January 29, 2004


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DALE EARNHARDT INC.: Ty Norris resigned as executive vice president.


DIAMONDBACKS: Named Wally Backman manager of Single-A Lancaster.

MARLINS: Agreed to terms with P Darren Oliver on one-year contract.

METS: Signed free-agent IF Todd Zeile, former Oriole who had been with Expos, to one-year contract.

ORIOLES: Agreed to terms with IF-OF Melvin Mora on three-year contract and IF Clay Bellinger and P Rob Ramsay on minor league contracts.

TIGERS: Announced retirement of 3B Dean Palmer.

YANKEES: Agreed with IF Tyler Houston and OF Darren Bragg on minor league contracts.


BULLS: Signed F Ronald Dupree.

HEAT: Activated G Dwyane Wade from injured list. Placed F Rasual Butler on the injured list.

JAZZ: Signed C Mikki Moore to 10-day contract.

MAVERICKS: Placed G Tony Delk on injured list with sprained left ankle. Activated F Eduardo Najera from injured list.

NETS: F Eddie Griffin takes leave from team.


BAYLOR: Dismissed F Ebony Jackson from women's basketball team after repeated violations of team policy.

COLGATE: TE John Frieser was named Patriot League Football Scholar Athlete of the Year.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Named Charles McMillian cornerbacks coach.

UTAH: Announced that men's basketball coach Rick Majerus will resign at end of season.

VIRGINIA TECH: Suspended F Fabian Davis and G Shawn Harris for conduct detrimental to the team.


BILLS: Signed free-agent FB Daimon Shelton. Signed OL Lawrence Smith, who has spent most of last two seasons on Ravens' practice squad.

CARDINALS: Named Mike Wilson tight ends coach.

CHARGERS: Named Tim Brewster assistant head coach, tight ends.

CHIEFS: Named Fred Pagac linebackers coach.

DOLPHINS: Signed free-agent WR Marvin "Snoop" Minnis, who had been with Buccaneers, to one-year contract.

49ERS: Signed CB Antuan Simmons.

PACKERS: Promoted assistant coach Bob Slowik to defensive coordinator. Hired Kurt Schottenheimer as defensive backs coach.

RAIDERS: Hired Jets assistant Jimmy Raye as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

SAINTS: Signed CB Fred Booker, CB Ahmad Brooks, CB Maurice Tucker, TE Danny Curley, TE Shawn Draper, T Ben Archibald, RB Tavian Banks, WR Nathan Black, RB Ronney Jenkins, LB LaMarcus McDonald, WR Chris Vance and DT Kevin Watson.


NHL: Suspended Capitals owner Ted Leonsis for one week for fighting with fan and fined team $100,000.

BLUE JACKETS: Assigned C Mark Hartigan to AHL Syracuse.

BLUES: Assigned D Aris Brimanis to AHL Worcester.

CANUCKS: Recalled D Martin Grenier from AHL Manitoba. Reassigned F Jason King to Manitoba.

MAPLE LEAFS: Assigned D Carlo Colaiacovo to AHL St. John's.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Recalled D Lance Ward from AHL Cincinnati.

OILERS: Placed C Mike York on IR with broken finger. Recalled LW Jani Rita and C Mike Bishai from AHL Toronto.

PANTHERS: Named Steve Dangerfield executive VP and GM of Office Depot Center. Named Carol Duncanson VP of human resources. Named Randy Moller director of broadcasting.

THRASHERS: Activated RW Dany Heatley and C Serge Aubin from IR. Placed C Randy Robitaille on IR, retroactive to Jan. 23, with knee strain.

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