October 07, 2004


Auto racing

NASCAR: Docked Greg Biffle and car owner Geoff Smith 25 championship points apiece, fined crew chief Doug Richert $25,000 and suspended crew member Michael Hillman Jr. for making unapproved rear spoiler adjustments in Sunday's race. Docked Kasey Kahne and car owner Ray Evernham 25 championship points apiece and fined crew chief Tommy Baldwin $25,000 for using unapproved spoiler modification. Fined Pat Tryson, crew chief for Mark Martin, $10,000 for using unapproved air directional device and $5,000 for using unapproved windshield mounting. Fined Peter Rondeau, crew chief for Kenny Wallace, $10,000 for using unapproved spring mounting plates and bolts. Fined Michael McSwain, crew chief for Ricky Rudd, $1,000 for using unapproved windshield clips. Fined Doug Rudolph, crew chief for Scott Riggs, $500 for using seat belts with expired manufacturer's date.


ATHLETICS: Claimed P Tim Harikkala off waivers from Rockies. Designated P Kirk Saarloos for assignment.

EXPOS: Declined to exercise 2005 option on C Einar Diaz. Assigned OF Matt Cepicky outright to Triple-A Edmonton.

INDIANS: Sent IF Ivan Ochoa, P Jake Robbins and OF Ernie Young outright to minor league camp.

REDS: Announced OF John Vander Wal declined outright assignment and elected free agency.


LAKERS: Signed F Ike Nwankwo.


BENGALS: Signed former Ravens S Anthony Mitchell to one-year contract. Signed DE Elton Patterson to practice squad.

BROWNS: Signed DL Nick Eason to practice squad. Waived OL Lance Nimmo from practice squad.

BUCCANEERS: Signed WR Derrick Lewis. Placed WR Frank Murphy on IR.

CARDINALS: Activated DT Wendell Bryant from suspended list. Released DT John Nix.

COLTS: Re-signed John Standeford to practice squad.

49ERS: Claimed DE Melvin Williams off waivers from Saints. Waived C Dwayne Ledford.

GIANTS: Signed S Curry Burns. Placed S Shaun Williams on IR.

PATRIOTS: Signed T Matt Light to six-year contract extension. Signed DB Je'Rod Cherry and WR Kevin Kasper. Placed OT Adrian Klemm on IR.

RAIDERS: Signed T Jason Jimenez to practice squad. Released LB Donnie Green from practice squad.

REDSKINS: Signed LB Brandon Barnes. Released LB Michael Brown. Signed LB Billy Strother to practice squad. Released LB Steve Josue from practice squad.

TITANS: Agreed to terms with WR Jason McAddley.


UTAH: Named former UMBC coach John Ellinger head coach.

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