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October 09, 1993

Auto racing

International Motor Sports Association -- Announced that it will have Exxon as its title sponsor for the new World Sports Car championship. The open-cockpit, two-seater World Sports Cars will replace IMSA's flagship series, the Camel GT, beginning at Daytona on Feb. 5-6.

Baseball

California Angels -- Announced C John Orton, C Ron Tingley and IF Jim Walewander cleared waivers, making them free agents. Sent P Jerry Nielsen to Triple-A Vancouver.

Cincinnati Reds -- Announced that OF Gary Varsho has opted for free agency.

Houston Astros -- Purchased the contract of OF Braulio Castillo from Triple-A Tucson. Waived P Rob Mallicoat.

Kansas City Royals -- Named Ron Johnson manager of Double-A Memphis and Mike Jirschele manager of Single-A Wilmington. Named Sixto Lezcano coach at Wilmington.

Los Angeles Dodgers -- Announced that IF Lenny Harris, IF Mike Sharperson and C Don Wakamatsu chose to become free agents after the trio was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Pittsburgh Pirates -- Reinstated P Alejandro Pena, P Zane Smith and P Randy Tomlin from the DL. Purchased former Orioles minor-league OF Stanton Cameron from Double-A Carolina. Outrighted P Tony Menendez, P Paul Miller, P Mark Petkovsek and OF Andy Tomberlin to Triple-A Buffalo.

Seattle Mariners -- Outrighted P Kerry Woodson and Steve Ontiveros to Triple-A Calgary. Announced that Ontiveros refused the assignment and became a free agent.

Geneva (N.Y.) Cubs (Single-A) -- Owners announced that, if they get New York-Pennsylvania League approval, they will move to Williamsport, Pa.

Basketball

Boston Celtics -- Signed first-round draft pick Acie Earl to a multi-year contract. Signed restricted free-agent F Lorenzo Williams.

Cleveland Cavaliers -- Signed C Greg Wiltjer.

Denver Nuggets -- Signed F Marcus Liberty, F Shaun Vandiver, G Darnell Mee and former Washington Bullets F Tom Hammonds. Invited G Reggie Theus to training camp.

Indiana Pacers -- Signed former Bullets G Ledell Eackles.

Miami Heat -- Signed G Jeff Martin.

Orlando Magic -- Named Buzz Braman shooting consultant. Signed G Litterial Green.

Football

NFL -- Decided not to fine Los Angeles Raiders DT Nolan Harrison for shoving umpire Dennis Riggs during an argument last weekend in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs. While protesting a ruling that he had failed to recover a fumble by the Chiefs, Harrison made contact with Riggs, resulting in Harrison's ejection.

Los Angeles Rams -- Claimed LB Brett Collins off waivers from the Green Bay Packers. Signed free-agent CB Wymon Henderson.

New York Giants -- Waived WR Keith Crawford and re-signed him to the practice squad.

Hockey

Hartford Whalers -- Released F Jay Caufield. Signed D Chris Pronger.

New York Islanders -- Recalled LW Joe Day and LW Brent Grieve from IHL Salt Lake. Assigned C Scott Scissons and RW Steve Junker to Salt Lake.

New York Rangers -- Sent D Sergei Zubov and D Mattias Norstrom to AHL Binghamton.

Philadelphia Flyers -- Announced the retirement of D Ric Nattress.

Pittsburgh Penguins -- Traded D Paul Stanton to the Boston Bruins for a third-round pick in the 1994 draft.

San Jose Sharks -- Assigned F Dale Craigwell to IHL Kansas City.

Vancouver Canucks -- Signed G Kay Whitmore to a multiyear contract.

Horse racing

Belmont Park -- Stewards suspended three thoroughbred racing trainers -- John F. Mazza, Spasoje Dimitrijevic and Peter Ferriola -- after finding that horses under the care of the men ran races with cocaine derivatives in their systems.

Soccer

Spirit (NPSL) -- Signed F Rob Ukrop, F Tarik Walker and M Clark Brisson.

Cleveland Crunch (NPSL) -- Signed former Blast D Glenn Carbonara to a two-year contract. Placed M Tim Bartro and M Marko Bartulovic on the suspended list for failing to report to training camp.

Colorado Foxes (APSL) -- Announced D Mark Santel has been named to the U.S. National Team for its Oct. 23 match against Ukraine.

Los Angeles Salsa (APSL) -- Announced the resignation of coach Rildo Menezes.

Television

NBC Sports -- Reached an agreement for the exclusive broadcast and cable television rights to cover the 1995 and 1997 Ryder Cup matches.

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