For The Record

February 23, 2005



ASTROS: Agreed with P Ezequiel Astacio, P Chad Harville and P Dan Wheeler on one-year contracts.

ATHLETICS: Agreed with P Joe Blanton, P Danny Haren, P Tyler Johnson, P Chris Mabeus, P Dan Meyer, P John Rheinecker, C John Baker, C Jeremy Brown, IF Freddie Bynum, IF Dan Johnson, IF Adam Morrissey, IF Mike Rouse, OF Jason Perry and OF Nick Swisher on one-year contracts.

NATIONALS: Signed P Jon Rauch to one-year contract.

ORIOLES: Claimed OF Matt Diaz off waivers from Devil Rays.


BUCKS: Placed C Daniel Santiago on injured list with right eye abrasion. Activated F Marcus Fizer from injured list.

CAVALIERS: Signed F James Thomas to 10-day contract.

CLIPPERS: Signed G Maurice Baker.

HAWKS: Placed C Kevin Willis on injured list with lower back strain. Activated F Al Harrington from injured list.

STING (WNBA): Re-signed G Dawn Staley.


ALABAMA: Announced retirement of women's basketball coach Rick Moody, effective at end of season.

UCLA: Named Eric Bieniemy recruiting coordinator.

COLORADO: Suspended men's basketball players Chris Copeland, Martane Freeman, Julius Ashby and Marcus Hall for violating team rules.

EAST CAROLINA: Fired men's basketball coach Bill Herrion, effective at end of season.

LOYOLA: Signed Lea Day to women's soccer team.

UMBC: Freshman Rachel Lesslie was selected America East Most Outstanding Rookie for swimming and diving.

MISSISSIPPI: Named Tony Hughes assistant defensive backs coach.

NAVY: G Corey Johnson was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for men's basketball.

SALISBURY: G Ray Williams was named Capital Athletic Conference's Player of the Week for men's basketball.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Matt Leinart accepted first Manning Award, designated for nation's top college quarterback.


BEARS: Released QB Jonathan Quinn.

BROWNS: Released QB Jeff Garcia.

CHARGERS: Released WR-KR Tim Dwight.

CHIEFS: Released DE Vonnie Holliday.

COLTS: Designated RB Edgerrin James as franchise player.

COWBOYS: Released C Gennaro DiNapoli and DE Marcellus Wiley.

EAGLES: Signed TE James Whalen to two-year contract.

49ERS: Named Bishop Harris running backs coach, Pete Hoener tight ends coach, Vance Joseph secondary coach and Ben McAdoo offensive line coach.

GIANTS: Released S Omar Stoutmire, CB Terry Cousin, DE Lorenzo Bromell and DT Martin Chase. Waived RB Antonio Womack.

JAGUARS: Designated S Donovin Darius as franchise player.

JETS: Waived WR Donovan Morgan and DT Alonzo Shuler. Placed CB Jamie Henderson on waived-failed physical list. Announced Dick Curl's new title is assistant to head coach-running backs coach.

LIONS: Released S Brian Walker and WR Tim Van Zant. Re-signed G Tyrone Hopson.

PACKERS: Named former Maryland assistant coach James Franklin wide receivers coach.

PANTHERS: Signed RB Rod Smart to four-year contract extension. Named Paul Ferraro special teams assistant/assistant strength and conditioning coach.

PATRIOTS: Designated K Adam Vinatieri as franchise player.

RAIDERS: Designated CB Charles Woodson as franchise player. Re-signed WR Jerry Porter to multi-year contract.

RAVENS: Released WR Kevin Johnson.

REDSKINS: Released DL Jermaine Haley and OL Vaughn Parker.

SAINTS: Re-signed S Jay Bellamy to three-year contract.

SEAHAWKS: Signed QB Matt Hasselbeck to six-year, $49.4 million contract. Named RB Shaun Alexander franchise player. Announced resignation of GM Bob Ferguson.

VIKINGS: Named Wes Chandler wide receivers coach. Released C Cory Withrow, RB Larry Ned, CB Terrance Shaw, CB Rhett Nelson and WR Kenny Clark.

High schools

LOYOLA: Chris Happel committed to St. Bonaventure for swimming.


BLAST (MISL): Selected following players in amateur draft: F Derek McElligott (Greater Grace, UMBC), D Matt Oliver (Virginia), D Steve Fell (Towson University), M Kevon Harris (Old Dominion), G Noah Palmer (Maryland).

FORCE (MISL): Selected UMBC M Danny Mongello (Wilde Lake) and D Mike Pennacchia (Calvert Hall) in amateur draft.

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