American League

NEW YORK YANKEES—Agreed to terms with C Jason Brown, INF Bernie Castro, RHP Daniel Giese, INF Nick Green, OF Jason Lane, LHP Heath Phillips, OF Greg Porter, INF Cody Ransom, RHP Darrell Rasner, RHP Scott Strickland and LHP Billy Traber on minor league contracts.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Agreed to terms with RHP Kirk Saarloos on a minor league contract.

SEATTLE MARINERS—Agreed to terms with LHP George Sherrill on a one-year contract and LHP Arthur Rhodes on a minor league contract.

TAMPA BAY RAYS—Agreed to terms with RHP Dan Wheeler on a one-year contract.

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES—Announced their AAA team will move from Richmond, Va., to Gwinnett County, Ga., beginning in the 2009 season.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Agreed to terms with RHP Yhency Brazoban on a one-year contract.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Named Gord Ash vice president-assistant general manager and Jack Zduriencik vice president-special assistant to the general manager for player personnel. Designated OF Drew Anderson for assignment.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Agreed to terms with 1B Adam LaRoche on a one-year contract. Named Brad Fischer manager, Sid Bream coach and Wilson Alvarez pitching coach for State College (NYP) and Gary Green manager for Hickory (SAL).

Northern League

GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS—Extended the contract of Greg Tagert, manager, through the 2010 season.

American Association

GRAND PRAIRIE AIRHOGS—Agreed to terms with C Cameron McGuire.

PENSACOLA PELICANS—Traded INF Trino Aguilar to Winnipeg (Northern) for RHP Ben Moore and INF Aaron McEachran.


National Football League

CINCINNATI BENGALS—Named Mike Zimmer defensive coordinator.

HOUSTON TEXANS—Signed C Chukky Okobi and G Dan Stevenson.

MIAMI DOLPHINS—Named Brian Gaine assistant director of player personnel.

NEW YORK JETS—Signed RB Alvin Banks, S Darnell Bing, WR David Clowney, CB Manny Collins, OL Stanley Daniels, OL Wayne Hunter, DT Thomas Johnson, LB Jerry Mackey, QB Brett Ratliff, WR Shaine Smith and WR Marco Thomas to reserve-future contracts.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS—Signed DT Scott Paxson, C Jared Retkofsky and FB Bill Latsko.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS—Signed LB Dennis Haley to a future contract.


National Hockey League

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Activated LW Curtis Glencross from injured reserve. Assigned LW Joakim Linstrom to Syracuse (AHL).

NEW YORK ISLANDERS—Sent D Aaron Johnson to Bridgeport (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.

OTTAWA SENATORS—Recalled C Ilya Zubov from Binghamton (AHL).

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING—Acquired RW Junior Lessard from Dallas for D Dan Jancevski and assigned Lessard to Iowa (AHL).


CHARLOTTE CHECKERS—Signed F Ryan Gibbons. Announced the New York Rangers (NHL) assigned G Matt Zaba to Idaho.

ELMIRA JACKALS—Loaned C Kevin Ulanski to Milwaukee (AHL). Traded D Joe Grimaldi to Fresno to complete an earlier trade.



Major League Soccer

FC DALLAS—Traded F Carlos Ruiz to Los Angeles for allocation money and a 2009 second-round draft pick.

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS—Acquired the first selection in the MLS SuperDraft from San Jose for D Nick Garcia.


ATP—Announced the retirement of Gustavo Kuerten, effective at the end of this year's French Open.


CALIFORNIA—Announced WR DeSean Jackson will make himself available for the NFL draft.

HOLY CROSS—Announced the resignation of Chris Ridolfi, volleyball coach.

INDIANA STATE—Named Ted Unbehagen offensive line coach.

KANSAS—Announced CB Aqib Talib and OT Anthony Collins will make themselves available for the NFL draft.

OKLAHOMA—Announced CB Reggie Smith will make himself available for the NFL draft.