Baseball Cubs: Optioned P Chris Gissell, P Mike Meyers...

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March 14, 2001

Baseball

Cubs: Optioned P Chris Gissell, P Mike Meyers, P Ruben Quevedo, P Nate Teut, P Jay Yennaco, IF Eric Hinski, IF Jason Smith, OF Ross Gload and OF Jaisen Randolph to Triple-A Iowa and IF Nate Frese to Double-A West Tenn. Returned IF Bobby Hitt and C Yoon-Min Kweon to minor-league camp.

Devil Rays: Reassigned P Bill Pulsipher, P Delvin James, P Derrin Ebert, P Victor Zambrano, OF Carl Crawford, OF Chris Hatcher, C Paul Hoover and IF Ron Wright to minor-league camp. Lent P Santos Hernandez to Mexico City of Mexican League.

Indians: Optioned P J. P. Brammer and P Martin Vargas to Triple-A Buffalo and P Zack Day and P Roy Padilla to Double-A Akron. Assigned P Dan Smith, P Scott Aldred, P Jerry Spradlin, IF Zack Sorensen and OF Osmany Santana to minor-league camp.

Mariners: Optioned P Jake Meyer and P Justin Kayes to Triple-A Tacoma and P Rafael Soriano to Single-A San Bernardino.

ESPN: Hired Orel Hershiser as major-league game analyst.

Basketball

NBA: Fined Lakers C Shaquille O'Neal $5,000 for publicly criticizing officials after game against SuperSonics on Sunday. Fined Kings G Jason Williams $15,000 for directing profanity toward fans during game Feb. 28.

Lakers: Activated G Derek Fisher. Placed G Mike Penberthy on injured list with strained right shoulder.

IBL: Las Vegas Bandits folded.

College

Deep South Conference: Named Limestone M Dylan Hooker (Edgewater) men's lacrosse Player of the Week.

East Atlantic Gymnastics League: Named Maryland's Kristen Macrie co-Gymnast of the Week.

Alabama: Declared sophomore LB-RB Harold James ineligible for spring football practice.

Cal Poly-SLO: Promoted interim men's basketball coach Kevin Bromley to full-time position.

Northeastern: Men's basketball coach Rudy Keeling, 48-92 with school, will not return next season.

Texas-El Paso: Women's basketball coach Sandra Rushing resigned.

Wright State: Women's basketball coach Lisa Fitch resigned.

Football

Bears: Agreed to two-year contract with free-agent QB Shane Matthews.

Bengals: Re-signed P Daniel Pope to two-year contract.

Browns: Signed RB Curtis Enis to one-year contract. Agreed to terms with DT Mark Smith.

Cardinals: Agreed to $18 million, five-year contract with G Pete Kendall.

Chiefs: Waived P-KS Todd Sauerbrun.

Falcons: Signed P Chris Mohr.

Giants: Named Fred von Appen special teams coach.

Packers: Re-signed G Marco Rivera to four-year extension.

Patriots: Signed LB Mike Vrabel. Re-signed free-agent NT Garrett Johnson. Released NT Henry Thomas, special teams player Larry Whigham. Waived WR Tony Hamler.

Vikings: Signed TE Andrew Jordan.

Birmingham (XFL): Placed QB Casey Weldon on IR with torn right rotator cuff.

Florida (Arena): Signed RB Lawrence Phillips.

Hockey

NHL: Suspended Sharks D Bryan Marchment for kneeing Canadiens' Martin Rucinsky in Monday's game.

Coyotes: Acquired D Todd Simpson from Panthers for second-round pick.

Maple Leafs: Acquired D Aki Berg from Kings for C Adam Mair and 2001 second-round draft pick.

Oilers: Acquired D Sven Butenschon from Penguins for F Dan LaCouture.

Soccer

United (MLS): Acquired M Travis Mulraine off waivers.

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