August 25, 2004



MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Suspended Cardinals P Julian Tavarez 10 days for applying foreign substance to baseballs during game Friday; Tavarez appealed.

CARDINALS: Recalled OF So Taguchi from Triple-A Memphis. Optioned P Jason Simontacchi to Memphis. Agreed to purchase Double-A El Paso and relocate team to Springfield, Mo.

DODGERS: Purchased contract of P Masao Kida from Triple-A Las Vegas. Optioned P Mike Venafro to Las Vegas.

INDIANS: Agreed to terms with P Jeremy Sowers, sixth pick in first round of draft.

METS: Optioned P Aaron Heilman to Triple-A Norfolk. Called up P Heath Bell from Norfolk. Moved P Orber Moreno to 60-day DL.

PADRES: Placed P Sterling Hitchcock on 15-day DL with strained left elbow. Called up P Dennis Tankersley from Triple-A Portland. Announced that OF Brian Buchanan has refused outright assignment to Portland and will become free agent.

RANGERS: Called up P Chris Young from Triple-A Oklahoma. Placed P Joaquin Benoit on 15-day DL with irritated right rotator cuff.

REDS: Activated OF Austin Kearns from 60-day DL. Optioned P Matt Belisle to Triple-A Louisville.

ROCKIES: Placed OF Preston Wilson on 15-day DL, retroactive to Saturday, with sore left knee. Recalled OF Choo Freeman from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

ROYALS: Recalled SS Angel Berroa from Double-A Wichita and OF Alexis Gomez from Triple-A Omaha. Placed 1B Mike Sweeney on 15-day DL with back irritation.


CAVALIERS: Promoted Mike Bratz to director of basketball operations. Named Mark Warkentian director of player personnel.

HAWKS: Named Larry Drew, Herb Brown, Bob Bender, Greg Ballard and David Fizdale assistant coaches.

LAKERS: Signed G Nate Johnson.

MAVERICKS: Traded F-C Christian Laettner, F Eduardo Najera, two future first-round draft picks and draft rights to G Luis Flores and G Mladen Sekularac to Warriors for C Erick Dampier, G Dan Dickau, C Evan Eschmeyer and draft rights to G Steve Logan.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Named Kevin Pritchard director of player personnel.

FLORIDA (NBDL): Named Dennis Johnson coach.


COLUMBIA: Named M. Dianne Murphy AD.

FRANCIS MARION: P Mike Williams (Broadneck) signed national letter of intent to play baseball.

FROSTBURG STATE: Named Cara LeMaster women's soccer graduate assistant coach and Mike Boni and Jeremy Cheshire football graduate assistant coaches.

GEORGIA TECH: Announced that baseball P Micah Owings, two-time All-ACC selection, is transferring from school.

MARYLAND: Named Carmen Carcone baseball assistant coach.

UMES: F Ryan Leak signed national letter of intent to play for men's basketball team.

McDANIEL: Named Phil Smith softball coach.

ST. ANDREWS: Named ex-Anne Arundel CC assistant Michael Lawson lacrosse head coach.

SIENA: Named Kevin Conry men's lacrosse assistant coach.

SYRACUSE: Named Matt Luneau women's basketball associate head coach.

VILLA JULIE: Named ex-Maryland assistant Paul Cantabene (Loyola College) men's lacrosse head coach.

VIRGINIA TECH: Heavyweight wrestler Mike Faust has transferred from Pennsylvania.

WESTERN KENTUCKY: Announced that men's basketball G Benson Callier has transferred from Florida State.


BEARS: Waived DL Joe Tafoya.

CARDINALS: Claimed WR Scotty Anderson off waivers from Lions. Claimed WR Lawrence Hamilton off waivers from Jets. Claimed DT Cedric Hilliard off waivers from Cowboys.

COWBOYS: Traded T Javiar Collins to Panthers for conditional 2005 draft choice.

DOLPHINS: Claimed WR Bryan Gilmore off waivers from Cardinals. Waived WR Willie Johnson.

GIANTS: Signed OL Brandon Winey. Placed WR James McKnight on IR.

JETS: Signed free-agent QB Quincy Carter, who had been released by Cowboys.

LIONS: Signed LB Stevie Baggs.

PATRIOTS: Released FB Fred McCrary. Placed S Guss Scott on IR with knee injury.

RAMS: Released DT Richard Harris, LB Jason McWilliams, LB Justin Smith, WR Derrick McCoy, WR Brian Sump, TE Ryan Prince and P Jesse Nicassio.

RAVENS: Signed NT Bryan Save. Placed DT Matt Zielinski on IR with anterior cruciate ligament injury.

VIKINGS: Claimed CB Derek Ross off waivers from Saints.


CANADIENS: Signed F Benoit Dusablon to one-year contract.

CAPITALS: Signed C Jason Ulmer and D Louis Robitaille to one-year contracts.

OILERS: Re-signed G Mike Morrison and RW Sean McAslan to one-year contracts. Signed D Rick Mrozik, who had been with Sabres, to minor league contract.

PENGUINS: Re-signed D Alain Nasreddine.

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