September 16, 2004



BREWERS: Reached a two-year player development agreement with Single-A Charleston, W.Va.

CUBS: Announced Single-A Peoria as affiliate beginning in 2005.

MARINERS: Agreed to two-year contract extension with KXLY Radio Group.

METS: Fired manager Art Howe, effective at end of season.

ROYALS: Signed OF Matt Stairs to one-year contract extension.


CAVALIERS: Named Brendan Malone assistant coach.

HEAT: Signed F/C Christian Laettner.

LAKERS: Named Kurt Rambis VP of business and basketball integration.

NETS: Waived G Lucious Harris.

WNBA: Fined Comets F Tina Thompson $500 for incident Sunday against Mystics.


CALIFORNIA: Named Sandy Barbour AD.

ILLINOIS STATE: Named Chris Jans men's assistant basketball coach.

NORTH CAROLINA: Announced LB Tommy Richardson will not play Saturday against Georgia Tech for disciplinary reasons.

TEMPLE: Named G.P. Gromacki women's assistant basketball coach.


NFL: Fined Denver S John Lynch $7,500 for a hit he made against Kansas City WR Dante Hall in season opener.

BEARS: Claimed LB Corey Jenkins off waivers from Dolphins. Waived LB Leon Joe (Maryland).

BRONCOS: Signed RB Santonio Beard to practice squad. Released TE J.P. Foschi.

BROWNS: Signed TE Doug Zeigler to practice squad. Waived DB Ricky Sharpe.

CHARGERS: Claimed S Clinton Hart off waivers. Released returner Wes Welker.

COLTS: Signed WR John Standeford and CB Vontez Duff to practice squad. Released WR Chris Bernard and DB Darrell Rideaux.

FALCONS: Placed OG Michael Moore on injured reserve. Signed OT Jared Peck from the practice squad.

49ERS: Signed DE Dennis Johnson. Signed and waived TE Kevin Ware. Signed FB Matt Stanley to practice squad and waived him.

GIANTS: Placed S Omar Stoutmire on IR. Signed LB Jim Maxwell from practice squad. Signed DB Will Hunter to practice squad.

JETS: Re-signed G Brent Smith.

PACKERS: Signed TE Ben Steele from practice squad. Re-signed RB Walter Williams to practice squad. Released Scott McBrien (Maryland) from practice squad. Reinstated CB Mike McKenzie from reserve list.

PATRIOTS: Signed FS Curry Burns to practice squad.


AVALANCHE: Assigned G Peter Budaj, G Tom Lawson, G Tyler Weiman, D Johnny Boychuk, D Jeff Finger, D Agris Saviels, D Tomas Slovak, D Mikko Viitanen, LW Sergei Klyazmin, LW Frantisek Skladany, RW Cody McCormick, RW Ryan Steeves, RW David Svagrovsky and RW Marek Svatos to AHL Hershey.

BLACKHAWKS: Re-signed G Michael Leighton to one-year contract.

BLUE JACKETS: Assigned F Steven Goertzen, F Tim Jackman, F Tyler Kolarik, F Greg Mauldin, F Joe Motzko, F Mike Pandolfo, F Raffaele Sannitz, F Brandon Sugden, F Matthias Trattnig, F Alexander Svitov, F Nikolai Zherdev, D Aaron Johnson, D Prestin Ryan, D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, G Pascal Leclaire and G Andrew Penner to AHL Syracuse. Assigned F Tim Konsorada to WHL Brandon.

HURRICANES: Signed D Danny Richmond to three-year contract.

KINGS: Assigned C Michael Cammalleri, C Matt Ryan, C Yanick Lehoux, LW Noah Clarke, RW Scott Barney, RW Dustin Brown, RW Greg Hogeboom, RW Petr Kanko, RW George Parros, D Tim Gleason, D Denis Grebeshkov, G Barry Brust and G Adam Hauser to AHL Manchester.

LIGHTNING: Signed RW Andre Deveaux to three-year contract. Assigned Deveaux, C Craig Darby, LW Steve McLaren, C Jarrod Skalde and RW Shane Willis to AHL Springfield.

PREDATORS: Signed D Marek Zidlicky. Signed F Simon Gamache, F Paul Brown, G Brian Finley, D Dan Hamhuis, D Andrew Hutchinson, D Kevin Klein, D Andrei Mukhachev, D Ryan Suter, D Greg Zanon, F Vernon Fiddler, F Darren Haydar, F Tony Hrkac, F Libor Pivko, F Brandon Segal, F Cam Severson, F Timofei Shishkanov, F Wyatt Smith, F Jerred Smithson, F Jordin Tootoo, F Scottie Upshall and F Jeremy Yablonski and reassigned them to AHL Milwaukee.

RANGERS: Signed D Ivan Baranka.

SABRES: Re-signed G Ryan Miller, F Milan Bartovic, F Norm Milley and D Doug Janik.

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