- The Washington Times - Monday, March 17, 2008

Baseball

American League

CLEVELAND INDIANS - Optioned RHP Edward Mujica and C Wyatt Toregas to Buffalo (IL). Assigned RHP Rick Bauer, RHP J.D. Martin, RHP Jeff Stevens, C-INF Chris Gimenez, INF Jordan Brown, INF Beau Mills and OF Trevor Crowe to their minor league camp.

NEW YORK YANKEES - Placed RHP Andrew Brackman on the 60-day DL. Purchased the contract of LHP Billy Traber from Scranton (IL).

OAKLAND ATHLETICS - Optioned LHP Jerry Blevins and RHP Henry Rodriguez to Sacramento (PCL). Assigned RHP Kirk Saarloos, C Matt LeCroy to their minor league camp.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS - Optioned C Curtis Thigpen, INF Joe Inglett, OF Buck Coats, OF Adam Lind and C Robinzon Diaz to Syracuse (IL). Assigned OF Ryan Patterson and OF Wayne Lydon to their minor league camp.

National League

CINCINNATI REDS - Optioned INF Paul Janish and OF Chris Dickerson to Louisville (IL) and C Craig Tatum and RHP Daryl Thompson to Chattanooga (SL). Assigned RHP Jon Adkins, INF Adam Rosales, RHP Justin Lehr to their minor league camp.

NEW YORK METS - Optioned RHP Ruddy Lugo to New Orleans (PCL).

WASHINGTON NATIONALS - Optioned 3B-OF Kory Casto to Columbus (IL). Assigned LHP Arnie Munoz and RHP Steven Shell to their minor league camp.

Basketball

NBA

CHICAGO BULLS - Assigned G Shannon Brown and F-C Cedric Simmons to Iowa (NBADL). Recalled F Demetrius Nichols from Iowa.

WNBA

MINNESOTA LYNX - Signed G Ashley Awkward.

Football

NFL

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS - Waived WR Darrell Jackson.

Arena Football League

PHILADELPHIA SOUL - Signed WR Clif Dell.

Hockey

NHL

NHL - Suspended Anaheim D Chris Pronger eight games for acting carelessly and recklessly against Vancouver F Ryan Kesler in a March 12 game.

ATLANTA THRASHERS - Assigned G Dan Turple to Grand Rapids (AHL).

CAROLINA HURRICANES - Recalled F Pat Dwyer and F Joe Jensen from Albany (AHL).

COLORADO AVALANCHE - Recalled F Wyatt Smith from Lake Erie (AHL). Assigned D Jeff Jillson to Lake Erie.

DETROIT RED WINGS - Recalled LW Mattias Ritola from Grand Rapids (AHL).

American Hockey League

GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS - Signed LW Kory Karlander.

WORCESTER SHARKS - Signed C Oren Eizenman.

ECHL

CINCINNATI CYCLONES - Announed F James Sixsmith was recalled by Milwaukee (AHL).

GWINNETT GLADIATORS - Announced G Dan Turple was recalled by Grand Rapids (AHL).

PENSACOLA ICE PILOTS - Signed G Nick Niedert.

Colleges

ALABAMA - Named Wendell Hudson women’s basketball coach.

PROVIDENCE - Announced Tim Welsh, men’s basketball coach, will not return.

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