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PPI MOTORSPORTS: Signed Bobby Hamilton Jr. to drive in 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup series.



INDIANS: Signed OF Jason Tyner; assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

METS: Released former Orioles P Scott Erickson. Suspended OF Shane Spencer indefinitely after he was charged with drunken driving Tuesday. Recalled P Pedro Feliciano from Triple-A Norfolk.

TIGERS: Placed P Gary Knotts on 15-day DL with sore right shoulder. Recalled P Robert Novoa from Double-A Erie.


BOBCATS: Signed F Bernard Robinson, 45th pick in NBA draft.

HEAT: Re-signed F Rasual Butler.

WIZARDS: Matched six-year offer sheet made to F-C Etan Thomas by Bucks.

LYNX (WNBA): Activated C Michele Van Gorp from injured list. Placed G Katie Smith on injured list with bruised right knee.



BLOOMFIELD: Named Pete Vasil men's basketball assistant coach.

ILLINOIS-CHICAGO: Named Amanda Reese women's basketball assistant coach.

LOYOLA: Promoted Matt Dwan, 1995 graduate, to men's lacrosse assistant coach.

UMBC: America East named tennis player Lana Khvalina Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

PENNSYLVANIA: Named Patrick Knapp women's basketball coach.


ST. PETER'S: Named Chris Cunningham women's basketball assistant coach.


BEARS: Agreed to five-year contract with DT Tommie Harris, first-round draft pick, and four-year deal with WR-KR Bernard Berrian, third-round pick.

BENGALS: Signed WR Maurice Mann, fifth-round pick, to three-year contract.

BRONCOS: Agreed to terms with LB D.J. Williams, 17th pick in draft.

CARDINALS: Signed QB John Navarre, seventh-round pick.


CHARGERS: Signed WR Eric Parker, C Nick Hardwick and RB Michael Turner to three-year contracts.

COLTS: Signed QB Jim Sorgi, LB Kendyll Pope, DB Jason David, OT Jake Scott, DB Von Hutchins and K David Kimball.

COWBOYS: Signed OL Stephen Peterman.

EAGLES: Waived T Damian Lavergne.

FALCONS: Signed DT Daniel Benetka.

GIANTS: Waived TE Darnell Dinkins and OL Mathias Nkwenti. Claimed DT Willie Blade off waivers from Cowboys. Signed DE Radell Lockhart.


LIONS: Signed RB Kevin Jones, 30th pick in draft, to five-year contract, and LB Teddy Lehman, second-round pick, to four-year contract.

PANTHERS: Signed QB Steve Beuerlein, who announced retirement.

PATRIOTS: Signed DL Dwight Johnson and T James Williams.

RAVENS: Coach Brian Billick received new contract.

STEELERS: Signed LB James Harrison to one-year contract.

TEXANS: Signed CB Vontez Duff and S Glenn Earl.


TITANS: Agreed to terms with S Scott McGarrahan and DT Randy Starks (Maryland), third-round pick.


BLACKHAWKS: Re-signed G Jocelyn Thibault to one-year contract.

BRUINS: Agreed to two-year contract with RW Tom Fitzgerald

CAPITALS: Re-signed D Nolan Yonkman, LW Matt Pettinger and LW Graham Mink to one-year contracts.

HURRICANES: Re-signed C Kevyn Adams to one-year contract.


LIGHTNING: Signed C Jarrod Skalde, who had been with Stars, and D Steve McLaren, who had been with Blues, to multiyear contracts. RED WINGS: Re-signed D Mathieu Dandenault to one-year contract.

SABRES: Re-signed LW Taylor Pyatt, D Jeff Jillson, D Henrik Tallinder and D Brian Campbell to one-year contracts.

THRASHERS: Re-signed C Patrik Stefan.


ESPN: Signed Mike Jarvis to three-year contract to work in basketball studio and at games.