ANGELS: Assigned OF Gary Johnson to Triple-A Salt Lake.

ASTROS: Signed free-agent OF Orlando Palmeiro, who had been with Cardinals, to one-year, $750,000 contract. Designated OF Colin Porter for assignment.


CUBS: Agreed with P Kerry Wood on one-year, $9.75 million contract. Named Grady Little scouting consultant and assistant to vice president-general manager Jim Hendry.

DODGERS: Agreed with P Rick White and IF-OF Jeremy Giambi on minor league contracts.

INDIANS: Signed P Scott Stewart to one-year contract.

MARINERS: Invited following players to spring training: P Craig Anderson, P Travis Blackley, P Mike Myers, P Jose Nunez, P George Sherrill, P Randy Williams, C Pat Borders, C Luis Oliveros, C Rene Rivera, IF Bucky Jacobsen, IF Adam Jones, IF Jose Lopez, IF Mickey Lopez, IF A.J. Zapp, OF Shin-Soo Choo and OF Hiram Bocachica.

ORIOLES: Signed C Keith Osik to minor league contract with invitation to spring training. Invited P John Maine and 2B Mike Fontenot to spring training.

PADRES: Signed SS Rey Ordonez to minor league contract. RANGERS: Agreed with P Francisco Cordero on one-year contract. Released P Reynaldo Garcia. Assigned P Travis Hughes and 1B-OF Jason Jones outright to Triple-A Oklahoma.

REDS: Signed OF Reggie Taylor and P Mike Matthews to minor league contracts and invited them to spring training.

RED SOX: Signed P Nick Bierbrodt to one-year contract.



KNICKS: Named Mark Aguirre and Dick Helm assistant coaches. Retained assistant coaches Herb Williams and Michael Malone.

MAGIC: Signed F Lee Nailon to a second 10-day contract.

MAVERICKS: Signed F Mamadou N'Diaye to second 10-day contract.

WIZARDS: Signed F Torraye Braggs to 10-day contract.



NCAA: Reinstated Tulsa basketball C Oswaldo Gonzalez, giving him one year of eligibility for next season.

AMERICAN EAST: Named Mollie Lehman assistant commissioner.

BAYLOR: Announced that NCAA has restored the eligibility of senior C R.T. Guinn and senior F Terrance Thomas to men's basketball team.

CLEVELAND STATE: Declared men's basketball freshman C Walt Waters and junior G Percell Coles academically ineligible for rest of season.

COASTAL CAROLINA: Signed men's basketball coach Pete Strickland to two-year contract extension through 2006.

HOUSTON: Named Beau Trahan graduate assistant football coach.


LOYOLA: Women's soccer coach Joe Mallia named assistant coach for U.S. under-21 women's national team.

MARYLAND: Announced that following men's soccer players were selected in MLS draft: Clarence Goodson (Burn, first round), Scott Buete (Fire, first round), Seth Stammler (MetroStars, second round) and Sumed Ibrahim (Fire, second round).

NEBRASKA: Named Kevin Cosgrove defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.


BENGALS: Named Hue Jackson receivers coach. Signed RB Skip Hicks and CB Alvin Porter.

BILLS: Retained defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.


BROWNS: Named George Edwards linebackers coach.

BUCCANEERS: Named John Shoop quarterbacks coach and Kyle Shanahan offensive quality control coach.

CARDINALS: Named Clancy Pendergast defensive coordinator, Frank Bush linebackers coach, Robert Ford wide receivers coach, Deek Pollard defensive line coach and Bob Wylie offensive line coach.

CHARGERS: Named Wade Phillips defensive coordinator.

CHIEFS: Signed coach Dick Vermeil to two-year contract extension through the 2005 season.

DOLPHINS: Signed WR Nick Davis, LB Brenden Given and OT Dan Goodspeed to contracts for 2004 season.


PACKERS: Fired defensive coordinator Ed Donatell and tight ends coach Jeff Jagodzinski.

RAMS: Named John Benton assistant offensive line coach.

SAINTS: Named John Pease defensive line coach.

STEELERS: Named Dick LeBeau defensive coordinator.


BLUES: Recalled D Aris Brimanis from AHL Worcester.


CANUCKS: Reassigned C Brandon Reid and G Johan Hedberg to AHL Manitoba.

COYOTES: Recalled C Krystofer Kolanos from AHL Springfield.

HURRICANES: Recalled D Peter Reynolds from ECHL Florida.

ISLANDERS: Returned LW Derek Bekar to AHL Bridgeport.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Returned C Tony Martensson to AHL Cincinnati. Recalled LW Chris Kunitz from Cincinnati.

SHARKS: Recalled G Seamus Kotyk from AHL Cleveland.


STARS: Placed D John Erskine on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 14, with calf laceration.

THRASHERS: Activated LW Jeff Cowan. Placed C Serge Aubin on injured reserve, retroactive to Dec. 20, with neck strain.

WILD: Recalled D Zbynek Michalek from AHL Houston.


CREW (MLS): Traded its 2004 third-round draft pick to Rapids for 2005 conditional draft pick and rights to D Steven Herdsman.

GALAXY (MLS): Traded 2005 first-round draft pick to Fire for 2004 second-round draft pick.


UNITED (MLS): Selected F Freddy Adu with first overall pick in MLS draft. Also selected M Kevin Ara (third round), M Josh Gros (fourth round) and M Kevin Hudson (fifth round).



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