October 17, 2003



ASTROS: Signed general manager Gerry Hunsicker to contract extension.

TWINS: Signed IF Alex Prieto, IF Luis Rodriguez, P Jeromy Palki, P Todd Erros, P Mark Nussbeck, and C Gabby Torres to minor league contracts.


BOBCATS: Named Bernie Bickerstaff coach and general manager; Karl Hicks assistant general manager; Gary Brokaw director of player personnel; Tim Shea director of international scouting; and Kenny Williamson director of scouting.

ROCKETS: Suspended F Eddie Griffin indefinitely. Signed F Anthony Miller.

76ERS: Waived F Lamont Barnes.

SPURS: Waived G Larry Ayuso.


ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE: Accepted East Tennessee State into league beginning with 2005-06 season.

CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK: Announced that men's basketball coach.

DELAWARE: Named Steve Groothuis men's assistant basketball coach.

IOWA STATE: Suspended F Jackson Vroman after he was arrested early yesterday on drunken driving charge.

LOYOLA: Athletic director Joe Boylan has been appointed to NCAA men's basketball issues committee and will represent the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) beginning this winter.

MARYLAND: Named Pat Santoro wrestling coach.

NAVY: Named Chris Villa assistant women's swimming coach.

WEST VIRGINIA: Reinstated women's basketball G Sherell Sowho after eight-month suspension.


BENGALS: Signed WR Kevin Walter from practice squad. Waived WR Lawrence Hamilton.

COLTS: Signed OL Jim Newton to practice squad. Released DL Keith Wright from practice squad.

JETS: Re-signed DT Alan Harper to practice squad. Released LB Mark Brown from practice squad.


HURRICANES: Assigned G Arturs Irbe to ECHL Johnstown.

CANADIENS: Assigned D Mike Komisarek and F Gordie Dwyer to AHL Hamilton.

SHARKS: Recalled LW Lynn Loyns from AHL Cleveland.


FIFA: Granting Iraq's soccer federation $700,000 to help rebuild team.

UNITED (MLS): Signed M Ben Olsen and M Dema Kovalenko to contract extensions.

FORCE (MISL): Signed MF Adam Campellone and D Adam Guren to one-year contracts.

WAVE (MISL): Signed D Troy Dusosky, D-MF Matt Schmidt, D Lovelace Ackah, D Chris Morman, D Joe Hammes, MF-D Carl Schmitt and G Dan Green through the 2005-06 indoor and 2006 outdoor seasons.


NFL NETWORK: Announced that Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan will debate football issues on weekly prime-time show, NFL Total Access, which begins broadcasting next month.


WTA TOUR: Imposed harsher penalties for match-fixing starting next season, with suspensions and fines of up to $100,000.

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