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December 24, 1997

Baseball

Diamondbacks: Named Jim Presley hitting coach.

Mets: Agreed to terms with 3B Craig Paquette on minor-league contract and invited him to major-league camp. Promoted Tom Hutchison to assistant director of player personnel.

Rangers: Agreed to minor-league contract with 3B Scott Cooper and invited him to spring training.

Reds: Named De Jon Watson director of scouting and Muzzy Jackson director of player development. Promoted Chief Bender senior adviser of major leagues and player development. Promoted Jim Thrift to minor-league offensive coordinator.

Twins: Sent 1B Scott Stahoviak outright to Triple-A Salt Lake and invited him to major-league camp. Agreed to terms with IF Brent Gates on minor-league contract and invited him to major-league camp. Invited P Travis Baptist, P Shane Bowers, C Matt LeCroy, C Jayhawk Owens, C Chris Turner, IF Esteban Beltre, IF Ryan Lane, IF Jon Shave, OF Keith LeGree and OF Jamie Ogden to spring training.

Basketball

Kings: Signed F Mark Hendrickson.

Magic: Signed F Donald Royal. Waived G Carl Thomas.

College

Arkansas: Named Keith Burns co-defensive coordinator.

Boston University: Reinstated G LeVar Folk to men's basketball team, effective next Wednesday.

Nebraska: Suspended sophomore long snapper Brandon Drum indefinitely after a third-degree misdemeanor assault charge.

Oregon: Named Jeff Tedford offensive coordinator.

San Diego: Defensive coordinator Jim Wachenheim resigned, effective Dec. 31.

Temple: Named Blair Thomas offensive backs coach.

Football

NFL: Named Redskins CB Darrell Green NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

49ers: Placed WR Jerry Rice (cracked kneecap) on IR.

Giants: Signed CB Kory Blackwell and WR John Washington to active roster. Signed C Marc Lamb and OT Dave Rilatt to practice squad.

Jets: Signed RB Robert Farmer, P Nick Gallery, LB Chris Wing, LB Craig Guest and WR Alonzo Johnson from practice squad. Signed DT Matt Keneley.

Saints: Signed TE Marcus Hinton.

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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