Auto racing


JOE GIBBS RACING -- Signed Kyle Busch to multi-year contract and to drive for No. 18 team in Nextel Cup Series beginning 2008.

PETTY ENTERPISES -- Named Doug Randolph crew chief for No. 43 team in Nextel Cup Series.



ATHLETICS -- Acquired IF Jack Hannahan from Tigers for OF Jason Perry. Purchased contract of Hannahan from Triple-A Sacramento. Optioned IF J.J. Furmaniak to Sacramento.

CUBS -- Purchased contract of P Carmen Pignatiello from Triple-A Iowa. Recalled IF-OF Jake Fox from Iowa. Optioned P Sean Gallagher and IF Eric Patterson to Iowa. Transferred C Henry Blanco from 15- to 60-day DL.

DODGERS -- Placed 3B Nomar Garciaparra on 15-day DL. Recalled P Eric Hull from Triple-A Las Vegas.

METS -- Activated OF Marlon Anderson from bereavement list. Optioned former Orioles IF-OF David Newhan to Triple-A New Orleans.

NATIONALS -- Activated P Shawn Hill from 15-day DL. Optioned P Billy Traber to Triple-A Columbus. Agreed to terms with P Josh Smoker and assigned him to Gulf Coast League Nationals.

PADRES -- Activated P Doug Brocail from bereavement list. Optioned P Mike Thompson to Triple-A Portland.

PIRATES -- Designated P Masumi Kuwata for assignment. Placed C-OF Ryan Doumit on 15-day DL. Transferred P Zach Duke from 15- to 60-day DL. Purchased contracts of IF Matt Kata and C Carlos Maldonado from Triple-A Indianapolis.


RANGERS -- Agreed with P Blake Beavan, 17th overall selection in June draft, on minor league contract.

REDS -- Placed C David Ross on 15-day DL. Purchased contract of C Ryan Jorgensen from Triple-A Louisville. Assigned IF Mark Bellhorn outright to Louisville.

ROCKIES -- Activated P Brian Fuentes from 15-day DL. Designated P Tim Harikkala for assignment.


CAVALIERS -- Named John Kuester assistant coach.

CLIPPERS -- Signed F Josh Powell.


STORM (WNBA) -- Signed F Astou Ndiaye-Diatta.


RAIDERS -- Waived OL Ben Claxton.

RAMS -- Signed WR Rasheed Marshall. Released TE Steve Buches.

SEAHAWKS -- Signed CB DeJuan Groce. Released P Kyle Stringer.

TITANS -- Claimed DE Jason Hall off waivers from Panthers.


VIKINGS -- Signed LB George Hall and LB Cameron Siskowic.


COLORADO -- Announced G Candace Parker has left women's basketball team.

FLORIDA A&M; -- Fired men's basketball coach Mike Gillespie.

High schools

NORTHEAST -- Hal Sparks resigned as football coach. Named assistant coach Kevin Kylus head coach.