CARDINALS: Renewed contract of P Jason Simontacchi, who will make $300,000.
EXPOS: Agreed to one-year contract with P Rocky Biddle. Sent P Eric Good outright to Double-A Harrisburg. Assigned P Ron Chiavacci and P Clint Everts to minor-league complex.
MARLINS: Gave former Orioles OF-1B Sherman Obando his outright release. Optioned P Jose Cueto to Double-A Carolina and P Wes Anderson to Single-A Jupiter. Assigned P Geoff Goetz outright to Triple-A Albuquerque. Reassigned P Ryan Rekar to minor-league camp.
PADRES: Agreed to four-year, $8.1 million contract with P Brian Lawrence.
PHILLIES: Optioned P Gavin Floyd (Mount St. Joseph), P Ryan Madson, P Brad Baisley, P Cary Hiles, P Franklin Perez, P Frank Brooks, C Russ Jacobson, SS Anderson Machado, 3B Juan Richardson and OF Jorge Padilla to minor leagues.
REDS: Signed IF-OF Russell Branyan to one-year contract. Returned Rule 5 P Jerome Gamble to Red Sox.
RED SOX: Agreed to terms with 3B Shea Hillenbrand, P Casey Fossum, P Javie Lopez, P Juan De La Rosa, P Brandon Lyon, P Andy Shibilo, P Anastacio Martinez, IF Ceasor Crespo, IF Earl Snyder, IF Angel Santos and IF Freddy Garcia. Released P Juan Pena.
YANKEES: Released P Ben Rivera. Assigned P Charlie Manning to minor-league complex.
CLIPPERS: Activated F Tremaine Fowlkes from injured list. Placed F Elton Brand on injured list with stress fracture in left leg.
KNICKS: Activated G Charlie Ward from injured list. Placed G Lavor Postell on injured list with left patella tendinitis.
NETS: Waived G Chris Childs.
SUN (WNBA): Connecticut team named Mike Thibault coach.
ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK: Announced resignation of women's basketball coach Tracy Stewart-Lange (24-87).
JOHNS HOPKINS: C Kathy Darling was named to Verizon Academic All-America college division women's basketball second team.
LOUISVILLE: Announced resignation of women's basketball coach Martin Clapp (93-59), who left team last month for personal reasons.
LOYOLA: MAAC named G Shontrese Smith to women's basketball all-conference third team and C Kate Scherle Rookie of the Year.
MURRAY STATE: Announced resignation of women's basketball coach Eddie Fields (88-185).
NAVY: G Courtney Davidson was named to Verizon Academic All-America women's basketball first team.
SALISBURY: G Amy Campion (Archbishop Spalding) was named to Verizon Academic All-America women's basketball second team.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Suspended WR Matthew Thomas from football team for allegedly grabbing and verbally abusing a female student.
WEST VIRGINIA: Suspended F Michelle Carter and F Ramika McGee indefinitely from the women's basketball team for violating team rules. Announced that F Liz Holbrok quit team for personal reasons.
BENGALS: Signed free-agent LB Kevin Hardy, who had been with Cowboys, to four-year contract, and free-agent DT John Thornton, who had been with Titans.
BILLS: Re-signed WR Charles Johnson.
BROWNS: Re-signed DT Alvin McKinley to four-year contract.
BUCCANEERS: Re-signed LB Shelton Quarles to five-year contract. Signed free-agent G Jason Whittle, who had been with Giants, to five-year contract.
EAGLES: Signed free-agent FB Jon Ritchie, who had been with Raiders, to two-year contract.
FALCONS: Acquired WR Peerless Price from Bills for first-round draft pick; agreed to seven-year contract with Price.
GIANTS: Waived CB Jason Sehorn. Signed free-agent P Jeff Feagles, who had been with Seahawks, to $4.3 million, five-year contract.
JETS: Released P Matt Turk.
SAINTS: Signed P Mitch Berger, who had been with Rams, to five-year contract. Re-signed K John Carney to five-year contract.
CREW (MLS): Signed D-M Frankie Hejduk, U.S. national team player.
Atlanta 500 lineup
Tomorrow at Hampton, Ga. 1. (12) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 191.417 mph.
2. (9) Bill Elliott, Dodge, 191.232
3. (38) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 190.883
5. (7) Jimmy Spencer, Dodge, 190.339
6. (15) Michael Waltrip, Chevrolet, 190.287
7. (2) Rusty Wallace, Dodge, 189.922
8. (20) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 189.746
9. (97) Kurt Busch, Ford, 189.707
10. (19) Jeremy Mayfield, Dodge, 189.701
11. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 189.623
12. (22) Ward Burton, Dodge, 189.461
13. (25) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 189.286
14. (01) Jerry Nadeau, Pontiac, 189.202
15. (1) Steve Park, Chevrolet, 189.047
16. (88) Dale Jarrett, Ford, 188.996
17. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 188.976
18. (31) Robby Gordon, Chevrolet, 188.867
19. (43) John Andretti, Dodge, 188.783
20. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 188.745
21. (21) Ricky Rudd, Ford, 188.700
22. (32) Ricky Craven, Pontiac, 188.546
23. (10) Johnny Benson, Pontiac, 188.494
24. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 188.392
25. (11) Brett Bodine, Ford, 188.296
26. (99) Jeff Burton, Ford, 188.124
27. (77) Dave Blaney, Ford, 188.085
28. (30) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, 188.060
29. (6) Mark Martin, Ford, 188.034
30. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 187.964
31. (42) Jamie McMurray, Dodge, 187.849
32. (4) Mike Skinner, Pontiac, 187.792
33. (41) Casey Mears, Dodge, 187.767
34. (40) Sterling Marlin, Dodge, 187.595
35. (54) Todd Bodine, Ford, 187.500
36. (74) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 187.449
37. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, Provisional.
38. (45) Kyle Petty, Dodge, Provisional.
39. (5) Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, Provisional.
40. (23) Kenny Wallace, Dodge, Provisional.
41. (14) Larry Foyt, Dodge, Provisional.
42. (49) Ken Schrader, Dodge, Provisional.
43. (0) Jack Sprague, Pontiac, Provisional.
Failed to qualify 44. (35) Bobby Hamilton Jr., Ford, 185.319
45. (57) Jeff Fultz, Ford, 183.832