ASTROS: Sent P Wayne Franklin to Brewers as one of two players to be named in trade Saturday for P Mark Loretta.

BLUE JAYS: Extended contract of manager Carlos Tosca two years through 2004 season. Extended contracts of pitching coach Gil Patterson, hitting coach Mike Barnett, third base coach Brian Butterfield, first base coach John Gibbons and bullpen coach Bruce Walton two years through 2004 season. Recalled shortstop Felipe Lopez and catcher Kevin Cash from Triple-A Syracuse. Purchased contract of P Scott Wiggins from Syracuse. Transferred P Luke Prokopec from 15-day to 60-day DL.

BRAVES: Added P Trey Hodges to 40-man roster. Designated IF Travis Wilson for assignment.

BREWERS: Signed OF Jim Rushford.

CARDINALS: Recalled P Jason Simontacchi and former Orioles P Gabe Molina from Triple-A. Purchased contract of IF Wilson Delgado from Memphis.

CUBS: Recalled IF Hee Seop Choi and P Carlos Zambrano from Triple-A Iowa. Purchased contract of P Jesus Sanchez from Iowa. Transferred P Jon Lieber from 15-day to 60-day DL. Traded IF Bill Mueller and cash to Giants for P Jeff Verplancke. Purchased contract of IF Kevin Orie.

DEVIL RAYS: Recalled OF Damian Rolls from Triple-A Durham.

DIAMONDBACKS: Called up IF Lyle Overbay from Triple-A Tucson.

GIANTS: Recalled P Kurt Ainsworth, P Joe Nathan, IF Cody Ransom, P Aaron Fultz and OF Tony Torcato from Triple-A Fresno. Purchased contracts of C Trey Lunsford and P Troy Brohawn from Fresno. Designated IF Nelson Castro for assignment. Activated P Manny Aybar, OF Marvin Benard and OF Shawon Dunston.

INDIANS: Placed P Jake Westbrook on 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 26, with right elbow inflammation. Recalled P Roy Smith from Triple-A Buffalo.

MARLINS: Recalled P Gary Knotts, IF Pablo Ozuna and OF Abraham Nunez from Triple-A Calgary. Purchased contract of P Justin Wayne and IF-OF Brian Banks from Calgary.

METS: Recalled IF Ty Wigginton from Triple-A Norfolk.

ORIOLES: Recalled P Steve Bechler, IF Jose Leon and OF Larry Bigbie from Triple-A Rochester. Recalled OF Luis Matos and IF Eddie Rogers from Double-A Bowie.

PIRATES: Recalled P Sean Lowe, P Duaner Sanchez and C Humberto Cota from Triple-A Nashville. Recalled OF Tony Alvarez and J.J. Davis from Double-A Altoona. Purchased contract of OF Adrian Brown from Nashville. Designated IF Tomas de la Rosa for assignment.

RED SOX: Recalled IF Shane Andrews, IF Freddy Sanchez, OF Benny Agbayani and P Josh Hancock from Triple-A Pawtucket.

TIGERS: Recalled P Andy Van Hekken from Triple-A Toledo.

YANKEES: Recalled P Brandon Knight, P Mike Thurman and IF Drew Henson from Triple-A Columbus. Activated IF Nick Johnson.


FIRE (WNBA): Announced that contract of coach-general manager Linda Hargrove will not be renewed.

STORM (WNBA): Announced resignation of coach-general manager Lin Dunn.


MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Named Morgan State QB Bradshaw Littlejohn Rookie of the Week.

NORTHEAST CONFERENCE: Announced that UMBC will host volleyball championship on Nov. 23-24.

BOWIE STATE: Announced that Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association selected Henry Frazier III Coach of the Week, Marcus Skelton Offensive Lineman of the Week, Kelvin Collins Offensive Running Back of Week, Charles Alston Defensive Lineman of the Week and Alonzo Corbett Rookie of the Week.

OHIO STATE: Announced that sophomore WR Angelo Chattams has been excused from team for personal reasons.

RICHMOND: Named Gary DeCesare assistant men's basketball coach.

UCLA: Suspended football G Shane Lehmann for game Saturday against Colorado State.

WASHINGTON: Announced that football coach Rick Neuheisel agreed to six-year contract extension through 2008.


BILLS: Claimed LB Maugaula Tuitele off waivers from Patriots, LB Anthony Denman off waivers from Browns, TE Cory Geason off waivers from Steelers and OL Mike Houghton off waivers from Packers. Released TE Sheldon Jackson, OL Kris Farris, LB Fred Jones and LB Dominique Stevenson.

BRONCOS: Signed WR Charlie Adams, WR Herb Haygood and WR Frank Rice, LB Jashon Sykes and S Chris Young to practice squad.

CHARGERS: Signed FS Keith Lyle to one-year contract. Released S Jason Perry. Signed RB Larry Ned to practice squad.

COLTS: Signed RB Detron Smith. Waived LB Justin Seaverns.

COWBOYS: Signed RB Woody Dantzler, S Keith Davis, LB Khary Campbell, WR DeVeren Johnson and RB Ennis Haywood to practice squad.

DOLPHINS: Signed TE Shawn Draper, RB Leonary Henry, G Dwayne Pierce, WR Sam Simmons and LB Joshua Symonette to practice squad.

EAGLES: Signed OT Steve Edwards, DT Jeremy Slechta, FB Jason McKie, DE Ivory McCoy and S Julian Jones to practice squad.

FALCONS: Signed WR Kahlil Hill, WR Quentin McCord, OT Marques McFadden, DE Karon Riley and NT Brandon Miller to practice squad.

GIANTS: Placed PK Owen Pochman on IR list. Signed PK Matt Bryant from practice squad. Signed G Pat Crummey, G Sean O'Connor, FB Kyle Johnson, PK Danny Boyd and DE Nick Myers to practice squad.

JAGUARS: Released G Raleigh Roundtree. Waived CB Damen Wheeler. Claimed G Drew Inzer off waivers from Patriots and CB Robert Bean off waivers from Bengals.

RAIDERS: Signed QB Ronald Curry, RB Madre Hill, LB Tim Johnson, DB Keyon Nash and TE Marcus Williams to practice squad.

RAMS: Signed free-agent S Chad Cota, who had been with Colts, to one-year contract. Claimed DE Bryce Fisher off waivers from Bills. Placed S Steve Bellisari on IR. Released WR Francis St. Paul and DT Nate Hobgood-Chittick. Signed G James Broyles and G Andy King, TE Dauntae' Finger and RB Mike Malan to practice squad.

RAVENS: Claimed DT Howard Green off waivers from Texans. Waived DT Nathan Bolling.

REDSKINS: Signed WR Justin Skaggs, OL Reggie Coleman, RB Robert Gillespie, DL Bernard Jackson and DB Ricot Joseph to practice squad.

SEAHAWKS: Signed LB Chad Brown to five-year contract extension through 2007.

STEELERS: Signed DB Erik Totten, OL Josh Burr, LB James Harrison, WR Khori Ivy and RB Antwon McCray to practice squad.

TEXANS: Signed OT Jelani Hawkins and DT Shawn Worthen to practice squad.

TITANS: Released C Jeff Smith. Signed OL Tom Ackerman. Signed LB Brad Kassell, T Matt Martin, DE Kevin Aldridge, WR Kendall Newson and TE Brian Fletcher to practice squad.

VIKINGS: Signed LB Greg Biekert. Waived K Tim Seder. Signed FB Jeremy Allen, CB Carey Scott, CB James Rooths and T Chad Beasley to practice squad. Agreed to terms with G Ed Ta'amu for practice squad.

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