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January 24, 1992

Baseball Major League Baseball Properties -- Announced agreement with Upper Deck Card Company to produce a minor-league set of 350 cards.

Baltimore Orioles -- Signed P Darrel Akerfelds (2-1, 5.26 ERA with the Philadelphia Phillies) to a Class AAA contract.

California Angels -- Agreed to terms with P Charlie Kerfeld (Mexican League last season) on a minor-league contract.

Chicago Cubs -- Announced a tentative agreement to buy the Rockford Expos of the Class A Midwest League. Agreed to one-year contracts with P Greg Maddux (15-11, 3.35 ERA) for $4.2 million and OF Dwight Smith (.228, 3 HRs, 21 RBI) for $450,000, respectively. Maddux had been seeking $4.4 million in arbitration; the club had offered $3.65 million. Smith had sought $500,000; the club had offered $375,000.

Cincinnati Reds -- Designated C Troy Afenir for reassignment.

Los Angeles Dodgers -- Agreed to one-year contracts with P Jay Howell (6-5, 3.18 ERA, 16 saves) for $2,575,000 and IF Jeff Hamilton (out most of last season with a torn knee ligament) for $497,500, respectively. Howell had asked for $2.75 million in arbitration; the Dodgers had offered $2.4 million. Hamilton had asked for $545,000; the Dodgers had offered $450,000. Agreed to a one-year contract with IF Mike Sharperson (.277, 2 HRs, 20 RBI).

New York Mets -- Agreed to a one-year contract with C Charlie O'Brien (.195, 2 HRs, 14 RBI) for a $370,000, one-year contract. O'Brien had asked for $450,000 and was offered $285,000.

San Diego Padres -- Signed P Randy Myers (6-13, 3.55 with the Cincinnati Reds) to a one-year contract for $2.35 million. He had asked for $2.7 million; the club had offered $2.05 million.

San Francisco Giants -- Signed P Jeff Brantley (5-2, 2.45 ERA, 15 saves) to a one-year contract for $1,125,000. Brantley had asked for $1.4 million; the club had offered $850,000. Signed P Mike Jackson (acquired from Seattle Mariners) to a $6.9 million contract for three years. Jackson had asked for $1.95 million; the club had offered $1.2 million.

Basketball

NBA -- Fined Indiana Pacers G George McCloud $10,000 and suspended him without pay for one game for punching Cleveland Cavaliers G John Battle after a game Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Seattle SuperSonics -- Named George Karl coach.

WBL -- Announced that Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been awarded a franchise for the 1992 season.

Colleges

Maryland Baltimore County -- Announced that Tom Rider, a member of the athletic staff for 25 years, will retire at the end of the semester.

Miami -- Announced that QB Chris Walsh, brother of former Hurricanes QB Steve Walsh, has committed to the school.

San Diego State -- Fired offensive coordinator Dave Lay.

South Carolina -- Announced the reinstatement of women's softball.

Texas -- Named Gary Darnell assistant head football coach.

Football

Green Bay Packers -- Named Nolan Cromwell special teams coach.

New York Giants -- Named David Brazil (Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator the past two years) linebackers coach.

Seattle Seahawks -- Named Frank Brasher defensive line coach.

Washington Marauders (PSFL) -- Named Guy Morriss coach, Brian Gardner wide receivers coach and Julius Adams defensive line coach.

Hockey

Philadelphia Flyers -- Announced that F Rick Tocchet (11 goals, assists) will miss three to four weeks with a stress fracture in his left heel. Announced that D Jiri Latal (1, 2) had cleared waivers and was reassigned to Hershey (AHL).

San Jose Sharks -- Recalled D David Williams from Kansas City (IHL).

Vancouver Canucks -- Announced that RW Garry Valk (10 goals, 11 assists) will be lost indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

Olympics

Team USA -- Hockey team released former Boston College F Bill Guerin and 1984 Olympian F David A. Jensen.

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