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ORIOLES: Signed P Brandon Erbe (McDonogh), third-round draft choice, and OF Kieron Pope, fourth-round pick; assigned them to Rookie-level Bluefield.

RANGERS: Recalled C Gerald Laird from Triple-A Oklahoma. Optioned IF Marshall McDougall to Oklahoma.

LONG ISLAND (INDEPENDENT): Released P John Rocker.

RIPKEN BASEBALL GROUP: Acquired Augusta GreenJackets of Single-A South Atlantic League from HWS Baseball Group.


BOBCATS: Exercised 2007-08 option on F Emeka Okafor. Made qualifying offers to F Gerald Wallace, G Keith Bogans, G Matt Carroll and G Jason Kapono.

BUCKS: Made qualifying offers to C Dan Gadzuric and F-C Zaza Pachulia.

CAVALIERS: Named Danny Ferry GM.

CLIPPERS: Made qualifying offer to G Marki Jaric.

MAGIC: Named Dave Twardzik and Otis Smith assistant GMs and Alex Martins executive VP of marketing and franchise relations.

NETS: Declined option on F Clifford Robinson.

RAPTORS: Exercised option on F Chris Bosh through 2006-07 season.

TIMBERWOLVES: Named Rex Chapman as consultant for NBA draft.


BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY: Navy DE Jeremy Chase and Maryland LB D'Qwell Jackson were named to watch list for honor that goes to best defensive player in college football.

DAYTON: Announced that basketball F Katie Butler will transfer to Northern Kentucky.

GEORGIA TECH: Named Charlton Young men's basketball assistant coach.

HOOD: Received commitment from men's basketball F-C Nnamdi Uzoukwu (Laurel).

LOYOLA: Named 1999 graduate Christof Lindenmayer men's soccer assistant coach.

RIDER: Announced that AD Curtis Blake will retire, effective Aug. 31.

WEST VIRGINIA: Named Everett Jackson women's basketball assistant coach.


BUCCANEERS: Released CB Carlos Campbell, CB Dominique Morris, LB Rich Glover, T Matt Martin and RB Fred Reid.

BENGALS: Signed G Kyle Takavitz to two-year contract.

49ERS: Signed WR Rasheed Marshall to four-year contract.

JETS: Signed LB Mo Lewis and LB Marvin Jones so they can retire as members of team.

RAIDERS: Signed DT Ed Jasper, who had been with Falcons.


PREDATORS: Signed former Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz to contract extension.


U.S. MEN'S TEAM: Added United F Santino Quaranta (Archbishop Curley) to roster for CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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