ATHLETICS: Optioned P Justin Duchscherer and P Bert Snow to Triple-A Sacramento. Assigned P Heath Bost, P David Hooten and P John Rheinecker to minor-league camp. Returned IF Oscar Robles to Oaxaca of Mexican League.

BLUE JAYS: Signed P Vinnie Chulk, P Pasqual Coco, OF Jason DuBois, P Mark Hendrickson, C Ken Huckaby, IF Orlando Hudson, P Aquilino Lopez, P Gary Majewski, P Diegomar Markwell, C Guillermo Quiroz, IF Dominic Rich, P Francisco Rosario, P Mike Smith, former Orioles OF Jayson Werth, C Tom Wilson. Assigned P Scott Cassidy, P Mike Smith and P Scott Wiggins to minor-league camp.

EXPOS: Agreed to terms with P Tomo Ohko on one-year contract.

MARINERS: Optioned P Steve Kent, P Ryan Anderson, P Matt Thornton, P Jeff Heaverlo, P Rett Johnson, P Aaron Looper, OF Jamal Strong and OF Kenny Kelly to Triple-A Tacoma. Optioned C Ryan Christianson to Double-A San Antonio. Reassigned P Allan Simpson to minor-league camp.

REDS: Assigned P Bruce Chen to Triple-A Louisville.


CELTICS: Signed G Bimbo Coles. Placed F Mark Bryant on injured list with right knee tendinitis.

MAVERICKS: Placed C Evan Eschmeyer on injured list with sore right knee. Activated F Popeye Jones from injured list.

PACERS: Placed G Jamison Brewer on injured list with a mild left shoulder strain. Activated G Fred Jones from injured list.

SPURS: Placed C David Robinson (Navy) on injured list with lower back pain and spasms.


LOUISVILLE: Announced that basketball C Marvin Stone had to sit out final regular-season game last night because of rules violations.

MISSISSIPPI: Fired women's basketball coach Ron Aldy.

TEMPLE: Suspended assistant men's basketball coach Nate Blackwell, a former Coppin State assistant, indefinitely for violating team rules.

VILLANOVA: Suspended basketball G Gary Buchanan, F Ricky Wright, F Andreas Bloch, G-F Chris Charles, C Jason Fraser, G Lou Ruskey, F Andrew Sullivan, F Marcus Austin, G Randy Foye, G Allan Ray, G Derrick Snowden and F Curtis Sumpter three to eight games apiece for allegedly making unauthorized telephone calls.

WISCONSIN-PLATTEVILLE: Fired men's basketball coach Todd Landrum.


BENGALS: Signed DT John Thornton, who had been with Titans, to six-year contract.

DOLPHINS: Signed WR Derrius Thompson, who had been with Redskins, to three-year contract.

SAINTS: Re-signed K John Carney to five-year contract. Signed P Mitch Berger to five-year contract.

VIKINGS: Signed K Paul Edinger to offer sheet.


COYOTES: Acquired D Brad Ference from Panthers for LW Darcy Hordichuk and 2003 second-round draft pick.

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