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BASKETBALL

National Basketball Association

NBA—Suspended Indiana F Ron Artest for leaving the bench during an altercation in an April 17 game against Boston. Fined Memphis F James Posey $3,000 after upgrading his flagrant foul in an April 17 game against San Antonio.

FOOTBALL

National Football League

CINCINNATI BENGALS—Traded RB Corey Dillon to New England for a 2004 second-round draft pick.

HOUSTON TEXANS—Signed FB Moran Norris.

Canadian Football League

HAMILTON TIGER-CATS—Signed LB Sheldon Deckert.

HOCKEY

National Hockey League

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Signed C Greg Mauldin to a multiyear contract and D Brandon Sugden to a one-year contract.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS—Signed Barry Trotz, coach, to a one-year contract extension through 2004-05.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS—Announced the retirement of C Igor Larionov.

COLLEGE

ARKANSAS—Signed Stan Heath, men's basketball coach, to a contract extension through April 30, 2009.

SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE—Announced the resignation of Pat Panichas, women's gymnastics coach.

YALE—Announced the resignation of Dave Foster, women's assistant volleyball coach.