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ASTROS -- Fired manager Phil Garner and GM Tim Purpura. Named Cecil Cooper interim manager and Tal Smith interim GM.

PIRATES -- Sent P Steve MacFarland to Giants to complete earlier trade.

TIGERS -- Placed OF-DH Gary Sheffield on 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 22. Recalled OF Timo Perez from Triple-A Toledo.


CELTICS -- Signed F James Posey.

MAGIC -- Signed F Marcin Gortat.


BEARS -- Released LB Leon Joe (Maryland), DT Justin Frick, WR Timon Marshall, OL Tyler McMeans, K Nick Novak (Maryland), WR Clinton Solomon, S Jay Staggs, P Joel Stelly and WR Brandon Rideau.

BILLS -- Released WR Donovan Morgan, LB Roy Manning, CB Reggie Lewis, CB Chris Thompson, QB Kevin Eakin and K D.J. Fitzpatrick.

BROWNS -- Released K Jesse Ainsworth, DB Therrian Fontenot, DE Orien Harris, WR Mike Mason, WR Kendrick Mosley, TE Buck Ortega, WR Efrem Hill, FB J.R. Niklos and DB Justin Sandy. Placed P Kyle Basler and DL Alvin Smith on non-football injury list.

BUCCANEERS -- Released OL Jonathan Clinkscale, WR Jovon Bouknight, WR Kyle Smith, WR Chad Owens, DE Tim Jones, DE Jeremy Pittman, OT Jabari Levey, C Nick Mihlhauser and FB Zach Tuiasosopo.

CARDINALS -- Placed OT Oliver Ross and WR Ahmad Merritt on IR. Released CB Travarous Bain, DT Ray Blagman, TE John Bronson, G Jon Hameister-Ries, WR Greg Lee, S Hanik Milligan, K Ricky Schmitt and WR Todd Watkins.

CHARGERS -- Released TE T.J. Cottrell, CB Quinton Jones, S Miguel Merrick, LB Zach Latimer, OT Mike Jones, G Jeremy Sheffey, QB Brett Elliott, WR Rhema McKnight, WR Rich Musinski and WR Sonny Shackelford. Placed RB Tyronne Gross on IR.

COWBOYS -- Released NT Montavious Stanley, OT Jason Hilliard, NT Ola Dagunduro, LB Dedrick Harrington, LB Alex Obomese, WR Jerard Rabb, RB Jackie Battle, WR Jamaica Rector and WR Jamel Richardson.

DOLPHINS -- Released P Ryan Flinn, S Chris Harrell, CB Shirdonya Mitchell, RB Ray Perkins, K Matt Prater, TE Jason Rader, WR David Sutton, S Christopher Vedder and DT Kevin Vickerson.

EAGLES -- Released K E.J. Cochrane, WR Dereck Faulkner, TE Kyle Hunt, WR Jermaine Jamison, S Chris Smith and G Chris White. Placed DE Jerome McDougle, RB Ryan Moats and G Stefan Rodgers on IR.

49ERS -- Placed WR C.J. Brewer on IR. Placed DE Melvin Oliver on reserve/physically unable to perform list.

GIANTS -- Placed DT Marcus Bell on IR. Released WR Will Buchanon, TE Rodney Burgess, DB Richard Yancy, C Nick Jones, OL Myniya Smith and LB Karibi Dede.

JAGUARS -- Released TE Jermaine Wiggins, S Nick Sorensen, LB Jorge Cordova, WR Jimmy Farris, FB Derrick Wimbush, OT Andrew Carnahan, WR Roosevelt Kiser, WR D'Juan Woods, QB Lester Ricard, RB D.D. Terry and DE Jeremy Mincey.

JETS -- Released WR Tim Dwight, DE Darrell Adams, DT Zarnell Fitch, RB Tony Hollings, CB Rayshaun Kizer, OL Nick Smith, WR Dante Ridgeway and WR Juan Wong.

PACKERS -- Placed FB Ryan Powdrell on IR.

RAVENS -- Released QB Drew Olson, P Brendan Carney, long snapper Nick Leeson, RB Greg Pruitt Jr., CB Terrence Maze and S Bobby Blackshire. Placed OL Steve Edwards on IR. Placed LB Dan Cody and LB Mike Smith on physically-unable-to-perform list.

STEELERS -- Released RB Kevan Barlow, WR Eric Fowler, DE Derrick Jones, C Jared Retkofsky, RB Larry Croom, P Mike Barr, K Connor Hughes, LB Richard Koonce, C Donovan Raiola and WR Dan Sheldon.

VIKINGS -- Acquired QB Kelly Holcomb from Eagles for undisclosed 2009 draft pick. Released QB Drew Henson, DT Joe Bradley, G Josh Day, DT Alex Guerrero, LB John Kerr, WR Todd Lowber, P Alex Reyes and CB Jerron Wishom.


ALABAMA -- Suspended WR Keith Brown and LB Prince Hall one game each for violations of team rules.

NEVADA -- Declared junior men's basketball G Lyndale Burleson academically eligible for fall semester.

SYRACUSE -- Named Gary Gait women's lacrosse coach.


AVALANCHE -- Signed D Brett Clark to two-year contract extension through 2009-10.

CAPITALS -- Re-signed D John Erskine to two-year contract.

DUCKS -- Signed LW Chris Kunitz to four-year contract extension through 2011-12.

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