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April 26, 2002



ATHLETICS: Exercised 2003 option on contract of manager Art Howe.

BLUE JAYS: Placed P Chris Carpenter on 15-day DL, retroactive to April 22. Recalled P Mike Smith from Triple-A Syracuse.

CARDINALS: Placed P Bud Smith on 15-day DL with strained left shoulder. Recalled P Gene Stechschulte from Triple-A Memphis.

CUBS: Optioned P Jesus Sanchez to Triple-A Iowa. Purchased contract of P Ron Mahay from Iowa.

METS: Former Orioles OF Tony Tarasco cleared waivers and will report to Triple-A Norfolk.

ORIOLES: Placed pitcher Jason Johnson on 15-day DL with chip fracture in right middle finger. Purchased contract of P Travis Driskill from Triple-A Rochester. Recalled P Sean Douglass from Rochester. Optioned IF Brian Roberts to Rochester.


MARYLAND: Named Jeff Walz, Marsha Frese and Erica Floyd women's basketball assistant coaches. Named Mark Pearson director of women's basketball operations.

MICHIGAN: Dismissed RB Kelly Baraka from football team.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sophomore basketball G Greg Taylor is transferring from school.

VALPARAISO: Homer Drew retired as men's basketball coach and was named special assistant to president. Promoted assistant Scott Drew to coach.

UCLA: Named Dan Guerrero AD.

WASHINGTON COLLEGE: Mike Davenport won National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators Division III Outstanding Achievement Award.

WESTERN MICHIGAN: Men's basketball F Taylor Bro will transfer to another school.

XAVIER: Freshman G Jaison Williams has left basketball team and will transfer.


BENGALS: Terminated contract of TE Tony McGee.

COWBOYS: Re-signed QB Anthony Wright, CB Duane Hawthorne and P Micah Knorr.

STEELERS: Signed free-agent TE John Allred, who had been with Bears.

TEXANS: Signed free-agent LB Robert Jones, who had been with Redskins, to $765,000, one-year contract. Signed following rookie free agents: WR John Minardi, WR Eric Parker, LB Terrell Washington, LB Aaron Thompson (Maryland), LB Jimmy McClain, LB Robert Mackey, LB Tyrone Jones, FB Ed Stansbury, OT Jelani Hawkins, OT John Miller, TE Joey Knapp, RB Delvon Flowers and CB Larry Austin.

VIKINGS: Agreed to terms with free-agent WR Sean Dawkins, who had been with Jaguars. VP of football operations Frank Gilliam will retire May 31. Rob Brzezinski will become VP of football operations. Named Scott Studwell director of college scouting.

BERLIN (NFL EUROPE): Waived Ravens QB Cleo Lemon.


NCAA meetings


1. High school students can enter the NBA draft and be drafted without forfeiting college eligibility as long as they do not sign with an agent. The measure takes effect for this year's draft.

2. Student-athletes may accept prize money based on performance if the money does not exceed the athlete's travel expenses.

3. High school or prep school students can have their educational expenses paid for if the money does not come from an agent, athletic representative or professional team.

4. A "professional" team will now be considered any team that provides any player with money above actual expenses.

5. Revised the definition to be eligible in Division I-A football requiring schools to: A) Use at least 90 percent (76.5) of all football scholarships during a two-year period; B) play at least five home games; C) offer at least 16 sports with a minimum of six men's and eight women's; D) offer at least 200 scholarships or $4 million in total aid for all sports; E) demonstrate an actual average attendance of 15,000 for home games.

6. Lifted the moratorium on bowl certification.

7. Football teams with 6-6 records are eligible for postseason bowl games. Previously teams had to be better than .500 to be eligible.

8. Introduced a four-item academic reform agenda, which includes: A) Studying whether the amount of core courses for freshman eligibility should be increased from 14; B) reviewing an expansion of the sliding scale used for GPAs and standardized test scores; C) developing a method to measure academic progress of student-athletes and individual teams; D) asking the Management Council to propose incentives and penalties for teams who exceed or fail to meet certain standards.

9. Emergency legislation that will allow strength and conditioning coaches to conduct voluntary summer workouts. The measure also permits schools to pay for medical expenses if students have signed with a school but have not enrolled in classes.

10. Lifted the moratorium on schools applying for Division I status. The ban ends May 1.

11. Initiatives to expand the women's softball championship to 64 teams, and the men's ice hockey championship and lacrosse championship to 16 teams next season. It also would establish predetermined sites for the first and second rounds of the women's basketball championship, which are now played at home sites.

12. Fee-for-lesson payment for athletes who provide instruction in sports such as golf and tennis.

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