BLUE JAYS: Signed OF Shannon Stewart to one-year, $6.2 million contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

BRAVES: Signed P Andy Pratt, P Matt Belisle and IF Adam LaRoche.

DEVIL RAYS: Signed P Nick Bierbrodt to one-year contract.

EXPOS: Arbitration panel ruled in favor of club's $6 million offer to P Javier Vazquez, instead of his request for $7.15 million.

METS: Signed P Jason Middlebrook and P P.J. Bevis to one-year contracts.

TIGERS: Signed P Jorge Cordova, P Oscar Henriquez, P Nate Robertson, IF Eric Munson, OF Hiram Bocachica, former Orioles OF Gene Kingsale and OF George Lombard to one-year contracts.

CHUNICHI (JAPANESE CENTRAL): Agreed to one-year contract with former Orioles OF Alex Ochoa.

SCHAUMBURG (INDEPENDENT): Signed John Henry Williams, son of Hall of Famer Ted Williams.


ROCKETS: Activated F Glen Rice. Placed C Jason Collier on injured list with medial tibial periostitis.


LAS VEGAS BOWL: Game, which matches the Pacific-10's fifth-place team and Mountain West's second-place finisher, is moving from Christmas Day to Christmas Eve.

AIR FORCE: Named John Reagan offensive line coach.

ARKANSAS: Named Clifton Ealy tight ends coach.

MARYLAND: ACC named G Steve Blake men's basketball co-Player of the Week and G Renneika Razor women's basketball co-Player of the Week.

NORTH CAROLINA: Signed women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell to six-year contract extension, through 2007-08 season, retroactive to July 1, 2002.

NORTH TEXAS: Announced that F Unjel Masters left men's basketball team for personal reasons.


CARDINALS: Signed WR Jake Soliday to one-year contract.

49ERS: Named Greg McMackin linebackers coach. Retained Jerry Attaway as physical development coordinator and Terrell Jones as strength development coordinator.

PACKERS: Signed LB Everick Rawls and return specialist-WR Kenyatta Morgan.


PGA TOUR: Announced that Ian Baker-Finch will serve as International Team captain's assistant for 2003 Presidents Cup.


NHL: Named Canucks G Dan Cloutier Player of the Week.

BLUE JACKETS: Activated C Don MacLean from IR; assigned him to AHL Syracuse.

THRASHERS: Placed G Byron Dafoe (strained groin) and G Pasi Nurminen (strained groin) on IR.


INTERNATIONAL SKI FEDERATION: Suspended Kaisa Varis of Finland and Svetlana Nagejkina of Belarus from Nordic world championships for five days for failing blood test.

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