MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Suspended Red Sox C Jason Varitek and Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez four games and fined them undisclosed amount for inciting a bench-clearing incident July 24. Suspended Red Sox OF Gabe Kapler, Red Sox OF Trot Nixon and Yankees P Tanyon Sturtze three games and fined them undisclosed amounts for aggressive actions during incident. Fined Red Sox DH David Ortiz, Red Sox P Curt Schilling and Yankees OF Kenny Lofton for roles in incident.

ASTROS: Namd former Oriole Enos Cabell as consultant for baseball operations.


ATHLETICS: Released 1B Eric Karros.

BREWERS: Signed P Ben Stanczyk and assigned him to Single-A Helena.

INDIANS: Bought the contract of P Evan Thomas from Independent Camden Riversharks.

RANGERS: Signed P Francisco Cordero to two-year contract extension.

NEWARK BEARS (ATLANTIC LEAGUE/INDEPENDENT): Sold contract of P Brian Langen to Braves.


BOBCATS: Signed free-agent G Corey Benjamin.

CLIPPERS: Acquired G Kerry Kittles from Nets for future second-round pick and cash considerations. Did not match offer sheet tendered to G Quentin Richardson by Suns.


HURRICANES: Re-signed RW Justin Williams to one-year contract.

MAGIC: Signed F Michael Bradley.

MAVERICKS: Signed C Pavel Podkolzin, 21st pick in draft, to three-year contract.

NETS: Signed free agents Jacque Vaughn and Rodney Buford.

SUNS: Signed G Quentin Richardson to six-year contract.

WIZARDS: Signed G Anthony Peeler, who had been with Kings.



SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Named Pamela Smith associate commissioner and Cory Lima assistant commissioner.

DREXEL: Signed women's basketball coach Denise Dillon to multi-year contract.

FLORIDA STATE: Reinstated OL Bobby Meeks after felony charges stemming from a scuffle outside nightclub earlier this month were dropped.

GEORGIA TECH: Named Josh Holliday assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator.

MARYLAND: Named Ali Wolff-Toole and Emily Janss assistant women's soccer coaches. Named Erika Hansen assistant swimming coach.



BENGALS: Signed QB Casey Bramlet to three-year contract and CB James Allen to one-year contract.

BROWNS: Signed QB Luke McCown, DL Amon Gordon, RB Adimchinobe Echemandu and S Sean Jones.

CARDINALS: Signed OL Everett Lindsay. Agreed to terms with G Nick Leckey.

CHIEFS: Placed WR LaShaun Ward on NFL Europe IR list. Waived TE Mike Pinkard.

COWBOYS: Agreed to six-year deal with RB Julius Jones.


49ERS: Signed P Andy Lee and LB Richard Seigler to three-year contracts. Waived WR Tony Johnson and WR Brian Poli-Dixon.

GIANTS: Agreed to terms with QB Eli Manning, first pick in draft, on multi-year contract.

JETS Agreed to terms with CB Derrick Strait. Announced resignation of secondary coach Doug Graber. Announced assistant coach Corwin Brown will take over as secondary coach.

PACKERS: Agreed to terms with OL Scott Wells on three-year contract. Came to terms with DT Donnell Washington. Signed DB James Taylor. Waived DE Junior Glymph, OL Joe Hayes, LB Kevin Jackson and WR Devin Lewis.

PATRIOTS: Signed DL Dwight Johnson.

RAIDERS: Signed OT Robert Gallery to seven-year contract.


RAVENS: Re-signed coach Brian Billick to multi-year contract. Signed WR Clarence Moore to three-year contract.

SAINTS: Signed LB Courtney Watson to five-year contract.

TEXANS: Waived C Jamal Powell.

VIKINGS: Signed DE Darrion Scott and OT Nat Dorsey.


BLACKHAWKS: Re-signed D Steve Poapst and D Stephane Robidas to one-year contracts. Re-signed RW Jason Morgan. Signed LW Rene Bourque.


HURRICANES: Re-signed RW Justin Williams to one-year contract.

RED WINGS: Re-signed F Jason Williams to one-year contract. THRASHERS: Signed D Braydon Coburn, first-round pick in draft.


UNITED STATES: Named Megan Holmes (Dulaney) to U-19 women's team.