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THE BALTIMORE SUN

Moves

Auto racing

EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS (NASCAR): Signed driver Erin Crocker.

FORD RACING TECHNOLOGY (NASCAR): Signed driver Bobby East.

RAHAL LETTERMAN RACING (IRL): Re-signed driver Vitor Meira to multi-year contract. Signed driver Danica Patrick.

Baseball

ASTROS: Named Ricky Bennett assistant GM and director of player development.

ATHLETICS: Single-A Modesto announced that team name will be changed to Nuts.

BREWERS: Agreed to minor league contracts with P Kane Davis, C Kelley Gulledge, C Jeff Winchester and IF Tony Zuniga.

MARLINS: Agreed to one-year, $8 million contract with P Al Leiter, who had been with Mets.

NATIONALS: Sold contract of OF Val Pascucci to Lotte of Japanese Pacific League.

ORIOLES: Agreed to minor league contract with SS Chris Gomez, who had been with Blue Jays; invited him to major league camp.

PADRES: Agreed to one-year, $3.5 million contract with P Woody Williams, who had been with Cardinals. Agreed to one-year contract with IF Geoff Blum, who had been with Devil Rays.

PHILLIES: Agreed to three-year, $21 million contract with P Jon Lieber, who had been with Yankees.

RANGERS: Agreed to one-year, $550,000 contract with C Sandy Alomar, who had been with White Sox.

RED SOX: Agreed to one-year, $750,000 contract with P Matt Mantei, who had been with Diamondbacks

TIGERS: Named Dan Lunetta director of minor league operations and Mike Smith director of baseball operations. Named Dan Lunetta director of minor league operations. Promoted Mike Smith to director of baseball operations. Named Duffy Dyer manager of Double-A Erie.

WHITE SOX: Agreed to two-year, $5.5 million contract with P Dustin Hermanson, who had been with Giants. Declined salary arbitration to former Orioles 2B Roberto Alomar, C Sandy Alomar, OF Magglio Ordonez and IF Jose Valentin.

EDMONTON (INDEPENDENT): Named Terry Bevington manager.

Basketball

CAVALIERS: Placed F Robert Traylor on injured list with fractured finger. Activated F-C Scott Williams from injured list.

LAKERS: Placed G Tony Bobbitt on injured list with strained lower back. Activated G Sasha Vujacic.

MAGIC: Placed C Kelvin Cato on injured list with subluxated left shoulder. Activated F Michael Bradley from injured list.

NETS: Signed F Kaniel Dickens. Waived F Awvee Storey. Placed C Jabari Smith on injured list with sprained left ankle.

WIZARDS: Placed G Steve Blake (Maryland) on injured list with strained arch in left foot. Activated G Laron Profit (Maryland) from injured list.

LIBERTY (WNBA): Removed interim label from coach Pat Coyle's job title; Coyle is a former Loyola College coach.

Colleges

CHOWAN: Named Lorick Atkinson football coach.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Formed task force to review school's continued participation in intercollegiate competition.

EAST CAROLINA: Named Steve Shankweiler offensive line coach.

GEORGIA: Announced that DE David Pollack won Lombardi Award as nation's top football lineman.

GEORGIA TECH: AP named WR Calvin Johnson ACC Rookie of the Year.

GETTYSBURG: National Soccer Coaches Association of America named F Chris Borcik (Franklin) to All-Mid-Atlantic third team.

MARYLAND: American Volleyball Coaches Association named middle blocker Rachel Wagener to East All-Region team.

UMBC: Named Sam Williams assistant athletic director for operations.

McDANIEL: National Soccer Coaches Association of America named D Scott Morrow and M Leon Mach (Calvert Hall) to All-South third team.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S: Announced signing of the following softball recruits: SS-C Amanda Burk (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson), P-SS Jamie Fowler (Hagerstown/South Hagerstown), SS-2B Kim Fowler (Leonardtown/St.Mary's Ryken) and 3B Kelli Segar (Huntingtown/Huntingtown).

SOUTHERN METHODIST: Gave football coach Phil Bennett two-year contract extension.

UTAH: Promoted defensive coordinator Kyle Whittingham to head football coach.

WEBER STATE: Named Ron McBride football coach.

