ASTROS: Signed P Turk Wendell to minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

ATHLETICS: Signed P Keiichi Yabu to one-year, $1 million contract.

BLUE JAYS: Acquired IF Shea Hillenbrand from Diamondbacks for P Adam Peterson.

CARDINALS: Signed P Toby Borland, P Chris Gissell, P Bob File, IF Mike Bell, IF Wilton Guerrero, IF Abraham Nunez, OF Raul Gonzalez and OF Brandon Berger to minor league contracts.

DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to minor league contract with P Mark Guthrie.

DIAMONDBACKS: Signed free-agent P Shawn Estes, who had been with Rockies, to one-year contract.

MARINERS: Agreed to one-year, $2.535 million contract with P Gil Meche, avoiding salary arbitration.

MARLINS: Re-signed C Paul Lo Duca to three-year, $18 million contract.

PADRES: Agreed to terms with P Chris Hammond on one-year contract.

PIRATES: Agreed to terms with P Brian Meadows on one-year contract.

RED SOX: Agreed with IF Ramon Vazquez on one-year, $700,000 contract, avoiding arbitration.

U.S. BASEBALL FEDERATION: Named Mark Prior, Huston Street, Chris Lubanski and Bridget Veenema to USA Baseball board of directors, and Jerry Kindall and George Grande at-large representatives. Named Tim Mead of NAIA, Jim Quigley of Dixie Baseball, Mike Dimond of American Amateur Baseball Congress and Damani Leech of NCAA as organizational representatives. Re-elected Mike Gaski president. Elected Jack Kelly secretary general, Jerry Kindall VP of administration, Elliot Hopkins VP/secretary and Sandy Jones at-large member. Extended contract of Paul Seiler, executive director and CEO, through 2005.


WIZARDS: Activated F Etan Thomas from injured list. Placed F-C Kwame Brown on injured list.


EASTERN ILLINOIS: Named Jeff Choate special teams coordinator.

ILLINOIS: Named Mike Locksley offensive coordinator. LSU: Agreed to terms with football coach Les Miles on seven-year contract.

LOYOLA: Announced basketball F Hassan Fofana has decided to transfer to school and will be eligible to play next season.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE: Announced resignation of AD James Donnelly. Named Diane Turnham interim AD.

NEBRASKA: Announced S Josh Bullocks will forgo senior year and make himself eligible for NFL draft.

SOUTH FLORIDA: Announced OL Danny Muy and WR Cedric Hill will transfer to school.

SOUTHWEST BAPTIST: Announced resignation of AD Jim Middleton, effective at end of March, and he will remain as women's basketball coach.

TUSCULUM COLLEGE: Named Don Dover offensive line coach.

UTAH STATE: Named Mike Santiago offensive coordinator.


LIONS: Signed LB Steve Baggs and WR Glenn Martinez. Assigned Baggs, Martinez and LB Scott Genord to NFL Europe.

RAVENS: Named Chris Foerster offensive line and assistant head coach.


USA GYMNASTICS: Announced resignation of president Bob Colarossi, effective at the end of March.

Horse racing

CALIFORNIA: Granted jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who had been suspended for drug abuse, conditional license to resume racing.

CHURCHILL DOWNS: Named Stacey Meier director of marketing.

NEW YORK RACING ASSOCIATION: Suspended clerk of scales Mario Sclafani and assistant clerk of sales Braulio Baeza.

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