Baseball Devil Rays: Agreed to $610,000, one-year...

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January 28, 2000

Baseball

Devil Rays: Agreed to $610,000, one-year contract with P Rick White (5-3, 4.08 ERA in 63 games), avoiding arbitration. Signed C Pat Borders (.265, 6 RBIs in 12 games with Indians) to minor-league contract; invited him to spring training.

Expos: Signed 2B Mickey Morandini (.241, 4 HRs, 37 RBIs in 456 at-bats) to minor-league contract. Invited following to spring training: P Shayne Bennett, IF Jamey Carroll and OF Scott Hunter.

Mets: Agreed to one-year contracts with OF Jay Payton and C Vance Wilson.

White Sox: Named Brian Dayett manager of Single-A Winston-Salem.

Yankees: Named Kevin Higgins hitting coach and Neil Allen pitching coach in short-season Single-A Staten Island.

Basketball

NBA: Promoted Rod Thorn to executive VP-basketball operations, Joel Litvin to executive VP-legal and business affairs and Mike Bantom to senior VP-player and basketball development. Suspended Warriors G-F Mark Davis and Mavericks G Gary Trent one game without pay and fined Davis $7,500 and Trent $10,000 for roles in separate incidents during game Tuesday; fined Warriors G Vonteego Cummings $7,500 and Mavericks C Shawn Bradley $3,000.

Rockets: Signed F Devin Gray (St. Frances) for rest of season.

College

Old Dominion: Signed women's basketball coach Wendy Larry (293-98) to five-year contract.

Pennsylvania: Named Andy Coen offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

Football

NFC: Named Eagles CB Troy Vincent to Pro Bowl, replacing Cowboys CB Deion Sanders, whose wife is expecting a baby. Named Rams G Adam Timmerman to Pro Bowl, replacing Cowboys G Larry Allen.

Falcons: Re-signed DT Shane Dronett to $20 million, five-year contract with signing bonus of more than $3 million.

Panthers: Signed WR Muhsin Muhammad (96 catches for 1,253 yards and 8 TDs) to five-year contract extension.

Redskins: Named Ron Meeks defensive backs coach; he spent past three seasons coaching Falcons secondary and previous five in same position with Bengals.

Saints: Named Arnold D. Fielkow director of administration.

Hockey

Capitals: Assigned LW Jeff Toms to AHL Portland.

Flames: Assigned G Grant Fuhr to AHL Saint John.

Penguins: Recalled G Jean-Sebastien Aubin and D John Slaney from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Placed D Peter Popovic on IR, retroactive to Jan. 24.

Rangers: Lent LW Johan Vitehall to AHL Hartford.

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