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December 10, 1997

Auto racing

CART: Signed Federal Express as title sponsor for next three years with option for fourth year.

Baseball

Astros: Agreed to $1.05 million, two-year contract with IF-OF Jack Howell.

Blue Jays: Agreed to terms with P Paul Quantrill (1.94 ERA) on two-year contract and P Bill Risley (8.31 ERA) on one-year contract. Named former White Sox manager Terry Bevington manager of Triple-A Syracuse.

Brewers: Named Gary Allenson manager of Triple-A Louisville.

Marlins: Named Lorenzo Bundy outfield and base running coach.

Pirates: Agreed to $3.5 million, two-year deal with P Jon Lieber (11-14, 4.49 ERA). Cut OF Charles Peterson and P Jeff Kelly from 40-man roster.

Rangers: Agreed to one-year contract with IF Luis Alicea ($1,575,000), who had been with Angels, and two-year deal with OF Roberto Kelly ($3.85 million), who had been with Mariners.

Tigers: Agreed to two-year contract with OF Luis Gonzalez, who had been with Astros. Designated P Bill Hurst for assignment.

Basketball

Bulls: Activated G Steve Kerr. Placed G Rusty LaRue (toe) on injured list.

Hawks: Re-signed G Randy Livingston. Placed F Anthony Miller (strained back) on injured list.

New Jersey (USBL): Announced that team will be called the Shore Cats. Named Rick Barry coach.

College

CoSIDA: Named Morgan State senior LB Willie Thompson (Friendly) a second-team GTE Academic All-American; he has a 3.8 GPA in electrical engineering.

Kutztown: Football coach Al Leonzi resigned. Dave Keeny was promoted to take his spot.

Morgan State: Signed two women's basketball players: F Chanelle Scott (Wilmington, Del.) and F-C Carissa Meekins (Providence, R.I.)

New Orleans: Sophomore G Renard Allen quit men's basketball team.

North Carolina State: Named Laura Kerrigan women's soccer coach.

Rutgers: Freshman basketball F Maurice Brown withdrew from school; he was charged last Wednesday with burglary, lewdness and harassment.

UCLA: Reinstated G-F Kris Johnson, who was suspended Sept. 29 for violation of athletic department policies and team rules and reinstated Nov. 17 for practices.

Football

Bears: Signed RB Ronnie Harmon. Signed RB James Allen from Eagles practice squad. Waived C-G Evan Pilgrim. Placed RB Raymont Harris (broken left fibula) on IR. Signed RB Michael Hicks from practice squad.

Broncos: Signed WR Sir Mawn Wilson from practice squad. Released WR David Gamble.

Buccaneers: Signed TE Andrew Jordan. Waived WR Brice Hunter. Signed FB Steve Lee (1997 Ravens draft pick) to practice squad. Placed WR Nigea Carter (knee) on practice squad IR list.

Dolphins: Placed TE/long snapper Frank Wainright (torn pectoral muscle) on IR. Signed CB Denorse Mosley from the practice squad and S Brian Walker.

Jaguars: Signed G Mark Nori off Steelers practice squad.

Jets: Signed T John Clark. Waived DT Ronnie Dixon.

Patriots: Placed CB Steve Lofton on IR. Signed LB Bernard Russ, who was in camp with Ravens this summer, from practice squad.

Pub Date: 12/10/97

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