COMCAST-SPECTACOR: Announced sale of controlling interest in Double-A Bowie. Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva to Triple Play Partners LLC.

BREWERS: Acquired IF-OF Russell Branyan from Indians for cash. Designated OF Chris Magruder for assignment.


DEVIL RAYS: Released 1B Fred McGriff.

EXPOS: Agreed to terms with P Bill Bray, 13th overall pick in draft.

ORIOLES: Optioned OF Darnell McDonald to Triple-A Ottawa. Will activate OF B.J. Surhoff from 15-day DL today.

PADRES: Activated C Ramon Hernandez from 15-day DL. Optioned C Humberto Quintero to Triple-A Portland.

RANGERS: Placed P Doug Brocail and DH Brad Fullmer on 15-day DL. Activated P Jeff Nelson (Catonsville) and 1B Herbert Perry from 15-day DL. Activated P Joaquin Benoit from bereavement list. Designated former Orioles P John Wasdin for assignment. Optioned P Rosman Garcia to Triple-A Oklahoma. Recalled P Erasmo Ramirez from Oklahoma.

REDS: Placed OF Jason Romano on 15-day DL. Recalled IF Felipe Lopez from Triple-A Louisville.

TIGERS: Sent IF Greg Norton outright to Triple-A Toledo.



BOBCATS: Signed C Emeka Okafor, second overall pick in NBA draft, to three-year contract.

MAVERICKS: Traded F Danny Fortson to SuperSonics for C-F Calvin Booth.

NETS: Signed C Nenad Krstic, 2002 first-round draft pick. Signed free-agent C Kyle Davis.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Signed G Trenton Hassell to offer sheet; Timberwolves have 15 days to match.


ANNE ARUNDEL COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Named Cassandra L. Melton (Severna Park, Anne Arundel CC, Morgan State) volleyball coach; she had coached Western the past three years.


FRANKLIN & MARSHALL: Ashley Marucci (John Carroll) has committed to play volleyball.

KENTUCKY: Suspended redshirt freshman NT Ricky Abren and redshirt freshman LB Ryan Schumm from football game competition pending outcome of their respective court cases.

UMBC: Received commitment from basketball player Brian Hodges (Bishop McNamara).


NFL: Suspended DT Darrell Russell indefinitely after testing positive for drugs.

BEARS: Agreed to terms with DE Claude Harriott, fifth-round pick.


BENGALS: Acquired P Eddie Johnson off waivers from Vikings.

BILLS: Agreed to terms with DL Tim Anderson.

CHARGERS: Signed TE Ryan Krause and T Carlos Joseph to three-year contracts.

COWBOYS: Released DT Willie Blade and DT James Whalen.

DOLPHINS: Announced retirement of RB Ricky Williams.

EAGLES: Agreed to terms with CB Dexter Wynn and QB Andy Hall, sixth-round picks.


49ERS: Waived QB Jack Hawley.

RAVENS: Agreed to five-year contract with DT Dwan Edwards, 51st overall pick in draft. Signed WR Devard Darling, third-round pick, to three-year contract. Agreed to three-year contract with LB Roderick Green, fifth-round pick.

REDSKINS: Signed TE Chris Cooley.

STEELERS: Signed Bill Cowher, coach, to two-year contract extension through 2007. Signed OT Max Starks, third-round pick, to three-year, $1.45 million contract.


AVALANCHE: Signed D D.J. Smith and F Mathieu Darche.


HURRICANES: Re-signed LW Erik Cole and C Jim Henkel to one-year contracts.

PANTHERS: Re-signed LW Niklas Hagman and LW Josh Olson.

PREDATORS: Re-signed F Scott Hartnell and D Andrew Hutchinson. Signed G Brian Finley. Signed D Andreas Lilja, who had been with Panthers.

RANGERS: Announced that G Al Montoya, sixth pick in NHL draft, will remain at Michigan.

THRASHERS: Signed RW Scott Mellanby, who had been with Blues.



GERMANY: Juergen Klinsmann agreed to two-year contract to coach national team.