March 31, 2004


Auto racing

NASCAR: Fined Jamie McMurray $10,000 and placed him on probation until Aug. 31 for spinning out Matt Kenseth in Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.


BLUE JAYS: Acquired P Jason Frasor from Dodgers for OF Jayson Werth.

BREWERS: Assigned P Matt Wise, P Victor Santos, P Chris Michalak, C Mark Johnson, C Alex Delgado, IF Matt Erickson, IF Jeff Liefer, OF Jon Nunnally and OF Chris Magruder to minor league camp.

DEVIL RAYS: Purchased contract of OF Charles Gipson from Triple-A Durham. Assigned P Doug Waechter to Durham.

GIANTS: Placed P Robb Nen (shoulder) on 15-day DL, retroactive to March 26, and P Scott Eyre (back) on 15-day DL, retroactive to March 27. Signed former Orioles IF Deivi Cruz, P Dave Veres and P Mike Crudale to minor league contracts. Acquired P Wayne Franklin (North East, UMBC) and P Leo Estrella from Brewers for P Carlos Villanueva and P Glenn Woolard.

MARINERS: Released OF Eric Owens.

MARLINS: Signed P Tanyon Sturtze to minor league contract.

ORIOLES: Optioned P Erik Bedard to Triple-A Ottawa.

RANGERS: Purchased contract of C Rod Barajas from Triple-A Oklahoma. Released P Erik Sabel.

REDS: Placed 3B Brandon Larson (toe) on 15-day DL, retroactive to March 26.

RED SOX: Optioned P Mark Malaska to Triple-A Pawtucket.

ROCKIES: Released IF Benji Gil.

TWINS: Optioned OF Lew Ford to Triple-A Rochester. Assigned IF Alex Prieto and C Chris Heintz to minor league camp.


LAKERS: Placed G Kareem Rush (foot) on injured list.

MAGIC: Signed F Britton Johnsen for rest of the season.

MYSTICS (WNBA): Named Stephanie Ready assistant coach.


NCAA: Placed Cal State-Northridge on three years' probation for multiple violations within men's basketball program.

ALBANY, N.Y: Signed Trina Patterson, women's basketball coach, to two-year contract extension.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL: Named Sergio Rouco men's basketball coach.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Signed men's basketball coach Steve Aggers to two-year contract extension through 2007.

MARIST: Announced men's basketball coach Dave Magarity stepped down to take position within athletic department.

NEVADA: Agreed to terms with Trent Johnson, men's basketball coach, on five-year contract.

TENNESSEE: Suspended WR James Banks indefinitely from football team for violating team rules.

UTAH: Named Ray Giacoletti men's basketball coach.


BUCCANEERS: Re-signed CB Corey Ivy. Signed DT Darrell Russell.

CHIEFS: Agreed to terms with former Ravens DT Lional Dalton on two-year contract.

EAGLES: Signed K Tim Duncan to two-year contract. Released S Jamal Wallace.

49ERS: Signed CB Jimmy Williams to one-year contract.

REDSKINS: Traded 2005 fifth-round draft pick to Eagles for WR James Thrash.

STEELERS: Signed C Mike Schneck to two-year contact.

TEXANS: Signed S Pat Dennis.

VIKINGS: Waived CB Denard Walker.

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