ArenasFleet Financial Group -- Named the new arena...

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March 17, 1995

Arenas

Fleet Financial Group -- Named the new arena, scheduled to replace Boston Garden next season, FleetCenter.

Denver Nuggets -- Announced that the proposed 19,200-seat stadium and entertainment center would be named the Pepsi Center.

Baseball

Boston Red Sox -- Named Jim Rice hitting coach.

Basketball

Charlotte Hornets -- Activated F Kenny Gattison from the injured list. Placed former Washington Bullets G Michael Adams on the injured list with a strained left calf.

Cleveland Cavaliers -- Activated G Mark Price from the injured list. Placed G John Battle on the injured list. Signed F Fred Roberts for the remainder of the season.

Miami Heat -- Signed G Kevin Pritchard to a second 10-day contract.

New York Knicks -- Placed F Anthony Mason on the suspended list for conduct detrimental to the team and repeated violation of team rules.

College

Clemson -- Dropped wrestling, saying it could not make a long-term commitment to the sport because of a dwindling budget.

South Alabama -- Named Bill Musselman men's basketball coach and signed him to a four-year contract.

Football

NFL -- Awarded the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants the maximum of four compensatory picks in next month's draft for their losses during the 1994 free-agent signing period. A total of 27 extra picks were awarded, all between the third and seventh rounds.

Jacksonville Jaguars -- Signed unrestricted free-agent OL Dave Widell, a seven-year NFL veteran who has played with the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos, for $2.7 million over three years.

New Orleans Saints -- Rescinded a contract offer to G Scott Adams.

Washington Redskins -- Signed unrestricted free-agent LB Darrick Brownlow, who had been with the Dallas Cowboys.

Shreveport Pirates (CFL) -- Signed QB Billy Joe Tolliver, who played last season with the Houston Oilers.

Hockey

Buffalo Sabres -- Returned D Mark Astley to AHL Rochester.

Detroit Red Wings -- Sent D Aaron Ward to AHL Adirondack.

New Jersey Devils -- Sent C Reid Simpson and D Kevin Dean to AHL Albany.

St. Louis Blues -- Recalled F Craig Johnson from IHL Peoria. Sent Ian Laperriere, center, to Peoria.

Toronto Maple Leafs -- Reassigned F Dixon Ward to AHL St. John's.

Soccer

Dayton Dynamo (NPSL) -- Announced that the team has been purchased by the IHL Cincinnati Cyclones and will relocate to Cincinnati at the end of the season.

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