Auto racing


JOE GIBBS RACING (NASCAR): Announced that Michael "Fatback" McSwain is no longer crew chief of Bobby Labonte's No. 18 Chevrolet.



ASTROS: Fired manager Jimy Williams, pitching coach Burt Hooton and hitting coach Harry Spilman. Named Phil Garner manager, Jim Hickey pitching coach and Gary Gaetti hitting coach. Named Sean Berry hitting coach and Charley Taylor pitching coach for Triple-A New Orleans.

INDIANS: Sent P Jose Jimenez outright to Triple-A Buffalo.


BOBCATS: Signed G Jason Hart and F Tamar Slay, who had been with Spurs.

BUCKS: Signed Wizards C Etan Thomas to six-year offer sheet worth $37 million to $39 million.

CELTICS: Signed C Mark Blount.

CLIPPERS: Traded F-C Melvin Ely and G Eddie House to Bobcats for 2005 and 2006 second-round draft pick.

GRIZZLIES: Signed F Brian Cardinal, who had been with Warriors.


HAWKS: Signed C Jason Collier.

JAZZ: Signed Cavaliers F Carlos Boozer to six-year, $68 million offer sheet. Signed Pistons C Mehmet Okur to six-year, $50 million offer sheet.

LAKERS: Traded C Shaquille O'Neal to Heat for F Lamar Odom, F Caron Butler, F Brian Grant and future first-round draft pick.

MAVERICKS: Re-signed restricted free-agent G Marquis Daniels.

PISTONS: Signed G-F Carlos Delfino.

RAPTORS: Signed G Rafer Alston, who had been with Heat, to contract running through 2009-10 season.


76ERS: Signed F Brian Skinner to multi-year contract.

SUNS: Signed G Steve Nash, who had been with Mavericks, to multi-year contract. Signed restricted free-agent G Quentin Richardson, who is with Clippers, to six-year, $45 million offer sheet.

WARRIORS: Re-signed C Adonal Foyle to six-year contract.


LOYOLA: Named Kristen Hagert, a 2001 graduate, women's lacrosse assistant coach.

UMES: Announced that F Tal Cohen has committed to play basketball.


NORTHWESTERN: Announced that basketball F Bernard Cote has agreed to transfer from Kentucky.

OKLAHOMA: Named Bill Pink director of women's basketball operations.

RHODE ISLAND: Announced resignation of women's basketball coach Boe Pearman.

SANTA CLARA: Named Steve Drake women's assistant basketball coach.

SKIDMORE: Named Darren Bennett women's basketball coach.

ST. FRANCIS, PA.: Named Wylie Crisanti women's lacrosse coach.


WILLIAM AND MARY: Announced transfer of G Adam Payton from Vanderbilt.


NFL: Fined Raiders DL Chris Cooper and C Barret Robbins and free-agent DL Dana Stubblefield three game checks for testing positive for steroid THG.

COLTS: Voided July 8 trade in which they received DE Jamal Reynolds from Packers because of failed physical.

EAGLES: Agreed to one-year contract with LB Jeremiah Trotter. Signed G Adrien Clarke, seventh-round draft pick, to four-year contract.

PACKERS: Waived DE Jamal Reynolds, whose trade to Colts was voided after he failed physical.


PATRIOTS: Released S Jason Perry.


USA HOCKEY: Announced that Flyers F Jeremy Roenick won't play in World Cup of Hockey and was replaced by Devils C Scott Gomez.

CANADIENS: Re-signed C Mike Ribeiro, F Niklas Sundstrom, F Marcel Hossa and F Steve Begin.

FLYERS: Signed F Eric Meloche.

PANTHERS: Signed D Alexander Karpovtsev to two-year contract.


PENGUINS: Re-signed F Matt Bradley. SHARKS: Renewed affiliation with ECHL Johnstown.

THRASHERS: Signed G Adam Berkhoel, D Travis Roche and C Cory Larose.


MLL: Named Pride's Walid Hajj (McDonogh) Rookie of the Week.


AUSTRALIA: Cut former world champion cyclist Sean Eadie from team when Cycling Australia withdrew his nomination because of continuing doping investigation. Gave spot to Ben Kersten.


USOC: Announced that marathoner Eddy Hellebuyck, who finished eighth in trials, tested positive for erythropoietin, a performance-enhancing drug, in out-of-competition test Jan. 30.


MLS: Awarded expansion franchise to Salt Lake City to begin play in April 2005.


U.S. Olympic trials

At Long Beach, Calif.



1,500 long course freestyle final 1. Larsen Jensen, Mission Viejo Na, 14:56.71. 2. Erik Vendt, Trojan Swim Club, 15:11.96. 3. Justin Mortimer, Mission Viejo Na, 15:13.66. 4. Klete Keller, Club Wolverine, 15:22.95. 5. Robert Margalis, Saint Petersburg/UGA, 15:32.38. 6. Fran Crippen, Germantown Acade/UVA, 15:34.88. 7. Chris Thompson, Club Wolverine, 15:44.57. 8. John Koehler, Dayton Raiders, 15:46.60.


