ANGELS: Placed P Matt Wise on 15-day DL with torn elbow ligament.

BRAVES: Optioned IF Wilson Betemit, IF Nick Green and IF Adam LaRoche to Triple-A Richmond. Reassigned IF Ramon Castro, C Bryce Terveen, C Mike Hubbard and P Derrick Lewis to minor-league camp.

DEVIL RAYS: Extended player development contract with Triple-A Durham for two years, through 2006.

DIAMONDBACKS: Signed OF Luis Gonzalez to three-year contract extension through 2006.

MARINERS: Released P Jamey Wright.

MARLINS: Reassigned P Rick Croushore and P Dontrelle Willis to minor-league camp.

PHILLIES: Optioned P Josh Hancock to Triple-A Scranton. Sent C Marcus Jensen to minor-league camp.

REDS: Place IF-OF Russell Branyan on 15-day DL with torn labrum in right shoulder.

ROCKIES: Acquired P Javier Lopez from Red Sox for future considerations. Placed IF Juan Uribe on 60-day DL with broken right foot.

TIGERS: Optioned P Shane Loux and P Eric Eckenstahler to Triple-A Toledo. Sent P Fernando De La Cruz, P Chris Mears, C Robinson Cancel, C Luis Taveras, IF Danny Klassen, IF Warren Morris, IF Kevin Witt, OF Craig Monroe and OF Ernie Young to minor-league camp.


BULLS: Activated G Rick Brunson from injured list. Placed G Fred Hoiberg on injured list with right Achilles' tendinitis.

PISTONS: Activated G Chucky Atkins from injured list. Placed G Pepe Sanchez on injured list with tendinitis in right knee.

ROCKETS: Activated F Bostjan Machbar from injured list. Placed G Tito Maddox on injured list with viral infection.

TIMBERWOLVES: Activated G Rod Strickland from injured list. Placed G Igor Rakocevic on injured list with right ankle synovitis.


BUCKNELL: Patriot League named G Justin Sussman (Friends) men's lacrosse Defensive Player of Week.

CHARLOTTE: Announced that men's basketball C Tory Reed and C-F Tyler Best will transfer.

DUQUESNE: Atlantic 10 named Kelly Mulford (Maryvale) women's lacrosse Rookie of the Week.

FROSTBURG STATE: Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference named Brent Lutz Pitcher of the Week and 1B-DH Richelle Foor softball Player of the Week.

HOOD: Named Michael J. Daw as its first men's tennis coach; he is currently coach at Frederick High.

ILLINOIS STATE: Announced resignation of women's basketball coach Jenny Yopp.

JACKSON STATE: Announced that it will not renew contract of men's basketball coach Andy Stoglin.

JOHNS HOPKINS: National Field Hockey Coaches Association named D Shelby Boxenbaum, M Michelle Doll, F Jenny Farrelly, F Julia Finkel, D Skye McFarlane, M Meighan Roose, G Meredith Shifman and F Heather Warnken (McDonogh) to Division III academic team.

KENTUCKY: Named Mickie DeMoss women's basketball coach.

LONG BEACH STATE: Fired women's basketball coach Dallas Bolla.

MARYLAND: East Atlantic Gymnastics League named Rachel Martinez Gymnast of the Week.

UMBC: NEC named Joe Novotny men's tennis Player of the Week and Alessandra Pedergnana women's tennis Player of the Week.

MICHIGAN TECH: Announced that it is dropping football.

MILLSAPS: Announced retirement of men's basketball coach John Stroud.

MISSISSIPPI: Named Carol Ross women's basketball coach.

COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME: named G Amanda Poppleton to All-Atlantic Region second team. National Field Hockey Coaches Association named M Diana Abramowski (Bel Air), D Nadia Chaudry (North Carroll), D Becca Dodson (Hereford), M Rebecca Fetter (Howard), D Corrinne Greenwood (Fallston) and D Laura Herbers and G Colleen Zamary (Northern) to Division III academic team.

OREGON STATE: Announced that men's basketball G Floyd North III will transfer.

SAN FRANCISCO: Signed men's basketball coach Philip Mathews to multi-year contract extension.

SYRACUSE: Announced resignation of women's basketball coach Marianna Freeman.

WASHINGTON COLLEGE: Centennial Conference named M Steve Berger (Mount St. Joseph) lacrosse Player of the Week. National Field Hockey Coaches Association named D Megan Daily, F Kate Drury (St. Timothy's), D Veronica Ecke (Dundalk) and M Meggie Kratz (Northern) to Division III academic team. Senior swimmer Stacy Sines, who has returned to competition after open-heart surgery, was named a finalist for 2004 National Student-Athlete Day Giant Steps Award in category of Courageous Student-Athlete.


CHIEFS: Re-signed K Morten Andersen to four-year contract.

RAMS: Agreed to one-year contract with free-agent P Sean Landeta (Towson State, Loch Raven), who had been with Eagles.

RAVENS: Signed OF Orlando Brown to one-year, $1 million contract. Agreed to four-year contract with LB Cornell Brown.

STEELERS: Signed free-agent OL Todd Fordham, who had been with Jaguars, to three-year, $2.4 million contract.

TEXANS: Re-signed CB Jason Bell, CB Pat Dennis and QB Mike Quinn.


BLUES: Waived G Fred Brathwaite.

CANUCKS: Activated G Dan Cloutier from IR.

PENGUINS: Announced resignation of president Tom Rooney. Named Ken Sawyer president.

SHARKS: Fired GM Dean Lombardi. Named Wayne Thomas interim GM.

Horse racing

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RACING'S HALL OF FAME: Announced following nominees: jockeys Eddie Maple, Randy Romero and Mike Smith; trainers Sonny Hine, Mel Stute and John Veitch; male horses Ancient Title, Manila and Precisionist; and female horses Dance Smartly, Flawlessly and Sky Beauty.


U.S. NATIONAL TEAM: Named D.C. United's Bobby Convey and Earnie Stewart to roster for game vs. Japan on March 29 in Seattle.

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