ASTROS: Agreed to terms with P Ezequiel Astacio, P Jimmy Barrett, P Taylor Buchholz, P Carlos Hernandez, P Fernando Nieve, P Chad Qualls, P Santiago Ramirez, P Jeriome Robertson, C John Buck, C Raul Chavez, C Hector Gimenez, IF Chris Burke, IF Tommy Whiteman and OF Charlton Jimerson.

CUBS: Agreed to three-year, $22.5 million contract with 1B Derrek Lee.


EXPOS: Agreed to one-year contracts with P Dan Smith, OF Peter Bergeron and OF Matt Cepicky.

MARLINS: Agreed to one-year contracts with 1B Hee Seop Choi, P Nate Bump, P Tim Spooneybarger, IF Wilson Valdez.


BUCKS: Signed G Anthony Goldwire to 10-day contract.

BULLS: Placed F Corie Blount on injured list with left knee sprain. Signed F Linton Johnson III to second 10-day contract.

GRIZZLIES: Activated F Theron Smith. Placed G-F Dahntay Jones on injured list with sprained left triceps.

HAWKS: Signed C Mamadou N'diaye to second 10-day contract.

RAPTORS: Waived F Lonny Baxter (Maryland). Placed G Alvin Williams on injured list with right knee injury. Signed G Dion Glover for remainder of season.


SPURS: Placed F-C Tim Duncan on injured list with irritation of the left patellofemoral joint.


AKRON: Suspended G Johnny Hollingsworth from basketball team for remainder of season.

INDIANA STATE: Retired basketball F Larry Bird's No. 33.


RAIDERS: Named Steve Sarkisian quarterbacks coach, Martin Bayless special teams assistant coach and Jeff Fish strength and conditioning coach.



BLUE JACKETS: Assigned RW Kent McDonell to AHL Syracuse.

COYOTES: Assigned RW Ivan Novoseltsev, C Erik Westrum and D Todd Reirden to AHL Springfield.

KINGS: Recalled D Denis Grebeshkov from AHL Manchester. Placed D Jason Holland on IR, retroactive to Feb. 26, with bruised thigh.

STARS: Activate LW Shayne Corson from injured list. Placed RW Scott Young on injured list, retroactive to Feb. 25, with back spasms.

WILD: Signed C Wes Walz to multiyear contract extension. Assigned G Johan Holmqvist to AHL Houston.



IOC: Stripped German-born Johann Muehlegg of Spain and Russia's Olga Danilova of medals won at 2002 Olympics; they tested positive during games for darbepoetin, which enhances endurance by stimulating production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.


EARTHQUAKES (MLS): Acquired D-M Wes Hart from Rapids for conditional 2005 draft pick.