ATHLETICS: Acquired IF Keith Ginter from Brewers for P Justin Lehr and OF Nelson Cruz.

BREWERS: Agreed to $800,000, one-year deal with 3B Russell Branyan. Agreed with P Tommy Phelps on minor league contract.

CARDINALS: Signed C Einar Diaz to one-year contract. Re-signed former Orioles P Al Reyes to one-year contract.

CUBS: Promoted Grady Little to special assistant in player development and roving catching instructor. Named Randy Bush special assistant to GM.

DIAMONDBACKS: Signed IF Craig Counsell, who had been with Brewers, to two-year contract.

DODGERS: Announced retirement of vice president of external affairs Tommy Hawkins.

GIANTS: Released C A.J. Pierzynski.

INDIANS: Acquired P Tom Mastny from Blue Jays to complete Nov. 24 trade.

MARINERS: Agreed to terms with 1B Richie Sexson on four-year contract.

METS: Agreed to terms with P Pedro Martinez on four-year contract.

RED SOX: Signed P John Halama, who had been with Devil Rays, to one-year contract with mutual option for 2006.

REDS: Signed P David Weathers, who had been with Marlins, to one-year contract with club option for 2006. Signed P Ben Weber, who had been with Angels, to one-year contract.

ROCKIES: Agreed to terms with OF Reggie Taylor on minor league contract.


CELTICS: Placed F Tom Gugliotta on injured list. Activated F Justin Reed from injured list.

GRIZZLIES: Activated PG Jason Williams from injured list. Placed PG Antonio Burks on injured list with fractured right pinkie finger.


BUCKNELL: S Andrea Paraud (Bethesda, Georgetown Visitation) named one of three captains of women's lacrosse team.

EAST CAROLINA: Named Clifford Snow director of football operations.

KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: Named Scott Pulliam men's soccer coach.

FLORIDA: RB Ciatrick Fason announced he plans to forgo senior year and enter NFL draft.

LOUISVILLE: Dismissed C Terrance Farley from men's basketball team for violation of team rules.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Named John Hunt assistant football coach.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Signed football coach Sylvester Croom to one-year contract extension through 2008 season.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Named Rick Majerus men's basketball coach.

TEMPLE: S Jonathan Albright (Baltimore, Northwestern) and S Jessica Dunston (Waldorf, La Plata) named Eastern College Athletic Conference Performers of Week.

TOWSON: Mary Clare Coghlan named CAA Scholar-Athlete in volleyball.

UMBC: Announced signing of Edward Bach (Columbia, Atholton), Timothy Comiskey, Thomas Meaney and David Warrenfeltz III (Hagerstown) to letters of intent to play men's basketball.

WASHINGTON: S Jon Spivey (Timonium, Dulaney) and S Kyle Mitten named to 2005 Pre-Season All-American first team. Gregory Vetter (Annapolis) named to second team. John Kenney named honorable mention.

XAVIER: Named Alvin Alexander women's soccer coach.


BUCCANEERS: Placed TE Will Heller on IR with sprained hip. Activated TE Nate Lawrie from practice squad. Signed TE Billy Baber. Released DE Corey Smith. Signed TE Robert Johnson to practice squad. Released DB Kalvin Pearson from practice squad.

CARDINALS: Signed WR Lawrence Hamilton, LB Isaac Keys and DE Antonio Smith from practice squad. Released TE Lorenzo Diamond and WR Reggie Newhouse.

EAGLES: Signed DT Ifo Pili to practice squad.

LIONS: Placed LB Boss Bailey on IR.

PACKERS: Signed LB Ike Emodi to practice squad.

RAVENS: QB Kyle Boller named AFC Player of Week.

REDSKINS: Placed K John Hall on injured reserve. Signed K Jeff Chandler.

VIKINGS: Placed LB Raonall Smith on IR. Signed CB Rhett Nelson from practice squad. Signed CB Mike Echols to practice squad.


BLACKHAWKS: Named Rick Dudley hockey operations consultant.

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