Baseball Braves: Signed P Joe Slusarski and P Marc...

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January 13, 2001

Baseball

Braves: Signed P Joe Slusarski and P Marc Valdes to minor-league contracts.

Cardinals: Named Bob Gebhard VP-special assistant to GM, Marty Maier director of amateur scouting, Jeff Scott director of international scouting and operations and Martese Robinson director of professional scouting.

Pirates: Signed P Marc Wilkins to minor-league contract.

Reds: Signed P Justin Atchley to minor-league contract; invited him to spring training. Sent contract of 1B D. T. Cromer outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Royals: Named Allard Baird senior VP and GM, baseball operations, and Mark Gorris senior VP, business operations. Invited following to spring training: P Cory Bailey, P Doug Bochtler, P Jeff D'Amico, P Jason Grimsley, P Jeff Austin, P Jared Camp, P Tony Cogan, P Chris George, P Mike MacDougal, P Jason Rakers, C Guillermo Garcia, C Michael Tonis, C Scott Walter, IF Nick Ortiz, IF Craig Wilson, OF Aaron Guiel, OF Raul Ibanez and OF Jon Nunnally.

Springfield (Independent): Named Dick Schofield manager and director of baseball operations.

Basketball

76ers: Announced resignation of physical conditioning coach John Croce.

College

Aquinas: Will discontinue athletic programs for financial reasons when men's basketball and baseball schedules end this spring.

North Carolina: Named former Navy coach Gary Tranquill offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Rutgers: Re-instated basketball G Renardo Brown.

Virginia: Named Corwin Brown special teams coach, Mike Groh wide receivers coach, Mike London defensive line coach and Bill Musgrave offensive coordinator-quarterbacks coach.

Football

Rams: Named Ron Meeks defensive backs coach. Signed S Buddy Crutchfield, WR Antoine Toliver and DE Kal Truluck.

Steelers: Named Tom Clements quarterbacks coach. Allocated WR Demetrius Brown, WR Jason Peace, DB Payton Williams, DB Tim Strickland and LB Mike Sands to NFL Europe.

Hockey

Blue Jackets: Activated G Ron Tugnutt.

Capitals: Recalled LW Matt Pettinger from AHL Portland.

Oilers: Acquired D Rory Fitzpatrick from Predators for future considerations.

Soccer

Premier Development League: Awarded expansion franchise to Bowie and announced it will be called Chesapeake Dragons.

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