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BLUE JAYS: Signed 1B-OF Brian Lesher, P Chris Peters and OF Chad Mottola to minor-league contracts. Renewed contract of Double-A Tennessee manager Rocket Wheeler, pitching coach Craig Lefferts and hitting coach Hector Torres.

CARDINALS: Signed 1B Tino Martinez to $21 million, three-year contract.

DIAMONDBACKS: Re-signed OF Danny Bautista. Named Robin Yount first base coach.

DODGERS: Named Logan White director of amateur scouting; he had been Orioles' director of scouting on West Coast since 1995.

INDIANS: Traded P John Rocker to Rangers for P Dave Elder. Signed IF Bill Selby, P Heath Murray, P Dave Maurer and P J.D. Brammer to minor-league contracts.

RED SOX: Signed P Willie Banks to major-league contract. Agreed to minor-league contract with IF Carlos Baerga.

ROCKIES: Traded P Gabe White and P Luke Hudson to Reds for 2B Pokey Reese and P Dennys Reyes.

ROYALS: Signed OF Chuck Knoblauch to $2 million, one-year contract.

YANKEES: Signed P Sterling Hitchcock to two-year contract.


HEAT: Signed G Mike James. Placed F-C Sean Marks on injured list with cervical strain.

KINGS: Activated F Lawrence Funderburke. Waived F Jabari Smith.

ROCKETS: Placed F Glen Rice on injured list with injured tendon in right knee. Activated F-C Jason Collier.

TIMBERWOLVES: Placed G Terrell Brandon on injured list with synovitis of left knee. Activated G Maurice Evans.


FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL: Announced that G-F John Boney left team for personal reasons.

IOWA WESLEYAN: Named Brett Holgorsen football coach.

KANSAS: Dismissed QB Mario Kinsey from football team for violating athletic department policies.

KENTUCKY: Announced that sophomores Alvine Mendeng, Stephanie Stoglin and Dasieka Hawthorne left women's basketball team.

MASSACHUSETTS: Announced that QB Jeff Krohn will transfer from Arizona State.

NAVY: Senior K David Hills, junior DT Josh Brindel and sophomore P John Skaggs were named to Collegefootball- All-Independent team.

NORTH CAROLINA: Announced that freshman basketball C Neil Fingleton will transfer to Holy Cross.

ST. BONAVENTURE: Announced that junior C Eva Kadlecova of women's basketball team will miss 2001-02 season with knee injury.


BENGALS: Placed QB Akili Smith on IR. Signed LB Chris Edmonds to active roster. Signed WR Khori Ivey and QB Kevin Thompson to practice squad.

CARDINALS: Placed K Bill Gramatica on IR with torn ligaments and cartilage in his right (non-kicking) knee, suffered while celebrating kick Saturday. Signed K Cedric Oglesby.

LIONS: Waived P Leo Araguz. Signed G Tyrone Hopson. Signed TE John Waerig to practice squad.

VIKINGS: Signed QB Romaro Miller. Placed P Mitch Berger on IR.


NHL: Suspended Flames F Craig Berube for five games for cross-checking Blues F Doug Weight in throat Dec. 15.

BLUES: Recalled D Mike Van Ryn and Steve Halko from AHL Worcester.

CANADIENS: Agreed to terms with D Patrice Brisebois on three-year contract.

CANUCKS: Recalled LW Mike Brown from AHL Manitoba.

CAPITALS: Reassigned G Corey Hirsch to AHL Portland.

COYOTES: Assigned LW Todd Warriner to AHL Springfield.

FLAMES: Traded F Jeff Cowan and rights to D Kurtis Foster to Thrashers for D Petr Buzek and conditional draft pick.

KINGS: Acquired D Rich Brennan from Predators for D Brett Hauer; assigned him to AHL Manchester.

LIGHTNING: Assigned D Sascha Goc to AHL Springfield. Recalled D Josef Boumedienne from Springfield.

PANTHERS: Claimed D Darren Van Impe off waivers from Rangers.

PREDATORS: Signed coach Barry Trotz (former Skipjacks coach), assistant coaches Paul Gardner and Brent Peterson, goaltending coach Mitch Korn and assistant GM Ray Shero to contract extensions.

SABRES: Placed F Erik Rasmussen on IR.


BAYHAWKS (MLL): Traded A Craig Kahoun to Rattlers for M Jude Collins.



Division I

PRESEASON COACHES POLL (First-place votes in parentheses)

1. Princeton (32);2. Syracuse (12); 3. Johns Hopkins (1); 4. Towson (1); 5. Virginia; 6. Maryland; 7. Georgetown; 8. Loyola; 9. Duke; 10. Hofstra.

11. Notre Dame; 12. UMass; 13. North Carolina; 14. Navy; 15. Cornell; 16. Penn State; 17. Brown; 18. UMBC; 19. Bucknell; 20. Army.

21. Delaware; 22. Ohio State; 23. Hobart; 24. Rutgers; 25. Harvard.

Division III

PRESEASON COACHES POLL (First-place votes in parentheses)

1. Middlebury (64); 2. Gettysburg (5); 3. Nazareth (2); 4. Salisbury (1); 5. Washington & Lee (3); 6. Denison; 7. Ithaca; 8. Springfield; 9. Ohio Wesleyan. 10. Washington College; 11. Hampden-Sydney; 12. Cortland; 13. Bowdoin; 14. RPI; 15. Eastern Connecticut State; 16. Western Maryland; 17. R.I.T.; 18. Franklin & Marshall; 19. Hartwick; 20. Roanoke.

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