April 08, 2004



DEVIL RAYS: Sent OF Charles Gipson outright to Triple-A Durham.

PIRATES: Assigned IF Terry Shumpert to Triple-A Nashville.

RANGERS: Signed former Orioles OF Gary Matthews to minor league contract. Released OF Jason Tyner.

ROYALS: Placed IF Desi Relaford on 15-day DL, retroactive to April 6, with pulled left hamstring. Called up P Jaime Cerda from Triple-A Omaha.

TIGERS: Placed DH Dmitri Young on 15-day DL with non-displaced fracture of right fibula. Purchased contract of OF Andres Torres from Triple-A Toledo.

TWINS: Placed C Joe Mauer on 15-day DL with torn cartilage in left knee. Purchased contract of P Seth Greisinger from Triple-A Rochester. Designated P Micheal Nakamura for assignment.


NBA: Fined Grizzlies F James Posey $7,500 for kicking ball into stands during game Monday against Jazz.

BULLS: Placed G Kendall Gill on injured list. Activated F Chris Jefferies.

RAPTORS: Activated G Roger Mason. Placed G Rod Strickland on injured list with back problem.

SUPERSONICS: Signed F Leon Smith to 10-day contract.

SHOCK (WNBA): Signed G Jae Cross. Re-signed G-F Stacey Thomas.


SAN FRANCISCO BOWL: Changed its name to Emerald Bowl.

ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM: Named Audra Smith women's basketball coach.

NEW ORLEANS: Named Amy Champion women's basketball coach.

TEXAS A&M: Named Alvin Brooks men's basketball assistant coach.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Extended contract of football coach Gary Patterson through 2008.

UCLA: Announced that junior basketball G-F Dijon Thompson will make himself available for NBA draft.

UTAH: Named Randy Rahe, Mike Score and Marty Wilson men's basketball assistant coaches.


BROWNS: Announced resignation of president and CEO Carmen Policy, effective May 1. Named John Collins president and CEO.

GIANTS: Signed free-agent DT Norman Hand, who had been with Seahawks, to two-year contract. Re-signed former Ravens DE Keith Washington.

RAIDERS: Signed free-agent WR-KR Chris Cole, who had been with Broncos.


FLYERS: Signed LW Ben Eager to three-year contract.

ISLANDERS: Assigned G Wade Dubielewicz to AHL Bridgeport.

PENGUINS: Signed D Ryan Whitney, fifth overall pick in 2002 NHL draft.

RED WINGS: Assigned G Marc Lamothe to AHL Grand Rapids.

STARS: Recalled G Jason Bacashihua from AHL Utah.


FIRE (MLS): Traded M Khari Stephenson to Wizards for 2005 third-round draft pick.

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