Auto racing


NASCAR: Hired Joe Balash as director of Busch Series.



ANGELS: Designated IF Shane Halter for assignment. Recalled P Matt Hensley from Triple-A Salt Lake.

CUBS: Recalled P Jon Leicester from Triple-A Iowa. Optioned P Francis Beltran to Iowa.

INDIANS: Recalled OF Grady Sizemore from Triple-A Buffalo. Designated OF Mark Little for assignment.

MARINERS: Designated OF Hiram Bocachica for assignment. Recalled P Bobby Madritsch from Triple-A Tacoma.

METS: Recalled 3B David Wright from Triple-A Norfolk. Optioned P Dan Wheeler to Norfolk.

ORIOLES: Purchased contract of P Todd Williams from Triple-A Ottawa. Optioned OF Tim Raines Jr. to Ottawa.

PADRES: Activated 1B Phil Nevin from 15-day DL. Optioned OF Brian Buchanan to Triple-A Portland. Lifted suspension of minor league SS Matt Bush.

RANGERS: Agreed to terms with GM John Hart on one-year contract extension through 2005.


RED SOX: Placed IF Pokey Reese on 15-day DL with strained right rib cage. Optioned P Joe Nelson to Triple-A Pawtucket. Recalled 3B Kevin Youkilis and P Mark Malaska from Pawtucket. Acquired IF Ricky Gutierrez from Cubs for player to be named or cash considerations.

ROYALS: Recalled P Shawn Camp from Triple-A Omaha.

TIGERS: Placed OF Craig Monroe on 15-day DL with strained left hamstring. Recalled OF Nook Logan from Triple-A Toledo.


HORNETS: Named Darrell Walker assistant coach.

PISTONS: Signed F Ronald Dupree to two-year contract.



CHARLESTON: Announced men's basketball F Bernard Jackson has been granted another year of eligibility.

FLORIDA: Suspended LB Taurean Charles after he was arrested at off-campus party.

UMES: Named Chad Alama men's assistant basketball coach.

TENNESSEE: Suspended WR James Banks for first three games of football season.



BILLS: Signed LB Jason Gildon to one-year contract.

CHIEFS: Agreed with DT Junior Siavii on six-year contract.

JAGUARS: Signed LB Kenny Jackson.

PATRIOTS: Released WR Marquise Walker.

REDSKINS: Signed OL Mark Wilson and TE Sean Brewer.

TITANS: Released RB Eddie George.



BRUINS: Re-signed D Hal Gill to one-year contract.

COYOTES: Re-signed G Brian Boucher to one-year contract.


MAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE: Named chief operating officer David Gross as league's first commissioner.