December 24, 2004



CARDINALS: Agreed to three-year, $10.25 million contract with free-agent SS David Eckstein, who had been with Angels. Named Dan Kantrovitz assistant director of scouting and Joe Almaraz and Brian Hopkins area supervisors.

DODGERS: Agreed to five-year, $55 million contract with free-agent OF J.D. Drew, who had been with Braves.

METS: Agreed to minor league contracts with 1B Andres Galarraga, P Juan Padilla, P Grant Roberts, P Scott Strickland, C Ramon Castro, C Andy Dominique, IF Marlon Anderson, IF-OF Luis Garcia, OF Kerry Robinson and OF Gerald Williams.

NATIONALS: Agreed to minor league contracts with IF Phil Hiatt, IF Jared Sandberg, IF Rick Short, former Orioles C Keith Osik, former Orioles P Hector Carrasco, P Chad Durbin, P Seth Greisinger, P Luis Pineda, P Dan Smith and P Micah Bowie.

PIRATES: Named Doug Strange assistant GM.

RED SOX: Agreed to four-year, $40 million contract with free-agent C Jason Varitek. Agreed to one-year contract with free-agent P Wade Miller, who had been with Astros.


NBA: Fined Pistons coach Larry Brown $15,000 for verbal abuse of official after game Wednesday night. ... Suspended Lakers F Caron Butler one game for punching Hornets G Dan Dickau in stomach in game Wednesday night.

HAWKS: Traded G Jon Barry to Rockets for G Tyronn Lue.


DELAWARE: Named Cindy Gregory women's associate head volleyball coach.

HIGH POINT: Announced that women's basketball G Tooey Loy will transfer from Charlotte.

LIBERTY: Signed football coach Ken Karcher to five-year contract.

NEVADA-LAS VEGAS: Named Vin Shealy defensive coordinator and assistant head football coach. Named Ken Sharrar special teams coordinator and defensive line coach.

PITTSBURGH: Named Dave Wannstedt football coach.

PURDUE CALUMET: Announced resignation of men's basketball coach Gary Hayes. Named Mike James interim men's basketball coach.

RADFORD: Suspended men's basketball players Brandon Jeffers and Whit Holcomb-Faye one game for behavior detrimental to team.

TEMPLE: Announced that LB Rian Wallace will skip senior season and make himself eligible for NFL draft.


BILLS: Signed RB Dante Brown to active roster.

BROWNS: Signed TE Keith Willis to practice squad.

CARDINALS: Signed S Adrian Wilson to five-year, $21 million contract extension through 2009.

COWBOYS: Placed LB Al Singleton on IR with injury to midsection.

DOLPHINS: Placed LB Renauld Williams on IR. Signed LB Bill Strother from Redskins' practice squad.

FALCONS: Agreed to 10-year, $130 million contract extension with QB Michael Vick.

PACKERS: Signed WR Andrae Thurman from practice squad. Placed DL James Lee on IR.


AHL: Approved relocation of Worcester IceCats to Peoria, Ill., effective next season.

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