TRANSACTIONS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Moves

Auto racing

NASCAR: Suspended Jimmy Spencer from all NASCAR-sanctioned competition until Aug. 26 for punching Kurt Busch in garage at Michigan International Speedway.

Baseball

MLB: Suspended and fined Tigers OF Bobby Higginson and bench coach Kirk Gibson for ejections from Aug. 10 game against Twins.

ANGELS: Placed IF Benji Gil on waivers for purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

BRAVES: Placed 1B Julio Franco on 15-day DL with fractured left middle finger. Recalled IF Mike Hessman from Triple-A Richmond.

GIANTS: Activated P Felix Rodriguez from 15-day DL. Optioned P Chad Zerbe and IF Cody Ransom to Triple-A Fresno.

INDIANS: Placed OF Matt Lawton on 15-day DL with dislocated right middle finger. Recalled IF Triple-A Travis Hafner.

RANGERS: Activated P Ismael Valdes from 15-day DL. Sent P Rob Ellis outright to Triple-A Oklahoma.

REDS: Acquired minor league P Tyler Pelland from Red Sox, completing trade that sent P Scott Williamson to Red Sox last month. Placed 3B Brandon Larson on 15-day DL with strain and inflammation in back of left shoulder. Transferred OF Austin Kearns from 15- to 60-day DL.

ROYALS: Activated P Jose Lima from 15-day DL.

TIGERS: Recalled P Nate Robertson from Triple-A Toledo. Optioned P Chris Mears to Toledo.

Basketball

MAVERICKS: Traded G Nick Van Exel, G Avery Johnson, C Evan Eschmeyer, F Popeye Jones and F Antoine Rigadeau to Warriors for F Antawn Jamison, F Danny Fortson, G Jiri Welsch and F Chris Mills.

NUGGETS: Signed G Earl Boykins to multiyear contract.

College

ARMY: Named Mike Murphy assistant lacrosse coach.

BAYLOR: F Lawrence Roberts transferred to Mississippi State.

CHARLOTTE: Named Dalonte Hill men's assistant basketball coach.

CINCINNATI: Named Brian Teter associate athletic director.

DARTMOUTH: Named Jeff McNamara assistant football coach.

DePAUW: Announced retirement of football coach Nick Mourouzis at end of 2003 season.

EASTERN MICHIGAN: Named Larry Holton assistant football coach.

MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS: Named Chris Pilz men's basketball coach.

NIAGARA: Named Luke Dobrich men's assistant basketball coach.

SETON HALL: Announced retirement of baseball coach Mike Sheppard.

TENNESSEE STATE: Received application for admission from QB Adrian McPherson.

WAGNER: Named Jim Meil men's associate basketball coach. Named Sean Rivers and Yves Kabore men's assistant basketball coaches.

Football

BENGALS: Waived DT Mario Monds, TE Derek Smith, FB Terry Witherspoon, C Dustin McQuivey, LB Rodney Thomas and WR Adam Ziesel.

BRONCOS: Agreed with coach Mike Shanahan on three-year contract extension through 2008.

EAGLES: Re-signed S Rashard Cook to one-year contract.

FALCONS: Waived WR Jamal Burke, T Kris Farris and G Blake Henry.

JETS: Placed G Tom Nutten on reserve-retired list. Signed WR Cedric James. Waived DB Deshaun Hill, DB Will Hunter, DB Kevin Knight and PK Danny Kight.

PATRIOTS: Released CB Otis Smith.

REDSKINS: Placed DT Brandon Noble on IR. Waived DB Rashidi Barnes and P Brent Bartholomew.

VIKINGS: Sign LB Jarrod Penright. Waived TE Jeff Kostrewa.

Hockey

BLACKHAWKS: Signed affiliation agreement with ECHL Florence Pride for 2003-04 season.

CANUCKS: Signed C Ryan Kesler.

CAPITALS: Signed free-agent C Francois Methot to one-year contract.

RANGERS: Agreed to terms with LW Anson Carter.

STARS: Signed G Dan Ellis to three-year contract.

SHARKS: Signed LW Milan Michalek.

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