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American League

OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Traded RHP Jeff Gray, OF Matt Spencer and RHP Ronny Morla to the Chicago Cubs for 3B Jake Fox, 2B Aaron Miles and cash considerations.

TAMPA BAY RAYS—Released RHP Ramon Ramirez.

TEXAS RANGERS—Named Mike Micucci minor league field coordinator; Steve Buechele manager and Jeff Andrews pitching coach of Frisco (Texas); Bill Richardson manager and Jason Hart hitting coach of Hickory (SAL); Brian Dayette and Josue Perez hitting coaches of Spokane (NWL); and Jayce Tingler manager, Ryan O'Malley and Jose Jaimes pitching coaches, Oscar Bernard hitting coach and Hector Ortiz coach of the Rangers (Arizona).

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES—Agreed to terms with RHP Takashi Saito on a one-year contract.

NEW YORK METS—Agreed to terms with C-1B Chris Coste on a one-year contract.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES—Agreed to terms with INF Placido Polanco on a three-year contract and INF Juan Castro on a one-year contract.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Named Tyrone Brooks director of baseball operations, Mike Basso major league scout and Toshi Nagahara assistant trainer. Promoted baseball operations assistant Kevan Graves to assistant director for baseball operations.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Named Phil Rizzo senior advisor to the general manager.

Frontier League


SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS—Signed OF Trivon Howard and C Cody Neer.

WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS—Exercised the 2010 contract options on C Dan Jordan, C Pete Paris, C Zach Aakhus, 1B Bryan Cook, 2B Gilberto Mejia, SS Guillermo Martinez, 3B Gil Zayas, 3B Nate Hall, UT Tyler Farrar, 1B/OF J.T. Restko, OF Kraig Binick, OF Mike Sullivan, OF Robert Perry, OF Vinnie Scarduzio, LHP Dustin Pease, LHP Matt Jernstad, LHP Ricky Meinhold, LHP Tim Dennehy, RHP Zach Piccola, LHP Tyler Kelsey, RHP Brandon Garner, RHP David Triplet, and RHP Ted Ratliff. BASKETBALL

Women's National Basketball Association

NEW YORK LIBERTY—Promoted interim coach Anne Donovan to coach.


National Football League

NFL—Fined St. Louis RB Steven Jackson $5,000 for throwing a ball into the stands during Sunday's game against Seattle.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Announced the resignation of president and general manager Tim Ruskell.


National Hockey League

NHL—Named Brendan Shanahan vice president of hockey and business development.

ATLANTA THRASHERS—Assigned D Noah Welch to Chicago (AHL).

BUFFALO SABRES—Sent G Patrick Lalime to Portland (AHL) for a two-game conditioning assignment. Recalled G Jhonas Enroth from Portland.

CAROLINA HURRICANES—Acquired F Jiri Tlusty from Toronto for the rights to C Philippe Paradis and assigned Tlusty to Albany (AHL). Recalled D Bryan Rodney from Albany.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS—Agreed to terms with D Duncan Keith on a 13-year contract extension and RW Patrick Kane and C Jonathan Toews on five-year contracts.

COLORADO AVALANCHE—Recalled G Tyler Weiman from Lake Erie (AHL).

NASHVILLE PREDATORS—Recalled F Ryan Jones from Milwaukee (AHL). Reassigned G Mark Dekanich to Cincinnati (ECHL) and G Jeremy Smith from Cincinnati to Milwaukee.

NEW YORK RANGERS—Recalled G Chad Johnson and D Ilkka Heikkinen from Hartford (AHL). Assigned G Steve Valiquette to Hartford.

SAN JOSE SHARKS—Recalled F Ryan Vesce from Worcester (AHL).

American Hockey League

ALBANY RIVER RATS—Recalled F Jacob Micflikier from Florida (ECHL). Reassigned F Matthew Pistilli to Florida.

HERSHEY BEARS—Recalled D Dylan Yeo from South Carolina (ECHL). Reassigned F Trevor Bruess to South Carolina.

MANITOBA MOOSE—Reassigned D Taylor Ellington to Victoria (ECHL).

MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS—Recalled F Matt Pierce from Cincinnati (ECHL).



ELMIRA JACKALS—Loaned F Maxime Gratchev to Binghamton (AHL). Announced F Josh Aspenlind has been assigned to the team by Lake Erie (AHL). International Hockey League



National Lacrosse League

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS—Signed G Matt King to a three-year contract.


Major League Soccer

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS—Named Octavio Zambrano assistant coach.

PHILADELPHIA UNION—Acquired Danny Califf from FC Midtjylland (Danish Superliga).


ARIZONA STATE—Fired offensive coordinator Rich Olson.

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON—Named Vince Benigni NCAA faculty athletics representative.

FORDHAM—Fired men's basketball coach Dereck Whittenburg. Promoted assistant men's basketball coach Jared Grasso to interim head coach.

HOFSTRA—Announced it is dropping its football program.

KANSAS—Announced the resignation of football coach Mark Mangino.

KANSAS STATE—Agreed to terms with women's basketball coach Deb Patterson on a five-year contract.

RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE—Named Jackie Ventre women's assistant gymnastics coach.

SHENANDOAH—Named Dr. Wayne Edwards athletics director.