50 long course freestyle final 1. Jenny Thompson, Badger Swim Club/Seacoast, 25.02 seconds. 2. Kara Lynn Joyce, Club Wolverine/UGA, 25.11. 3. Maritza Correia, Broward Aquatics/UGA, 25.15. 4. Haley Cope, Chico Aqua-Jets/DavisAquaM, 25.22. 5. Sarah Wanezek, Longhorn Aquatic, 25.27. 6. Natalie Coughlin, California Aquat, 25.31. 7. Amanda Weir, Swim Atlanta, 25.60. 8. Colleen Lanne, Irvine Novaquati/Texas, 25.62.

Pro basketball



Yesterday's results

Minnesota 66, Connecticut 63 Indiana 70, Houston 62

Today's games

Charlotte at Washington, 11:30 a.m. Seattle at Sacramento, 2:30 p.m. Minnesota at New York, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Houston, 8 p.m. Connecticut at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Pro lacrosse



Today's game

Long Island at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Saturday's games

Bayhawks at New Jersey, 4 p.m. Boston at Rochester, 7:30 p.m.




Yesterday's results

New England 3, Chicago 1 Los Angeles 0, Colorado 0



U.S. Amateur Public Links

At Maple Grove, Minn. Match play, par 72 Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. (131) def. Martin Catalioto, Ramsey, N.J. (148), 22 holes.


Madalitso Muthiya, Zambia (144) def. Sam Hulsey, Gainesville, Ga. (144), 2 and 1.

Will Claxton, Swainsboro, Ga. (142) def. Brett Swedberg, Alexandria, Minn. (146), 2 and 1.

Daryl Fathauer, Stuart, Fla. (146) def. Jeff Gilchrist, Sacramento, Calif. (142), 5 and 4.

Jamie Miller, Silver Creek, N.Y. (148) def. Derek Berg, Dovall, Wash. (138), 3 and 1.




2004-05 schedule

Date Opponent Time

Oct. 16 at Atlanta 7 p.m.

Oct. 19 Atlanta 7 p.m.

Oct. 21 Montreal 7 p.m.

Oct. 23 N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m.


Oct. 29 atTampa Bay 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 31 at Florida 3 p.m.

Nov. 3 New Jersey 7 p.m.

Nov. 5 Ottawa 7 p.m.

Nov. 6 at Philadelphia 7 p.m.

Nov. 9 at Montreal 7:30 p.m.


Nov. 11 Detroit 7 p.m.

Nov. 13 New Jersey 7 p.m.

Nov. 16 Phoenix 7 p.m.

Nov. 18 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.

Nov. 20 N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m.

Nov. 23 at Toronto 7:30 p.m.


Nov. 24 Philadelphia 7 p.m.

Nov. 26 N.Y. Rangers 3 p.m.

Nov. 28 Florida 3 p.m.

Dec. 1 at Anaheim 10:30 p.m.

Dec. 2 at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.

Dec. 4 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.


Dec. 6 at N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m.

Dec. 9 at N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m.

Dec. 11 Atlanta 7 p.m.

Dec. 14 N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m.

Dec. 17 Dallas 7 p.m.

Dec. 18 at N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m.


Dec. 21 at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 22 St. Louis 7 p.m.

Dec. 26 Tampa Bay 5 p.m.

Dec. 28 Ottawa 7 p.m.

Dec. 31 atAtlanta 5 p.m.

Jan. 1 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.


Jan. 3 Nashville 7 p.m.

Jan. 5 Carolina 7 p.m.

Jan. 8 at Atlanta 2 p.m.

Jan. 9 Buffalo 6 p.m.

Jan. 12 at Florida 7 p.m.

Jan. 14 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.


Jan. 16 Minnesota 3 p.m.

Jan. 17 at Carolina 7 p.m.

Jan. 20 at St. Louis 8 p.m.

Jan. 22 Florida 7 p.m.

Jan. 24 Philadelphia 7 p.m.

Jan. 27 at Boston 7 p.m.


Jan. 28 Montreal 7 p.m.

Jan. 30 Atlanta 6 p.m.

Feb. 1 at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 3 at Toronto 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 4 at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 6 Boston 3 p.m.


Feb. 8 Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

Feb. 10 at Buffalo 7 p.m.

Feb. 15 at Boston 7 p.m.

Feb. 19 at Phoenix 9 p.m.

Feb. 20 at Dallas 7 p.m.

Feb. 22 at Buffalo 7 p.m.


Feb. 24 Colorado 7 p.m.

Feb. 26 Carolina 7 p.m.

Feb. 27 at Carolina 7 p.m.

March 1 Chicago 7 p.m.

March 3 at Philadelphia 7 p.m.

March 4 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.


March 7 at N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m.

March 8 at Montreal 7:30 p.m.

March 11 at Florida 7:30 p.m.

March 12 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.

March 15 at Carolina 7 p.m.

March 16 Columbus 7 p.m.


March 18 Florida 7 p.m.

March 20 Toronto 7 p.m.

March 22 at Calgary 9 p.m.

March 24 at Vancouver 10 p.m.

March 26 at Edmonton 9 p.m.

March 28 at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.


March 31 Boston 7 p.m.

April 2 Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

April 4 Carolina 7 p.m.

April 6 Buffalo 7 p.m.

April 8 Toronto 7 p.m.

April 9 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.