Auto racing


JOE GIBBS RACING: Named Brandon Thomas interim crew chief for Bobby Labonte.



ATHLETICS: Agreed to terms with C Landon Powell, first-round draft pick.

BRAVES: Activated 2B Marcus Giles. Activated OF Dewayne Wise and optioned him to Triple-A Richmond. Designated former Orioles IF Jesse Garcia for assignment.

DIAMONDBACKS: Placed P Andrew Good on 15-day DL, retroactive to last Friday, with right elbow injury. Placed C Robby Hammock on 15-day DL, retroactive to Monday, with left knee injury. Purchased contract of former Orioles P Mike Fetters from Triple-A Tucson. Activated C Brent Mayne.

EXPOS: Optioned P Shawn Hill to Double-A Harrisburg. Activated P John Patterson. Recalled IF Henry Mateo from Triple-A Edmonton.

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

MARINERS: Designated 1B John Olerud and C Pat Borders for assignment. Purchased contracts of IF Bucky Jacobsen and P George Sherill from Triple-A Tacoma. Activated C Miguel Olivo from 15-day DL.

PIRATES: Recalled C J.R. House from Triple-A Nashville. Placed OF J.J. Davis on 15-day DL with strained right hip flexor.

REDS: Activated 1B Sean Casey. Optioned C Corky Miller to Triple-A Louisville. Sent OF Stephen Smitherman outright to Louisville.


RED SOX: Activated P Ramiro Mendoza. Optioned 3B Kevin Youkilis to Triple-A Pawtucket.

TWINS: Recalled IF-DH Justin Morneau from Triple-A Rochester. Placed 1B Doug Mientkiewicz on 15-day DL, retroactive to July 7, with sore left wrist.


GRIZZLIES: Signed F Shane Battier to six-year contract extension.

HAWKS: Signed G-F Stephen Jackson to six-year contract. Traded him to Pacers for F Al Harrington.

HEAT: Signed C Michael Doleac to four-year contract.


LAKERS: Signed G Kobe Bryant to multi-year contract extension.

NUGGETS: Acquired F Kenyon Martin from Nets for three future first-round picks.

SPURS: Re-signed G Manu Ginboili. Signed G Brent Barry to four-year contract.


NCAA: Reinstated Henderson State FB Jayvian Johnson.

CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Named Goucher sports information director Mike Sanders publicity director.


BRIGHAM YOUNG: Announced that QB Todd Mortensen is transferring to San Diego.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL: Named Jen Fried (Franklin) women's soccer assistant coach.

GOUCHER: Named Cristin Czubik women's soccer assistant coach and Ben Flickinger assistant sports information director.

HOOD: Announced that Elizabeth Goldsmith (Mount Hebron) has committed to play volleyball.

MARYLAND: Named Keith Booth (Dunbar) men's basketball assistant coach.

UMES: Named Meredith Smith men's basketball assistant coach.


WASHINGTON COLLEGE: Named Louie Richardson volleyball and softball coach.


BENGALS: Signed DE Duane Clemons to two-year contract extension, through 2006.

GIANTS: Signed TE Joe Dean Davenport.

PATRIOTS: Signed QB Kurt Kittner.

RAMS: Signed LB Brandon Chillar, fourth-round draft pick, to three-year contract.


SEAHAWKS: Signed LB Niko Koutouvides. Claimed LB Rod Royal off waivers from Falcons.

TEXANS: Waived OT Ryan Bachman.

High school

TOWSON: Scott Steele has committed to wrestle at Navy.


BLUES: Re-signed G Patrick Lalime to one-year contract with club option for 2005-06.


HURRICANES: Agreed with D Niclas Wallin and G Martin Gerber on two-year contracts. Agreed with D Frantisek Kaberle, who had been with Thrashers, on one-year contract.

PANTHERS: Signed D Sean Hill, who had been with Hurricanes, to two-year contract with option for 2006-07.


US LACROSSE: Named Ann Kitt Carpenetti women's division director.


USOC: Named former President George H.W. Bush to lead U.S. delegation at Athens Olympics next month. Others named to delegation include: Chris Evert and Chargers owner Alex Spanos.



JPMORGAN CHASE OPEN: Announced that Jennifer Capriati has withdrawn from next week's event, citing hamstring injury.

Pro basketball

WNBA standings

Eastern Conference

W L Pct GB


Charlotte 10 8 .556 -

Indiana 11 9 .550 -

Connecticut 11 10 .524 1/2

Washington 9 9 .500 1

Detroit 9 10 .474 1 1/2

New York 9 11 .450 2


Western Conference

W L Pct GB

Los Angeles 14 6 .700 -

Seattle 12 7 .632 1 1/2

Minnesota 11 9 .550 3

Houston 9 12 .429 5 1/2


Phoenix 8 11 .421 5 1/2

Sacramento 8 11 .421 5 1/2

San Antonio 6 14 .300 8

Yesterday's results

Washington 68, Charlotte 54 Seattle 66, Sacramento 63 Minnesota 69, New York 66 Houston 97, Detroit 61 San Antonio 78, Connecticut 67

Today's game


Detroit at Indiana, 8 p.m.

Tomorrow's games

Conn. at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Seattle, 10 p.m. Sacramento at L.A., 10:30 p.m.

Sunday's games

San Antonio at Detroit, noon Charlotte at New York, 4 p.m. Minnesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Washington at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Pro lacrosse

MLL standings


National Division

W L Pct. PF PA

Rochester 4 3 .571 124 117

Bayhawks 3 3 .500 111 108

N.J. 1 6 .143 113 126

American Division


W L Pct. PF PA

Boston 6 1 .857 137 129

L. Island 4 3 .571 121 118

Phila. 3 5 .375 130 138

Yesterday's result

Philadelphia 18, Long Island 17


Tomorrow's games

Bayhawks at N.J., 4 p.m. Boston at Rochester, 7:30 p.m. Soccer

MLS standings

Eastern Conference


N.Y./N.J. 6 6 4 22 28 31


D.C. United 5 6 5 20 22 22

Columbus 5 5 4 19 15 16

Chicago 4 5 6 18 16 16

New Eng. 3 8 4 13 16 24

Western Conference



L.A. 9 5 3 30 32 25

K.C. 8 4 4 28 24 14

Colorado 5 4 6 21 13 14

Dallas 5 5 5 20 17 21

San Jose 4 6 5 17 23 23

Note: Three points for victory, one point for tie.


Tomorrow's games

Colorado at San Jose, 4 p.m. N.E. at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. L.A. at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. Kansas City at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. N.Y./N.J. at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Metro Summer League

Mundo FC 7, Latin Bros. 0 Overlea FC 0, P.J.'s Pub 0 JA Raiders 2, FC Alliance 1 Stony Run United 2, Gesa FC 2