CARDINALS: Placed C Joe Girardi on 15-day DL with lower back strain. Optioned P Jimmy Journel to Triple-A Memphis. Transferred P Kiko Calero from 15-day DL to 60-day DL. Activated C Chris Widger from DL. Purchased contract of P Dan Haren from Memphis.

CUBS: Activated 1B Heep Seop Choi from 15-day DL.

DEVIL RAYS: Released P Mike Venafro.

DIAMONDBACKS: Activated P Matt Mantei from 15-day DL. Designated P Ricky Bottalico for assignment.

INDIANS: Optioned P Cliff Lee to Triple-A Buffalo. Recalled P Jose Santiago and IF Jhonny Peralta from Buffalo. Placed IF John McDonald on 15-day DL with lower back spasms.

MARINERS: Recalled P Aaron Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma. Optioned P Matt White to Tacoma

RANGERS: Recalled P R.A. Dickey from Triple-A Oklahoma. Optioned P Mario Ramos to Oklahoma.

ROYALS: Recalled P Brad Voyles from Triple-A Omaha, then returned him there after yesterday's doubleheader opener. Optioned P Jason Gilfillan to Omaha.

YANKEES: Placed OF Bubba Trammell on restricted list after he unexpectedly left club for personal reasons. Recalled P Jason Anderson from Triple-A Columbus.

NEWARK (INDEPENDENT): Signed former Orioles minor league C Tim DeCinces.


HEAT: Waived F LaPhonso Ellis. Picked up contract options on F Rasual Butler and F Sean Lampley. Made qualifying offer to F Malik Allen, making him restricted free agent but did not extend qualifying offers to G Eddie House and G Mike James, making them unrestricted free agents.

HORNETS: Named Alvin Gentry assistant coach.

LAKERS: Declined to exercise $5.3 million option on F Robert Horry's contract.

PISTONS: Made a qualifying offer to G Richard Hamilton.

RAPTORS: Made qualifying offer to restricted free-agent F Maceo Baston.

76ERS: Made qualifying offer to restricted free-agent F Kenny Thomas.

TIMBERWOLVES: Named Bob McGahie corporate sales manager.

WIZARDS: Named Ernie Grunfeld president of basketball operations.

CBA: Announced that Grand Rapids will be inactive for 2003-04 season.


SOUTHERN CONFERENCE: Announced addition of Elon as official member, effective July 1.

FORDHAM: Signed women's basketball coach Jim Lewis to two-year contract extension through 2005-06.

GEORGIA TECH: Signed men's basketball coach Paul Hewitt to new contract with $250,000-a-year base salary that will keep him with school through 2007-08.

INDIANA: Named Quacy Barnes women's basketball assistant coach.

MIAMI: Announced that it has accepted invitation to join ACC.

NORTH CAROLINA: Announced resignation of women's tennis coach Jen Callen.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Named Mike Johnson men's basketball assistant coach.

TENNESSEE: Named Chuck Benson men's assistant basketball coach.


U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: Announced following team for Tour de France: Lance Armstrong, Manuel Beltran, Roberto Heras, Jose Luis Rubiera, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Pavel Padrnos, Victor Hugo Pena and Viatcheslav Ekimov.


COWBOYS: Claimed WR Gary Lusk off waivers from Bears.

JETS: Signed free-agent DE Joe Minucci.


BLUES: Re-signed G Reinhard Divs, D Aris Brimanis, LW Sergei Varlamov and C Jeff Panzer.

BRUINS: Agreed to one-year contract with C P.J. Stock. Exercised option on LW Darren Van Oene. Made qualifying offers to following players: LW P.J. Axelsson, LW Mike Gellard, LW Sergei Samsonov, D Bryan Berard, D Nick Boynton, D Hal Gill, D Jonathan Girard, D Jarno Kultanen, Zdenek Kutlak, C Carl Corazzini, G Andrew Raycroft and F Brian Rolston.

CANUCKS: Did not make a qualifying offer to F Trevor Letowski.

COYOTES: Re-signed D Teppo Numminen to one-year contract.

DEVILS: Did not make qualifying offer to D Oleg Tverdovsky.

FLAMES: Announced that F Dean McAmmond exercised player option. Did not make qualifying offers to F Scott Nichol and F Blake Sloan.

FLYERS: Re-signed D Eric Desjardins and F Claude Lapointe to two-year contracts.

HURRICANES: Did not make qualifying offers to LW Jan Hlavac, F Tommy Westlund and D Nikos Tselios.

MAPLE LEAFS: Did not make qualifying offers to F Jonas Hoglund and F Paul Healey.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Did not make qualifying offer to F Paul Kariya.

OILERS: Acquired rights to D Brian Leetch from Rangers for G Jussi Markkanen and conditional 2004 draft pick.

PREDATORS: Signed F Andreas Johansson.

RANGERS: Traded D Brian Leetch to Oilers for G Jussi Markkanen and fourth-round draft choice in 2004. Re-signed LW Ronald Petrovicky and LW Dan LaCoutore.

RED WINGS: Exercised contract option on G Dominik Hasek. Re-signed RW Darren McCarty to four-year contract and D Jason Woolley to two-year contract.

SABRES: Made qualifying offers to following restricted free agents: F Curtis Brown, F Jay McKee, LW Eric Boulton, LW Andrew Peters, LW Taylor Pyatt, RW Ales Kotalik, RW Jaroslav Kristek, RW Norm Milley, C Tim Connolly, D Rory Fitzpatrick, D Dmitri Kalinin, D Adam Mair, D Henrik Tallinder and D Rhett Warrener. Exercised contract option on D Brian Campbell.

SHARKS: Signed LW Pat Rissmiller and LW Yuri Moscevsky.

WILD: Did not make qualifying offers to C Cliff Ronning and D Lubomir Sekeras. Made qualifying offers to D Willie Mitchell, D Andrei Zyuzin, F Matt Johnson, F Antti Laaksonen, F Pascal Dupuis, F Marian Gaborik and G Manny Fernandez. Picked up option on D Brad Brown.

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