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ASTROS -- Called up OF Hunter Pence from Triple-A Round Rock.

CARDINALS -- Optioned P Randy Keisler to Triple-A Memphis. Purchased contract of P Kelvin Jimenez from Memphis.

PADRES -- Activated C Josh Bard from 15-day DL. Placed IF Russell Branyan on the bereavement list.

REDS -- Agreed to one-year contract extension with P Todd Coffey through 2008. Sent P Jared Burton from Triple-A Louisville to Double-A Chattanooga on rehabilitation assignment. Traded OF Chris Denorfia to Athletics for cash and two players to be named.


NBA -- Fined Warriors G-F Stephen Jackson $50,000 for conduct following ejection from game on April 25.

SUPERSONICS -- Named Lenny Wilkens president of basketball operations.


AKRON -- Agreed with men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot on seven-year contract extension.

CHARLOTTE -- Named Karen Aston women's basketball coach.

KANSAS -- Announced that sophomore G Brandon Rush has declared for NBA draft but has not hired an agent.

NEW ORLEANS -- Announced that junior G Bo McCalebb has declared for NBA draft but will not hire an agent.

OKLAHOMA STATE -- Announced that junior G JamesOn Curry has declared for NBA draft but will not hire an agent.

SAINT LOUIS -- Named Rick Majerus men's basketball coach.

USC -- Announced that junior G Gabe Pruitt has declared for NBA draft but will not hire an agent.


BROWNS -- Signed T Nat Dorsey to one-year contract.

SAINTS -- Signed CB Jason David to four-year contract.

STEELERS -- Signed OT Max Starks to tender offer of $1.85 million.


KINGS -- Signed RW Teddy Purcell to multi-year contract.

Pro hockey

NHL playoffs

Conference Semifinals (Best of seven; *-if necessary) Eastern Conference Buffalo vs. N.Y. Rangers (Buffalo leads series 2-0) Game 1: Buffalo 5, N.Y. Rangers 2 Yesterday: Buffalo 3, N.Y. Rangers 2 Tomorrow: at N.Y. Rangers, 2 p.m. Tuesday: at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. *Friday: at Buffalo, 7 p.m. *May 6: at N.Y. Rangers, 2 p.m. *May 8: at Buffalo, 7 p.m. New Jersey vs. Ottawa (Ottawa leads series 1-0) Game 1: Ottawa 5, New Jersey 4 Today: at New Jersey, 8 p.m. Monday: at Ottawa, 7 p.m. Wednesday: at Ottawa, 7 p.m. *Next Saturday: at New Jersey, 8 p.m. *May 7: at Ottawa, 7 p.m. *May 9: at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Western Conference Detroit vs. San Jose (San Jose leads series 1-0) Game 1: San Jose 2, Detroit 0 Today: at Detroit, 3 p.m. Monday: at San Jose, 10 p.m. Wednesday: at San Jose, 10 p.m. *Next Saturday: at Detroit, 2 p.m. *May 7: at San Jose, TBA *May 9: at Detroit, TBA Anaheim vs. Vancouver (Anaheim leads series 1-0) Game 1: Anaheim 5, Vancouver 1 Yesterday: at Anaheim Tomorrow: at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Tuesday: at Vancouver, 10 p.m. *Thursday: at Anaheim, 9 p.m. *May 6: at Vancouver, 8 p.m. *May 8: at Anaheim, TBA


Minor leagues

Yesterday Bowie 3, Erie 2 Hagerstown 10, Delmarva 9, 11 innings Potomac 5, Frederick 4 Richmond 4, Norfolk 1, 11 innings Today Potomac at Frederick, 2 p.m. Delmarva at Hagerstown, 6:35 p.m. Richmond at Norfolk, 7 p.m. Erie at Bowie, 7:05 p.m.

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