October 01, 2002



DEVIL RAYS: Fired manager Hal McRae, who will remain with team as assistant to GM. Released P Wilson Alvarez, P Tom Martin and SS Chris Gomez. Designated IF Russ Johnson for assignment. Activated P Ryan Rupe and P Kevin McGlinchey from 60-day DL; designated McGlinchey for assignment.

MARLINS: Named Michael Hill assistant GM.

PIRATES: Bench coach Bill Virdon retired.

RANGERS: Granted free agency to OF Ruben Rivera, IF Donnie Sadler and P C.J. Nitkowski after they refused outright assignments to Triple-A Oklahoma.

TIGERS: Fired manager Luis Pujols. Named Rafael Landestoy roving minor-league instructor. Extended player development contract with Triple-A Toledo to 2006.


CAVALIERS: Signed G Anthony Johnson, G Vonteego Cummings and C Ike Nwankwo.

GRIZZLIES: Signed following free agents: F Tang Hamilton, F Mark Vershaw, C Robb Dryden and G Cory Bradford.

HEAT: Signed F Sean Lampley.

HORNETS: Re-signed F Lee Nailon to one-year contract.

KNICKS: Signed following free agents: F Tim James, F Mark Pope, G Toby Bailey, C Todd Lindeman, G Danny Johnson and G Jemeil Rich.

RAPTORS: Signed F Chris Jefferies, 27th overall NBA draft pick by Lakers.

ROCKETS: Signed F Juaquin Hawkins to non-guaranteed contract.

76ERS: Agreed to terms with G William Avery and F Art Long. Named Jim McNulty director of sports medicine.

SUNS: Signed following free agents: G Anthony Goldwire, G Maurice Baker, F Chris Burgess and F Bobby Lazor.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Re-signed restricted free-agent G Bonzi Wells to multiyear contract. Signed C Chris Dudley, G Richie Frahm and F Billy Owens.

WARRIORS: Signed G Rafer Alston, G Joe Crispin, G Elvin Mims, G Dean Oliver, F Anthony Miller and F Glenn Whisby.


EASTERN KENTUCKY: Announced retirement of football coach Roy Kidd, effective at the end of the season.

FLORIDA: G LaDarius Halton quit men's basketball team to pursue professional career overseas.

MASSACHUSETTS: Gave men's basketball coach Steve Lappas one-year contract extension through 2006-07.

NAVY: Kristin Davidson was named Patriot League volleyball Player of the Week. ... Announced that Steve Kovach is ranked 10th nationally in heavyweight division by

NORTH CAROLINA: Named C.D. Mock wrestling coach, effective at end of 2002-03 season.

OHIO STATE: Released OL Derek Morris from national letter of intent.

PENN STATE: Announced that QB Zack Mills (Urbana) was named Big Ten football co-Offensive Player of the Week.

SALISBURY: Will induct following to Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 1: Harry "Clark" Cugler '50, soccer, baseball and basketball; Cheryl Ish '92, field hockey, track and field, lacrosse; and Andre Foreman '92, basketball. ... Announced that RB Tony Ellis was named Atlantic Central Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

TENNESSEE: Announced that TB Cedric Houston will miss Saturday's game against Arkansas because of torn ligament in left thumb.

TOWSON: Announced that QB Jay Amer was named Patriot League football Offensive Player of the Week.

VANDERBILT: Suspended QB Jay Cutler for violation of team rules.


49ERS: Waived T Austin Lee and WR Antoine Toliver from practice squad. Signed TE Mark Anelli and WR Aaron Lockett to practice squad.


COYOTES: Re-signed G Brian Boucher to multiyear contract.


UNITED (MLS): Promoted Boris Flores to manager of Hispanic relations.

POWER (WUSA): Acquired D Margaret Tietjen, M Shannon Boxx, M Sherrill Kester and 2003 first-round draft pick from Spirit for M Jen Lalor, F Wynne McIntosh and 2003 first-round pick.

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