MLB: Rejected appeal of 20-game suspension for Rangers P Kenny Rogers. Reduced suspension of Braves C Johnny Estrada from three games to two and fine from $5,000 to $3,500.
BRAVES: Placed P Mike Hampton on 15-day DL, retroactive to July 18, with strained lower back. Recalled C Brayan Pena from Triple-A Richmond.
BREWERS: Purchased contract of former Orioles P Rick Helling from Triple-A Nashville. Designated P Ricky Bottalico for assignment.
DIAMONDBACKS: Designated CF Jose Cruz Jr. for assignment. Purchased contract of 1B Conor Jackson from Triple-A Tucson.
METS: Signed P Jonathon Niese, P Will Jostock and IF Matt Anderson.
NATIONALS: Assigned OF Kenny Kelly outright to Triple-A New Orleans. Announced 1B Wil Cordero has cleared waivers and is free agent. Designated OF Kenny Kelly for assignment.
ORIOLES: Recalled OF David Newhan. Placed OF Eli Marrero on 15-day DL with sprained thumb.
RED SOX: Placed OF Trot Nixon on 15-day DL with left oblique strain. Recalled P Lenny DiNardo from Triple-A Pawtucket. Claimed P Luis Mendoza off waivers from Padres and assigned him to Single-A Wilmington.
TIGERS: Activated 2B Placido Polanco. Optioned OF Curtis Granderson to Triple-A Toledo.
YANKEES: Signed P Hideo Nomo to minor league contract.
SUNS: Traded C Jake Voskuhl to Bobcats for conditional second-round draft pick.
OUTBACK BOWL: Extended agreement with Southeastern Conference and ESPN through 2010 game.
GOUCHER: Named Brian Fortman associate men's soccer coach, Samantha Seyfferth assistant volleyball coach and James Wich assistant cross country coach.
HOUSTON BAPTIST: Named Todd Buchanan women's basketball coach.
MARYLAND: Announced resignation of softball coach Gina Lamandre.
NORTHERN IOWA: Signed football coach Mark Farley to contract extension through 2009.
TOWSON: Announced retirement of AD Dr. Wayne Edwards, effective June 2006.
VALPARAISO: Named Stacy Adams football coach.
BENGALS: Signed WR Tab Perry to three-year contract.
BRONCOS: Signed CB Karl Paymah. Waived WR Grant Mattos.
BUCCANEERS: Signed LB Barrett Ruud. Released CB Ukee Dozier, RB Johnathan Reese and DT Keith Wright.
CHARGERS: Signed RB Lydell Ross to two-year contract. Released DT Lui Fuga and TE Cody McCarty.
CHIEFS: Signed P Dustin Colquitt, CB Alphonso Hodge and QB James Kilian.
COLTS: Signed CB Kelvin Hayden to four-year contract. Signed C Rob Hunt, LB Tyjaun Hagler and RB Anthony Davis.
DOLPHINS: Signed LB Jason Glenn.
EAGLES: Agreed to terms with WR Reggie Brown.
JETS: Signed CB-KR Justin Miller.
PANTHERS: Agreed to terms with DL Atiyyah Ellison.
PATRIOTS: Released WR Michael McGrew.
RAIDERS: Signed CB Stanford Routt and LB Kirk Morrison.
RAMS: Signed S Oshiomogho Atogwe to three-year contract. Signed P Reggie Hodges, WR Dante Ridgeway and K Remy Hamilton. Released G Scott Tercero, TE Nick Burley and DT Matt McChesney.
REDSKINS: Traded WR Rod Gardner to Panthers. Signed EB Manuel White Jr. Fined $45,000 by NFL for violating practice squad rules in 2004.
SAINTS: Agreed to terms with LB Alfred Fincher on three-year contract.
SEAHAWKS: Signed RB Shaun Alexander to one-year contract. Signed QB David Greene, LB LeRoy Hill, T Ray Willis and FB Tony Jackson.
STEELERS: Signed TE Heath Miller. Agreed to terms with TB Noah Herron on three-year contract.
FLYERS: Signed F Jeff Carter and F Michael Richards to three-year contracts.
LIGHTNING: Signed G Gerald Coleman.
PANTHERS: Traded LW Darcy Hordichuk to Nashville for fourth-round pick in 2005 draft.
PENGUINS: Signed F Daniel Carcillo, F Stephen Dixon, F Jonathan Filewich and D Paul Bissonnette.
RANGERS: Agreed to terms with G Al Montoya on three-year contract. Signed F Rich Kozak.
SENATORS: Exercised one-year option on G Dominik Hasek.
STARS: Exercised one-year option on LW Jaroslav Svoboda.
THRASHERS: Agreed to terms with D Jim Sharrow and F Guillaume Desbiens.
HERSHEY BEARS (AHL): Named Bob Woods assistant coach.