August 04, 2004


Auto racing

NASCAR: Fined Jimmie Johnson $10,000 for using sign to hide name of sports drink made by NASCAR sponsor because he has deal with rival company.


ANGELS: Placed C Bengie Molina on 15-day DL with fractured right index finger.

BREWERS: Signed OF Josh Brady and P Brandon Hundt and assigned them to Single-A Helena.

DIAMONDBACKS: Recalled 2B Andy Green from Triple-A Tucscon.

GIANTS: Recalled P Noah Lowry from Triple-A Fresno. Optioned P Kevin Correia to Fresno.

EXPOS: Acquired P Jeriome Robertson from Indians for P Pierre-Luc Marceau; optioned Robertson to Triple-A Edmonton. Designated P Jeremy Fikac for assignment.

MARLINS: Recalled OF Chris Aguila from Triple-A Albuquerque. Designated P Aaron Small for assignment.

PHILLIES: Optioned P Jeff Geary to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

REDS: Placed P John Riedling on three-day bereavement list. Activated OF Ken Griffey from 15-day DL.

TIGERS: Designated P Danny Patterson for assignment. Purchased contract of P John Ennis from Triple-A Toledo.

TWINS: Extended their lease agreement with Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Fla., for spring training through 2020.

YANKEES: Signed 1B John Olerud to one-year contract. Transferred P Sam Marsonek from 15-day to 60-day DL.


BOBCATS: Signed G Omar Cook.

HORNETS: Signed F Rodney Rogers to one-year contract and G Tim Pickett.

KNICKS: Signed F Trevor Ariza.

LAKERS: Signed F Slava Medvedenko to two-year contract.

WIZARDS: Signed F Michael Ruffin.

AMERICAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION: Granted an expansion franchise to Buffalo, N.Y., for the 2005-06 season.

PHILADELPHIA (ABA): Announced that team name will be changed to Fusion.


CUNY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Named Zak Ivkovic executive director.

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE: Extended the contract of commissioner Rick Chryst, through 2009. Named Dan Hughes assistant commissioner for men's basketball operations.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL: Named Larry Bowe and Joe Fowler assistant football coaches.

NORTH DAKOTA: Named Cary Eades men's assistant ice hockey coach.

PENNSYLVANIA: Named Mick Statham women's assistant soccer coach.

RICE: Named Bryan High director of women's basketball operations.

TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN: Named Greg Wright men's assistant basketball coach.

THE CITADEL: Named Mike Summey men's assistant basketball coach.

UC RIVERSIDE: Named Bryant Moore men's assistant basketball coach.

UMES: Announced that Mandie Devers signed to play volleyball.

VIRGINIA TECH: Suspended QB Marcus Vick for 2004 season for violations of team policy.

WASHINGTON COLL.: Announced that men's and women's swimming teams earned Academic All-American status from College Swim Coaches Association of America. Announced that Margaret Klag and Ally Simons were named Academic All-Americans by CSCAA; John Paul Evans (Westminster) was named honorable mention.


BILLS: Fined OT Mike Williams undisclosed amount for failing to show for team's practice.

CARDINALS: Signed WR Fabian Davis.

CHARGERS: Released DT Ken Veal and TE Ryan Prince.

FALCONS: Signed CB DeAngelo Hall, their first-round draft pick.

49ERS: Signed WR Wendall Williams to one-year contract.

PACKERS: Placed C Mike Flanagan and G Mike Wahle on the physically-unable-to-perfom list, OT Brennan Curtin on the non-football illiness list and CB Mike McKenzie on the reserve/did not report list.

RAMS: Signed S Tom Knight to one-year contract. Released RB Adam Matthews.

STEELERS: Agreed with QB Ben Roethlisberger, their first-round draft pick, on six-year contract.


NHL: Announced that Bruins D Sergei Gonchar deserves 51 percent raise to $5.5 million next season, according to arbitrator's ruling.

BRUINS: Signed F Andy Hilbert to one-year qualifying offer.

CANADIENS: Signed G Cristobal Huet to two-year contract.

CAPITALS: Re-signed RW Stephen Peat, G Maxime Ouellet and D Dwayne Zinger to one-year contracts. Promoted Ed McColgan to full-time scout. COYOTES: Signed C Krystofer Kolanos to one-year contract.

ISLANDERS: Signed RW Trent Hunter to one-year contract.

KINGS: Signed C Matt Ryan to three-year contract and LW Noah Clarke to one-year contract.

LIGHTNING: Re-signed Dmitry Afanasenkov and RW Nikita Alexeev to one-year contracts.

PENGUINS: Agreed to terms with F Ramzi Abid, F Kris Beech, F Shane Endicott and D Ross Lupaschuk.

PREDATORS: Signed F Steve Sullivan.

RANGERS: Signed F Dwight Helminen.

SHARKS: Re-signed RW Niko Dimitrakos, G Vesa Toskala, RW Scott Parker and C Matt Carkner.

STARS: Signed F Stu Barnes to two-year contract extension, through 2006-07 season.


ITALIAN SOCCER LEAGUE: Announced that Italian Supercup between AC Milan and Lazio was moved from Libya to Milan.


TENNIS MASTERS CUP: Announced that world No. 1 Roger Federer has clinched berth in event, set for November in Houston.

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