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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.