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NASCAR: Named R. Todd Wilson chief financial officer.

PATRICK RACING: Announced that it will leave CART and join IRL if sponsorship package can be arranged.


DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to one-year contracts with P Jesus Colome, P Carlos Hines, P Jason Standridge, P Doug Waechter, P Alec Zumwalt and P Mark Hendrickson.

MARLINS: Signed free-agent IF-OF Wil Cordero, who had been with Expos, to one-year, $600,000 contract.

TIGERS: Designated P Chris Mears for assignment.

YANKEES: Agreed to minor league contract with C Joe Girardi.

ATLANTIC CITY (INDEPENDENT): Announced resignation of manager Mitch Williams.

BROCKTON (INDEPENDENT): Traded former Orioles C Mel Rosario to Atlantic City for future considerations.

YOKOHAMA (JAPANESE CENTRAL LEAGUE): Agreed to contract with former Mariners P Kazuhiro Sasaki.


CAVALIERS: Activated F Jason Kapono. Placed C Tony Battie on injured list with bruised left knee.

KNICKS: Placed G Allan Houston on injured list with left knee injury. Signed DerMarr Johnson to 10-day contract.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Signed G Omar Cook to 10-day contract.

MERCURY (WNBA): Became league's first franchise to sell partial ownership of team to women as equity-investment specialists Anne Mariucci and Kathy Munro acquired 25 percent of Phoenix team.


GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS: Announced that Oscar De La Hoya will return to ring June 5 against yet-to-be-named opponent.


UCLA: Football coach Karl Dorrell declined offer to add a year to contract.

FRESNO STATE: Suspended F Renaldo Major and F Jonathon Woods indefinitely from men's basketball team for violating team policies.

GEORGIA TECH: Promoted Patrick Nix to offensive coordinator and Buddy Geis to assistant coach. Named Giff Smith defensive line coach and Brian Jean-Mary linebackers coach.

MARYLAND: EAGL named Sarah Hoenig gymnastics Specialist of the Week.

UMES: MEAC named Tee Trotter men's basketball Player of the Week and Laconia Hatcher women's basketball Player of the Week.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S: NEC named David Hinton men's Field Athlete of the Week.

NAVY: Patriot League named Jen Leatherman Field Athlete of the Week.

NORFOLK STATE: Named Wayne Dickens offensive coordinator.

OKLAHOMA STATE: Suspended F Marcus Dove and junior F Tremaine Fuqua indefinitely from men's basketball team for violating team policy.

PURDUE: Announced that F Chris Booker has been ruled academically ineligible for second semester.

STANFORD: Named Ken Margerum wide receivers coach.

WASHINGTON COLLEGE: ECAC named Ally Simons Co-Swimmer of the Week.


BEARS: Named Harold Goodwin assistant offensive line coach.

BILLS: Named Steve Szabo defensive backs coach.

DOLPHINS: Announced resignation of senior VP Dan Marino.

LIONS: Re-signed RB Paul Smith to two-year contract.

PACKERS: Signed OL Steve Morley.

REDSKINS: Named following to coaching staff: Joe Bugel, assistant head coach-offense; Don Breaux, offensive coordinator; former Ravens RB Earnest Byner, running backs; Jack Burns, quarterbacks; Rennie Simmons, tight ends; Stan Hixon, wide receivers; Ernie Zampese, offensive consultant; Bill Lazor, offensive assistant; Coy Gibbs, quality control/offense; Gregg Williams, assistant head coach-defense; Greg Blache, defensive coordinator/defensive line; Dale Lindsey, linebackers; DeWayne Walker, secondary/cornerbacks; Steve Jackson, third down/safeties; Kirk Olivadotti, defensive assistant/special teams; Danny Smith, special teams coordinator; John Dunn, head strength/conditioning coach; John Hastings, strength/conditioning coach; and Bobby Crumpler, assistant strength/conditioning coach; Bubba Tyer, director of sports medicine; John Burrell, trainer.

VIKINGS: Named Kurtis Shultz (Maryland) strength and conditioning coach.


NHL: Added Devils D Brian Rafalski to All-Star Game to replace Devils D Scott Stevens, who has post-concussion syndrome.

CANADIENS: Assigned C Benoit Gratton to AHL Hamilton.

CAPITALS: Recalled C Graham Mink from AHL Portland. Placed D Sergei Gonchar on IR with shoulder injury.

FLYERS: Assigned C Claude Lapointe to AHL Philadelphia for conditioning purposes; he was cleared by NHL after a month in league's substance abuse and behavioral health program. Recalled G Antero Nittymaki from AHL Philadelphia. Assigned D Jim Vandermeer to AHL Philadelphia.

KINGS: Placed D Lubomir Visnovsky on IR, retroactive to Feb. 1, with shoulder injury. Activated RW John Tripp from IR.

MAPLE LEAFS: Recalled G Mikael Tellqvist from AHL St. John's.

SENATORS: Recalled D Brooks Laich from AHL Binghamton.

WILD: Assigned D Zbynek Michalek to AHL Houston.


USOC: Created five-person panel to oversee reorganization of U.S. Taekwondo Union.


BENFICA (PORTUGAL): Signed G Zach Thornton (John Carroll High, Loyola College).

BLAST: MISL named F Chile Farias Offensive Player of the Month.

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