ATHLETICS: Activated P Chad Bradford from 15-day DL. Optioned P Justin Lehr to Triple-A Sacramento.

MARINERS: Called up P Scott Kazmir from Double-A Montgomery. Optioned P Franklin Nunez to Triple-A Durham.

METS: Called up P Aaron Heilman from Triple-A Norfolk. Optioned P Matt Ginter to Norfolk.

PIRATES: Placed P Kip Wells on 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 14, with inflamed right elbow. Placed P Sean Burnett on 15-day DL with inflamed left elbow. Recalled P John Van Benschoten. Purchased contract of P Frank Brooks from Triple-A Nashville.

RANGERS: Activated P R.A. Dickey from 15-day DL. Placed P Erasmo Ramirez on 15-day DL, retroactive to last Tuesday.

RED SOX: Announced that C Jason Varitek dropped appeal of four-game suspension for his part in benches-clearing brawl with Yankees last month; he began serving suspension last night.


BUCKS: Re-signed F Toni Kukoc.


CALUMET COLLEGE OF ST. JOSEPH: Named Jason Hawkins men's basketball coach.

FRANKLIN (IND.): Named Kim Eiler women's basketball coach.

KANSAS STATE: Announced that men's basketball G Dez Willingham won't be back for sophomore season.

LA SALLE: Named John Giannini men's basketball coach.

LOYOLA: Named Matt Kovarik (Maryland) men's basketball assistant coach.

MISSISSIPPI: Men's basketball G Brian Smith, Kentucky coach Tubby Smith's youngest son, enrolled.

MISSOURI: Announced that men's basketball G Marcus Watkins transferred from Texas A&M.;

NEVADA-LAS VEGAS: Signed women's basketball coach Regina Miller to three-year contract extension.


NOTRE DAME: Named Alissa Moser women's lacrosse assistant coach.

QUINCY: Announced that men's basketball G Ryan Walker has transferred from Southern Illinois.


BENGALS: Waived P Eddie Johnson, C Mike Mabry, QB Scott Rislov, WR Lance Young and LB LaDairis Jackson.

BRONCOS: Signed LB Riall Johnson.

CHARGERS: Agreed to six-year contract with QB Philip Rivers, fourth pick in NFL draft.

COWBOYS: Released DT Cedric Hilliard, OL DeMingo Graham, WR Brandon Middleton and LB Jamal Brooks.

DOLPHINS: Waived WR Snoop Minnis.

EAGLES: Signed free-agent RB Dorsey Levens, who had been with Giants, to one-year contract. Placed RB Correll Buckhalter, OL Jamaal Jackson and DE N.D. Kalu on IR.

JAGUARS: Signed RB Frank Moreau and RB Robert Gillespie.

JETS: Waived WR Chris Duncan, WR Lawrence Hamilton, WR Muneer Moore and RB Keith Burnell.

PACKERS: Signed P Bryan Barker.


RYDER CUP: European team will include Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Thomas Levet.


FLAMES: G Miikka Kiprusoff, who earned $800,000 last season, was awarded $2.95 million in arbitration.

FLYERS: Signed LW Ryan Ready to one-year contract.

RANGERS: Named Mike Pelino assistant coach.

STARS: Announced five-year affiliate agreement with AHL Iowa.


CREW (MLS): Agreed to multi-year contract with D Tony Sanneh.

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