April 02, 2003


Auto racing

NASCAR: Stripped Busch series driver Chad Blount and team owner Todd Braun of 25 points and suspended crew chief Patrick Donahue two races and fined him $5,000 for using improperly modified rear hubs in Saturday's O'Reilly 300.


MLB: Reduced suspension of Mets C Mike Piazza from five games to four for actions during March 12 exhibition game against Dodgers.

DIAMONDBACKS: Placed P Bret Prinz on 15-day DL with right groin injury. Recalled C Robbie Hammock from Triple-A Tucson.

YANKEES: Placed SS Derek Jeter on 15-day DL with dislocated left shoulder. Recalled SS Erick Almonte from Triple-A Columbus.


NBA: Nets F Richard Jefferson and Spurs F Tim Duncan Players of the Week.

CLIPPERS: Activated F Elton Brand from injured list. Placed F Cherokee Parks on injured list with back spasms.


ATLANTIC 10: Announced that it has no plans to remove St. Bonaventure from conference or apply additional sanctions against school and its men's basketball program.

BOSTON COLLEGE: Signed AD Gene DeFilippo to contract extension through 2008.

BOWIE STATE: Basketball Times named F Tim Washington to NCAA II All-America second team.

HAWAII: Junior G Carl English announced that he will make himself eligible for NBA draft.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL: Announced retirement of women's basketball coach Lorene Ramsey.

JOHNS HOPKINS: American Lacrosse Conference named G Jen McDonald women's Player of the Week.

MARYLAND: ACC named M Paul Gillette (Severna Park) men's lacrosse Player of the Week. Announced that soccer M Elizabeth Foley (Centennial High) has committed to school.

UMBC: NEC named Tia Kaasalainen women's tennis Player of the Week.

MOREHEAD STATE: Suspended F Anton Kerley indefinitely from basketball team for violating team policy.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S: NEC named Marlon Lawrence (Woodlawn) men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week and Shannon Norris women's Outdoor Track & Field Rookie of the Week.

NAVY: Patriot League named Matt Foster Patriot League Pitcher of the Week.

NORTH CAROLINA: Announced resignation of men's basketball coach Matt Doherty.

NORTHEASTERN: Signed men's basketball coach Ron Everhart to two-year contract extension, through 2007-08.

OHIO VALLEY: Named Bill McGee men's basketball coach.

TENNESSEE STATE: Named Cy Alexander men's basketball coach.

TOWSON: CAA named A Steve Mull (Fallston) men's lacrosse Rookie of the Week. CAA named Jessica Wides softball Pitcher of the Week.

WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE: Signed men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl to contract extension through 2007-08 season.

COLLEGE SPORTS TELEVISION: Cable channel, which will launch Monday, reached deal to be carried on DirecTV.


BENGALS: Released DE Vaughn Booker.

BRONCOS: Announced that QB Steve Beuerlein will return to team and compete for backup position.

JETS: Signed LB Khary Campbell, WR-KR Jonathan Carter, LB Kelvin Moses, C Dennis O'Sullivan, DT James Reed, WR Kevin Swayne and RB Sean Bennett.

TEXANS: Re-signed LB Troy Evans. Signed free-agent LB and former Raven Shannon Taylor.


NHL: Suspended Thrashers D Chris Tamer indefinitely for cross-checking Predators RW Vladimir Orszagh with intent to injure during Saturday's game. Named Lightning G Nikolai Khabibulin Player of the Month.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Signed unrestricted free-agent LW Chris Kunitz to two-year entry-level contract.


MLS: Reached four-year broadcasting agreement with Fox Sports World and Fox Sports en Espanol.


FRENCH TENNIS FEDERATION: Announced that total prize money for French Open is going up 6 percent to $14.2 million, with men's champion earning $915,180 and women's champ earning $892,300.

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