February 16, 2005


Auto racing

NASCAR: Announced following finalists for site of Hall of Fame: Atlanta; Birmingham/Talladega, Ala.; Charlotte/Concord, N.C.; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Kansas City; Richmond, Va.; and Michigan.


ATHLETICS: P Juan Cruz lost in salary arbitration and will get $600,000, instead of his request of $860,000.

DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to one-year contract with P Mark Hendrickson.

RED SOX: Acquired IF Alejandro Machado from Nationals for player to be named or cash considerations. Agreed to minor league contract with P Denny Tomori, Japanese league veteran.

WORCESTER (INDEPENDENT): Named Rich Gedman manager.


NBA: Fined Kings G Cuttino Mobley $10,000 for verbal abuse of game official and failing to leave court in timely manner in game Friday.

NUGGETS: Signed F-C Mark Pope to 10-day contract.

WARRIORS: Activated F Andris Biedrins from injured list.

WNBA: Named Donna Orender, who had been a PGA Tour executive, president.


ESPNU: Reached seven-year agreement, through 2011-12, with MEAC and SWAC for coverage of multiple sports, including cable exclusives for football and men's basketball; as part of agreement, ESPN Classic will provide live telecast of at least one football and one men's basketball game a year from each conference.

ACC: Adopted instant replay for football beginning this season.

AIR FORCE: Named Pete Hurt offensive line coach.

AUBURN: Announced that G Sparkle Davis has left women's basketball team.

DELAWARE: Named Isaac Collins secondary coach.

NAVY: Named Rich Miranda men's soccer coach. ... Patriot League named Joe Smutz (Loyola High) Swimmer of the Week.

NORTH CAROLINA: Named Tommy Thigpen linebackers coach and Dave Brock wide receivers coach.

OREGON: Dismissed junior basketball F Ian Crosswhite for undisclosed violation of athletic department policy.

ST. MARY'S: Capital Athletic Conference named G Katie Greenberg women's basketball co-Player of the Week. ... CAC named 2B-P Pat Dunty baseball Player of the Week.

WISCONSIN: Suspended F Lesha Jones from women's basketball team for violation of team policy.


DISCOVERY CHANNEL: Announced that Lance Armstrong will ride in Paris-Nice race in March.


ED BLOCK COURAGE AWARD FOUNDATION: Announced that Mike Golic will serve as Ambassador of Courage for ceremony March 8 at Martin's West.

BROWNS: Signed OL Phil Bogle, DB James Boyd, LB Jamal Brooks, OL Lewis Dawson, WR C.J. Jones, RB Sultan McCullough, FB Corey McIntyre and OL Greg Randall.

COLTS: Announced resignation of Ray Compton, senior VP of sales and marketing.

PACKERS: Named Joe Baker assistant defensive coach.

VIKINGS: Named Rich Olson quarterbacks coach.

High schools

FALLSTON: Brandon Fisher committed to play soccer at Drexel.

RANDALLSTOWN: Named Reggie Smith baseball coach.


BOSTON MARATHON: Announced that men's and women's winners will each receive $100,000, an increase of $20,000.


U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION: Announced resignation of women's national team coach April Heinrichs, former Maryland coach, effective after 2005.

FIFA: Suspended Macau from international competition until further notice because of political interference by authorities.

EARTHQUAKES (MLS): Signed M Tighe Dombrowski, F Roger Levesque and D Chris Aloisi.

STEAMERS (MISL): Signed F Lindsay Kennedy to five-game/15-day player contract.

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