October 06, 2004


Auto racing

NASCAR: Fined Dale Earnhardt Jr. $10,000 and docked him 25 championship points for using vulgarity during televised interview after Sunday's race.


PHILLIES: Promoted John Vukovich, third base coach, to special assistant to general manager. Announced Milt Thompson, first base coach; Gary Varsho, bench coach; Ramon Henderson, bullpen coach, and Mick Billmeyer, major league catching instructor, will be retained for 2005 season. Renewed player development contract with Double-A Reading through 2008 season.

TIGERS: Exercised 2006 contract option on Alan Trammell, manager.


BULLS: Announced retirement of F Scottie Pippen. Signed F Gary Trent.

HAWKS: Extended contract of Billy Knight, general manager, and added title of executive vice president. Signed F Anthony Miller, F Lonny Baxter (Maryland), G Reggie Butler, G Jeff Myers and G Saddi Washington.

HEAT: Signed F Tang Hamilton.

MAVERICKS: Signed F Derek Hood.

NUGGETS: Signed F Rodney White to two-year contract. Signed G/F Greg Buckner.

TIMBERWOLVES: Agreed to terms with F Eddie Griffin.


NFL: Suspended Vikings RB Onterrio Smith four games for violating league's substance abuse policy.

BENGALS: Waived DE Elton Patterson.

CHARGERS: Released TE Chad Hayes and LB Howard Hodges.

CHIEFS: Released P Jason Baker.

DOLPHINS: Released CB Vontez Duff.

JAGUARS: Placed OT Mike Pearson on IR. Signed OT Bob Whitfield.

PATRIOTS: Released S Shawn Mayer.


BLAST: Acquired G Sagu from Cleveland for F Chris Handsor and F Dante Washington.

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