November 20, 2003



ASTROS: Agreed to two-year, $4 million contract with C Brad Ausmus. Added P Ezequiel Astacio, P Taylor Buchholz, P Fernando Nieve, P Chad Qualls, IF Chris Burke, OF Charlton Jimerson and C Hector Gimenez to 40-man roster. Sent P Jared Fernandez outright to Triple-A New Orleans. Released P Brandon Puffer and P Rodrigo Rosario.

ATHLETICS: Claimed P Mario Ramos off waivers from Rangers.

CUBS: Purchased contracts of IF Ronny Cedeno, IF Jason Dubois, IF Brendan Harris, P Renyel Pinto and P Carlos Vasquez.

INDIANS: Agreed to one-year, $1.73 million contract with OF Milton Bradley. Single-A Lake County announced that pitching coach Tony Arnold (a former Oriole) will return in 2004.

MARINERS: Signed free-agent OF Raul Ibanez, who had been with Royals, to three-year contract. Named Steve Peck advance scout.

MARLINS: Activated P A.J. Burnett, P Tim Spooneybarger, P Toby Borland and P Armando Almanza from 60-day DL.

PADRES: Purchased contracts of OF Freddy Guzman from Triple-A Portland and P Justin Germano, P Chris Oxspring and P Rusty Tucker from Double-A Mobile.

PHILLIES: Purchased contracts of 1B Ryan Howard and P Elizardo Ramirez from Single-A Clearwater, P Keith Bucktrot from Double-A Reading and P Alfredo Simon from Single-A Lakewood.

RANGERS: Sent IF Jason Hart outright to Triple-A Oklahoma.

TIGERS: Named Lou Whitaker spring training instructor.


HEAT: Activated F Samaki Walker from injured list. Placed F Jerome Beasley on injured list with lower back strain.

ROCKETS: Activated F Maurice Taylor. Waived F Alton Ford.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Activated F Ruben Patterson from injured list. Placed F Travis Outlaw on injured list with bilateral patella tendinitis.

STING (WNBA): Named Trudi Lacey GM in addition to duties as coach.


BAYLOR: Announced that sophomore F Tim Bush will transfer from Louisiana State.

HOOD: AWCC named Cheryl Banks (Parkville) to field hockey first team and Nicole Beall, Lauren Davies and Rachel Gauza (North Carroll) to second team.

UMBC: Named Patricia Lehman assistant AD for business and finance.

NAVY: Patriot League named outside hitter Ashley Van Hartesvelt and setter-outside hitter AshleyMusser to volleyball second team, and named middle blocker Beth McArthur Freshman of the Year. ... Collegiate Water Polo Association named Joe Donahue (St. Mary's) and Alex Ratcliffe to All-Southern Division first team and Patrick Rollo to second team. ... Patriot League named Kevin Teague Diver of the Week.

TENNESSEE: Extended contract of men's basketball coach Buzz Peterson by one year through 2008-09.


NFL: Suspended Panthers S Jarrod Cooper four games for violating league's substance abuse policy. ... Reduced Bills S Lawyer Milloy's fine for bumping NFL official Oct. 19 from $25,000 to $2,500 after appeal.

BILLS: Reached injury settlement with and released FB Phil Crosby. Signed TE Rod Trafford to practice squad. Re-signed WR Jerel Myers to practice squad. Released RB Nick Maddox.

BRONCOS: Signed LB Louis Green to practice squad.

CARDINALS: Placed K Bill Gramatica on IR. Re-signed LB Michael Young. Released DT Talifaia Atoe from IR.

CHARGERS: Placed S Kwamie Lassiter on IR with torn medial collateral ligament in right knee. Signed CB Tony Okanlawon (Maryland) from practice squad.

COLTS: Signed WR JaJuan Dawson and LB Keyon Whiteside. Waived DT Brandon Hicks and RB Brian Allen.

DOLPHINS: Re-signed WR Oronde Gadsden to one-year contract. Waived CB Alphonso Roundtree. Released TE Dwayne Blakley from practice squad. Signed C Ben Claxton to practice squad.

49ERS: Announced that president and CEO Peter Harris will leave when contract expires in July.

GIANTS: Placed S Shaun Williams and DE Kenny Holmes on IR. Re-signed DE Frank Ferrara and S Clarence LeBlanc. Signed WR Ryan Hoag to practice squad.

LIONS: Placed WR Scotty Anderson on IR with ankle injury. Signed WR David Kircus from practice squad; signed DB Julius Curry to practice squad.

RAIDERS: Placed DE Trace Armstrong (partially dislocated his left shoulder), LB Travian Smith (torn knee ligament) and RB Justin Fargas on IR. Signed RB J.R. Redmond, DE Lorenzo Bromell, LB Larry Atkins and G Corey Hulsey. Signed RB J.R. Johnson and DB Carey Scott to practice squad; released RB Santonio Beard and T Matt Knutson from practice squad.

High school

TOWSON: Laura Shane signed national letter of intent to play lacrosse at Stanford.

WESTERN: Sigrid Paulus signed national letter of intent to play lacrosse at Old Dominion.

WILDE LAKE: Mike Thomas has committed to Dartmouth and will play lacrosse.


USA HOCKEY: Named Larry Pleau GM for 2004 men's national team and U.S. team at World Cup of Hockey 2004.


NEW JERSEY LACROSSE FOUNDATION: Announced that Jamie Brodsky (Maryland) will be inducted into Hall of Fame.

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