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BLUE JAYS -- Activated P Roy Halladay from 15-day DL. Optioned P Jesse Litsch to Double-A New Hampshire.

DIAMONDBACKS -- Agreed to four-year contract with P Max Scherzer.

INDIANS -- Recalled OF Franklin Gutierrez from Triple-A Buffalo. Optioned P Mike Koplove to Buffalo.

PADRES -- Agreed to contract with P Jeremy McBryde. Claimed OF Hiram Bocachica off waivers from Athletics.


BOBCATS -- Named Rod Higgins GM.

GRIZZLIES -- Named Marc Iavaroni coach.

PACERS -- Named Jim O'Brien coach.

AMERICAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION -- Granted expansion team to Baltimore to begin play in 2007-08 season and announced that nickname will be Bay Lions.

BAY LIONS (ABA) -- Named Kirk Mitchell coach and director of operations.


ARMY -- Named Tim Volkmann assistant director of athletic communications.

BRADLEY -- Named Steve Merfeld men's basketball assistant coach.

DUQUESNE -- Named Blaine Patterson and Tasha Butts women's basketball assistant coaches.

EASTERN MICHIGAN -- Named Doug Dowdy associate athletic director and Dave Donnelly men's basketball assistant coach.

PRINCETON -- Named Courtney Banghart women's basketball coach.


CANADIENS -- Acquired F Ryan Russell from Rangers for 2007 seventh-round draft pick and signed him to three-year contract. Signed F Janne Lahti to one-year contract.

CAPITALS -- Signed D Sami Lepisto to two-year contract.

HURRICANES -- Re-signed G Cam Ward to three-year contract.

LIGHTNING -- Named Mike Sullivan assistant coach. Signed G Riku Helenius and C Chris Lawrence to three-year contracts.


IGNITION (MISL) -- Agreed to terms with coach Mark Pulisic on two-year contract extension through 2008-09.

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