ASTROS: Recalled P Ezequiel Astacio from Triple-A Round Rock. Placed P Brandon Backe on 15-day DL, retroactive to Monday, with pulled muscle in rib cage.
PADRES: Acquired C David Ross from Pirates for SS J.J. Furmaniak.
WHITE SOX: Optioned P Shingo Takatsu to Triple-A Charlotte.
YANKEES: Acquired P Shawn Chacon from Rockies for P Ramon Ramirez and P Eduardo Sierra. Placed P Kevin Brown on 15-day DL, retroactive to Sunday, with lumbar strain.
KNICKS: Named Larry Brown coach. Named Herb Williams assistant coach.
PISTONS: Exercised option on C Darko Milicic through 2006-07 season.
ARIZONA: Named Miles Simon men's assistant basketball coach.
RANDOLPH-MACON: Erin Ewalt (Lutheran) was named College Swim Coaches Association of America academic All-American.
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI: Dismissed DB Darrell Bennett and LB Kenneth Boley from football team for violating team policies. Announced RB Anthony Harris and LB Naton Stewart have left team. Suspended TE Pedi Causey and DB John Eubanks one game for violation of team policies.
WISCONSIN: Announced football coach Barry Alvarez will step down after 2005 season but will remain as athletic director. Announced defensive coordinator Bret Bielema will become football coach after 2005 season.
BENGALS: Signed WR Chris Henry to five-year contract.
BILLS: Agreed with CB Eric King. Waived DT Tom Sverchek.
BRONCOS: Signed CB Darrent Williams to four-year contract. Signed RB Maurice Clarett and OL Chris Myers.
BROWNS: Signed QB Charlie Frye to four-year contract. Signed LB Orlando Ruff. Placed TE Keith Heinrich on injured reserve. Waived DT Doug Sims.
CARDINALS: Signed RB J.R. Redmond, RB James Jackson and LB Eric Johnson. Released LB Leon Joe and WR Luke Powell.
CHARGERS: Agreed with WR Vincent Jackson on five-year contract.
CHIEFS: Signed CB Dewayne Washington, who had been with Jaguars, and LB Dave Moretti to one-year contracts.
DOLPHINS: Signed S Lance Schulters, who had been released by Titans, to one-year contract. Waived S Abram Elam.
EAGLES: Released WR Jason Peebler.
JETS: Signed K Mike Nugent.
PACKERS: Signed S-CB Nick Collins.
PATRIOTS: Announced retirement of LB Ted Johnson.
RAMS: Signed CB Rod Bartrell to four-year contract.
SAINTS: Signed RB Deuce McAllister to seven-year contract extension through 2012 and LB Ronald McKinnon, who had been with Cardinals, to one-year contract.
STEELERS: Signed RB Noah Herron to multi-year contract.
VIKINGS: Signed DT C.J. Mosley.
NHL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION: Announced resignation of executive director and general counsel Bob Goodenow.
AVALANCHE: Waived C Chris Gratton.
BLACKHAWKS: Signed C Colin Fraser, G Corey Crawford, D Brent Seabrook and D Dustin Byfuglien.
BLUE JACKETS: Signed D Duvie Westcott and RW Joe Motzko to two-year contracts.
BLUES: Exrecised their option on G Patrick Lalime, D Andy Roach and D Matt Walker.
BRUINS: Signed G Mike Brown and C Nate Thompson to three-year contracts.
CANADIENS: Signed F Jimmy Bonneau and F Maxin Lapierre to three-year contracts.
CANUCKS: Signed RW Marc-Andre Bernier, C Francois-Pierre Guenette and D Nathan McIver. Exercised 2005-06 contract options on D Wade Brookbank, RW Lee Goren and G Wade Flaherty.
CAPITALS: Signed RW Eric Fehr, their first-round pick in 2003, to three-year contract.
FLAMES: Signed LW Cam Cunning, LW Ryan Donally and C Tyler Johnson.
HURRICANES: Signed G Kevin Nastiuk to multi-year contract.
ISLANDERS: Signed F Jeremy Colliton to three-year contract.
KINGS: Exercised their option on D Mike Weaver. Agreed with G Ryan Munce on three-year contract.
LIGHTNING: Re-signed C Martin Cibak to one-year contract. Signed G Jonathan Boutin and RW Zbynek Hrdel to three-year contracts.
MAPLE LEAFS: Signed F John Mitchell to multi-year contract.
MIGHTY DUCKS: Exercised their one-year option on G Ilya Bryzgalov. Signed D Nathan Saunders to three-year contract.
OILERS: Signed F Jean-Francois Jacques, F Troy Bodie and F Marc-Antoine Pouliot, who was their first-round pick in 2003, to three-year contracts.
PANTHERS: Signed C Stefan Meyer and D Martin Lojek. Bought out contract of D Mathieu Biron.
PENGUINS: Signed C Ryan Stone.
PREDATORS: Signed C Greg Johnson. Exercised their option on G Chris Mason and F Vern Fiddler.
RED WINGS: Announced Brendan Shanahan exercised his contract option to remain with team for 2005-06 season.
SABRES: Signed C Clarke MacArthur to three-year contract.
STARS: Signed D Shawn Belle and RW B.J.Crombeen to three-year contracts.
WILD: Signed C Patrick O'Sullivan.
UNITED: Announced sale of franchise from AEG to Global Sports and Entertainment, subject to approval by MLS.