December 27, 2003



EXPOS: Signed former Orioles 3B Tony Batista to one-year, $1.5 million contract and P Jeremy Fikac to minor league contract.

INDIANS: Signed free-agent 2B Ron Belliard, who had been with Rockies, to one-year contract.


BUCKS: Activated F Brian Skinner from injured list. Placed C Joel Przybilla on injured list with right knee tendinitis.

MAGIC: Acquired F Robert Archibald from Suns for future conditional second-round pick. Waived F Monty Williams.

NETS: Activated G Brandon Armstrong from injured list. Placed G-F Tamar Slay on injured list with strained right groin.


BRONCOS: Waived DT Luis Almanzar and LB Patrick Chukwurah. Signed WR Nate Jackson and RB Cecil Sapp from practice squad.

BUCCANEERS: Placed T Kenyatta Walker on IR. Activated T Anthony Davis from practice squad.

CARDINALS: Signed K Neil Rackers to two-year contract extension.

REDSKINS: Signed LB LaVar Arrington to eight-year, $80 million contract.

SEAHAWKS: Placed G Jerry Wunsch on IR. Signed WR Jerheme Urban from practice squad.


BLUE JACKETS: Activated D Luke Richardson from IR.

KINGS: Placed G Roman Cechmanek on IR, retroactive to Dec. 21, with bruised hip.

STARS: Activated G Ron Tugnutt from IR.



The Mason Dixon Baseball Umpires Association is looking for individuals 18 years or older to umpire high school games. For more information, call Mike Connors at 410-653-7307 or e-mail at

The Blue Devil Umpire Association needs umpires for the 2004 baseball season to support programs in Northern and Western Baltimore County and Carroll County. Experience is helpful, but basic and advanced training will be provided. Call 410-654-6562.


The Landon School of Bethesda needs a football opponent for a home or away game Oct. 15 or 16, 2004. Call 301-320-3200.

Pro Basketball

NBA All Star voting

(Through Wednesday)

Eastern Conference

Forwards Vince Carter, Toronto, 1,134,147; Jermaine O'Neal, Indiana, 872,476; Kenyon Martin, New Jersey, 336,888; Scottie Pippen, Chicago, 192,083; Ron Artest, Indiana, 189,532; Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Atlanta, 134,929; Carlos Boozer, Cleveland, 125,792; Richard Jefferson, New Jersey, 114,594; Toni Kukoc, Milwaukee, 95,828; Lamar Odom, Miami, 79,475. Guards Allen Iverson, Philadelphia, 927,769; Tracy McGrady, Orlando, 655,560; Jason Kidd, New Jersey, 569,906; LeBron James, Cleveland, 394,709; Baron Davis, New Orleans, 313,231; Paul Pierce, Boston, 168,075; Chauncey Billups, Detroit, 104,682; Gilbert Arenas, Washington, 103,751; Reggie Miller, Indiana, 98,776; Richard Hamilton, Detroit, 84,780. Centers Ben Wallace, Detroit, 995,572; Alonzo Mourning, New Jersey, 237,857; Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland, 210,780; Eddy Curry, Chicago, 98,048; Antonio Davis, Chicago, 79,863.

Western Conference

Forwards Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 885,872; Kevin Garnett, Minnesota, 877,622; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 334,836; Karl Malone, L.A. Lakers, 297,283; Carmelo Anthony, Denver, 287,476; Pau Gasol, Memphis, 214,951; Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento, 185,792; Chris Webber, Sacramento, 184,592; Antoine Walker, Dallas, 162,959; Malik Rose, San Antonio, 116,131. Guards Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 936,281; Steve Francis, Houston, 465,982; Gary Payton, L.A. Lakers, 399,979; Steve Nash, Dallas, 347,180; Emanuel Ginobili, San Antonio, 327,109; Stephon Marbury, Phoenix, 217,665; Mike Bibby, Sacramento, 214,049; Tony Parker, San Antonio, 202,889; Michael Finley, Dallas, 154,228; Ray Allen, Seattle, 116,015. Centers Shaquille O'Neal, L.A. Lakers, 835,331; Yao Ming, Houston, 693,272; Radoslav Nesterovic, San Antonio, 122,079; Vlade Divac, Sacramento, 102,060; Brad Miller, Sacramento, 99,052.


NHL All-Star voting

(Through Monday; x-write-in votes)

Eastern Conference

Wings Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta, 93,506; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay, 48,234; Marian Hossa, Ottawa, 47,550; Tony Amonte, Philadelphia, 43,780; Owen Nolan, Toronto, 40,533; Jamie Langenbrunner, New Jersey, 38,669; Jaromir Jagr, Washington, 35,550; Alexander Mogilny, Toronto, 33,652; Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa, 32,038; Patrik Elias, New Jersey, 24,421.

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