March 23, 2004



BREWERS: Assigned P Brian Bowles and C Craig Coste to Triple-A Indianapolis.

CUBS: Optioned P Francis Beltran, OF Jason Dubois, OF Nic Jackson and OF David Kelton to Triple-A Iowa. Reassigned IF Felix Martinez and P Juan Pena to minor league camp.

DIAMONDBACKS: Optioned OF Luis Terrero to Triple-A Tucson.

PADRES: Optioned P Ben Howard, P Dennis Tankersley and OF Xavier Nady to Triple-A Portland. Assigned P Matt Bruback, 1B Tagg Boziee and OF John Knott to Portland.

RANGERS: Signed P Nick Bierbrodt to minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

REDS: Optioned IF Felipe Lopez to Triple-A Louisville. Reassigned P Aaron Myette, C Dane Sardinha and OF Reggie Taylor to minor league camp.


NBA: Fined Rockets G Steve Francis (Maryland) $25,000 for cursing during TV interview and for criticizing officials Sunday.

NETS: Signed G Anthony Goldwire to 10-day contract. Placed G Hubert Davis (knee) on injured list.

76ERS: Placed F Derrick Coleman (knee) on injured list. Activated F Amal McCaskill from injured list.


BUCKNELL: G Brian Gargan (Mount St. Joseph) was named Patriot League baseball Freshman of the Week.

LA SALLE: Named Phil Longo football coach.

MARYLAND: M Kelly Coppedge was named ACC women's lacrosse Player of the Week.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S: P Dustin Pease (Spalding) was named Northeast Conference baseball Rookie of the Week.


BRONCOS: Agreed to terms with S John Lynch and DT Luther Elliss. Signed DE Raylee Johnson.

COWBOYS: Acquired WR Keyshawn Johnson from Buccaneers for WR Joey Galloway and signed Johnson to four-year contract.

FALCONS: Signed RB James Fenderson and P Jonathan Kilgo.

JAGUARS: Signed CB Blue Adams, LB Tony Gilbert, QB Quinn Gray, S Ray Perryman and WR Jimmy Redmond. Released DE Michael Josiah.

JETS: Signed S Reggie Tongue. Re-signed LB Quincy Stewart, C Randy Chevrier, WR Lawrence Hamilton, WR Ken-Yon Rambo, S Omare Lowe and LB Mark Brown.

STEELERS: Released S Brent Alexander.

TEXANS: Signed TE Mark Bruener to three-year contract. Re-signed DE Corey Sears.

VIKINGS: Released TE Hunter Goodwin.


NHL: Suspended Maple Leafs F Wade Belak six regular-season and two playoff games for high-sticking incident Saturday. Suspended Rangers C Mark Messier two games for spearing incident Sunday.

BLACKHAWKS: Signed D James Wisniewski and G Michael Brodeur.

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