ASTROS: Recalled P Chad Qualls from Triple-A New Orleans. Optioned P Brandon Duckworth to New Orleans.

BLUE JAYS: Placed P Roy Halladay on 15-day DL, retroactive to Saturday, with tired right shoulder. Activated OF Frank Catalanotto from 15-day DL. Agreed to terms with P Zachary Jackson, supplemental first-round pick.


BRAVES: Announced former Orioles IF Jesse Garcia had accepted assignment to Triple-A Richmond.

METS: Acquired C Tommy Piazza, brother of Mets C-1B Mike Piazza, from Dodgers for C Bryan Purkey; assigned him to Rookie-level Gulf Coast League team.

PADRES: Sent OF Darren Bragg outright to Triple-A Portland; he chose free agency instead.

RANGERS: Placed P Joaquin Benoit on bereavement list. Recalled P Nick Regilio from Triple-A Oklahoma.

REDS: Called up P Brandon Claussen from Triple-A Louisville.

ROYALS: Optioned P Justin Huisman to Triple-A Omaha.

YANKEES: Optioned P Alex Graman to Triple-A Columbus. Recalled P Scott Proctor from Columbus.



KINGS: Signed free-agent C Greg Ostertag, who had been with Jazz.

LAKERS: Signed free-agent C Vlade Divac, who had been with Kings.

76ERS: Traded G Eric Snow to Cavaliers for G Kevin Ollie and G-F Kedrick Brown.

WARRIORS: Acquired C-F Dale Davis and G Dan Dickau from Trail Blazers for G Nick Van Exel.

ABA: Granted expansion franchise to Greenville, Miss., for 2004-05 season.



NCAA: Granted Appalachian State DB Nygel Rogers sixth season of eligibility.

CINCINNATI: Named Oscar Robertson men's interim basketball coach until Bob Huggins returns from suspension Aug. 27.

FLORIDA: Suspended LB Channing Crowder and S Jarvis Herring for one game after they were arrested outside local nightclub.

HOOD: Announced that following field hockey players have committed: Nicole DeMambro (Catoctin), Christina Woody (Century), Christa Lundskow (La Plata) and Katie Brong (Old Mill).

HOFSTRA: Announced that sophomore C Omar Alston has left men's basketball team due to personal reasons.

LIMESTONE: Announced that F Darrell Tate will return to men's basketball team.


UMBC: America East named Lana Khvalina (tennis) and Adam Grossman (track and field) scholar-athletes.

NAVY: Announced that Kim Bonafede was named women's soccer captain.

OHIO STATE: Named Dan Peters men's basketball assistant coach.

TOWSON: Named Rob Norris men's basketball assistant coach.


BENGALS: Agreed to three-year contract with CB Greg Brooks, sixth-round draft pick.


BROWNS: Signed DL Jamal Reynolds, who had been with Packers, to two-year contract. Named Julia M. Payne VP of communications. Fired Todd Stewart, executive director of communications and media relations.

BUCCANEERS: Signed free-agent WR Bill Schroeder, who had been with Lions.

49ERS: Signed DT Christian Ferrara to three-year contract.


BRUINS: Re-signed LW Sergei Samsonov to one-year contract.

CANUCKS: Named Randy Carlyle, Capitals assistant coach, coach of AHL Manitoba.


CAPITALS: Re-signed C Jeff Halpern to one-year contract.

FLAMES: Signed F Marcus Nilson.

FLYERS: Named Ilkka Sinisalo amateur scout.

OILERS: Signed F Brock Radunske to three-year contract.

RANGERS: Agreed to terms with D Jason Strudwick, who had been with Blackhawks. Signed D Trevor Gillies.

WILD: Re-signed D Alex Henry to one-year contract.


Pro soccer

Metro Summer League

Old Line Strikers 6, Latin Brs. 0 Mundo FC 3, Gesa FC 2 FC Alliance 4, Stony Run U 3 J.A. Raiders 0, P.J.'s Pub 0

Pro basketball

WNBA standings

Eastern Conference


W L Pct. GB

Indiana 12 10 .545 --

Connecticut 11 11 .500 1

New York 11 11 .500 1

Charlotte 10 10 .500 1

Detroit 10 11 .476 1 1/2


Washington 9 11 .450 2

Western Conference

W L Pct. GB

Los Angeles 15 7 .682 --

Seattle 13 7 .650 1

Minnesota 12 9 .571 2 1/2


Sacramento 10 11 .476 4 1/2

Houston 10 12 .455 5

Phoenix 8 12 .400 6

San Antonio 6 15 .286 8 1/2

Yesterday's result

New York 80, Charlotte 74, OT


Today's games

Conn. at Detroit, 11:30 a.m. San Antonio at Phoenix, 3 p.m. Washington at L.A., 3:30 p.m.



MSGA Women's Amateur

At Congressional CC First-round pairings (qualifying score in parentheses): Andrea Kraus (75) vs. Erin Clasper (80); Hilary Lawson (77) vs. Stacy Kress (78); Mallory Crosland (76) vs. Kristin Niland (79); Jane Fitzgerald (77) vs. Christina Norair (79); Deborah Williams (75) vs. Connie Isler (80); Lesley Stracks (77) vs. Christine Brown (78); Christy Larrimore (75) vs. Kim Daniels (79); Corrie Tayman (77) vs. Theresa Paik (79).


U.S. Juniors

At San Francisco Local entries (qualifying): Ji Moon, Ellicott City, 77-73--150; Chris Rockwell, Owings Mills, 77-74--151; Warren West, Chestertown, 76-81--157; Michael Mulieri, Silver Spring, 80-incomplete.

U.S. Junior Girls

At Fort Worth, Texas Local entries (qualifying): Stephanie Connelly, Pasadena, 76-79--155; Marlowe Boukis, Lutherville, 83-79--162.

Pro lacrosse

MLL standings


National Division

W L Pct. PF PA

Bayhawks 4 3 .571 127 122

Rochester 4 4 .500 141 135

N.J. 1 7 .143 127 142

American Division


W L Pct. PF PA

Boston 7 1 .857 155 146

L.I. 4 3 .571 121 118

Phila. 3 5 .375 130 138

Tomorrow's game

Phila. at Boston, 7:30 p.m.


Friday's game

Bayhawks at L.I., 7:30 p.m.


3-homer games

Players who have hit three home runs in a game this season:

American League


3 -- Travis Hafner, Cleveland, July 20, at Anaheim 3 -- Victor Martinez, Cleveland, July 16, at Seattle


3 -- Larry Walker, Colorado, June 25, at Cleveland

National League

3 -- Albert Pujols, St. Louis, July 20, at Chicago Cubs 3 -- Luis Gonzalez, Arizona, May 10, vs. N.Y. Mets 3 -- Steve Finley, Arizona, April 28, vs. Chicago Cubs 3 -- Mike Lowell, Florida, April 21, at Philadelphia




The Yankee Rebels baseball club will hold tryouts for its 14-year-old-and-under fall team on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at New Town High School in Owings Mills. Call Joe Palmer at 410-665-1305 or Jeff Geho at 410-840-8245.