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.

INDIANS: Agreed to terms with OF Coco Crisp, IF John McDonald, 1B Travis Hafner, P Cliff Lee, P Jake Westbrook, former Orioles P Chad Paronto and P David Riske.

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.


NBA: Suspended SuperSonics coach Nate McMillan $7,500 and C Jerome James $5,000 for criticizing officials after Wednesday's loss to Jazz.

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.

LAKERS: Activated G Jannero Pargo from injured list. Placed F Tracy Murray on injured list with sprained right ankle.

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.

Auto racing


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

4. (18) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 190.594

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

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