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American League

ANAHEIM ANGELS—Optioned INF Larry Barnes to Salt Lake of the PCL.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Agreed to terms with SS Isaac Iorg and LHP Michael Wassong.

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES—Recalled INF Jesse Garcia from Richmond of the International League.

HOUSTON ASTROS—Waived 3B Charlie Hayes for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Activated OF Orlando Merced from the 15-day disabled list.

MONTREAL EXPOS—Called up OF Brad Wilkerson from Ottawa of the International League.

NEW YORK METS—Waived OF Darryl Hamilton for the purpose of his unconditional release.


National Basketball Association

DETROIT PISTONS—Named Tony Brown assistant coach.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS—Promoted Karen Frascona to senior director of communications, Chris Wallace to manager of communications, Jennifer James to manager of marketing and Patty Butler to office manager.

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS—Named Dan Panaggio assistant coach.


National Football League

DETROIT LIONS—Named Dennis Gentry Lions/BLESTO personnel scout.

GREEN BAY PACKERS—Named Zak Gilbert public relations assistant.

MIAMI DOLPHINS—Signed TE-OT Shawn Draper to a three-year contract.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS—Promoted Scott Pioli, assistant director of player personnel, to director of player personnel.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS—Waived LB Brennen Swanson and K James Tuthill.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Signed LB Orlando Huff and WR Alex Bannister to multiyear contracts.

TENNESSEE TITANS—Agreed to terms with WR Justin McCareins and WR Eddie Berlin.

Canadian Football League

MONTREAL ALOUETTES—Extended the contract of LB Stefen Reid through 2003.

Arena Football League


FLORIDA BOBCATS—Signed OL-DL Alan Symonette to the practice squad.

GRAND RAPIDS RAMPAGE—Placed WR-DB Brian Leigib on the exempt list.

LOS ANGELES AVENGERS—Fired Terry Karg, offensive coordinator.

NASHVILLE KATS—Signed FB-LB Dan Curran to the practice squad. Waived OS Kent Layman.


National Hockey League

CALGARY FLAMES—Signed G Kay Whitmore.

CAROLINA HURRICANES—Acquired D Aaron Ward from Detroit for a future second-round draft choice.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Re-signed RW Blake Sloan to a multiyear contract. Named Michael Humes senior vice president of business operations, T.J. LaMendola chief financial officer, Chris MacFarland manager of hockey operations and Jim Rankin manager of team services.

MINNESOTA WILD—Re-signed C Pavel Patera. Signed G Martin Brochu.

MONTREAL CANADIENS—Re-signed C Craig Darby to a two-year contract.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS—Signed C Marty Murray to a one-year contract.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING—Re-signed C Brian Holzinger to a multiyear contract.

United Hockey League

QUAD CITY MALLARDS—Announced the resignation of Ed Beach, director of broadcasting and media relations, effective July 12.

United States Hockey League

USHL—Announced Pat Britt, referee, and Craig Kneale, linesman, have been promoted to the ECHL.


Major League Soccer

MLS—Fined Dallas F Ariel Graziani $500 for aggressive conduct toward New England MF Joe Franchino during a match on July 4.

Women's United Soccer Association

CAROLINA COURAGE—Traded G Bente Nordby and D Wen Lirong to San Diego for D Kristin Bengtsson and G Ulrika Karlsson.


CENTRAL COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION—Announced the resignation of Mike Harris, director of marketing and communications effective Aug. 1 to become assistant athletic director for external affairs at Miami (Ohio).

BALL STATE—Named Annette Payne assistant field hockey coach.

CALDWELL COLLEGE—Named Joe Scott men's assistant basketball coach and Tim Nellegar women's assistant basketball coach.

DUKE—Named Robbie Church women's soccer coach.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL—Named Nicole Goscilo women's volleyball coach.

HILBERT—Named Chris Kosiba women's basketball coach and facilities coordinator.

HOFSTRA—Named Ilona Banu men's and women's assistant tennis coach.

INDIANA—Announced assistant men's basketball coach Dan Panaggio is leaving to become an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers.

LEHIGH—Named Chris Wakely men's lacrosse coach.

LOUISIANA-MONROE—Hired Steve Johnson as men's pitching coach.

MERCER—Named Sybil Blalock assistant athletic director and Tony Foti softball coach.

MERRIMACK—Announced Tom Caito, football coach, will take a leave of absence for the 2001 season. Named offensive coordinator Gerry Sullivan interim football coach.

OHIO NORTHERN—Named Annette Hunt women's soccer coach and assistant softball coach. Named Jeff Coleman men's golf coach.

PFEIFFER—Named Brooke Bolhuis assistant trainer.

PROVIDENCE—Announced John Marinatto, athletic director, is moving to the position of assistant vice president for athletic fund-raising and will remain as athletic director until Jan. 1, 2002.

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE—Announced the resignation of Paul Dutton, men's cross country coach.

SPRINGFIELD—Named Kelly Hart assistant director of athletics.

TENNESSEE—Named Bowen Sargent men's assistant golf coach.

THE CITADEL—Named Chris Gerlufsen men's assistant basketball coach.

UNC-WILMINGTON—Named Jeremy Wisdo men's assistant soccer coach.

VIRGINIA—Named Katie Scanlon women's assistant rowing coach.