Auto racing


OWRS: Completed purchase of CART series.



MLB: Suspended and fined Devil Rays OF Josh Hamilton until March 19 for violation of major leagues' Joint Drug Treatment and Prevention Program.

BREWERS: Named Johnny Narron manager at Rookie-level Helena. Named Mel Queen manager at Single-A High Desert.

DODGERS: Named Tim Wallach batting instructor.

METS: Agreed to minor league contract with P Randy Keisler.

PADRES: Exercised 2005 contract option for manager Bruce Bochy.

RANGERS: Agreed to minor league contract with P Doug Brocail.

ROYALS: Signed P Rudy Seanez to minor league contract; invited him to major league camp.

YANKEES: Agreed to one-year, $1,925,000 contract with P Gabe White, who had asked for $2.7 million in arbitration and had been offered $1,825,000.



NBA: Suspended Kings F Chris Webber eight games without pay for violating league's anti-drug program and being convicted of criminal contempt in violation of federal law.

BULLS: Requested waivers on G Jay Williams.

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

WIZARDS: Activated G Mitchell Butler from injured list.

CHINA: Sports ministry named Del Harris coach of men's national team.


MYSTICS (WNBA): Named Michael Adams coach.

ABA: Granted Gwinnett, Ga., expansion franchise for 2004-05; nickname will be Gwizzlies.


COPPIN STATE: MEAC named C Leisel Harry women's basketball Player of the Week.

GONZAGA: Will retire former G John Stockton's No. 12 jersey at halftime of tonight's game.

IONA: Suspended men's basketball G DeShaun Williams for remainder of season for failing to attend to academic and athletic-related issues.


KALAMAZOO: Announced resignation of football coach Tim Rogers. Named Van Nickert football coach.

NAVY: Patriot League named Erik Schmidt men's Track Athlete of the Week.

NEVADA-LAS VEGAS: Announced resignation of men's basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour. Named Jay Spoonhour interim men's basketball coach.

ST. JOHN'S: Extended suspensions of C Mohammed Diakite and F Lamont Hamilton from men's basketball team for rest of season.

VIRGINIA: Named former Ravens DB Anthony Poindexter assistant running backs coach and John Garrett wide receivers coach.



BENGALS: Promoted Greg Seamon from coaching staff associate to full-time scout.

BRONCOS: Signed P Hayden Epstein.

BUCCANEERS: Promoted Mark Arteaga to director of football operations. Named Roxanne Kosarzycki general counsel.

JETS: Signed QB Chris Finlen.

PANTHERS: Signed K John Kasay to five-year contract.

RAIDERS: Named Don Martindale linebackers coach.


RAVENS: Named Jedd Fisch offensive assistant coach.

VIKINGS: Named Mark Ellis assistant strength and conditioning coach.

High schools

NORTH CARROLL: Caitlin Hilbert has committed to Adelphi, where she will play on women's lacrosse and indoor track and field teams.


BLUE JACKETS: Recalled G Pascal Leclaire from AHL Syracuse. Assigned G Fred Brathwaite to Syracuse.


CANUCKS: Recalled F Fedor Fedorov from AHL Manitoba.

CAPITALS: Recalled G Maxime Ouellet from AHL Portland.

FLYERS: Recalled LW Boyd Kane from AHL Philadelphia.

HURRICANES: Recalled G Arturs Irbe from ECHL Johnstown.

OILERS: Assigned G Michael Morrison to AHL Toronto.

PREDATORS: Signed RW Scott Walker to contract extension.


RANGERS: Assigned G Jason LaBarbera, D Lawrence Nycholat and F Cory Larose to AHL Hartford.

STARS: Signed LW Shayne Corson.