ASTROS -- Optioned P Juan Gutierrez to Triple-A Round Rock. Assigned IF Cody Ransom to minor league camp.

BLUE JAYS -- Optioned Dustin McGowan to Triple-A Syracuse.


BREWERS -- Signed P Joe Thatcher. Optioned P Manny Parra to Double-A Huntsville. Assigned P Tim Dillard, P Chris Oxspring, P Alec Zumwalt and C Lou Palmisano to minor league camp.

CARDINALS -- Named Steve Dillard hitting coach for Single-A Palm Beach.

INDIANS -- Agreed with GM Mark Shapiro on five-year contract extension through 2012. Optioned P Edward Mujica and P Rafael Perez to Triple-A Buffalo and IF Michael Aubrey and P J.D. Martin to Double-A Akron. Assigned IF Asdrubal Cabrera, C Max Ramirez and P Jason Stanford to minor league camp.

METS -- Optioned P Jason Vargas, P Marcos Carbajal, OF Carlos Gomez and P Philip Humber to minor league camp. Sent OF Ruben Sierra and C Jose A. Reyes to minor league camp.

ROYALS -- Optioned P Neal Musser to Triple-A Omaha.

TWINS -- Optioned P Julio DePaula to Triple-A Rochester. Assigned P Tristan Crawford to minor league camp.


NBA -- Fined Lakers and coach Phil Jackson $50,000 apiece after Jackson said the league was conducting a witch hunt against Kobe Bryant.


BUCKS --Named Larry Krystkowiak coach; signed him to multi-year contract.

GRIZZLIES -- Recalled F Alexander Johnson from D-League Arkansas.

TRAIL BLAZERS -- Signed C Luke Schenscher to 10-day contract.


SOUTHERN CONFERENCE -- Announced that Samford will join conference in 2008.



CARDINALS -- Signed WR Sean Morey to three-year contract.

CHARGERS -- Re-signed DE Derreck Robinson and DT Ryon Bingham to one-year contracts.

DOLPHINS -- Signed FB Cory Schlesinger to two-year contract.

EAGLES -- Agreed to six-year contract with WR Kevin Curtis.

REDSKINS -- Re-signed TE Todd Yoder.

TEXANS -- Signed DT Jeff Zgonina.



COYOTES -- Signed C Alex Leavitt to multi-year contract.


UNITED (MLS) -- Signed G Shawn Crowe and F Brad North.

U.S. MEN'S TEAM -- Named to national roster: G Brad Guzan, G Tim Howard, G Kasey Keller, D Carlos Bocanegra, D Steve Cherundolo, D Jimmy Conrad, D Jay Demerit, D Oguchi Onyewu (Sherwood), D Heath Pearce, D Frank Simek, D Jonathan Spector, M DaMarcus Beasley, M Michael Bradley, M Brian Carroll, M Ricardo Clark, M Clint Dempsey, M Benny Feilhaber, M Justin Mapp, F Brian Ching, F Kenny Cooper, F Landon Donovan, F Eddie Johnson, F Chris Rolfe, F Taylor Twellman (Maryland).