ASTROS: Acquired OF Carlos Beltran from Royals in three way trade that sent P Octavio Dotel from Houston to Athletics; 3B Mark Teahen and P Mike Wood from Athletics to Royals; and C Joe Buck from Houston to Royals.

EXPOS: Optioned P Chad Bentz to Triple-A Edmonton. Recalled P Scott Downs from Triple-A Edmonton.


GIANTS: Activated P Brett Tomko from 15-day DL. Sent P David Aardsma to Triple-A Fresno.

INDIANS: P Cliff Lee dropped appeal and began serving six-game suspension for throwing ball behind Reds' Ken Griffey on June 12.

METS: Placed OF Karim Garcia on 15-day DL, retroactive to June 21, with left wrist tendinitis. Designated OF Gerald Williams for assignment. Activated P Orber Moreno from 15-day DL. Recalled C Tom Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk. Designated OF Gerald Williams for assignment.

PHILLIES: Placed CF Ricky Ledee on 15-day DL after hemorrhoidal surgery. Recalled 2B Chase Utley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

PIRATES: Placed P Mike Johnston on 15-day DL with left medial elbow inflammation. Recalled P Mark Corey from Triple-A Nashville.


ALVERNIA: Announced retirement of men's basketball coach Jack McCloskey. Named Mike Miller men's basketball coach.

BUTLER: Named LaVall Jordan men's basketball assistant coach.


CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE: Announced that F Andre Brooks (Oakland Mills) will transfer from Hagerstown CC.

COLGATE: Named David Roach AD.

DETROIT MERCY: Discontinued its baseball program.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL: Announced following football commitments: Hammond S Jason Hamm and Archbishop Spalding DB Steve Rutland.

GEORGE MASON: Announced that M Stacy Berger (Sparrows Point) was named to Virginia Sports Information Directors' Association All-State team. G Meg Dentler (Arundel) and D Brandi Evans (Sparrows Point) were named to second team.

GREENSBORO: Named Rusty LaRue men's basketball coach.


JAMES MADISON: Announced that D Jessica Beard (South River) and M Gail Decker (Mount de Sales) were named to Virginia Sports Information Directors' Association All-State team. G Amy Altig (Archbishop Spalding) was named to second team.

LAFAYETTE: Named Kathy Frick women's lacrosse coach.

MISSOURI: Named Jeff Meyer men's basketball assistant coach.

MONMOUTH: Announced that basketball C John Bunch (Randallstown) will transfer from Lincoln University.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S: Announced commitment from Archbishop Spalding basketball C Jason Loughry.

NAVY: Patriot League named Billy Hurley Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


NEW ORLEANS: Named A.J. Meredith men's basketball assistant coach.

TOWSON: Named Jay Eck men's basketball assistant coach.

VIRGINIA WESLEYAN: Announced enrollment of Wes MacQuilliam, Mount St. Joseph, men's lacrosse; Brett Walzl, North Carroll, men's lacrosse; Jake Boulay, Broadneck, men's lacrosse; Bart Christy, Severna Park, men's lacrosse; Chaz Warns, Boys Latin, men's lacrosse; Scott Curtis, Severn, men's lacrosse; Maicin Dunk, Towson, men's lacrosse; Kevin Schwartz, Wilde Lake, men's lacrosse; and Elise Conway, Paint Branch, women's basketball.

WAGNER: Announced commitments from McDonogh F Justin Drummond and Towson Catholic G Jamal Smith.


CARDINALS: Signed DT Nate Hobgood-Chittick to one-year contract.


RAMS: Signed C Larry Turner to three-year contract.


STARS: Re-signed C Jason Arnott to one-year contract and D Jon Klemm to two-year contract.


MLS: Announced that MLS Cup will be Nov. 14 at Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.

GERMANY: Coach Rudi Voeller resigned.