December 12, 2003



HALL OF FAME: Announced following broadcasters as finalists for Ford C. Frick Award: Lon Simmons, Dave Niehaus, Joe Nuxhall, Ken Coleman, Gene Elston, Jack Graney, France Laux, Hal Totten, Graham McNamee and Ty Tyson.

ASTROS: Agreed to three-year, $31.5 million contract with free-agent P Andy Pettitte, who had been with Yankees.

CUBS: Named Dave Groeschner athletic trainer.

MARINERS: Agreed to three-year, $11 million contract with OF Randy Winn and two-year , $4.3 million contract with P Ryan Franklin.

PADRES: Released IF Donaldo Mendez.

PHILLIES: Announced retirement of P Dan Plesac.

REDS: Named former Orioles 3B Chris Sabo hitting coach at Rookie-level Billings.

ROYALS: Agreed to two-year contract with free-agent C Benito Santiago, who had been with Giants.

WHITE SOX: Agreed to three-year contract with P Mark Buehrle.


FEVER (WNBA): Named Brian Winters coach.


ASSOCIATED PRESS FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR: Awarded to Louisiana State's Nick Saban.

CHUCK BEDNARIK TROPHY: Awarded honor as nation's best college football defensive player to Oklahoma LB Teddy Lehman.

FRED BILETNIKOFF AWARD: Awarded honor as nation's top wide receiver to Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald.

WALTER CAMP AWARD: Awarded honor for nation's top college football player to Pittsburgh WR Larry Fitzgerald.

DISNEY'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS SPIRIT AWARD: Awarded to San Jose State's Neil Parry.

RAY GUY AWARD: Awarded honor as nation's top punter to Ohio State's B.J. Sander.

HOME DEPOT COACH OF THE YEAR: Awarded to Southern California's Pete Carroll.

MAXWELL AWARD: Awarded honor as nation's best all-around player to Mississippi QB Eli Manning.

DAVEY O'BRIEN QUARTERBACK AWARD: Awarded to Oklahoma's Jason White.

OUTLAND TROPHY: Awarded honor for top interior lineman to Iowa OT Robert Gallery.

DAVE RIMINGTON AWARD: Awarded honor for top center to Virginia Tech's Jake Grove.

JIM THORPE AWARD: Awarded honor for top defensive back to Oklahoma CB Derrick Strait.

DOAK WALKER AWARD: Awarded honor for nation's top running back to Michigan's Chris Perry.

WAC: Commissioner Karl Benson said Hawaii coach June Jones can't pull his team out of Hawaii Bowl because school is contractually obligated to play in it.

ARMY: Named former interim football coach John Mumford assistant coach.

AUBURN: Extended contract of football coach Tommy Tuberville one year through 2008.

LOUISIANA TECH: Released G Toya George from basketball scholarship.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S: Announced that women's basketball G Dominique Mazzuchi (Springfield, Va.) and F Danielle Porter (Charlestown, W.Va.) have signed letters of intent.

SALISBURY: National Soccer Coaches Association of America named M Dan Meehan to South Region's first team, G JasonCranford to second team, M Dan Lader (C. Milton Wright) to third team and Gerry DiBartolo South Region's Coach of the Year. CAC named Meehan Player of the Year.

TOWSON: G Cilk McSweeney voluntarily withdrew from men's basketball team.

WESTERN KENTUCKY: Released F Jamaal Brown from basketball scholarship.


BILLS: Signed WR Cedric Bonner to practice squad.

BUCCANEERS: Signed LB Hakim Akbar to practice squad.

COWBOYS: Signed LB Scott Shanle off waivers from Rams.

JETS: Placed DE John Abraham on IR with strained right groin.

RAMS: Signed LB Justin Smith. Signed RB Spencer Nead to practice squad. Signed G Andy King and G Scott Tercero from practice squad. Released LB Scott Shanle and LB Courtland Bullard.

RAVENS: Released QB Ray Lucas. Promoted long snapper Mike Solwold from practice squad.

High schools

U.S. SWIMMING: Named Jill Schneehagen (Mount Carmel) an Academic All-American.


BLUES: Recalled F Jeff Heerema from AHL Worcester.

DEVILS: Recalled RW Jiri Bicek from AHL Albany.

PANTHERS: Recalled D Lukas Krajicek from AHL San Antonio.

PENGUINS: Recalled G Jean-Sebastien Aubin from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

PREDATORS: Recalled D Andrew Hutchinson from AHL Milwaukee.

THRASHERS: Assigned D Shawn Heins to AHL Chicago.


BLAST (MISL): Traded M Danny Santoro to Steamers for fourth-round pick in 2003-04 MISL amateur draft.

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