USA BASEBALL: Announced resignation of Steve Cohen, director of national teams, to become area scout for Phillies.

ASTROS: Agreed to minor league contract with P Dave Veres; invited him to major league camp.


DEVIL RAYS: Assigned P Rob Bell outright to Triple-A Durham.

DODGERS: Signed P Jose Lima and IF Jose Hernandez to minor-league contracts; invited them to major league camp.

MARINERS: Placed P Kazuhiro Sasaki on waivers for purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

PHILLIES: Added former OF Garry Maddox to spring training coaching staff to work with outfielders.

PIRATES: Agreed to terms with P Hector Almonte, P Nelson Figueroa, former Orioles P Chris Fussell, P Paul Maholm, P Rick Reed, P Elio Serrano, P Blake Stein, C Sandy Martinez, C Keith McDonald, IF Tomas De La Rosa, IF Donaldo Mendez, IF Chris Truby, OF Andy Abad and OF Luke Allen on minor league contracts; invited them to major league camp.

REDS: Signed C Steve Lomasney to minor league contract; invited him to major league camp. Announced retirement of C Mike Stefanski; named him bullpen catcher.


BULLS: Named Gar Forman director of player personnel.


CELTICS: Announced resignation of coach Jim O'Brien. Named John Carroll interim coach. Fired assistant coach Dick Harter.

HORNETS: Activated F Jamal Mashburn from injured list. Placed G Bryce Drew on injured list.


LOUISIANA STATE: Named Bobby Williams assistant football coach.

MOREHEAD STATE: Dismissed senior F Josh Graham from basketball team for conduct detrimental to team.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S: Zach Emerson was named Northeast Conference men's track and field Rookie of the Week.


SOUTH CAROLINA: Suspended DB Tremaine Tyler indefinitely for violating team rules.

TEXAS: Named Greg Robinson and Dick Tomey assistant defensive coaches.


BEARS: Named Tim Spencer running backs coach.

BENGALS: Signed free-agent DE LaDairis Jackson to two-year contract.

BILLS: Named Frank Verducci tight ends coach, Mike Miller offensive assistant and Brad Roll strength and conditioning coach.


CHIEFS: Agreed to terms with QB Seth Burford, QB Marc Dunn, QB Kirk Farmer, OT Thomas Barnett, CB Willie Ford, TE Aaron Golliday, TE Mike Pinkard, WR Chris Horn, WR Herb Haygood, FB Joe Hall, C Jonathan Ingram, S Willie Pile and LB Jason Kazar.

EAGLES: Signed OT Dante Ellington, S Jamal Wallace, LB Howard Clark and P Nick Murphy.

JAGUARS: Signed LB Jimmy McClain.

JETS: Signed P Brian Simnjanovski.

PACKERS: Signed RB Dahrran Diedrick and LB Dave Moretti.

SAINTS: Signed OT Ben Archibald, DT Kevin Watson, LB LaMarcus McDonald, WR Chris Vance, WR Nathan Black, RB Tavian Banks, RB Ronney Jenkins, TE Danny Curley, TE Shawn Draper, CB Fred Booker, CB Maurice Tucker and CB Ahmad Brooks.


SEAHAWKS: RB Shaun Alexander was added to Pro Bowl roster as injury replacement for Saints RB Deuce McAllister.


LIGHTNING: Acquired D Darryl Sydor and 2004 fourth-round draft pick from Blue Jackets for C Alexander Svitov and 2004 third-round draft pick.


EARTHQUAKES (MLS): Named Alexi Lalas president and GM.

WIZARDS (MLS): Signed F Igor Simutenkov to multi-year contract.


FORCE: Traded rights to M Marco Coria to Fury for rights to F Antonio Sutton.

SOCKERS (MISL): Signed M Joshua Elbaum for rest of season.