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ANGELS -- Announced retirement of GM Bill Stoneman, who will remain with team as senior adviser. Named Tony Reagins GM and Abe Flores director of player personnel.

CUBS -- Promoted Oneri Fleita to VP of player personnel.

NATIONALS -- Promoted Squire Galbreath II to assistant GM for baseball administration. Assigned P Micah Bowie and OF Alex Escobar outright to Triple-A Columbus. Announced that P Jason Simontacchi chose minor league free agency. ORIOLES -- Claimed P Roberto Novoa off waivers from Cubs.

RANGERS -- Signed P Frank Francisco to one-year contract.

REDS -- Named Butch Baccala and Jeff Taylor major league scouts, Paul Pierson assistant director for player development and scouting, Freddy Benavides minor league field coordinator and Joe Katuska amateur scout.


CELTICS -- Waived C Esteban Batista.

MYSTICS (WNBA) -- Signed assistant coach Crystal Robinson.


NCAA -- Placed Ball State on two years' probation and reduced number of football and men's tennis scholarships for violations in athletics program.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S -- Hired interim AD Lynne P. Robinson as AD.

NEBRASKA -- Named Tom Osborne interim AD.


BENGALS -- Signed WR Courtney Roby to two-year contract. Activated CB Johnathan Joseph from suspended list. Placed WR Tab Perry and S Ethan Kilmer on IR.

BRONCOS -- Signed LB Jordan Beck. Released LB D.D. Lewis.

BUCCANEERS -- Acquired RB Michael Bennett from Chiefs for undisclosed 2008 and 2009 draft picks.

CARDINALS -- Signed QB Tim Hasselbeck. Released DE Quentin Moses.

CHARGERS -- Acquired WR Chris Chambers from Dolphins for 2008 second-round draft pick.

DOLPHINS -- Released S Donovin Darius. Placed DT Chase Page on IR.

REDSKINS -- Released G Kili Lefotu and FB Brian Bell from practice squad. Signed T Kevin Sampson and T Calvin Armstrong to practice squad.

SEAHAWKS -- Signed DT Howard Green.

High school

ST. MARY'S -- Hired Jim Hanley as softball coach.


BRUINS -- Signed F Brad Marchand.

SABRES -- Agreed to four-year contract extension through 2011-12 season with F Jochen Hecht.

SENATORS -- Signed C Randy Robitaille to one-year contract.


NLL -- Announced it is canceling 2008 season because Professional Lacrosse Players Association's executive committee rejected league's collective bargaining agreement proposal.

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