January 23, 2003


Auto racing

CART: American Spirit team signed drivers Jimmy Vasser and Ryan Hunter-Reay.


BRAVES: Agreed to one-year, $600,000 contract with free-agent P Roberto Hernandez, who had been with Royals.

DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to minor-league contract with free-agent C Jorge Fabregas, who had been with Brewers.

GIANTS: Extended nonroster spring training invitations to following players: P Boof Bonser, P David Cash, P Luis Estrella, P Jesse Foppert, former Orioles P Mike Johnson, P Brian Powell, P Joe Horgan, C Alberto Castillo, C John Pachot, C Guillermo Rodriguez, IF Jamie Athas, IF Angel Chavez, IF Carlos Mendoza, IF Joe Vitiello, OF Todd Linden,

Adam Shabala and Brian Simmons.

MARLINS: Agreed to one-year, $10 million contract with free-agent C Ivan Rodriguez, who had been with Rangers.

PADRES: Agreed to 22-year naming-rights agreement with Petco Animal Supplies Inc. for new stadium to be named Petco Park; it's scheduled to open in April 2004.

RED SOX: Agreed to one-year, $1.25 million contract with free-agent 1B David Ortiz, who had been with Twins.

ROCKIES: Signed free-agent P Rich Garces, who had been with Red Sox, to minor-league contract; invited him to major-league camp.

WHITE SOX: Agreed to one-year, $750,000 contract with free-agent P Rick White, who had been with Cardinals.


NBA: Named Kings' Peja Stojakovic, Celtics' Antoine Walker, Grizzlies' Wesley Person, Hornets' David Wesley, Magic's Pat Garrity and SuperSonics' Brent Barry to three-point shootout Feb. 8.

BUCKS: Placed C Joel Przybilla on injured list with sore left ankle. Activated F Jamal Sampson.

HAWKS: Signed G Corey Benjamin to 10-day contract.

MAGIC: Activated F Ryan Humphrey from injured list.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Activated C Chris Dudley. Placed F Ruben Boumtje Boumtje on injured list with sore knee.


OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE: Named associate commissioner Ron English interim commissioner.

AIR FORCE: Announced that sophomore LB Anthony Schlegel, All-Mountain West first-team pick, will transfer from school.

BALL STATE: Named Ted Huber assistant head coach, Don Treadwell offensive coordinator and Jim Boccher defensive coordinator.

BENEDICTINE: Announced resignation of football coach Mike Murray.

CHICAGO STATE: Fired men's basketball coach Bo Ellis (23-104 at school, 3-15 this season). Named men's assistant basketball coach Kevin Jones men's interim basketball coach.

CLEMSON: Named David Blackwell defensive ends coach.

GANNON: Named Richard Sukitsch acting AD.

WISCONSIN: Named Ron Lee defensive backs coach.


NFL: Named Giants TE Jeremy Shockey Rookie of the Year.

AFC: Named Titans DE Kevin Carter to Pro Bowl as coach's selection.

BILLS: Signed CB Ronald Hardge, TE Ryan Neufield, RB De'Mond Parker and LB Josh Stamer.

BRONCOS: Signed CB Jeff Brunson.

JAGUARS: Named Ken Anderson quarterbacks coach, Alvin Reynolds defensive backs coach and Mike Haluchak linebackers coach; Reynolds is a former Ravens assistant.

LIONS: Announced resignations of Kevin Warren, senior VP of business operations and legal counsel, and Kent Newhart, special assistant to president.

RAIDERS: Placed TE Marcus Williams and TE Brandon Christenson on IR. Signed KR Ronald Curry and S Keyon Nash from practice squad.

REDSKINS: Named Robert Nunn defensive ends coach.


NHL: Fined Rangers and Islanders $25,000 each for altercation before start of Tuesday's game.

FLAMES: Traded F Jamie Wright to Flyers for future considerations. Acquired D Mike Mottau from Rangers for sixth-round draft pick in 2003 or 2004.

KINGS: Activated C Bryan Smolinski and D Aaron Miller. Placed LW Kip Brennan and D Lubomir Visnovsky on IR.


RAPIDS (MLS): Signed D Jason Cole, F Alex Blake, F Casey Schmidt, and M Matt Crawford.

REVOLUTION (MLS): Waived M Braeden Cloutier.

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