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March 20, 1997

Baseball

Astros: Assigned P Tommy Greene, C Eric Christopherson, IF Russ Johnson and OF Ricard Hidalgo to minor-league camp. Released former Orioles C Jeff Tackett.

Devil Rays: Signed former Orioles OF Luis Polonia and announced that he will play 1997 season with Mexico City Tigers of Mexican League.

Indians: Assigned C Steve Soliz and IF Mike Busch to minor-league camp.

Mariners: Optioned P Alex Pacheco and OF Lou Frazier to Triple-A Tacoma. Reassigned P Mark Holzemer, C Alan Zinter, IF Brian Raabe and OF Kevin Reimer to minor-league camp.

Phillies: Optioned C Bobby Estalella to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Assigned former Orioles OF Brent Bowers to minor-league camp.

Pirates: Assigned P Chris Peters, P Ramon Morel, P Jose Silva, former Orioles P Keith Shepherd, P Joe Boever, P Ken Greer, C Tim Marx and OF Manny Martinez to minor-league camp.

Reds: Sent minor-league IF Ray Brown to Padres to complete trade for P Joey Eischen. Assigned C Joe Kmak, P Rod Bolton, P Jeff Tabaka and P Gabe White to minor-league camp.

Red Sox: Optioned P Kerry Lacy, C Walt McKeel, OF Trot Nixon, P Jeff Suppan and IF Arquimedez Pozo to Triple-A Pawtucket. Sent 1B Bo Dodson to minor-league camp.

Tigers: Released OF Pedro Munoz. Optioned P Greg Keagle, P Ramon Fermin to Triple-A Toledo and P Roberto Duran to Double-A Jacksonville. Assigned P Tim Pugh to minor-league camp.

Basketball

Timberwolves: Signed G Reggie Jordan to 10-day contract.

Warriors: Signed G Melvin Booker to 10-day contract. Placed G Bimbo Coles (right inguinal hernia) on injured list. Released C Mike Peplowski.

College

Cortland State: Named Dan MacNeill football coach.

Northwestern: Named wide receivers coach Gregg Brandon recruiting coordinator for football.

Northwest Nazarene: Men's basketball coach Ed Weidenbach resigned. Named Rich Sanders men's basketball coach.

Rutgers: Named Charlie West defensive backs coach.

Stetson: Men's basketball coach Randy Brown resigned.

Western Maryland: Senior field hockey player Kellie Mitros was named to GTE Academic All-America College Division District II Fall-Winter At-Large team.

Football

Colts: Named Pete Ward executive director of operations.

Falcons: Signed RB Gary Downs, who had been with Giants, and Billy Joe Tolliver. Named Pete Mangurian offensive quality control coach.

Lions: Re-signed LB Tom Beer. Signed S Harry Colon.

Packers: Re-signed unrestricted free-agent WR Don Beebe. Signed OT Marcus Spears.

Hockey

Canucks: Assigned C Alexander Semak to IHL Las Vegas.

Flames: Assigned RW Ravil Gusmanov, G Tyler Moss and C Pavel Torgajev to AHL Saint John. Recalled D Jamie Allison from Saint John.

Lightning: Recalled C Jeff Toms from AHL Adirondack.

Maple Leafs: Recalled G Marcel Cousineau, RW Jason Podollan and D David Cooper from AHL St. John. Assigned G Don Beaupre to IHL Utah.

Oilers: Assigned LW Barrie Moore to AHL Hamilton.

Panthers: Assigned RW Rhett Trombley to AHL Syracuse.

Penguins: Recalled G Philippe DeRouville from IHL Kansas City.

Senators: Assigned D Patrick Traverse to IHL Grand Rapids.

Whalers: Recalled D Alexander Godynyuk from AHL Springfield.

Soccer

U.S. Soccer Federation: Named Donna de Varona 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup organizing committee chairwoman.

U.S. Youth Soccer Association: Executive director Ray Thompsett retired.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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