Auto racing Minardi -- Italian team named Christian...


December 21, 1991

Auto racing Minardi -- Italian team named Christian Fittipaldi, 20-year-old nephew of former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, as driver on the Formula One circuit.

Baseball Atlanta Braves -- Did not offer a contract to P Mark Grant (sat out the 1991 season with an arm injury), making him a free agent.

Boston Red Sox -- Agreed to terms with P Frank Viola (13-15, 3.97 ERA in 1991 with the New York Mets; 1988 AL Cy Young Award winner) on a 3-year contract worth at least $13.9 million.

Cleveland Indians -- Did not offer contracts to P Doug Jones (club's career saves leader), P Eric King (6-11, 4.60) and OF Chris James (.238, 5 HRs, 41 RBI), making them free agents.

Detroit Tigers -- Agreed to terms with OF Dan Gladden (lifetime .272 hitter) on a 2-year contract for $2.2 million. Did not offer contracts to P Jeff Kaiser (5 IP), C Andy Allanson (.232 in 151 AB) and IF Johnny Paredes (.333 in 18 AB).

Houston Astros -- Agreed to terms with Gerald Young (led NL outfielders in fielding percentage, putouts in 1989) on a 1-year contract worth a reported $310,000, plus bonuses.

Milwaukee Brewers -- Agreed to a 1-year contract with 2B Jim Gantner (.283, 2 HRs, 47 RBI).

Minnesota Twins -- Did not offer a contract to P Allan Anderson (5-11, 4.96 ERA).

New York Mets -- Agreed to terms with 2B Willie Randolph (.327, 60 runs with Milwaukee) on a 1-year contract.

San Diego Padres -- Did not offer a contract to IF Phil Stephenson (7 AB).

Texas Rangers -- Agreed to terms with P Todd Burns on a minor-league contract.

Nippon Ham Fighters (Japanese Pacific League) -- Signed 1B-OF Mike Marshall (.270 career average with 148 HRs and 550 RBI) to a 2-year contract.

Basketball NBA -- Fined Washington Bullets F Harvey Grant $7,500 and suspended him for 1 game and fined San Antonio Spurs C David Robinson $5,000 for fighting in a game Dec. 18. Fined Donald Royal, Morlon Wiley, Grag Sutton, Tom Copa, Vinnie Johnson, Terry Cummings and Antoine Carr of San Antonio and A.J. English, Ledell Eackles, Larry Stewart, Greg Foster, Pervis Ellison and Ralph Sampson of Washington $500 each for leaving their benches during the incident.

Colleges Bowling Green -- Agreed with football coach Gary Blackney on a 5-year contract extension.

Clemson -- Suspended G David Young (11.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg) from the school for academic reasons.

Idaho -- Reinstated F Deon Watson to the basketball team.

Texas -- Named Notre Dame defensive coordinator Gary Darnell and Illinois offensive coordinator Gene Dahlquist to the football staff of new Texas coach John Mackovic. Darnell will join the staff immediately and won't accompany Notre Dame to the USF&G Sugar Bowl for its game with Florida on New Year's Day.

Football Cleveland Browns -- Placed WR Lynn James on IR.

Hockey NHL -- Suspended New York Rangers D Jeff Beukeboom for 4 games for hitting the San Jose Sharks' Perry Berezan with his stick Monday. The suspension will take effect Thursday, unless the Rangers notify the league that they waive the period of appeal.

Chicago Blackhawks -- Recalled C Mike Stapleton and D Cam Russell from Indianapolis (IHL). Sent D Ryan McGill to Indianapolis. Named former player Jim Pappin director of professional scouting.

Philadelphia Flyers -- Sent G Dominic Roussel (2-4-2 record, 2.67 goals-against average) to Hershey (AHL) to make room for G Ron Hextall, who hasn't played since Nov. 27 but is expected to today.

Winnipeg Jets -- Recalled G Rick Tabaracci and former Washington Capitals D Kent Paynter from Moncton (AHL). They replaced injured G Bob Essensa (hamstring) and D Moe Mantha (hyperextended elbow).

Tennis USTA -- Michael Burns resigned as director of tournaments.

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