MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Named Dr. Elliot Pellman medical adviser.

ASTROS: Optioned IF Adam Everett and OF Jason Lane to Triple-A New Orleans. Assigned IF Tripp Cromer, P Scott Linebrink, C Chris Tremie and C Alan Zinter to their minor-league camp.

ATHLETICS: Optioned pitcher Erik Hiljus to Triple-A Sacramento.

BREWERS: Acquired OF Jason Conti from Tampa Bay for C Javier Valentin. Optioned P Francisco Campos and SS Bill Hall to Triple-A Indianapolis.

DEVIL RAYS: Optioned P Dewon Brazelton and P Gerardo Garcia to Triple-A Durham. Reassigned C Jorge Fabregas to their minor-league camp.

DIAMONDBACKS: Agreed to terms with P Randy Johnson on two-year contract extension, through 2005 season.

EXPOS: Acquired P Livan Hernandez, C Edwards Guzman and cash from Giants for P Jim Brower and player to be named.

INDIANS: Named Terry Clark pitching coach at Triple-A Buffalo and Steve Lyons pitching coach at Double-A Akron.

PADRES: Optioned IF Donaldo Mendez to Triple-A Portland. Assigned P Charles Nagy, C Miguel Ojeda, IF Tagg Bozied and OF Mark Quinn to their minor-league camp.

PIRATES: Optioned P Brian Meadows to Triple-A Nashville. Assigned P Pat Mahomes, IF Mike Gulan and IF David Doster to their minor-league camp.

RANGERS: Placed P Todd Van Poppel on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with strained right groin. Placed OF Kevin Mech on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with strained left oblique muscle. Placed IF Herbert Perry on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with left knee bruise.

REDS: Optioned P Chris Reitsma to Triple-A Louisville. Assigned OF Jose Guillen and IF Wilton Guerrero to their minor-league camp.

ROCKIES: Reassigned IF Luis Lopez to their minor-league camp.


CAVALIERS: Signed guard Tierre Brown for the remainder

of the season.

HAWKS: Signed center Mikki Moore to a 10-day contract.

NUGGETS: Signed G Jeff Trepagnier and G Adam Harrington to 10-day contracts. Placed F Ryan Bowen on the injured list.


JOHNS HOPKINS: Announced that junior OF Craig Cetta was named Centennial Conference baseball Player of the Week.

MICHIGAN: Announced sophomore basketball F Chuck Bailey will transfer after current semester.

MURRAY STATE: Announced that men's basketball coach Tevester Anderson (103-52 in five seasons) retired.

NAVY: Announced that junior OF Craig Candeto was named Patriot League baseball Player of the Week. Announced that freshman OF Ryan McGinn was named Rookie of the Week.

TOWSON: Named Phil Albert, former Tigers head coach, offensive coordinator.

UMBC: Announced that freshman A Brendan Mundorf was named ECAC lacrosse co-Rookie of the Week.


NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Announced that five teams will get four extra picks each in the April 26-27 draft as compensation for losing free agents a year ago: Ravens, Packers, Dolphins, Giants and Rams. Announced that Bears will get three picks while one each will go to Cardinals, Bengals, Lions, Colts, Jaguars, Chiefs, Eagles, Seahawks and Buccaneers.

CHIEFS: Re-signed QB Todd Collins to three-year contract.

FALCONS: Signed CB Tod McBride, who had been with Packers, and LB Twan Russell, who had been with Dolphins.

JAGUARS: Signed DE Dan Alexander, K Danny Boyd, DE Javor Mills, WR Jimmy Redmond and WR Micah Ross.

JETS: Signed P Dan Stryzinski.

LIONS: Signed RB Shawn Bryson to one-year contract.

PATRIOTS: Signed FB Fred McCrary, who had been with Chargers, and re-signed LB Maugaula Tuitele.

VIKINGS: Signed LB Chris Claiborne to two-year contract.


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE: Suspended Blues D Jeff Finley four games without pay for becoming involved in altercation while in penalty box in game Sunday against Stars.

BLUES: Recalled C Eric Nickulas and D Matt Walker from AHL Worcester.

BRUINS: Recalled G Tim Thomas from AHL Providence.

FLAMES: Recalled D Mike Commodore from AHL Saint John.

FLYERS: Recalled G Neil Little, C Patrick Sharp and D Jim Vandermeer from AHL Philadelphia.

HURRICANES: Recalled LW Tomas Kurka and LW Mike Watt from AHL Lowell. Signed D Brad Fast to two-year contract.

ISLANDERS: Recalled C Justin Papineau from AHL Bridgeport.


FREEDOM (WUSA): Signed F Meredith Beard and M Sarah Kate Noftsinger to one-year contracts.

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