Auto racing NASCAR: Fined Dale Earnhardt Jr. $5,000 and...

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March 26, 2002

Auto racing

NASCAR: Fined Dale Earnhardt Jr. $5,000 and Robby Gordon $10,000, and placed him on probation until Aug. 28, for intentionally running into each other's car in cool-down lap of Food City 500 on March 24. Fined Kevin Harvick $15,000, and placed him on probation until Aug. 28, for his actions in pits after Channellock 250 on March 23.

Baseball

ANGELS: Optioned P Mickey Callaway to Triple-A Salt Lake.

ASTROS: Released P C.J. Nitkowski. Reassigned C Alan Zinter, IF Tripp Cromer and OF Chris Prieto to minor-league camp. Announced that P Doug Brocail (recovering from elbow surgery) and P Hipolito Pichardo (tendinitis in right elbow) will begin season on DL.

BREWERS: Reassigned P Francisco Campos to minor-league camp.

CARDINALS: Traded Triple-A OF Ernie Young to Diamondbacks for player to be named. Optioned P Kevin Joseph and OF William Ortega to Triple-A Memphis.

DEVIL RAYS: Released OF Troy O'Leary.

METS: Purchased contract of IF John Valentin.

ORIOLES: Reassigned OF Chad Allen, C Izzy Molina and 3B Jose Leon to their minor league camp.

PADRES: Sent outright contract of P Ryan Baerlocher to Royals. Optioned IF-OF Cesar Crespo and 3B Kevin Eberwein to Triple-A Portland. Assigned C Adan Amezcua to minor-league camp.

RANGERS: Acquired P Rich Rodriguez from Braves for player to be named.

ROCKIES: Traded P Jose Paniagua to Tigers for P Victor Santos and IF Ronnie Merrill. Optioned Santos to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Assigned Merrill to minor-league camp. Acquired P Chuck Smith from Marlins for player to be named.

ROYALS: Optioned SS Angel Berroa to Triple-A Omaha. Reassigned IF Josue Espada and OF Rontrez Johnson.

TIGERS: Designated P Shane Heams for assignment.

WHITE SOX: Optioned 3B Joe Crede, P Matt Ginter and C Miguel Olivo to Triple-A Charlotte. Placed P Rocky Biddle on 15-day DL with shoulder injury. Reassigned IF Tim Hummel to minor-league camp. Waived OF Brian Simmons.

Basketball

NBA: Suspended Nets F Kenyon Martin for two games after picking up his sixth flagrant foul of season in game against Hawks on March 24. ... Named Nets G Jason Kidd Player of the Week in Eastern Conference and Spurs F Tim Duncan Player of the Week in Western Conference.

CELTICS: Placed G Kenny Anderson on injured list with left ankle sprain. Activated G Joseph Forte.

SPURS: Placed G Terry Porter on injured list with strained right calf. Activated F-G Stephen Jackson.

College

BUCKNELL: G Justin Sussman (Friends) was named Patriot League men's lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.

COPPIN STATE: Announced that freshman G Robert Smith and junior F Drew Cagle have been dismissed from men's basketball team.

FLORIDA: Named Anthony Grant associate men's basketball coach and Donnie Jones and Tom Ostrom assistant coaches.

GEORGE MASON: Received written commitment from soccer F-M Amy Alecci (Notre Dame Prep).

MARYLAND: Gary Williams was named Coach of the Year by Basketball America magazine.

MICHIGAN TECH: Signed men's basketball coach Kevin Luke to contract extension, effective July 1.

MISSOURI: Gave Washington permission to talk with men's basketball coach Quin Snyder.

PITTSBURGH: Signed men's basketball coach Ben Howland to contract extension through 2008-09.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Named Neil Dougherty men's basketball coach; he is a Kansas assistant.

TRI-STATE: Named Rob Harmon men's basketball coach.

Football

BUCCANEERS: Signed RB Michael Pittman, who had been with Cardinals, to five-year contract. Signed RB Byron Hanspard, who hasn't been in NFL since 1999, to one-year deal.

CHIEFS: Agreed to one-year contract with K Morten Andersen, who had been with Giants.

PANTHERS: Signed KR Michael Bates, who had been with Redskins, to $750,000 one-year deal.

REDSKINS: Signed RB Chris Barnes, a Ravens draft pick last season.

STEELERS: Signed K Todd Peterson to three-year contract. Declined to match Texans' offer sheet to restricted free-agent K Kris Brown.

Hockey

NHL: Suspended Devils C Bobby Holik one game, without pay, for high-sticking incident against Hurricanes C Rod Brind'Amour in game Saturday. Suspended Blues F Keith Tkachuk one game, without pay, for a slashing incident against Blackhawks D Lyle Odelein in game Sunday. ... Named Oilers G Tommy Salo Player of the Week.

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