December 13, 2003



TONY CONIGLIARO AWARD: Honor for overcoming adversity through spirit, determination and courage was awarded to Athletics P Jim Mecir, who has pitched nine major league seasons despite being born with two club feet.

BLUE JAYS: Agreed to three-year, $13.1 million contract with free-agent P Miguel Batista, who had been with Diamondbacks.

EXPOS: Sold rights to P Julio Manon to Kia of Korean Baseball League.

PHILLIES: Exercised 2005 option on contract of manager Larry Bowa and added club options for 2006 and 2007.


HEAT: Activated F Rasual Butler from injured list. Placed C Wang Zhi-Zhi on injured list .

NETS: Placed G Brandon Armstrong on injured list with sprained left ankle. Placed G Zoran Planinic on injured list with strained neck. Activated G-F Tamar Slay and F Damone Brown from injured list.

ROCKETS: Waived F Ben Davis.

WIZARDS: Activated G Gilbert Arenas from injured list. Placed G Mitchell Butler on injured list with right knee tendinitis.


BUTKUS AWARD: Honor for nation's top linebacker was awarded to Oklahoma's Teddy Lehman.

HARLON HILL TROPHY: Honor for nation's top Division II football player was awarded to North Alabama QB Will Hall.

GEORGIA TECH: Announced that basketball G Will Bynum, a transfer from Arizona, will become eligible today.

KANSAS: Suspended F Jeff Graves indefinitely from basketball team.

NAVY: named Navy's Paul Johnson independent Coach of the Year and following players to all-independent team: RB Kyle Eckel, OL Josh Goodin and K Eric Rolfs. The Web site named Navy QB Craig Candeto the nation's third best independent player.

SYRACUSE: Announced that football coach Paul Pasqualoni and his assistants will be retained.

TEXAS A&M: Announced that QB Dustin Long will transfer to Sam Houston State.

TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE: Named former Navy assistant Scotty Conley football coach.

WASHINGTON COLLEGE: National Soccer Coaches Association of America named G Ryan Miller (Fallston) to Division III All-Mid Atlantic region third team.

WEST VIRGINIA: Announced that G Ashley Dunn and G Tehana Geist have left women's basketball team.


BROWNS: Signed K Derrick Frost from practice squad.

DOLPHINS: Placed former Ravens DE Rob Burnett on IR with knee injury.

GIANTS: Placed WR Tim Carter on IR. Signed WR Ataveus Cash from practice squad to active roster.

PATRIOTS: Re-signed P Ken Walter. Released P Brooks Barnard (Maryland, Broadneck).


LUMSDEN MEMORIAL TROPHY: Was awarded to Towson junior Billy Wingerd for compiling lowest stroke average, 69.25, in at least four of Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation's seven completed tournament rounds.

Harness racing

U.S. HARNESS WRITERS' ASSOCIATION: Named David Miller Driver of the Year.


BLACKHAWKS: Recalled D Burke Henry from AHL Norfolk.

CANUCKS: Reassigned C Ryan Kesler to AHL Manitoba.

CAPITALS: Recalled C Trent Whitfield from AHL Portland. Reassigned RW Ivan Ciernik to Portland.

KINGS: Recalled G Milan Hnilicka from AHL Manchester. Placed LW Kip Brennan on IR, retroactive to Dec. 1, with charley horse.

RANGERS: Recalled RW Jason MacDonald from AHL Hartford.

SABRES: Assigned G Ryan Miller to AHL Rochester.

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