NASCAR: Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart agreed to five-year contract extension that will keep him with Joe Gibbs Racing through 2009.
BRAVES: Placed P Kevin Gryboski on 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis. Recalled P Joe Dawley from Triple-A Richmond.
EXPOS: Optioned P Eric Knott to Triple-A Edmonton. Purchased contract of P Vic Darensbourg from Edmonton. Assigned P Anthony Ferrari outright to Edmonton.
INDIANS: Named Ross Atkins director of Latin American operations, Lino Diaz assistant director of player development for Latin American operations and Mike Hazen assistant director of player development.
METS: Optioned OF Prentice Redman to Triple-A Norfolk. Recalled P Jason Anderson from Norfolk.
REDS: Activated IF-OF Russell Branyan from 15-day DL. Optioned C Corky Miller to Triple-A Louisville.
RED SOX: Acquired IF Lou Merloni from Padres for P Rene Miniel.
YANKEES: Placed former Orioles OF David Dellucci on 15-day DL with sprained left ankle. Recalled P Jeff Weaver from Single-A Tampa.
PISTONS: Traded F Michael Curry to Raptors for F Lindsey Hunter.
GREAT LAKES (CBA): Named Sean Tyson (Dunbar) assistant coach.
MARSHALL: Signed football coach Bob Pruett to contract extension through 2010.
NEVADA-LAS VEGAS: Announced that 15 athletes, including 11 football players, will face suspensions this fall for making nearly $2,500 worth of unauthorized phone calls; the athletes will be required to repay the money.
QUEENS (N.C.): Named Jeannie King AD and Beth Gattuso women's basketball coach.
SALEM STATE: NCAA upheld all penalties against men's soccer program that were announced Feb. 5.
TEXAS TECH: Named Stew Robinson men's basketball assistant coach.
VANDERBILT: Gave football coach Bobby Johnson one-year contract extension, through 2007.
VILLANOVA: Announced that following basketball players were suspended by NCAA for making unauthorized telephone calls with school access code: F Marcus Austin and F Andreas Bloch, eight games; and G Derrick Snowden (Archbishop Spalding), F Curtis Sumpter and F Chris Charles, three games.
WILBERFORCE: Named Geoff Warner men's basketball coach.
BROWNS: Claimed TE Keith Heinrich off waivers from Panthers. Released C Bryan Pittman.
JAGUARS: Signed TE Kyle Brady to three-year contract extension worth $9.3 million.
PATRIOTS: Released OG Corbin Lacina, RB Frank Moreau, FB Michael Malan, TE Rod Trafford, DE Brad Harris and CB Dyshod Carter.
RAMS: Signed CB Fred Weary. Released G Scott Tercero.
TEXANS: Released WR Avion Black. Claimed T Garrick Jones off waivers from Chiefs and G Michael Keathley off waivers from Chargers. Waived FB Laurence Nolen.
BLACKHAWKS: Signed C Tuomo Ruutu.
PANTHERS: Announced affiliation agreement with ECHL Augusta.
PENGUINS: Signed unrestricted free-agent D Patrick Boileau, who had been with Red Wings.
RANGERS: Agreed to terms with free-agent LW Jan Hlavac, who had been with Hurricanes, and free-agent LW Martin Rucinsky, who had been with Blues.
SHARKS: Signed RW Jon DiSalvatore.
STARS: Signed RW Rob Valicevic to one-year contract.