ATHLETICS: Placed P Jim Mecir on 15-day DL, retroactive to July 24, with right knee inflammation. Purchased contract of P Chad Harville from Triple-A Sacramento.

DEVIL RAYS: Placed IF Terry Shumpert on 15-day DL, retroactive to Thursday, with strained right hamstring. Purchased contracts of P Chad Gaudin and P Jon Switzer from Double-A Orlando.

GIANTS: Placed P Kirk Rueter on 15-day DL, retroactive to last Saturday, with left shoulder strain. Recalled up P Jeff Urban from Triple-A Fresno.

PIRATES: Assigned IF Freddy Sanchez to Triple-A Nashville.

RED SOX: Optioned P Jason Shiell to Triple-A Pawtucket.

ROYALS: Optioned P Sean Lowe to Triple-A Omaha.


CLIPPERS: Elected not to match offer sheet given by Nuggets to G Andre Miller.

HEAT: Signed free-agent F Samaki Walker, who had been with Lakers.

SPURS: Re-signed C Kevin Willis.

WIZARDS: Announced assistant GM Rod Higgins will leave organization.


ALABAMA STATE: Suspended football coach L.C. Cole, assistant head coach Johnnie Cole and assistant coach Richard Freeman for two weeks.

BOSTON COLLEGE: Released junior F Andrew Bryant from men's basketball team for academic reasons.

MEMPHIS: Named Brooks Donald women's assistant basketball coach.

MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS: Named Lee Buchanan women's basketball coach.

NORTH CAROLINA: Named Brian Kalbas women's tennis coach.

NOTRE DAME: Named Terry Rooney assistant baseball coach.


BRONCOS: Agreed to terms with OT Blake Brockermeyer.

BROWNS: Signed CB Michael Lehan to five-year contract. Agreed with DL Antonio Garay on five-year contract.

49ERS: Signed C Rob Murphy. Released C Ben Nowland.

PACKERS: Signed WR Rob Johnson. Placed DE Earl Cochran on injured reserve with dislocated left shoulder.

PANTHERS: Signed OT Matt Willig to one-year contract. Placed OT Melvin Tuten on injured reserve.

PATRIOTS: Signed RB Frank Moreau. Released CB Ben Kelly.


BLACKHAWKS: Re-signed D Steve McCarthy.

CANUCKS: Re-signed C Artem Chubarov.

KINGS: Signed C Sean Avery and RW Scott Barney to one-year contracts.

LIGHTNING: Signed an affiliation agreement with AHL Hamilton and renewed its agreement with ECHL Pensacola.

OILERS: Re-signed F Marty Reasoner and F Raffi Torres to two-year contracts.

PENGUINS: Signed C Milan Kraft and RW Matt Bradley.

SABRES: Signed F Eric Boulton to two-year contract. Announced D Henrik Tallinder accepted one-year qualifying offer.

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