November 15, 2003



DEVIL RAYS: Agreed with free-agent P Paul Abbott, who had been with Royals, and free-agent P John Halama, who had been with Athletics, on one-year contracts.

GIANTS: Acquired C A.J. Pierzynski and player to be named or cash from Twins for P Joe Nathan, P Boof Bonser and P Francisco Liriano.

INDIANS: Declined to exercise $5 million option on P Danys Baez for next season.

ORIOLES: Named T.J. Brightman VP of corporate sales and sponsorships.

PADRES: Claimed OF Henri Stanley off waivers from Astros; added him to 40-man roster.

RANGERS: Activated P Chan Ho Park, P Ricardo Rodriguez, P Jeff Zimmerman, IF Herbet Perry, OF Rusty Greer and OF Kevin Mench.

RED SOX: Agreed with former Orioles P Mike Timlin on one-year contract.


NBA: Fined Pacers F Jermaine O'Neal $5,000 for criticizing officiating during team's loss to Celtics on Tuesday.

CELTICS: Placed F Ryan LaFrentz on injured list with right knee tendinitis. Activated C Kendrick Perkins.

LAKERS: Placed F Slava Medvedenko on injured list with bruised left heel. Activated F Jamal Sampson.

WARRIORS: Signed F Sean Lampley.


NCAA: Named Daniel Curran to board of directors.

ATLANTIC HOCKEY ASSOCIATION: Announced resignation of assistant to commissioner Jonathan Harper. Named George Sylvester assistant to commissioner.

LOYOLA: Announced that Tynisha Davis signed to play women's basketball.

MARYLAND: Announced that Beth Gilming signed to play volleyball.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S: Northeast Conference named D Luke Strutt to first team and Kurt Borel to second team.

PRESBYTERIAN: Added men's and women's lacrosse to begin in 2004.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: DE Omar Nazel needs surgery to repair ligaments in right thumb and will miss rest of season.

TENNESSEE: Suspended DT Mondre Dickerson for violation of team rules.


NFL: Fined Titans LB Keith Bulluck, DT Robaire Smith, S Tank Williams, CB Andre Dyson, CB Samari Rolle and DE Kevin Carter total of $40,000 for end zone celebration Sunday against Dolphins.

BROWNS: Activated WR Frisman Jackson.

BUCCANEERS: Signed LB Justin Smith from practice squad. Released DT Cleveland Pinkney; re-signed him to practice squad.

High school

GARRISON FOREST: M-D Sarah Williams signed to play lacrosse for Rutgers.

LOCH RAVEN: M Lauren Askey committed orally to play soccer at Lynchburg.


NHL: Suspended Thrashers F Francis Lessard for one game without pay for spearing during game Thursday against Hurricanes.

BLUE JACKETS: Placed C Espen Knutsen on IR with hip pointer.

MAPLE LEAFS: Recalled C Harold Drunken from AHL St. John's.

PANTHERS: Recalled C Vaclav Nedorost from AHL San Antonio.

PENGUINS: Recalled F Tom Kostopoulos and F Tomas Surovy from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

SHARKS: Recalled D Christian Ehrhoff from AHL Cleveland.

STARS: Assigned D Trevor Daley to AHL Utah.


INTERNATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION: Banned Bulgarians Galabin Boevski, Georgi Markov and Zlatan Vanev from world championships in Vancouver, British Columbia, because of tampering with their urine samples.

Winter sports

INTERNATIONAL SKATING UNION: Moved 2005 speed-skating sprint world championship from Turin, Italy, to Salt Lake City.

Pro soccer

MLS playoffs



Eastern Conference Yesterday Chicago 1, New England 0, OT

Western Conference Today K.C. at San Jose, 10 p.m.


Tomorrow At Carson, Calif. Chicago vs. K.C./S.J. winner, 3:30 p.m.

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