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March 17, 1998

Baseball

Indians: Optioned IF Russell Branyan and P Jason Rakers to Double-A Akron. Optioned IF Richie Sexson and Bruce Aven to Triple-A Buffalo. Reassigned C Heath Hayes to minor-league camp.

Padres: Optioned SS Juan Melo and P Matt Clement to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Red Sox: Sent IF Arquimedez Pozo outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Royals: Optioned P Roland De La Maza and Bart Evans to Triple-A Omaha and OF Mark Quinn and IF Carlos Febles to Double-A Wichita. Reassigned P Dan Reichert and P Brian Barber to minor-league camp.

Basketball

NBA: Named Suns G Jason Kidd Player of the Week.

Heat: Signed F Antonio Lang (tendinitis in left knee) for remainder of season and placed him on injured list. Activated F Terry Mills.

Nets: Activated C Rony Seikaly.

Nuggets: Activated G Bobby Jackson. Placed G Harold Ellis (right knee patella tendinitis) on injured list.

Spurs: Signed G-F Willie Burton for remainder of season.

Trail Blazers: Placed F Carlos Rogers (fluid on his right knee) on injured list. Activated C Alton Lister.

College

NCAA: Barred officials Jack Riordan, Robert Strong and Lolly Saenz from working remainder of women's basketball tournament after they missed timekeeper error and end-line violation that enabled Alabama to beat UCLA on Sunday.

ACC: Named Maryland's Andrew Whipple men's lacrosse Player the Week.

Big South: Named UMBC 1B Ryan Schneider (Atholton) baseball Player of the Week and UMBC's Wayne Fowler (Thomas Stone) Pitcher of the Week.

Patriot League: Named Navy DH Mark Zematis and Navy's Scott Kozink baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

Angelo State: Named Joe Esposito men's basketball coach.

Evansville: Discontinued football program, which began in 1923; school has been in Division I-AA in recent years.

Florida: Extended contract of men's basketball coach Billy Donovan through 2002-03.

Idaho State: Named Doug Oliver, an assistant at Stanford for 12 years, men's basketball coach.

Louisiana State: Suspended starting DB Clarence LeBlanc indefinitely for behavior inconsistent with team's principles and philosophies.

Missouri: Women's basketball coach Joann Rutherford retired after 23 seasons and four Big Eight championships.

Wheeling Jesuit: Named Wheeler Brown men's basketball coach.

Football

Cowboys: Re-signed free-agent DE Broderick Thomas to one-year contract.

Eagles: Signed DE Hugh Douglas, acquired Friday from Jets, to six-year contract worth more than $25 million.

Falcons: Agreed to two-year contracts with unrestricted free-agent WR Keith Crawford, who had been with Rams, and unrestricted free-agent OL Matt Elliott, who had been with Panthers.

Hockey

NHL: Suspended Stars D Craig Ludwig, pending hearing, for elbowing Mighty Ducks F Teemu Selanne on Friday. Named Maple Leafs G Felix Potvin Player of the Week.

Avalanche: Recalled G David Aebischer from ECHL Wheeling.

Blackhawks: Assigned LW-C Brian Felsner to IHL Milwaukee.

Capitals: Recalled D David Harlock from AHL Portland.

Coyotes: Signed C Rob Murray to two-year contract extension.

Devils: Recalled D Kevin Dean, D Brad Bombardir and C `D Brendan Morrison from AHL Albany.

Flyers: Recalled G Neil Little and RW Craig Darby from AHL Philadelphia.

Panthers: Returned D John Jakopin to AHL New Haven. Recalled LW Peter Worrell from New Haven.

Rangers: Assigned LW Johan Lindbom to AHL Hartford.

Stars: Recalled F Jason Botterill, F Kevin Sawyer, F Jamie Wright D Petr Buzek and D Sergey Gusev from IHL Michigan.

Pub Date: 3/17/98

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