Football

BEARS: Placed QB Craig Krenzel on IR. Signed OT Bo Lacy to three-year contract.

BILLS: Placed TE Mark Campbell on IR. Signed TE Rodney Trafford from Eagles' practice squad.

BRONCOS: Signed WR Charlie Adams.

COLTS: Signed K Martin Gramatica. Released K Jason Baker.

EAGLES: Signed TE Casey Poppinga to practice squad.

49ERS: Signed QB Brandon Doman and OL Scott Peters to practice squad. Released TE Doug Zeigler and OT Thomas Herrion from practice squad.

PACKERS: Released RB James Jackson.

PATRIOTS: Signed WR Ricky Bryant to practice squad.

RAIDERS: Placed WR Ronald Curry on IR.

REDSKINS: Placed DE Phillip Daniels on IR with dislocated bone in left wrist. Signed DL Cedric Killings. Signed LB Billy Strother to practice squad.

SAINTS: NFL fined DB Steve Gleason $5,000 for punching Panthers DE Kemp Rasmussen in game Sunday.

High schools

PARK: All-Metro 1B Brad Rifkin will attend Brown and play baseball.

Lacrosse

PHILADELPHIA (NLL): Signed F Dan Finck and F Kyle Sweeney to one-year contracts. Re-signed D Bryan Barrett, F Jake Bergey, D Rich Brzeski, F Keith Cromwell, G Dallas Eliuk, F Keevin Galbraith, D Peter Jacobs, F Tom Marechek, F Dan Marhol, D Jeff Spano and F Andrew Wasik to one-year contracts.

Soccer

ROMANIA: Named Victor Piturca national soccer coach.

Pro soccer

MISL standings

Eastern Division

W L Pct. GB

Philadelphia 5 4 .556 -

Cleveland 3 5 .375 1 1/2

Blast 3 6 .333 2

Central Divsion

W L Pct. GB

Milwaukee 7 2 .778 -

St. Louis 7 3 .700 1/2

Chicago 5 5 .500 2 1/2

Western Division

W L Pct. GB

Kansas City 3 3 .500 -

San Diego 4 5 .444 1/2

Monterrey 1 5 .167 2

Tomorrow's game

Milwaukee at Blast, 7:35 p.m.

Saturday's games

Blast at Chicago, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Phila., 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at Milw., 7:30 p.m. San Diego at K.C., 8:35 p.m.

Sunday's games

Chicago at Phila., 1:05 p.m. San Diego at Monterrey, 8 p.m.

Locally

Baseball

Metro Baseball is adding four age divisions for the 2005 season: 8-and-under, 9-and-under, 10-and-under and 22-and-under (wooden bat) to its existing 11-and-under and 18-and-under programs. Interested teams seeking top competition are invited to join. Send inquiries to Roger A. Faw at RAFawBMB@aol.com or call 410-321-9566.

The Blue Devil Umpire Association needs umpires for the 2005 baseball season to support programs in northern and western Baltimore County and Carroll County. The umpires officiate games in ages 9 through adult. Experience is helpful, but basic and advanced training will be provided. For more information, call 410-654-6562.

Basketball

Loch Raven Recreation Center's boys basketball league is conducting registration for the fall and winter sessions for ages 6 through 15. Sessions include in-house league, travel league and AAU. Registration is every Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m., and every Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Loch Raven Recreation Center 1801 Glen Keith Blvd. Call 410-887-5309.

High schools

Chesapeake High School in Baltimore County needs an assistant girls varsity basketball coach. Call coach Bob Clark at 443-791-7256.

Gilman is seeking a team to participate in its Dec. 28-29 boys basketball tournament. Call 410-323-3800.

Hockey

Children ages 4 to 10 are invited to take part in Baltimore Youth Hockey's programs for beginners: Mites-on-Ice program at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena, and beginners clinic and girls clinic at Northwest Family Skating Center. Call 410-426-4242 or visit the club's Web site at www.byhstars.org.

Girls 6 to 19 are invited to take part in the 2004-05 season of Baltimore Youth Hockey Stars. The club has openings for its under-19 team, under-14 team and under-12 developmental clinic. Call 410-426-4242, or visit www.byhstars.org.

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