MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Reduced suspension of Cincinnati 1B Sean Casey from three games to two for his participation in bench-clearing fight in game June 13.

USA BASEBALL: Named Dean Taylor and Bob Watson co-chairmen of 2003 professional team selection committee.


BLUE JAYS: Announced resignation of vice president of baseball Tim Wilken.

EXPOS: Agreed to terms with OF Edgardo Baez.

INDIANS: Announced that they will conduct spring training in Winter Haven, Fla., through 2008. Optioned P Ricardo Rodriguez to Triple-A Buffalo.

RANGERS: Recalled OF Ryan Ludwick from Triple-A Oklahoma. Promoted 2B-OF Ramon Nivar from Double-A Frisco to Oklahoma.

REDS: Assigned OF Stephen Smitherman to Triple-A Louisville. Purchased contract of P Todd Van Poppel from Louisville.

RED SOX: Signed P Todd Jones. Designated P Hector Almonte for assignment.

ROCKIES: Optioned OF Ben Petrick to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Recalled P Jason Young from Colorado Springs.

ROYALS: Acquired P Curtis Leskanic and cash from Brewers for P Wes Obermueller and IF Alejandro Machado.


TIGERS: Announced that former Orioles OF Eugene Kingsale cleared waivers and has accepted assignment to Triple-A Toledo.

WHITE SOX: Designated IF D'Angelo Jimenez and OF Armando Rios for assignment.


BUCKS: Signed G T.J. Ford, their first-round draft pick, to four-year contract.

CAVALIERS: Named Stephen Silas and Mark Osowski assistant coaches.

ROCKETS: Named Steve Clifford, Andy Greer, Tom Thibodeau and Patrick Ewing assistant coaches. Announced they will not exercise the options on G Tito Maddox and forward Terence Morris (Maryland, Thomas Johnson).


WARRIORS: Named Jim Boylen and David Fizdale assistant coaches.

WIZARDS: Named Phil Hubbard assistant coach. Released assistant coach Patrick Ewing from final two months of his contract.


CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Named Zak Ivkovic interin executive director.

AUBURN: Named Samantha Williams women's assistant basketball coach.

CAL STATE FULLERTON: Named Andy Newman men's assistant basketball coach. Announced that junior F Jamal Forcheney has been academically disqualified. Announced that freshman F Ron Allen has left program.


EAST TENNESSEE STATE: Named Will Bailey men's assistant basketball coach.

LOUISIANA-MONROE: Named Bob Leahy assistant head football coach and wide receivers coach.

MORGAN STATE: Announced that senior K/P Jon Voroshilin and senior LB Albert Gamble to preseason All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference first team.

NAVY: Announced that OF Dean Farmer was named Patriot League Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

SAINT FRANCIS (PA.): Named Jill Poe women's basketball coach.

SAM HOUSTON STATE: Named James Hatchel women's basketball coach.


SANTA CLARA: Named Lloyd Pierce men's assistant basketball coach. Announced resignation of men's assistant basketball coach Antonio Veloso, who will become men's basketball coach and athletic director at University of Great Falls.

SHENANDOAH: Named Phil Martin (Montgomery College) assistant football coach.

SOUTHERN IDAHO: Named Gib Arnold men's basketball coach.


49ERS: Signed DE Byron Frisch.



NHL: Announced retirements of referee Paul Stewart and linesmen Gerard Gauthier and Wayne Bonney.

AVALANCHE: Re-signed F Brian Willsie.

BLACKHAWKS: Re-signed D Jason Strudwick.

HURRICANES: Signed free-agent RW Joey Tetarenko, who had been with Senators, to one-year contract.

LIGHTNING: Signed D Gerard Dicaire to a three-year contract. MAPLE LEAFS: Shareholders and directors of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. announced closing of purchase of company.

OILERS: Re-signed assistant coaches Charlie Huddy and Bill Moores to multi-year contracts.



INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE: Awarded 2010 Winter Olympic Games to Vancouver, British Columbia.

USA GYMNASTICS: Announced that U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials will be held June 24-27 in Anaheim, Calif.


U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM: Announced that it will play two exhibitions before start of World Cup: Costa Rica in Carson, Calif., on Sept. 1; Mexico on Sept. 7 in San Jose, Calif.

CREW (MLS): Announced that D Daniel Torres will be transferred to Saprissa of Costa Rica after Saturday's game.


CYBERRAYS (WUSA): Waived G Julie Podhrasky.

Track and field

U.S. ANTI-DOPING AGENCY: Suspended Andrew Eggerth two years for testing positive for use of performance-enhancing drug in an indoor track meet in Saskatoon, Canada, on Feb. 9.