January 14, 2003


Auto racing

EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS: Named Kenny Francis team director. Named Derek Jones senior engineer and race engineer and Mike Shiplett lead engineer for No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge.


NEGRO LEAGUES MUSEUM: Gave Larry Doby Award to Rockies P Jason Jennings as baseball's best rookie.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE: Canceled rest of season because it can't guarantee security, supplies and media coverage during anti-government strike.

BRAVES: Agreed to one-year, $500,000 contract with free-agent P Mike Venafro, who had been with Athletics.

DODGERS: Agreed to one-year, $675,000 contract with P Guillermo Mota. Signed P Pedro Borbon, who had been with Astros, to minor-league contract; invited him to spring training.

METS: Agreed to minor-league contract with P Pedro Feliciano. Signed OF Brady Clark and designated him for assignment.

NEW JERSEY (INDEPENDENT): Placed former Orioles P Joel Bennett on inactive list.


RAPTORS: Signed F Damone Brown to 10-day contract.

ROCKETS: Placed F Glen Rice on injured list with partially torn cartilage in left shoulder. Activated C Jason Collier.

SPARKS (WNBA): Named Ron Jackson assistant GM.


ARIZONA: Announced that sophomore basketball G Will Bynum transferred to Georgia Tech.

BOWIE STATE: CIAA named Luke D'Alessio men's basketball Coach of the Week

COLORADO: Released TB Marcus Houston from scholarship; he plans to talk to Colorado State about a transfer.

GEORGETOWN: Big East announced that coach Craig Esherick will not be disciplined for criticizing officials after victory over West Virginia on Sunday.

JOHNS HOPKINS: Centennial Conference named C Mike Blaine men's basketball co-Player of the Week.

KENTUCKY: Named former Utah coach Ron McBride linebackers coach.

MIAMI: RB Willis McGahee and WR Andre Johnson announced that they will enter NFL draft.

NEBRASKA: Named Barney Cotton offensive coordinator, Tim Albin passing game coordinator and running backs coach, Scott Downing recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach and Marvin Sanders secondary coach.

NORTHERN IOWA: Announced that F Adam Jacobson has left men's basketball team.

OKLAHOMA STATE: WR Rashaun Woods announced that he will return for senior season.

TENNESSEE: Announced that junior TE Jason Witten will forgo senior season and enter NFL draft.

TEXAS: Named Mike Haywood running backs coach and assistant special teams coordinator. Named receivers coach Darry Drake associate head coach and secondary coach Duane Akina assistant head coach. Announced that running backs coach Bruce Chambers moves to tight ends coach, tight ends coach Mac McWhorter moves to offensive line coach. Fired Tim Nunez, offensive line coach.


BROWNS: Named Andre Patterson defensive line coach. Fired linebackers coach Keith Butler.

CARDINALS: Named Jerry Sullivan offensive coordinator.

CHIEFS: Signed WR Eddie Kennison to six-year contract extension.

COWBOYS: Retained Gary Gibbs, linebackers coach, and Steve Hoffman, kickers and defense quality control coach.

LIONS: Promoted Sherman Lewis to offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Announced that defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer also will be defensive backs coach, Charles Haley will move from defensive line coach to special projects, defensive line coach John Marshall will coach linebackers, assistant George Dyer will coach defensive line, and secondary coach Ray Horton will coach nickel defense.

PANTHERS: Signed DT Terrance Simmons, OL Tim Stuber WR Rob Johnson, S Julian Jones, WR Bashir Yamini DE Arnold Miller, DE Adesola Badon, CB Will Hampton, TE Kirk McMullen, DB Chris Pointer, DT Darian Tate and FB Scott Zimmerman.


NHL: Named Stars C Mike Modano NHL Player of the Week.

LIGHTNING: Acquired G John Grahame from Bruins for 2004 fourth-round draft selection. Placed D Dan Boyle on IR, retroactive to Jan. 4.

RANGERS: Placed F Josh Green on waivers.

SENATORS: Placed F Steve Martins on waivers and assigned him to AHL Binghamton.

STARS: Placed D Richard Matvichuk (fractured fibula) and D Sami Helenius (dislocated kneecap) on IR.


WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY: Named David Howman, former president of New Zealand Tennis Federation, chief operating officer.


MLS: Signed F Roger Levesque and Pat Noonan, D-M Jason Cole and D Todd Dunivant and Shavar Thomas.


USTA: Announced that Lowell, Mass., will be site of first-round Fed Cup matches April 26-27 between United States and Czech Republic.

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