January 30, 2004



MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Approved sale of Dodgers to Frank McCourt for $430 million.

MARINERS: Signed IF Yung-Chi Chen to minor league contract.

MARLINS: Signed free-agent P Darren Oliver, who had been with Rockies, to one-year contract.

METS: Signed OF Shane Spencer, who had been with Rangers, to one-year contract.

PIRATES: Agreed to terms with free-agent P Jose Mesa, who had been with Phillies, on a minor league contract.

RANGERS: Purchased contract of P Carlos Almanzar from Triple-A Oklahoma. Designated IF Mike Lamb for assignment. Named Keith Boeck scout.


CLIPPERS: Signed F Matt Barnes to second 10-day contract.


KANSAS: Announced that women's basketball coach Marian Washington is taking indefinite leave of absence for undisclosed medical reasons. Named assistant Lynette Woodard interim coach.

LOUISIANA STATE: Named Kirby Smart defensive backs coach.

NEW HAVEN: Discontinued football, women's golf, women's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field programs, effective in fall.

SAINT JOSEPH'S: Named Lou Esposito defensive coordinator.


BEARS: Named Torrian Gray assistant defensive backs coach.

BILLS: Signed DB Kahlil Carter, OL Jasen Esposito, LB Asa Francis, K/P Mike Shafer and QB Greg Zolman.

BROWNS: Named Ron Wolf personnel specialist.

CHIEFS: Signed DB Isaac White.

FALCONS: Named Jeff Jagodzinski tight ends coach.

LIONS: Named Larry Brooks defensive line coach.


BLUES: Claimed C Pascal Rheaume off waivers from Rangers.

MAPLE LEAFS: Recalled C Harold Druken from AHL St. John's.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Recalled D Chris Armstrong from AHL Cincinnati.

PENGUINS: Returned G Marc-Andre Fleury to his junior team.

RANGERS: Recalled LW Garth Murray and RW Paul Healey from AHL Hartford.

SENATORS: Recalled RW Josh Langfeld from AHL Binghamton.


CREW (MLS): Named John Murphy assistant coach. Signed D Eric Denton to multi-year contract.

SIDEKICKS (MLS): Signed M Chad Deering.

BLAST (MISL): Signed D Ibrahim Kante (All-American at CCBC-Essex) to offer sheet.


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