MLB: Suspended Mets C Mike Piazza and Dodgers P Guillermo Mota five games each for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl on March 12. Fined Piazza $3,000, Mota $1,500 and Mets OF Jeromy Burnitz $500.

ATHLETICS: Optioned IF Jose Flores to Triple-A Tacoma. Returned Rule 5 player P Buddy Hernandez to Braves.

BLUE JAYS: Signed 3B Eric Hinske to five-year, $14.75 million contract and OF Vernon Wells to five-year $14.7 million contract. Assigned P Evan Thomas and former Orioles P Josh Towers to minor-league camp.

DEVIL RAYS: Signed P Rob Bell to minor-league contract.

DODGERS: Claimed IF Gookie Dawkins off waivers from Reds. Assigned P Rodney Myers, P David Lee and P Lindsay Gulin to minor-league camp. Assigned P Victor Alvarez, P Alfredo Gonzalez and OF Wilkin Ruan to Triple-A Las Vegas.

INDIANS: Optioned OF Alex Escobar, P Alex Herrera, P Brian Tallet, C Victor Martinez and IF Jhonny Peralta to Triple-A Buffalo. Reassigned P Mike Thurman to minor-league camp.

METS: Assigned IF Marco Scutaro, OF Raul Gonzalez, P Tyler Walker and P Pat Strange to minor-league camp.

ORIOLES: Optioned P John Stephens to Triple-A Ottawa. Reassigned P Mike Drumright, C Carlos Mendez and P Bill Pulsipher to minor-league camp. Sent P Erik Bedard to minor-league camp to continue rehabilitation.

PIRATES: Optioned P Ryan Vogelsong to Triple-A Nashville. Assigned P Mark Corey, P Mike Holtz, P Ariel Prieto and former Orioles P John Wasdin to minor-league camp.

RANGERS: Assigned P R.A. Dickey, P Robert Ellis and IF Marshall McDougall to minor- league camp.

REDS: Assigned C Mike Stefanski, OF Emil Brown, P Lance Davis and P Scott Randall to minor-league camp.

RED SOX: Named Peter Woodfork director of baseball operations and assistant director of player development.

ROYALS: Sent P Shawn Sedlacek, OF Alexis Gomez and P Wes Obermueller to Triple-A Omaha. Reassigned P Jimmy Osting, 1B Morgan Burkhart, IF Julius Matos and IF Luis Ordaz to minor-league camp.

YANKEES: Returned P Matt Beech and C David Parrish to minor-league camp. Reassigned P Corey Lee and P Adrian Hernandez to minor-league camp.


NBA: Named 76ers G Allen Iverson and Rockets G Steve Francis (Maryland) Players of the Week.

WESTCHESTER (USBL): Named John Starks coach.

YAKIMA (CBA): Waived G Johnny Rhodes (Maryland).


ACC: Associated Press named Wake Forest's Skip Prosser unanimous winner of conference's men's basketball Coach of the Year.

CLEMSON: Announced resignation of men's basketball coach Larry Shyatt.

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: Announced that it will not renew contract of women's basketball coach Melissa Stone.

JOHNS HOPKINS: Centennial Conference named Jeremy Brown (McDonogh) Pitcher of the Week and Paul Winterling (McDonogh) Player of the Week.

LONG BEACH STATE: Announced that it will not renew contract of women's basketball coach Dallas Bolla.

UMBC: ECAC named A Andy Gallagher men's lacrosse Rookie of the Week. NEC named C Scott Kosmicky (Archbishop Curley) baseball Player of the Week and P Zach Clark Pitcher of the Week. NEC named M Lauren Hess (C. Milton Wright) women's lacrosse Player of the Week and M Kelly Fiorani (Liberty) Rookie of the Week.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T;: Fired men's basketball coach Curtis Hunter after 1-26 season.

PENN STATE: Announced resignation of men's basketball coach Jerry Dunn after 7-21 season.

ROBERT MORRIS: Fired women's basketball coach Lynn Roman.

UCLA: Fired men's basketball coach Steve Lavin.

WASHINGTON COLLEGE: Centennial Conference named 3B Renee Springston (Northeast) softball Player of the Week and Diane Green Pitcher of the Week.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE: Announced resignation of women's basketball coach Ed DiGregorio.


BENGALS: Matched Packers' offer to LB Armegis Spearman and signed him to three-year contract. Signed restricted free-agent C-TE Brad St. Louis to one-year contract.

BILLS: Signed free-agent WR Bobby Shaw, who had been with Jaguars. Signed Seahawks K Rian Lindell to offer sheet worth $4.2 million over four years.

BRONCOS: Announced that they will hold training camp at team headquarters instead of at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

CHARGERS: Re-signed CB Jerry Wilson to one-year contract.

DOLPHINS: Released OT David Sherrod.

FALCONS: Signed unrestricted free-agent LB Keith Newman, who had been with Bills.

PANTHERS: Signed WR Ricky Proehl to three-year contract.

RAIDERS: Signed free-agent KR Ronney Jenkins, who had been with Chargers.

STEELERS: Re-signed TE Matt Cushing to one-year contract.

TEXANS: Re-signed S Eric Brown to five-year, $14.5 million contract.


NHL: Named Lightning C Vaclav Prospal Player of the Week.

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