ASTROS: Activated IF Jose Vizcaino. Optioned IF Eric Bruntlett to Triple-A New Orleans. Waived C Gregg Zaun. Purchased contract of C Raul Chavez from New Orleans.

ATHLETICS: Placed P Mark Mulder on 15-day DL, retroactive to Wednesday, with right hip tendinitis. Purchased contract of P Mike Wood from Triple-A Sacramento.


GIANTS: Placed P Jesse Foppert on 15-day DL. Recalled OF Todd Linden from Triple-A Fresno.

MARINERS: Announced that IF Evel Bastida has been suspended for rest of the minor league season and fined an undisclosed amount by Single-A California League for his actions during game at Lancaster on Aug. 18.

MARLINS: Agreed to terms with former Orioles P Rick Helling. Recalled IF Lenny Harris from Triple-A Albuquerque. Placed P Armando Almanza on 15-day DL, retroactive to Wednesday, with tendinitis in his left shoulder. Placed OF Todd Hollandsworth on 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 14, with lower back inflammation.

ORIOLES: Optioned IF Jose Leon to Triple-A Ottawa.

PIRATES: Acquired 1B Jorge Toca from Mets for player to be named.

WHITE SOX: Acquired P Scott Sullivan from Reds for player to be named. Optioned P Jon Adkins to Triple-A Charlotte.


LAKERS: Signed free-agent C Eric Chenowith.


NETS: Re-signed F Brian Scalabrine.

PISTONS: Acquired G Bob Sura from Warriors for F-C Clifford Robinson and G Pepe Sanchez.

WIZARDS: Signed G Steve Blake (Maryland), their second-round draft pick.

MYSTICS (WNBA): Activated C Nakia Sanford. Placed G Zusana Zirkova on suspended list.


CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE: Announced that Johns Hopkins men's soccer team was selected to top spot in preseason coaches poll.


CINCINNATI: Announced men's basketball forward James White will be suspended for one game for participating in unsanctioned outside basketball event.

RUTGERS: Promoted Jolette Law to women's associate basketball coach. Named Cathy Andruzzi assistant coach.

TENNESSEE: Announced that sophomore men's basketball F Andre Patterson has transferred from UCLA.

TOWSON: Named Derek Jordan assistant women's basketball coach.


BRONCOS: Waived OT Trohn Carswell, CB Corey Chamblin and OT Freddie Moore.


BROWNS: Waived OL Gus Felder and WR Brian Haugabrook. Placed TB R.J. Bowers, OL Chuck Klabo and FB Ben Miller on non-football IL.

49ERS: Signed DE Chidi Ahanotu.

RAVENS: Announced retirement of DE Michael McCrary.

TITANS: Waived WR Detronn Harris, TE Theo Sanders, C John Garrison and PK Brian Holmes.


DAVIS CUP: Named Andy Roddick, James Blake, Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Mardy Fish and Brian Vahaly to U.S. team for World Group playoff against Slovakia next month.


USA NETWORK: Hired Anna Kournikova as reporter during coverage of U.S. Open.

U.S. OPEN: Announced that Pete Sampras, who has won all-time most 14 Grand Slam tournaments, will officially retire Monday. Announced that 2000 champion Marat Safin withdrew from tournament with injured wrist.