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January 06, 1995

Baseball

Chicago Cubs -- Named Gary Matthews minor-league hitting coordinator.

Los Angeles Dodgers -- Signed C Tom Prince and OF Matias Carrillo to minor-league contracts and invited both players to spring training.

Milwaukee Brewers -- Announced that manager Tim Ireland and pitching coach Rob Derksen will return to Double-A El Paso. Named Ken Phelps hitting instructor at El Paso.

New York Yankees -- Renewed the contracts of assistant GM Tim McCleary and coaches Brian Butterfield, Tony Cloninger, Billy Connors, Rick Down and Willie Randolph; re-assigned coach Clete Boyer as a roving instructor.

St. Louis Cardinals -- Named Scott Melvin manager, Mauricio Nunez hitting instructor, Dave Ricketts pitching coach and Steve Proctor trainer of Single-A Savannah.

Basketball

Detroit Pistons -- Waived C Mike Peplowski (2.0 ppg).

Golden State Warriors -- Suspended G Latrell Sprewell one game for an unexcused absence from practice.

Los Angeles Clippers -- Activated G Gary Grant from the injured list. Waived C Matt Fish (4.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg).

Colleges

Alabama-Birmingham -- Named Rick Christophel, receivers coach at Mississippi State the past four years, offensive coordinator.

Colorado -- Offensive coordinator Elliot Uzelac, former Navy coach, says he plans to remain under new coach Rick Neuheisel.

Denver -- Released AD Jack McDonald from the final year of his contract. Phillip Hogue will serve as interim AD.

Florida -- Announced that LB Darren Hambrick and LB Anthony Riggins have been dismissed from the football team for fighting during a team meal two nights before the Sugar Bowl.

Harbor -- Suspended Louie Nelson, who coached the community college's women's basketball team to its first state championship last year, for allegedly striking one of his players, identified by the Torrance (Calif.) Daily Breeze as sophomore G LaTrece Polk.

U. of Miami -- Football coach Dennis Erickson filed a lawsuit against the school, asking the school to pay for his legal fees from the Bryan Fortay case. Fortay sued the university, alleging that it reneged on an oral contract that he would be the starting quarterback.

Morehouse -- Named Maurice Hunt football coach; he was 7-27-1 at Kentucky State after going 48-57-3 at Morehouse from 1979 to 1989.

Ohio -- Named the following football assistants: Bill Mitchell, assistant head coach and running backs coach; Mike Sewak, offensive coordinator and offensive line; Tim DeRuyter, defensive coordinator and secondary; Ray McCartney, recruiting coordinator and outside linebackers; Jeff Mullen, tight ends; Brian Knorr, inside linebackers; Troy Calhoun, quarterbacks; and Leon Tolbert, wide receivers.

Oklahoma State -- Named Ted Gill defensive coordinator, Les Miles offensive coordinator and Johnny Barr an assistant coach. Announced that Mike Gundy, Vance Bedford and Tommy Kaiser will remain on the staff.

Pittsburgh -- Announced that basketball F Chad Varga (11.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg) will miss four to six weeks because of a wrist injury.

Vanderbilt -- Named George Catavolos defensive coordinator, Steve Franks administrative assistant and Ken Whisenhunt tight ends coach.

Football

Atlanta Falcons -- Fired defensive coordinator Jim Bates. Named Joe Haering defensive coordinator.

Detroit Lions -- Signed coach Wayne Fontes to a two-year contract extension through 1997.

Houston Oilers -- Agreed to a multi-year contract with coach Jeff Fisher.

New York Jets -- Fired coach Pete Carroll, offensive line coach Larry Beightol, tight ends coach Don Breaux, defensive line coach Larry Coyer, defensive backs coach Ed Donatell, linebackers coach Foge Fazio, quarterbacks coach Walt Harris, strength and conditioning coach Greg Mackrides, receivers coach Richard Mann, defensive coordinator Greg Robinson, running backs coach Johnny Roland, special teams coordinator Brad Seely, offensive coordinator Ray Sherman, defensive assistant-quality control coach Steve Trimble and offensive assistant-quality control coach Sparky Woods. Named Rich Kotite coach.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Announced that they are retaining coach Sam Wyche for 1995.

Tampa Bay Storm (Arena) -- Named Tim Marcum coach/director of football operations.

Hockey

Boston Bruins -- Bob Wilson, the club's radio voice for 28 seasons, retired.San Jose Sharks -- Hired Gregg M. Olson as VP and chief financial officer.

IHL -- Approved a request from the ownership group of the San Diego Gulls to move to Los Angeles, effective for the 1995-96 season.

Weightlifting

International Weightlifting Federation -- Disqualified Li Dan and Wang Sheng, two Chinese record-setters at the world championships, for using banned substances.

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