- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Baseball

American League

CHICAGO WHITE SOX - Agreed to terms with RHP Octavio Dotel on a two-year contract and INF-OF Alexei Ramirez on a four-year contract. Designated RHP David Aardsma for assignment.

National League

CHICAGO CUBS - Named Carmelo Martinez Latin American field coordinator, Mark Riggins minor league pitching coordinator, Jose Serra Latin American operations managers, Hector Ortega Latin American supervisor, Charlie Aliano eastern regional scout supervisor, Bill Harford major league scout and Mike Valarezo special assistant to the general manager.

NEW YORK METS - Agreed to terms with OF Endy Chavez on a two-year contract.

American Association

SIOUX FALLS CANARIES - Agreed to terms with RHP Kevin Cheppenko. Traded INF Mike Rohde to Gary (Northern) to complete the earlier trade.

SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS - Released OF Paul Weichard. Traded RHP Robert Wooley to Rockford (Frontier) for a player to be named.

WICHITA WINGNUTS - Acquired INF Chad Ehrnsberger from Joliet (Northern) for a player to be named.

Atlantic League

NEWARK BEARS - Named Ryan Jones, hitting coach.

Can-Am League

NEW JERSEY JACKALS - Traded INF Wilton Veras to Pensacola (AA) for a player to be named.

Football

NFL

MIAMI DOLPHINS - Named James Saxon running backs coach and Evan Marcus strength and conditioning coach.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS - Signed Jon Gruden, coach, and Bryce Allen, general manager, to three-year contract extensions.

Hockey

NHL

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS - Fired John Ferguson, general manager. Named Cliff Fletcher interim general manager.

American Hockey League

HARTFORD WOLF PACK - Returned F Jordan Owens to Charlotte (ECHL).

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS - Reassigned D Brad Farynuk to Stockton (ECHL).

Soccer

MLS

REAL SALT LAKE - Waived M Jamie Watson.

College

NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION - Named Lisa Malin executive director of the College Football Hall of Fame.

ARMY - Announced the retirement of Gene Ventriglia, women’s soccer coach, effective at the end of the 2008 season.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN - Named Chad Callihan volleyball coach.

IUPUI - Named Joni Sanders men’s and women’s assistant cross country coach.

PITTSBURGH - Named Tony Wise offensive line coach.