MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION: Promoted Gene Orza to chief operating officer and Michael Weiner to general counsel.
ASTROS: Signed OF Ryan Thompson (Chestertown) to minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
BREWERS: Agreed with P Matt Kinney and P Nick Neugebauer on one-year contracts.
YANKEES: Announced resignation of player development instructor Darryl Strawberry.
NBA: Fined SuperSonics G Ray Allen $10,000 for criticizing officials in Feb. 20 game.
BUCKS: Placed G T.J. Ford on injured list.
CELTICS: Waived G Lindsey Hunter.
GREAT WEST FOOTBALL CONFERENCE: Announced the formation of an NCAA I-AA football-only alliance including California Polytechnic State, California Davis, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Saint Mary's of California, South Dakota State and Southern Utah.
CALIFORNIA IRVINE: Suspended sophomore F Mike Efevberha indefinitely from men's basketball team for violating team and department rules.
UCLA: Named Jim Svoboda quarterbacks coach.
COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME: Swimming coach Curt Jordan was named Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference co-Coach of the Year.
ILLINOIS STATE: Suspended F Chris Burras from basketball team for rest of season for conduct detrimental to the team. Named Jim Williams assistant football coach.
KENT STATE: Announced the resignation of football coach Dan Pees.
LOUISIANA STATE: Suspended junior F Florence Williams for final two games of women's basketball season for violating team rules.
MARYLAND: Announced signing of M Maurice Edu to men's soccer team.
NAVY: Eric Porter was named the ECAC men's track Athlete of-the Week.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Announced sophomore WR Mike Williams will make himself available for the NFL draft.
GIANTS: Released RB-KR Brian Mitchell and RB Dorsey Levens. Re-signed former Ravens DE Keith Washington.
PATRIOTS: Named Dean Pees linebackers coach and Pepper Johnson defensive line coach.
BLUE JACKETS: Activated C Andrew Cassels from injured reserve. Placed D Rostislav Klesla on injured reserve.
LIGHTNING: Acquired D Timo Helbling from Predators for 2004 eighth-round entry draft pick.
RANGERS: Announced resignation of coach Glen Sather, who will remain as president and general manager. Named Tom Renney interim coach.
THRASHERS: Claimed F Brad Larsen off waivers from Avalanche.
WILD: Acquired a fourth-round draft pick from Avalanche for C Darby Hendrickson and an eighth-round pick.