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January 14, 2000

Baseball

Devil Rays: Signed P Frank Thompson to minor-league contract.

Giants: Named former Oriole Lenn Sakata manager and Steve Renko pitching coach for Single-A Bakersfield. Invited following minor-leaguers to major-league camp: P Kurt Ainsworth, P Jake Esteves, P Mike McMullen, P Erasmo Ramirez, P Jeff Urban, P Ryan Vogelsong, IF Raul Marval, IF Carlos Mendoza, IF Cody Ransom, OF Michael Byas, OF Doug Clark, OF Mike Glendenning, OF Terrell Lowery, OF Chris Magruder, OF Pedro Mota and C Sammy Serrano.

Indians: Signed C Jesse Levis to minor-league contract with invitation to major-league camp.

Royals: Agreed to one-year contract with OF Johnny Damon (307 with 14 HRs, 39 doubles), avoiding arbitration.

White Sox: Invited following players to major-league camp: P Mark Buehrle, P Jon Garland, P Matt Ginter, P Rob Purvis, P Jason Stumm, P Danny Wright, P Kelly Wunsch, C Eric Christopherson, C Humberto Quintero, IF Esteban Beltre, IF Liu Rodriguez, OF Yamil Benitez, OF Steve Gibralter and OF Aaron Rowand.

Yankees: Named Gary Lavelle pitching coach for Single-A Greensboro.

Basketball

Raptors: Signed F Antonio Lang.

Rockets: Activated C Hakeem Olajuwon from IR. Waived C Thomas Hamilton. Placed C Kelvin Cato (sprained right wrist) on injured list. Signed F Bill Curley to 10-day contract.

Lancaster (UBA): Signed G Reggie Isaac (Coppin State).

College

Alabama State: Named L. C. Cole, who had been at Tennessee State, football coach.

Arizona: Added football player Peter Hansen to basketball team.

Auburn: Signed football coach Tommy Tuberville to one-year extension.

Illinois: Approved pay raise and contract extension for football coach Ron Turner, who led team to 8-4 record.

Louisiana State: Named Phil Elmassian defensive coordinator.

Oklahoma State: Junior CB Jacoby Shepherd will enter NFL draft.

Rhode Island: Named Tim Stowers football coach.

Football

Colts: Signed LB Paul Lacoste.

Falcons: Signed DE Emil Ekiyor, DE Sam Simmons, WR Brian Finneran, former Ravens G Adam Hernandez, former Ravens G Alex Bernstein, LB Brian Smith, S Kerry Cooks and T Ozell Powell.

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