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.
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.
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.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Named Jim Phillips AD.
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.