BaseballAtlanta Braves -- Optioned C Kelly Mann (.143 in...

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March 28, 1991

Baseball

Atlanta Braves -- Optioned C Kelly Mann (.143 in 28 at-bats) and C Jim Kremers (.110 in 73 at-bats) to Class AAA Richmond. Sent P Randy Kramer (0-3, 4.50 ERA with Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs) to minor-league camp for assignment.

Houston Astros -- Optioned P Randy Hennis (0-0, 0.00 in 9.2 IP) to Class AAA Tucson. Sent P Kevin Coffman (0-2, 11.29 with Cubs), P Terry Clark (13.50 in 4.0 IP) and P Dan Murphy to minor-league camp for assignment. Sent OF Bert Hunter outright to Class AAA Tucson. Released OF Darnell Coles (.209, 3, 20 with Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers) from non-roster invitation.

St. Louis Cardinals -- Announced resignation of Mark Sauer, executive VP and CEO. Named Stuart Meyer executive VP and CEO.

San Diego Padres -- Claimed P Jose Melendez on waivers from Mariners.

Basketball

Los Angeles Clippers -- Placed C Ken Bannister (Southwestern; 2.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg) on injured list. Activated C Mike Smrek (1.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg). Announced that G Gary Grant (8.9 ppg, 8.9 apg; soreness and stiffness in right knee) will undergo arthroscopic surgery today.

Boxing

WBC -- Three-time world champion Jeff Fenech (25-0) of Australia signed 4-fight deal with promoter Don King. His first fight will be to challenge Azumah Nelson of Ghana for super-featherweight title in Las Vegas on June 28.

Colleges

NCAA -- Banned University of Minnesota football team from postseason play next season and stripped men's basketball squad of 1 scholarship next year for rules infractions.

American International -- Named Randey Mercer men's lacrosse coach.

East Carolina -- Named Eddie Payne, associate coach at South )) Carolina, men's basketball coach.

Iona -- Named Jerry Welsh (494-141 at Potsdam State) men's basketball coach.

Kansas State -- Named Patti Hagemeyer women's volleyball coach.

Montevallo -- Named Rob Spivery AD.

Navy -- Named Kevin Kiesel, offensive coordinator at Fordham the past 2 years, defensive interior-line coach.

Old Dominion -- Named former Maryland assistant Oliver Purnell men's basketball coach.

Western Carolina -- Basketball player Carey Rich (13.0 ppg, 5.7 apg) Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, said he will leave school at end of spring semester.

Football

zTC Los Angeles Rams -- Signed DT Benjamin Thomas Jr., LB Michael Lindsey and OG Darren Grudt.

New York Jets -- Signed LB Bobby Houston, Plan B free agent from Atlanta Falcons.

San Antonio Riders (WLAF) -- Lost QB Jason Garrett (separated right shoulder) for 5 games and S Carlo Cheattom (knee) for rest of season. Lee Saltz will start at QB.

Hockey

Hartford Whalers -- Signed GM Ed Johnston to 3-year contract extension through May 1995.

Soccer

U.S. Soccer Federation -- Named Bora Milutinovic U.S. team coach and agreed to terms on contract through December 1994. Named John Kowalski, interim coach, interim assistant coach.

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