DEVIL RAYS: Signed P Hans Smith and OF Josh Hamilton, No. 1 overall draft pick in 1999, to one-year contracts. Named Tom Couston and Joe Murphy Midwest regional scouts.

METS: Signed free-agent IF Jay Bell, who had been with Diamondbacks, to minor-league contract and invited him to spring training.

ORIOLES: Signed P Rick Helling, who had been with Diamondbacks, to minor-league contract and invited him to spring training.

PIRATES: Signed IF Randall Simon to one-year contract.

YANKEES: Promoted Jean Afterman to vice president, assistant general manager.


NBA: Fined Heat coach Pat Riley $20,000 for criticizing officials after game last Wednesday against the Blazers. Suspended Magic F Shawn Kemp without pay for violating terms of league's anti-drug program.

CAVALIERS: Activated G Bimbo Coles.

HAWKS: Placed F Chris Crawford on injured list with left knee irritation. Activated F Ira Newble.

MAVERICKS: Activated F Eduardo Najera and C Evan Eschmeyer. Placed F Popeye Jones and G Avery Johnson on injured list.


MID-AMERICA INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION: Announced Southwest Baptist F Arthur Trousdell has been declared ineligible for basketball team and school will forfeit eight wins.

ARKANSAS TECH: Announced resignation of defensive coordinator Art Kaufman to become defensive line coach at East Carolina.

COLBY: Announced that New England Small College Athletic Conference named Sarah Walsh (Seton Keough) women's basketball Player of the Week.

COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME: Announced that named Amanda Poppleton to women's basketball Team of the Week.

LOYOLA: Announced that Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference named Katie Scherle women's basketball Rookie of the Week. Announced that Carolyn Kennington, Kaitlin Klar and Katelyn Woods each signed national letters of intent to join women's soccer team.

LYCOMING: Named Jeff Kocher (C.M. Wright) Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. Also named Mike Ward (Loyola) co-Man of the Year.

MARYLAND: Announced that F Mallory Mahar was named Soccer Buzz Mid-Atlantic Freshman of the Year, a first-team Freshman All-American, a first-team Mid-Atlantic All-Regional choice and was selected for the Mid-Atlantic All-Freshman team. Announced that junior F Katie Ludwig was named to the Mid-Atlantic All-Regional first team. Announced that Kimmy Francis was named to Freshman All-America third team, Mid-Atlantic All-Regional first team and Mid-Atlantic All-Freshman team. Announced that freshman Ali Andrzejewski (McDonogh) was also named to the Mid-Atlantic All-Freshman team.

NEBRASKA: Named Mike Anderson baseball coach.

NEW MEXICO STATE: Announced that suspended women's basketball coach Nikita Lowry has been reassigned to assistant athletic director.

TENNESSEE STATE: Suspended men's basketball coach Hosea Lewis one game. Named athletic director Teresa Phillips interim coach for tomorrow's game against Austin Peay.


BENGALS: Designated LB Takeo Spikes as transition player.

49ERS: Named Dennis Erickson coach.


COYOTES: Sent D Martin Grenier to AHL Springfield.

HURRICANES: Announced G Arturs Irbe has cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL Lowell.

KINGS: Activated C Ian Laperriere.

LIGHTNING: Recalled LW Sheldon Keefe from AHL Springfield.

THRASHERS: Placed F Shawn McEachern on injured reserve.


U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE: Announced that Herman Frazier, former gold medalist, was selected to lead the U.S. delegation at the 2004 Athens Games.


EARTHQUAKES (MLS): Acquired the 2003 first overall supplemental draft pick and a 2005 conditional draft pick from United for F Devin Barclay (McDonogh) and a 2003 supplemental draft pick. Signed M Ian Russell and D Eddie Robinson to multi-year contracts.

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