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BLUE JAYS: Optioned OF Reed Johnson and P Gustavo Chacin to Triple-A Syracuse and P Joe Orloski to Double-A Tennessee.

BREWERS: Optioned IF Bill Hall to Triple-A Indianapolis; P Jose Mieses, P Matt Childers, P Luis Martinez, OF Jeff Deardorff and OF Cristian Guerrero to Double-A Huntsville; and P J.M. Gold to Single-A High Desert. Reassigned P Jayson Durocher, P George Perez, P Robert Marquez and P Jimmy Osting to minor leagues.

CUBS: Optioned former Orioles IF Ivanon Coffie to Triple-A Iowa. Optioned P Jose Cueto, P Ben Christensen and P Steve Smyth to Double-A West Tenn. Re-assigned C Ryan Jorgensen and C Yoon-Min Kweon to minor-league contracts.

INDIANS: Optioned P Sean DePaula, P Jeff Paronto and P Jason Phillips to Triple-A Buffalo. Re-assigned P Billy Traber, P Jason Stanford, P Dave Maurer, P Jason Beverlin and P J.D. Brammer to minor-league camp.

METS: Reassigned P Nick Maness, C Justin Huber, C Mike Jacobs, C Brett Kay, OF Esix Snead and OF Robert Stratton to minor-league camp. Optioned P Adam Walker, P Tyler Yates, P Pat Strange and P Jaime Cerda to Triple-A Norfolk.

PADRES: Optioned SS Donaldo Mendez, P Andy Shibilo, P Ben Howard, P Cliff Bartosh, P Mike Bynum and P Eric Cyr to Double-A Mobile and IF-OF Xavier Nady to Single-A Lake Elsinore. Reassigned C Dusty Wathan, P Brandon Villafuerte, P Jake Peavy and P J.J. Trujillo to minor-league camp.

RANGERS: Reassigned P Joaquin Benoit, P Jovanny Cedeno, P Ryan Dittfurth, P Justin Duchscherer, P Travis Hughes and P Andy Pratt to minor-league camp.

REDS: Optioned OF Austin Kearns, 1B Ben Broussard and P Brian Reith to Triple-A Louisville. Reassigned P Ty Howington and P Jared Fernandez to minor- league

camp. RED SOX: Named Grady Little manager. Optioned IF Angel Santos to Triple-A Pawtucket. Reassigned P Chris Elmore, C Kelly Ramos, IF Shane Andrews, IF Todd Betts and IF Freddy Sanchez to minor-league camp.

ROYALS: Optioned 1B Ken Harvey to Triple-A Omaha and P Kyle Snyder to Double-A Wichita. Reassigned P Brett Laxton to minor-league camp.

WHITE SOX: Optioned P Edwin Almonte, former Orioles P Ryan Kohlmeier and P Thomas Jacquez to Triple-A Charlotte. Released IF Justin Baughman, C Mark Dalesandro, C Lee Evans, P Corwin Malone, P Arnaldo Munoz, P Dennis Ulacia, OF Mario Valenzuela and P Brian West to minor-league camp. Released OF Julio Ramirez.

YANKEES: Released OF Ruben Rivera.


NBA: Named Lakers C Shaquille O'Neal Player of the Week.

BULLS: Exercised option to extend coach Bill Cartwright's contract for three more seasons through 2004-05.

MAVERICKS: Activated F Adrian Griffin. Placed C Evan Eschmeyer on injured list with sore left ankle.


ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM: Announced resignation of men's basketball coach Murry Bartow.

FLORIDA STATE: Fired men's basketball coach Steve Robinson.

FRESNO STATE: Announced resignation of women's basketball coach Britt King.

GANNON: Announced resignation of women's basketball coach Jodi Kest.

MARYLAND: Gary Williams was voted ACC men's basketball Coach of the Year. ... SS John McCurdy was named Louisville Slugger Co-National Baseball Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball News.

MASSACHUSETTS: Announced that it will discontinue women's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, men's and women's gymnastics, men's tennis and men's indoor track after school year.

MINNESOTA-MORRIS: Announced that men's basketball coach Jim Severson, and women's basketball coach Tad Banker will not return next season.

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M;: Fired men's basketball coach Elwood Plummer.

TEXAS TECH: Announced that women's basketball G Kari Jo Simmons left team.

WASHINGTON COLLEGE: A Jon Fellows was named Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Division III National Player of the Week and 360 Lacrosse Division III Player of the Week.


BILLS: Signed TE Dave Moore.

BRONCOS: Named George Dyer assistant to head coach, Jacob Burney defensive line coach and Keith Millard assistant defensive line coach-pass rush specialist.

DOLPHINS: Signed WR Dedric Ward to two-year contract extension. Signed former Ravens OL Leon Searcy to $750,000 one-year contract. Signed WR Sulecio Sanford to one-year contract.

49ERS: QB coach Greg Olson resigned to become a tight ends coach at Purdue.

JAGUARS: Signed DE Tony Brackens, DE Stalin Colinet and TE Stevan Fontana. Claimed DT Matt Sweeney off waivers. Waived TE James Hill. Named Mike Sullivan defensive quality control coach.

JETS: Waived S Ryan Szokola.

REDSKINS: Signed P Dan Frantz and S Billy Gustin.

TEXANS: Signed WR Corey Bradford to three-year contract.


NHL: Named Wild LW Marian Gaborik Player of the Week.

CAPITALS: Reassigned D Patrick Boileau to AHL Portland. Recalled RW Stephen Peat from Portland.

HURRICANES: Recalled F Jaroslav Svoboda from AHL Lowell.

KINGS: Placed LW Kelly Buchberger on IR, retroactive to Sunday, with sprained right ankle.

RANGERS: Placed LW Steve McKenna on waivers. Recalled D Mike Mottau and RW Rico Fata from AHL Hartford.

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