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BASEBALL Major League Baseball

MLB—Suspended minor league OF Nicholas Francis (Kansas City) for 50 games after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse.

American League

BOSTON RED SOX—Added LHP Billy Wagner to the roster. Released RHP Brad Penny.

TEXAS RANGERS—Purchased the contract of RHP Pedro Strop from Oklahoma City (PCL). Designated RHP Jason Jennings for assignment.

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES—Recalled RHP Buddy Carlyle from Gwinnett (IL). Optioned RHP Manny Acosta to Gwinnett.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Purchased his contract of RHP Vicente Padilla from Albuquerque (PCL). Optioned INF Tony Abreu to Albuquerque. Transferred RHP Jason Schmidt to the 60-day DL.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Activated RHP Dave Bush from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Mike Burns to Nashville (PCL).

FOOTBALL National Football League

DETROIT LIONS—Released RB Allen Ervin.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS—Waived WR Glenn Holt.

NEW YORK JETS—Signed RB Anthony Kimble.

United Football League

NEW YORK SENTINELS—Signed DE Simeon Rice.

HOCKEY American Hockey League

HARTFORD WOLF PACK—Signed G Ryan Munce.

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS—Signed F Kip Brennan.

ECHL

ECHL—Named Ryan Crelin director of business operations.

KALAMAZOO WINGS—Agreed to terms with F Darryl Lloyd and D Jeremy Swanson.

JOHNSTOWN CHIEFS—Signed F Erik Felde.

International Hockey League

MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS—Signed LW Matt Robertson and G Matt Lundin.

PORT HURON ICEHAWKS—Signed D George Halkidis and LW Kai Magnussen.

VICTORIA SALMON KINGS—Signed D Mike Burgoyne and D Matt Waddell.

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