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MLB -- Suspended Rangers minor league P Francisco Cruceta 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing substance.

MARLINS -- Recalled OF Reggie Abercrombie from Triple-A Albuquerque. Optioned OF Eric Reed to Albuquerque.

METS -- Signed P Brian Lawrence to minor league contract.

REDS -- Released P Rheal Cormier. Placed P Eric Milton (Maryland) on 15-day DL. Activated P Jared Burton from 15-day DL.


NCAA -- Reduced suspension of former Ohio State men's basketball coach Jim O'Brien from five years to two years.

CHARLESTON -- Announced that men's basketball junior C Josh Jackson will transfer.

DELAWARE -- Named Jeff Rafferty men's basketball assistant coach.

MIAMI (FLA.) -- Announced resignation of AD Paul Dee, effective June 1, 2008.

NEW MEXICO -- Announced resignation of men's basketball assistant coach Billy Garrett to become associate head coach at Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi.

PENN STATE -- Named Maren Walseth, Keila Whittington and Annie Troyan women's basketball assistant coaches.


BILLS -- Signed DB Duane Coleman. Waived DT Manuel Wright.

JAGUARS -- Signed CB Bruce Thornton.

RAIDERS -- Fired senior personnel executive Michael Lombardi.

TITANS -- Signed former Ravens OL Marques Ogden, QB Tim Rattay and FB Jonathan Evans. Claimed LB Gilbert Gardner off waivers from Colts. Waived DT Marcus White, FB Nic Luc and DT Adrian Haywood.

High schools

LOYOLA -- Named Blast player Lee Tschantret soccer coach.


NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE -- Awarded franchise to Boston, to begin play in 2008 season.

BOSTON -- Named Tom Ryan coach.



Johns Hopkins 7, Mary Washington 6 Wesley at Salisbury, ccd.

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