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December 23, 2005

The quiz

SEEK YOUR FORTUNES -- Thirty years ago today, arbitrator Peter Seitz announced a landmark decision in favor of the Major League Baseball Players Association, making pitchers Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally free agents. McNally had already retired, but what team signed Messersmith? Answer below.

Moves

Baseball

ASTROS -- Agreed to terms with former Orioles P Dave Borkowski, P Steve Sparks, IF Danny Klassen, IF Eric Munson and IF Kevin Orie on minor league contracts.

DEVIL RAYS -- Named R.J. Harrison director of scouting, Mitch Lukevics director of minor league operations, Ron Porterfield major league trainer and Paul Harker major league assistant trainer.

DODGERS -- Agreed to terms with P Brett Tomko on two-year contract.

PADRES -- Agreed to terms with 2B Mark Bellhorn on one-year contract.

TWINS -- Agreed to terms with OF-DH Rondell White on one-year contract.

YANKEES -- Agreed to terms with OF Bernie Williams on one-year contract.

Colleges

ARIZONA -- Announced that tight ends coach Josh Heupel left football program to become quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma.

BOSTON COLLEGE -- Cleared F Sean Williams to rejoin basketball team after suspension for arrest on marijuana possession charges.

GEORGE WASHINGTON -- Declared F Regis Koundjia, who transferred from LSU, eligible to play for basketball team effective Dec. 30.

OHIO STATE -- Suspended OL Andree Tyree from football team for violating team rules.

RUTGERS -- Agreed to terms with football coach Greg Schiano on seven-year contract.

TEMPLE -- Named George DeLeone offensive coordinator.

VIRGINIA -- Announced that junior F-C Donte Minter is leaving basketball team for personal reasons.

VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE -- Hired Jim Reid as football coach.

Football

BILLS -- Placed TE Ryan Neufeld on IR. Signed TE Brad Cieslak from practice squad.

JETS -- Announced that WR Wayne Chrebet retired.

LIONS -- Signed S Scott McGarrahan. Released WR Glenn Martinez.

PACKERS -- Signed P Ryan Finn. Signed S Atari Bigby from practice squad and RB Ran Carthon to practice squad. Placed P B.J. Sander and TE Bubba Franks on IR.

PATRIOTS -- Placed OT Matt Light on IR.

Hockey

BLUE JACKETS -- Reassigned D Andy Delmore to AHL Syracuse.

Quiz answer

The Braves.

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