team as walk-on.

DUKE: Fired defensive coordinator Bob Trott.

FROSTBURG STATE: Sean Brown (North County) and Kim Faust were named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men's and women's basketball Players of the Week, respectively.

PENNSYLVANIA: Named Joseph Amplo men's assistant lacrosse coach.

SHENANDOAH: Promoted Paul Barnes, associate head coach at Frostburg State from 1987 to 1996, to head coach.

WEST VIRGINIA: Announced resignation of defensive coordinator Phil Elmassian.

WILLIAM & MARY: Announced that men's basketball team will redshirt freshman C Nate Loehrke.


NFL: Fined Bills WR Peerless Price $30,000 for striking opponent after end of game against 49ers on Dec. 2. Suspended Lions S Tommy Bennett for final four games of the season for violating league's policy banning steroid use.

BENGALS: Released K Jaret Holmes from practice squad. Waived TE Marco Battaglia.

JAGUARS: Suspended WR R. Jay Soward indefinitely for breaking team rules.

RAMS: Signed WR Francis St. Paul and C Mike Newell to practice squad.


LPGA TOUR: Authorized Women's Senior Golf Association to be its official senior tour, with four events planned next season for women who 44 and older.


NHL: Suspended Mighty Ducks F Kevin Sawyer (five games), Flames F Craig Berube (three), Flames F Scott Nichol (two) and Flames coach Greg Gilbert (two) for roles in brawl Saturday. ... Named Avalanche C Joe Sakic Player of the Week.

BLACKHAWKS: Reassigned F Valeri Zelepukin to AHL Norfolk.

CANADIENS: Recalled D Patrick Traverse from AHL Quebec.

KINGS: Recalled C Adam Mair from AHL Manchester.

PREDATORS: Assigned LW Yves Sarault to AHL Milwaukee.

SENATORS: Recalled LW Ivan Ciernik from AHL Grand Rapids.


INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE: Granted athletes right to choose head of athletes' commission, a post previously chosen by IOC president.

WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY: Appointed Norwegian Olympic official Rune Anderson director of standards.


Coming events

Sunday, WRRC Dancer Dash 10K, Westminster, 9 a.m., 410-848-1782. Sunday, Annapolis Striders' Anniversary 15K Run, Annapolis, 10 a.m., 410-268-1165. Sunday, HCS 2M, 5M, 8M, Swansfield Elementary, 2 p.m., 410-964-1998. Dec. 23, RASAC Holiday Run 5K, Heavenly Waters Park, 8 a.m., 410-879-0018. Jan. 1, HCS New Year's Day Prediction Run 8K, Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 9:30 a.m., 410-964-1998. Jan. 1, RASAC St. Mary's Six-Miler, St. Mary's Church, Abingdon, 11 a.m., 410-879-7679. Jan. 1, WRRC Winfield Mile, Winfield, noon, 410-549-1873. Jan 6, HCS Winter Series 5K, Burleigh Manor Middle School, 2 p.m., 410-964-1998. Jan. 13, WRRC Mighty Medford Freeway 5K, Westminster, noon, 410-857-5154. Jan 13, HCS Winter Series 2M, 10K, 15K, Longfellow Elementary School, 2 p.m., 410-964-1998.



NCAA Div. I tournament Men Semifinals at Columbus, Ohio Friday (times TBA) St. John's, N.Y., vs. Indiana Stanford vs. North Carolina Championship at Columbus on Sunday

Pro soccer

MISL standings

W L Pct. GB

Philadelphia 8 3 .727 -

Milwaukee 8 4 .667 1/2

Kansas City 6 7 .462 3

Blast 5 7 .417 3 1/2

Harrisburg 5 7 .417 3 1/2

Cleveland 4 8 .333 4 1/2

Saturday's games

Cleveland at Blast, 7:35 Kansas City at Milwaukee, 1:05 Harrisburg at Philadelphia, 7:05

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