February 13, 2003



ASTROS: Re-signed IF Julio Lugo to one-year contract.

DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to terms with P Brandon Backe, P Lance Carter, P Delvin James and C Pete LaForest on one-year contracts.

ORIOLES: Signed free-agent OF B.J. Surhoff, who had been with Braves, to minor-league contract and invited him to spring training. Agreed to one-year contract with 2B Jerry Hairston.

ROCKIES: Named Billy Eppler assistant director of player development.

FREDERICK KEYS (Single-A): Named Mark Fine director of marketing, Cory Cox director of public relations and Sharine Iacono marketing assistant.


BULLS: Activated F Lonny Baxter (Maryland) from injured list. Placed C Dalibor Bagaric on injured list with right knee tendinitis.

GRIZZLIES: Activated G Michael Dickerson from injured list. Placed G Brevin Knight on injured list with sprained right wrist.

TIMBERWOLVES: Signed G Mike Wilks to 10-day contract. Place G Rod Strickland in injured list.


OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE: Suspended Tennessee State's Josh Cooperswood, Tennessee State coach Hosea Lewis and Eastern Kentucky coach Travis Ford one game for roles in benches-clearing brawl Monday.

ABILENE CHRISTIAN: Granted women's basketball coach Wayne Williams leave of absence due to health issues. Named Shawna Lavender interim coach.

HARVARD: Announced senior G Pat Harvey has been declared ineligible for remainder of season.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Announced junior OL Donald Tucker has left football team.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Named Matt Canada offensive coordinator.

RUTGERS: Promoted WR coach Darrell Hazell to assistant head coach. Named Mario Cristobal OL coach and Joe Susan TE coach.

TENNESSEE TECH: Announced retirement of athletic director David Larimore.

WASHINGTON: Named Dan Cozzetto assistant football coach.


PANTHERS: Named Mike Trgovac defensive coordinator.

SEAHAWKS: Named John Marshall linebackers coach.

VIKINGS: Signed OL Lewis Kelly to $375,000, one-year contract.


BLUES: Assigned D Christian Backman to AHL Worcester.

COYOTES: Assigned D Martin Grenier to AHL Springfield.

KINGS: Recalled G Travis Scott from AHL Manchester. Assigned G Cristobal Huet.

SABRES: Recalled D Rory Fitzpatrick from AHL Rochester.

STARS: Recalled goaltender Corey Hirsch from AHL Utah.

THRASHERS: Activated D Uwe Krupp from IR. Placed LW Lubos Bartecko on IR, retroactive to Jan. 22. Assigned D Mike Weaver to AHL Chicago.

Pro football

NFL coaching changes

Since end of season (with old coach, new coach, date hired):

Cincinnati: Dick LeBeau, Marvin Lewis (Jan. 14).

Dallas: Dave Campo, Bill Parcells (Jan. 2).

Detroit: Marty Mornhinweg, Steve Mariucci (Feb. 4).

Jacksonville: Tom Coughlin, Jack Del Rio (Jan. 16).

San Francisco: Steve Mariucci, Dennis Erickson (Feb. 11).

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