ANGELS: Agreed to four-year, $51 million contract with free-agent P Bartolo Colon, who had been with White Sox.

ASTROS: Named Russ Nixon manager of Single-A Salem, Ivan DeJesus manager of Single-A Lexington and Gregg Langbehn manager of short-season Single-A Tri-City.

BRAVES: Agreed to two-year, $7 million contract with P John Thomson, who had been with Rangers.

BREWERS: Assigned IF Enrique Cruz and IF Alejandro Machado to Triple-A Indianapolis.

CARDINALS: Agreed to one-year contracts with free-agent IF Brent Butler, who had been with Rockies, and 1B-OF Steve Cox, who had been in Japan.

MARINERS: Agreed to three-year contract with free-agent P Eddie Guardado, who had been with Twins; the deal has player-club options for 2005 and 2006.

PADRES: Agreed to two-year, $2 million contract with P Akinori Otsuka, who has played in Japan.

PHILLIES: Agreed to two-year, $5.5 million contract with former Orioles P Tim Worrell, a free agent who had been with Giants.

RED SOX: Agreed to minor league contract with SS Luis Soto.

ROYALS: Agreed to two-year, $5 million contract with free-agent P Scott Sullivan, who had been with White Sox, and one-year, $1 million contract with free-agent OF Matt Stairs, who had been with Pirates.


NBA: Fined Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks $7,500 for failing to leave court quickly enough after being ejected from Sunday's game.

PISTONS: Activated G Chucky Atkins and C Zeljko Rebraca from injured list.


CAA: Named Towson's Kacy O'Brien and Old Dominion's Monique Coker women's basketball co-Players of the Week.

LOU GROZA AWARD: Honor given to nation's top place-kicker went to Mississippi's Jonathan Nichols.

PATRIOT LEAGUE: Named Navy's Aubra Thomas women's Swimmer of the Week, Kevin Teague men's Diver of the Week and Patrick Gutierrez men's Track Athlete of the Week.

ARMY: Named former Maryland coach Bobby Ross football coach.

HOOD: AWCC named Laura Pitts to soccer first team and G Melanie Muscar to second team.

MARYLAND: Kimmy Francis and Mallory Mahar were named to NSCAA/Adidas All Mid-Atlantic third team.

PURDUE: Gave football coach Joe Tiller three-year contract extension through 2010.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN: Named David Reeves football coach.

ST. FRANCIS (PA.): Announced that Emily Bollinger (Westminster) signed letter of intent to play women's basketball.

ST. JOHN'S: Dismissed G Willie Shaw from team after he was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana last month.


BROWNS: Placed G Chad Beasley (broken ankle), DE Courtney Brown (ruptured biceps), RB James Jackson (torn knee ligament), K Phil Dawson (broken arm) and former Maryland CB Lewis Sanders (groin injury) on IR.

BUCCANEERS: Signed DE Corey Smith and LB Justin Smith to practice squad. Released RB Earnest Graham from practice roster.

COWBOYS: Placed RB Aveion Cason on IR with ligament and cartilage damage in knee.

FALCONS: Placed G Dwayne Morgan on IR with torn quadriceps. Signed G-T Matt Knutson.

JETS: Placed WR Jonathan Carter on IR with sprained knee. Signed WR Lawrence Hamilton from Bengals' practice squad. Signed WR Ken-Yon Rambo. Re-signed RB Jonathan Reese to practice squad. Waived CB Ray Green.

PACKERS: Signed CB Calvin Carlyle to practice squad.

PATRIOTS: Re-signed FB Larry Centers. Waived WR J.J. Stokes.

REDSKINS: Signed OL Daryl Terrell. Placed C Larry Moore on IR.

High schools

CENTURY: Ashley Benitez committed to UMBC to play field hockey.


AVALANCHE: Assigned C Steve Moore to AHL Hershey.

BLACKHAWKS: Recalled G Steve Passmore from AHL Norfolk. Assigned G Chris Anderson to Norfolk.

BLUE JACKETS: Assigned D Aaron Johnson to AHL Syracuse.

BLUES: Assigned F Jeff Heerema to AHL Worcester.

BRUINS: Recalled LW Doug Doull and D Zdenek Kutlak from AHL Providence.

CANUCKS: Recalled G Chris Levesque from University of British Columbia.

MAPLE LEAFS: Assigned D Ric Jackman to AHL St. John's for conditioning purposes.

RED WINGS: Recalled D Niklas Kronwall, LW Jiri Hudler, RW Kevin Miller, G Curtis Joseph and G Joey MacDonald from AHL Grand Rapids. Assigned C Nathan Robinson to Grand Rapids. Placed D Chris Chelios and RW Steve Thomas on IR.

SENATORS: Recalled G Ray Emery from AHL Binghamton.

SHARKS: Signed D Garrett Stafford.


THE SPORTING NEWS: Named Marlins manager Jack McKeon and Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil Sportsmen of the Year. Named Oklahoma QB Jason White and Utah's Urban Meyer college football's Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.

Track and field

U.S. ANTI-DOPING AGENCY: Barred U.S. pole vaulter Chase Shealy from competition for two years after he tested positive for amphetamine during competition.


USA WRESTLING: Named Steve Fraser, Shon Lewis and Andy Seras U.S. Olympic team Greco-Roman coaches.

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