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BLUE JAYS -- Signed P Joe Kennedy to minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Syracuse.

BREWERS -- Placed P Claudio Vargas on 15-day DL.

CUBS -- Activated OF Alfonso Soriano from 15-day DL. Optioned P Carmen Pignatiello to Triple-A Iowa. Sent C Koyie Hill outright to Iowa.

METS -- Activated OF Endy Chavez from 15-day DL. Optioned P Brian Lawrence to Triple-A New Orleans.

ORIOLES -- Designated P Paul Shuey for assignment. Recalled P Kurt Birkins from Triple-A Norfolk.

REDS -- Activated C David Ross from 15-day DL.

YANKEES -- Optioned P Sean Henn to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Recalled formoer Orioles P Chris Britton from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


SUNS -- Signed G D.J. Strawberry (Maryland) to two-year contract.


EAST CAROLINA -- Suspended sophomore QB Rob Kass one game for violating team policy.

MIAMI -- Suspended sophomore WR Sam Shields one game for violating team rules.

TEXAS -- Extended contract of football coach Mack Brown two years through 2016 season.


BENGALS -- Released FB Stan White Jr. (Gilman) and WR Tony Kays. Placed LB David Pollack on physically-unable-to-perform list. Placed OT Adam Kieft and DE Jimmy Verdon on IR.

BILLS -- Placed OL Aaron Merz on IR. Released OT Walter Stith, DB Jon Corto and WR Felton Huggins.

BRONCOS -- Released DE Kenard Lang, P Paul Ernster, WR-KR David Kircus, DL Demetrin Veal, K Brandon Pace, WR David Terrell, RB Cedric Cobbs, RB Troy Fleming and S Quentin Harris. Placed WR Rod Smith on PUP list. Transferred OT Doug Nienhuis and CB Lamont Reid to reserve/NFL Europa list. Waived TE Teyo Johnson.

BROWNS -- Placed C LeCharles Bentley on PUP list.

BUCCANEERS -- Claimed LB Leon Joe (Maryland) off waivers from Bears. Placed G Jeb Terry and TE Matt Herian on IR. Released P Sean Douglas.

CARDINALS -- Claimed P Mike Barr off waivers from Steelers.

CHIEFS -- Released OT Kevin Sampson, OT George Batiste, OT Ramiro Pruneda, CB Marcus Maxey, CB Michael Bragg, DE Chris Harris, TE Mike Pinkard, WR Titus Ryan and WR Brent Little. Terminated contract of WR Rod Gardner. Placed G Chris Bober, FB Greg Hanoian, LB David Hicks and WR Maurice Price on IR.

COLTS -- Released WR Aaron Brown, WR Brian Hare, DE Noland Burchette, OT Gabe Hall, DT Tom Johnson, CB Cedrick Holt, S Norman LeJeune and QB Mike McGann. Terminated contract of G Rick DeMulling. Placed LB Keith O'Neil on IR-waived list.

FALCONS -- Claimed DL Montavious Stanley off waivers from Cowboys. Placed CB Omare Lowe on IR. Waived DT Michael Bozeman, P Adam Anderson, S Jeramie Johnson, WR Ben Nelson and DL Kelly Talavou. Placed S Nick Turnbull on waived-injured list.

GIANTS -- Placed LS Ryan Kuehl on IR.

JAGUARS -- Claimed LB Roy Manning off waivers from Bills. Released LB Chris Claiborne.

LIONS -- Released OT Rex Tucker, FB Keith Belton, CB Ike Charlton, LB Cole Haley, LB James Hargrave, DE Marcus Lewis and WR Edell Shepherd. Placed S Daniel Bullocks on IR.

PANTHERS -- Waived RB Marlion Jackson. Placed QB Brett Basanez and DE Rondell Biggs on IR. Placed WR Justin McCullum on waived-injured list. Placed WR Josh Davis on reserve/non-football illness list.

PATRIOTS -- Signed CB Asante Samuel to one-year contract. Released OL Chris Patrick. Placed WR Troy Brown, WR Chad Jackson and CB Eddie Jackson on PUP list. Placed DB Mike Richardson on IR. Released OL Chris Patrick.

RAVENS -- Activated OT Jonathan Ogden from PUP list. Released G Keydrick Vincent. Placed RB P.J. Daniels on IR.

SEAHAWKS -- Released OT Jonathan Alston, QB Erik Meyer, CB Dennis Davis, G Jason Murphy, S Patrick Ghee, WR Robert Ortiz, RB A.J. Harris, LB Marcus Rucker, WR Chris Jones, K Kurt Smith, C Austin King and TE Andy Stokes.

TEXANS -- Released FB Patrick Pass. Placed OT Charles Spencer on PUP list.

TITANS -- Agreed to terms with DT Corey Simon. Released K John Vaughn.

VIKINGS -- Waived WR Justin Surrency. Waived LB Cameron Siskowic and CB Mike Hawkins.

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