Baseball COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE: Fined Mets C Mike...

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April 04, 2002

Baseball

COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE: Fined Mets C Mike Piazza $3,000 for aggressive conduct when he confronted Dodgers P Guillermo Mota during spring training game last week.

BRAVES: Announced that former Orioles SS Jesse Garcia cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Richmond.

BREWERS: Claimed P Nelson Figueroa off waivers from Phillies. Designated IF Marcus Scutaro for assignment.

METS: Claimed OF McKay Christensen off waivers from Dodgers. Designated 1B Andy Tracy for assignment. Announced that OF Chris Latham cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

ORIOLES: Traded P John Bale to Mets for OF Gary Matthews Jr. Optioned OF Larry Bigbie to Triple-A Rochester. Transferred OF-1B Chris Richard to 60-day DL.

PADRES: Acquired P Juan Moreno from Rangers for SS Jason Moore. Placed P Jose Nunez on 15-day DL, retroactive to April 2, with strained left shoulder. Transferred P Rob Ramsay from 15-day to 60-day DL.

PHILLIES: Acquired P Jeff D'Amico from Indians for player to be named. Assigned D'Amico to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Optioned P Jimmy Hamilton to Double-A Reading.

RANGERS: Removed P Ryan Dittfurth from 60-day DL; optioned him to Triple-A Tulsa. Designated P Andy Pratt for assignment.

REDS: Signed IF Kevin Jordan. Assigned him to Triple-A Louisville. Released OF Jermaine Allensworth.

Basketball

BULLS: Activated G Norman Richardson from injured list. Placed G A.J. Guyton on injured list with shoulder bruise.

JAZZ: Suspended C John Amaechi for tomorrow's game against Kings after heated exchange with coach Jerry Sloan.

WIZARDS: Placed G Michael Jordan on injured list with inflammation in right knee. Activated F Bobby Simmons.

LIBERTY (WNBA): Traded F Rebecca Lobo to Comets for second-round draft pick.

College

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE: Named Tammy Holder women's basketball coach.

CINCINNATI: Dismissed C Donald Little from men's basketball team after he pleaded innocent to charges accusing him of kidnapping, beating and burning his roommate.

FLORIDA: Named Carolyn Peck, who had been coach of WNBA's Miracle, women's basketball coach.

FRESNO STATE: Named Ray Lopes, who had been assistant men's basketball at Oklahoma, men's basketball coach.

HARTFORD: Signed women's basketball coach Jennifer Rizzotti to five-year contract extension through 2007.

LAMAR: Named Leonard Drake women's basketball coach.

ROWAN: Promoted defensive coordinator Jay Acorsi to head football coach.

SAMFORD: Named Mike Morris women's basketball coach.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-EDWARDSVILLE: Named Marty Simmons men's basketball coach.

STANFORD: Junior G-F Casey Jacobsen said he would enter name in NBA draft but left open possibility of returning for senior season.

TROY STATE: Named Michael Murphy women's basketball coach.

WASHINGTON: Named Lorenzo Romar, who had been at Saint Louis, men's basketball coach.

Football

BEARS: Matched Vikings' contract offer of $2.85 million over three years to WR D'Wayne Bates.

BILLS: Signed TE Brady McDonnell. Named Karen Marsch executive director of business development.

BUCCANEERS: Signed WR Drew O'Connor to one-year contract.

CHARGERS: Signed TE Steve Heiden to one-year contract.

CHIEFS: Signed DE Derrick Ransom to two-year contract.

DOLPHINS: Signed WR Jeff Ogden, who had been unrestricted free agent, to one-year contract.

JAGUARS: Signed WR Larry Shannon and S Fred White. Waived OT Shaun Rose. Signed S Ainsley Battles, CB Damen Wheeler and WR-KR Damon Gibson to tender offers.

SAINTS: Signed TE David Sloan, who had been with Lions, to four-year contract.

Golf

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME: Announced election of Ben Crenshaw, Tony Jacklin and Marlene Hagge.

Hockey

BLACKHAWKS: Assigned LW Casey Hankinson to AHL Norfolk.

CAPITALS: Recalled G Sebastian Charpentier from AHL Portland.

ISLANDERS: Assigned D Branislav Mezei to AHL Bridgeport.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Assigned D Aris Brimanis to AHL Cincinnati.

RANGERS: Recalled G Scott Meyer from AHL Hartford.

SHARKS: Assigned RW Hannes Hyvonen from AHL Cleveland.

THRASHERS: Recalled D Kirill Safronov from AHL Chicago. Assigned F Yuri Butsayev and Kamil Piros to Chicago.

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