American League

BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Renewed the contract of OF Nick Markakis. NEW YORK YANKEES—Agreed to terms with RHP Jon Albaladejo, RHP Chris Britton, OF Melky Cabrera, C Francisco Cervelli, 1B Shelley Duncan, SS Alberto Gonzalez, LHP Sean Henn, RHP Phil Hughes, RHP Jeff Karstens, RHP Ian Kennedy, RHP Jeffrey Marquez, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Edwar Ramirez, RHP Humberto Sanchez, RHP Enger Veras and RHP Stephen Wright on one-year contracts. Renewed the contract of RHP Joba Chamberlain. TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Assigned RHP Jeremy Cummings, LHP Ryan Ketchner and RHP Jamie Vermilyea to their minor league camp.

National League

CINCINNATI REDS—Agreed to terms with 3B Edwin Encarnacion on a one-year contract. COLORADO ROCKIES—Agreed to terms with OF Brad Hawpe on a three-year contract. NEW YORK METS—Renewed the contract of RHP John Maine. Agreed to terms with LHP Adam Bostick, LHP Willie Callazo, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Ambiorix Burgos, RHP Ruddy Lugo, RHP Carlos Muniz, RHP Steven Register, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Brian Stokes, INF Ruben Gotay, INF Andersn Hernandez and OF Angel Pagan on one-year contracts. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS—Agreed to terms with RHP Blake Hawksworth, RHP Kelvin Jimenez, LHP Tyler Johnson, RHP Josh Kinney, RHP Kyle McClellan, RHP Jason Motte, RHP Mike Parisi, RHP Mark Worrell, INF Brian Barden, INF Jarrett Hoffpauir, INF Brendan Ryan, OF Brian Barton, OF Cody Haerther, OF Ryan Ludwick, OF Joe Mather, OF Skip Schumaker, OF Chris Duncan and RHP Brad Thompson on one-year contracts. Renewed the contracts of RHP Adam Wainwright and RHP Anthony Reyes.

American Association

EL PASO DIABLOS—Agreed to terms with C Alex Derhak and RHP Jusef Frias. FORT WORTH CATS—Released OF Carlos Adolfo. GRAND PRAIRIE AIRHOGS—Agreed to terms with RHP James Garcia. Released OF Jason Hurst. SIOUX FALLS CANARIES—Agreed to terms with C Lee Moser. SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS—Traded LHP Joel Schmal to Edmonton (GBL) for future considerations.

Can-Am League

SUSSEX SKYHAWKS—Acquired INF Chris Brown from Joliet (Northern) for a player to be named.

Northern League

WINNIPEG GOLDEYES—Agreed to terms with OF Tydus Meadows.

United League



National Basketball Association

BOSTON CELTICS—Signed G Sam Cassell. Assigned G Gabe Pruitt to Utah (NBADL).

DETROIT PISTONS—Signed C Theo Ratliff. PHOENIX SUNS—Signed G Gordan Giricek to a contract for the rest of the season and F Linton Johnson to a second 10-day contract.

INDIANA FEVER—Signed G LaToya Bond, F Erin Lawless and G Angelina Williams.

NBA Development League

UTAH FLASH—Waived G Curtis Stinson.


National Football League

BUFFALO BILLS—Re-signed OT Matt Murphy.

GREEN BAY PACKERS—Announced the retirement of QB Brett Favre.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS—Signed RB-KR Maurice Hicks to a three-year contract.


OAKLAND RAIDERS—Announced the retirement of DT Warren Sapp.

ST. LOUIS RAMS—Signed G Jacob Bell to a six-year contract.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Signed TE Jeb Putzier to a one-year contract.

Arena Football League

UTAH BLAZE—Signed WR David Sutton to the practice squad.


National Hockey League

DETROIT RED WINGS—Activated D Brian Rafalski from injured reserve.

AHL—Suspended Syracuse LW Tom Sestito and Toronto D Jay Harrison three games for an altercation before their Feb. 29 game. HAMILTON BULLDOGS—Announced F Ryan Russell was reassigned from Cincinnati (ECHL). TORONTO MARLIES—Recalled D Patrick Wellar from Columbia (ECHL).


UTAH GRIZZLIES—Acquired F Evan Kotsopoulos from Bakersfield for future considerations.

Major League Lacrosse

CHICAGO MACHINE—Traded D Steve Panarelli and M Zach Heffner to San Francisco for D Mitch Hendler and M Greg Rommel. LONG ISLAND LIZARDS—Claimed M Rob Bonaguro from the player pool. LOS ANGELES RIPTIDE—Waived A Nick Dean. WASHINGTON BAYHAWKS—Claimed A Josh Gerber from the player pool.


Major League Soccer

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS—Signed F Ivan Trujillo. LOS ANGELES GALAXY—Waived MF Kelly Gray, MF Kyle Martino and D Celestine Babayaro.


CAMERON—Announced the resignation of Kevin Hackerott, women's basketball coach, and Andrew Belsky, women's assistant basketball coach. DAVIDSON—Named Ryan Heasley offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. HAMILTON—Named Mark Dolan men's and women's tennis coach. HILBERT—Named Jonathan Musialowski assistant baseball coach. MANSFIELD—Named Dan Davis sprint football coach. NEW JERSEY CITY—Named Jonathan Thomas hitting coach, Mike Ingui third base coach, Charles Fox bullpen coach and Bill Lehman assistant baseball coach/assistant recruiting coordinator. PURCHASE—Named Steven Loscher softball coach and Brian Peterson assistant softball coach. Promoted Jeff Charney from men's interim basketball coach to men's basketball coach. SOUTH CAROLINA—Suspended DB Carlos Thomas indefinitely for violating team rules and RB Mike Davis one game for missing too many classes. VERMONT—Announced the resignation of Gregg Olson, men's assistant soccer coach, to take a similar position at Stanford. WESTERN NEW ENGLAND—Announced the resignation of Mike Theulen, men's basketball coach, and said he will remain athletic director. Named Chris Agoglia men's basketball coach.