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BASEBALL American League

BOSTON RED SOX—Announced the contracts of Ron Jackson, batting coach, and Dave Wallace, pitching coach, will not be renewed.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Named Muzzy Johnson special assistant to the general manager.

National League

CHICAGO CUBS—Announced the contract of Dusty Baker, manager, will not be renewed.

COLORADO ROCKIES—Announced the resignation of Dave Collins, first base/outfield coach. Announced Duane Espy, hitting coach, has been reassigned within the organization.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Announced the contract of Felipe Alou, manager, will not be renewed.

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS—Signed F Melvin Ely to a one-year contract.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES—Announced Michael Heisley has agreed to sell his majority share to an investment group.


NEW JERSEY NETS—Signed F Brandon Bowman, F Darvin Ham, F Awvee Storey and F Matt Walsh.

NEW YORK KNICKS—Signed F Elton Brown, G Milone Clark, C Paul Miller, and F Nikoloz Tskitshvili.

FOOTBALL National Football League

NFL—Suspended Tennessee DT Albert Haynesworth for five games for flagrant unnecessary roughness against Andre Gurode of Dallas on Oct. 1.

CLEVELAND BROWNS—Waived OL Alonzo Ephraim.

HOCKEY National Hockey League

NHL—Suspended Toronto D Pavel Kubina for one game as the result of a cross-checking incident on Detroit player Jiri Hudler during an Oct. 1 preseason game.

ANAHEIM DUCKS—Assigned C Tim Brent, G Michael Leighton, D Bruno St. Jacques and RW Shawn Thornton to Portland of the AHL.

ATLANTA THRASHERS—Reassigned F Alex Bourret, F Joey Crabb, F Jason Krog, F Derek MacKenzie, F Kyle Wanvig, D Mark Popovic and D Boris Valabik to Chicago of the AHL.

BUFFALO SABRES—Placed C Chris Thorburn on waivers. Assigned D Andrej Sekera to Rochester of the AHL.

CAROLINA HURRICANES—Assigned F Ryan Bayda to Albany of the AHL.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Assigned RW Steven Goertzen to Syracuse of the AHL.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS—Signed F Kim Staal to a one-year contract.

OTTAWA SENATORS—Assigned D Michal Barinka and F Josh Hennessy to Binghamton of the AHL. Placed D Jamie Allison, D Andy Hedlund, D Tomas Malec, and F Serge Payer on waivers.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS—Assigned D Patrick Coulombe, F Jannik Hansen and F Rick Rypien to Manitoba of the AHL.

American Hockey League

AHL—Granted conditional approval of the sale and relocation of the inactive franchise owned by Gardens Hockey Inc. of Cincinnat to Ice Track Corporation of Windsor, Ontario.

BINGHAMTON SENATORS—Released F Scott May, F Aaron Slattengren and D George Halkidis.

CHICAGO WOLVES—Assigned F Brad Schell, G Dave Caruso, G Dan Turple and C Colton Fretter to Gwinnett of the ECHL. Designated D Lane Hanson for reassignment. Released F Blue Bennefield.

HAMILTON BULLDOGS—Sent D Conrad Martin to Cincinnati of the ECHL; D Pier-Olivier Beaulieu and F Daniel Pegoraro to Texas of the ECHL; D Frederic St. Denis to Drummondville of the QMJHL. Released D Andre Joanisse.

IOWA STARS—Reassigned W Tuomas Mikkonen and D Jared Nightingale to Idaho of the ECHL. Released RW Kyle Bruce.

MANITOBA MOOSE—Assigned Warren McCutcheon, F Forward Francois-Pierre Guenette and D Matt Kelly to Victoria of the ECHL.

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS—Reassigned G Morgan Cey, G Gerald Coleman and F Stanislav Lascek to Johnstown of the ECHL.

SYRACUSE CRUNCH—Assigned D Brad Farynuk and C Trevor Frischmon to Dayton of the ECHL. Released G Andy Franck, C Jeff Genovy and LW Wes Rypien.

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS—Announced Daniel Fernholm and Paul Bissonnette have been reassigned to Wheeling of the ECHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Reassigned Kurtis McLean to Wheeling, and Troy Bodie and Liam Reddox to Stockton of the ECHL. Released Mathieu Roy, Bo Cheesman, Sean Collins, Joe Guenther, Grant McNeill, Curtiss Patrick, Kevin Schieve, Eric Sonnenberg.

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