MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Named Devil Rays P Dewon Brazelton recipient of Tony Conigliaro Award for overcoming adversity through spirit, determination and courage. ... Named Jeff Idelson, VP of communications and education for National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, recipient of Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence.

ANGELS: Signed free-agent OF Steve Finley, a former Oriole who was with Dodgers last season, to two-year, $14 million contract with option for 2007.

DIAMONDBACKS: Agreed to four-year, $33 million contract with free-agent P Russ Ortiz, who was with Braves last season.

MARLINS: Signed free-agent P Antonio Alfonseca, who was with Braves last season, to two-year contract. Signed free-agent P Todd Jones, who was with Phillies, to one-year contract.

NATIONALS: Fired roving coach Claude Raymond.

RANGERS: Signed free-agent OF Richard Hidalgo, who was with Mets last year, to one-year, $5 million contract.

REDS: Named Matt Krause strength and conditioning coordinator.


MAGIC: Activated F Pat Garrity from injured list. Placed F Brandon Hunter on injured list with hyperextended right elbow.

RAPTORS: Placed F Vince Carter on injured list with strained left Achilles' tendon. Placed F Pape Sow on active roster.

SUNS: Placed C Jake Voskuhl on injured list after emergency appendectomy. Activated G Yuta Tabuse from injured list.


AIR FORCE: Reinstated G Dan Nwaelel to basketball team after being cleared of allegations that he cheated academically.

CINCINNATI: Announced that C Alicia Avery has left women's basketball program for personal reasons.

COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES: QB Chad Friehauf won Harlon Hill Trophy as Division II football Player of the Year.

FLORIDA: Named Notre Dame defensive line coach Greg Mattison and Charlie Strong co-defensive coordinators.

FRANCIS MARION: National Soccer Coaches Association of America named F Katie Riley (North Carroll) to All-America Division II third team.

JOHNS HOPKINS: National Soccer Coaches Association of America named G Gary Kane to Division III All-America first team and M Manbaj Gill to second team.

ST. JOSEPH'S, IND.: Announced resignations of football coach Tim Lester to become assistant at Western Michigan. Named Lou Esposito football coach.

SALISBURY: National Soccer Coaches Association of America named M Dan Lader (C. Milton Wright) to Division III All-America third team.

TENNESSEE: Dismissed WR James Banks from football team for violation of team rules. Announced that DT Greg Jones has withdrawn for personal and academic reasons.

TEXAS: Butkus Award, as nation's best linebacker, was awarded to Derrick Johnson.

UTAH STATE: Named Brent Guy football coach.


BROWNS: NFL fined DT Gerard Warren $5,000 for helmet-to-helmet hit on Patriots QB Tom Brady.

DOLPHINS: Released LB Winston Taylor off practice squad. Signed DE Shawn Johnson to practice squad.

REDSKINS: Named DT Brandon Noble team's winner of Ed Block Courage Award, given annually to player who has overcome serious injury. ... NFL fined RB Clinton Portis and S Sean Taylor $5,000 for violating uniform rules by wearing red instead of white socks Sunday; fined Taylor $7,500 for unnecessary roughness during roughing the passer penalty in fourth quarter.

SEAHAWKS: Placed T Chris Terry on IR. Signed WR Jason Willis from practice squad.


High schools

BOYS' LATIN: Lacrosse player Conor Larkin received official college acceptance from Brown.

ROLAND PARK: Lacrosse player Cara Hitchner received official college acceptance from Dartmouth.

Horse racing

CHURCHILL DOWNS: Named Robert Gallow facility manager.


US LACROSSE: Named John Desko coach of 2006 U.S. men's national team.


CHINESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE: Named Liu Peng director of state general administration of sport.


WORLD SOCCER: Magazine named Ronaldinho was Player of the Year.

EARTHQUAKES (MLS): Acquired 2005 fourth-round draft pick from MetroStars for D Jeff Agoos.

Track and field

U.S. ANTI-DOPING AGENCY: Suspended sprinter Michelle Collins for eight years for doping violation. Colleges

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