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March 21, 1996

Baseball

NL: Owners gave unanimous preliminary approval to sale of Cardinals to group headed by William DeWitt Jr. Final approval of $150 million deal is expected today.

Blue Jays: Optioned OF Shannon Stewart to Triple-A.

Dodgers: Received Rule 5 P Mark Mimbs back from Rangers for $25,000 and assigned him outright to Triple-A. Optioned OF Karim Garcia and IF Juan Castro to Triple-A.

Giants: Sent P Enrique Burgos, P Julian Heredia and P Derek Lilliquist to minor-league camp for reassignment.

Mariners: Optioned C Chris Widger and IF Andy Sheets to Triple-A Tacoma. Re-assigned P John Farrell, OF Manny Martinez and OF Steve Pegues to minors.

Red Sox: Assigned ex-Orioles minor-league P Chuck Ricci to minor-league camp. P Brian Bark (Randallstown) refused assignment to minors and was released.

White Sox: Optioned P Mike Bertotti, P Jeff Darwin, P Robert Ellis and IF Doug Brady to Triple-A. Reassigned P Alan Levine, IF Jose Munoz and OF Fernando Ramsey to Nashville. Optioned C Scott Vollmer, IF Greg Norton and OF Mike Cameron to Double-A.

Basketball

NBA: Fined Grizzlies G Greg Anthony $5,000 and suspended him one game for punching Nets C Shawn Bradley.

Celtics: Activated G Dee Brown off injured list.

Football

Panthers: Re-signed G Sean Love. Signed S Damon Pieri and P Aaron Kanner

Patriots: Signed unrestricted free-agent DL Pio Sagapolutele, who had been with Baltimore.

Rams: Will train at Western Illinois.

Hockey

Avalanche: Traded LW Paxton Schulte to Flames for LW Vesa Viitakoski. Sent C Josef Marha to AHL Cornwell.

Blackhawks: Acquired LW Ravil Gusmanov from Jets for fourth-round choice. Recalled LW Ethan Moreau from IHL Indianapolis.

Canucks: Acquired C Jesse Belanger from Panthers for third-round choice in 1996 and conditional choice in 1997. Acquired RW Markus Naslund from Penguins for RW Alek Stojanov. Traded G Kay Whitmore to Rangers for RW Joey Kocur.

Devils: Sent D Ricard Persson and C Steve Sullivan to AHL Albany.

Flames: Sent D Kevin Dahl to AHL Saint John.

Flyers: Assigned LW Patrik Juhlin to AHL Hershey for conditioning.

Islanders: Traded C Bob Sweeney to Flames for LW Pat Conacher and sixth-round choice in 1997.

Jets: Claimed D Dallas Eakins off waivers from Blues. Sent D Brent Thompson to AHL Springfield.

Kings: Acquired D Jaroslav Modry and eighth-round choice from Senators for RW Kevin Brown.

Lightning: Traded D Enrico Ciccone and second-round pick to Blackhawks for D Igor Ulanov, LW Patrick Poulin and second-round pick.

Maple Leafs: Recalled C Brandon Convery and C Kelly Fairchild from AHL St. John's.

Mighty Ducks: Acquired LW Ken Baumgartner from Maple Leafs for 1996 fourth-round pick, which Anaheim previously acquired from Jets.

Penguins: Acquired D J. J. Daigneault from Blues for sixth-round choice.

Red Wings: Acquired RW Kirk Maltby from Oilers for D Daniel McGillis. Lifted suspension of F Wes Walz. Sent RW Mathieu Dandenault to AHL Adirondack.

Sabres: Traded C Dave Hannan to Avalanche for sixth-round choice. Traded RW Yuri Khmylev and eighth-round choice to Blues for D Jean-Luc Grand Pierre, Ottawa's second-round draft choice in 1996 and third-round choice in 1997. Recalled C Brian Holzinger from AHL Rochester under emergency conditions. Placed C Mike Peca on injured list with Grade 1 medial collateral ligament sprain in right knee.

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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