October 31, 2002


Auto racing

NASCAR: Fined Mike Beam, crew chief for Ricky Craven, $500 for using unapproved jacking bolts during the NAPA 500 on Oct. 27. ... Michael "Fatback" McSwain was released from contract at Robert Yates Racing, then immediately hired as Bobby Labonte's new crew chief.


BLUE JAYS: Agreed to minor-league contracts with P Doug Linton and P Trever Miller.

CARDINALS: Declined to exercise $5.25 million option on P Dave Veres.

CUBS: Named Gary Hughes special assistant to GM. Agreed to terms with free-agent P Mike Sirotka on minor-league contract; he hasn't pitched in majors since 2000.

DODGERS: OF Brian Jordan (Milford Mill) filed trade demand.

PHILLIES: Declined to exercise $1.75 million option on P Ricky Bottalico and will pay $50,000 buyout instead.

PIRATES: Agreed to terms with P Bryan Bullington, No. 1 pick in June amateur draft.

YANKEES: Announced that P Roger Clemens declined 2003 option.


CELTICS: Placed G Kedrick Brown on injured list with sprained right ankle.

GRIZZLIES: Waived F Tony Massenburg (Maryland). Exercised $4.6 million option on F Stromile Swift.

JAZZ: Exercised fourth-year option on G DeShawn Stevenson.

KNICKS: Signed F Lee Nailon.

WARRIORS: Placed G Bob Sura on injured list with strained right calf.


CONFERENCE USA: Announced it will change from two-division alignment in men's basketball to 14-team division, beginning in 2003-04 season.

ILLINOIS: Suspended C Brian Cook and F Jerrance Howard two games for participation in unsanctioned summer basketball tournament.

MARYLAND: LB E.J. Henderson (Aberdeen) was named semifinalist for Lombardi Award, which goes to nation's top lineman or linebacker.

UMBC: NEC named Michael Charron men's cross country Rookie of the Week.

SHIPPENSBURG: Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference named D Kelly Stewart (Southern-Anne Arundel) field hockey co-Player of the Week.


NFL: Fined Cowboys S Darren Woodson $75,000 for illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on Seahawks WR Darrell Jackson in game Oct. 27.

CARDINALS: Placed WR Bryan Gilmore on injured list after he broke left leg last weekend when he crashed into photographer's camera. Signed WR Jake Soliday from practice squad. Re-signed WR Nathan Poole and G Tony Wragge to practice squad. Released DE Mario Fatafehi from practice squad

PACKERS: Signed T Joshua Warner and CB Erwin Swiney to practice squad. Released CB Bruce Branch from practice squad.

RAIDERS: Signed CB Carey Scott to practice squad.

SEAHAWKS: Claimed WR Kevin Kasper off waivers from Broncos. Placed DE Brandon Mitchell on injured list.


PGA TOUR: Announced that Senior PGA Tour will be renamed Champions Tour and Tour will be renamed Nationwide Tour, effective in January. ... Nick Price was honored with the Payne Stewart Award, presented to players who shared ideals of two-time U.S. Open champion who died in a plane crash three years ago.


BLUES: Signed W Martin Rucinsky. Signed C Eric Boguniecki to extension. Waived F Daniel Corso.

KINGS: Placed C Jason Allison on IR with knee injury. Recalled C Steve Kelly from AHL Manchester.

STARS: Activated C Jason Arnott from IR.

Horse racing

ROCKINGHAM PARK: Track in Concord, N.H., announced plans to close in a few years so owners can develop 170-acre property for retail, office and residential use.


ATP: Announced that Magnus Norman had knee surgery and will be sidelined for a month.

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