American League

BOSTON RED SOX—Assigned RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka to Pawtucket (IL) on a rehab assignment.

DETROIT TIGERS—Activated RHP Fernando Rodney from the 15-day DL.

SEATTLE MARINERS—Fired Bill Bavasi, general manager. Named Lee Pelekoudas general manager.

TEXAS RANGERS—Waived RHP Sidney Ponson. Activated RHP Thomas Diamond from the 60-day DL and optioned him to Frisco (Texas).

American Association


ST. PAUL SAINTS—Sold the contract of RHP Kyle Foster to the Boston Red Sox.

SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS—Signed RHP Mathew Kretzschmar.


National Football League

NFL—Named Ernie Accorsi consultant and announced he will co-chair the general managers advisory committee.

HOUSTON TEXANS—Signed LB Rosevelt Colvin

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—Terminated the contract of P Chad Stanley. Waived RB Justise Hairston, DT Dan Davis, C Pat Ross and PK Shane Andrus.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Waived OT Ryan Gibbons, C Brett Goode, DE Brian Smith, TE Isaac Smolko and WR Craphonso Thorpe.


National Hockey League

FLORIDA PANTHERS—Named Peter DeBoer coach.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS—Signed D Ryan Suter to a four-year contract.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS—Named Al Coates director of player personnel.


PHOENIX ROADRUNNERS—Traded D Taylor Christie to Victoria to complete a Dec. 6, 2007 trade for D Bryan Nathe.


KENTUCKY HORSE RACING AUTHORITY—Fined Churchill Downs Inc. $15,000 for a rules violation at the starting gate of this year's Kentucky Derby.


Major League Soccer

FC DALLAS—Named Schellas Hyndman coach.


METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE—Promoted Ken Taylor to associate commissioner/men's basketball and baseball operations, and Marshall Foley to associate commissioner/championships.

ARKANSAS STATE—Suspended RB Preston Brown and DB Marlon Douglas for the 2008 season for violating team rules.

CABRINI—Named Joe Giunta director of athletics and recreation.

CLEMSON—Named Josh Postorino men's assistant basketball coach.

C.W. POST—Named Deirdre Moore women's basketball coach.

GENEVA—Announced Ron Galbreath, women's basketball coach, is taking a year off for medical reasons. Named Amy Russin interim women's basketball coach.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN—Named Mahogany Green women's assistant basketball coach.

GONZAGA—Announced G Jeremy Pargo is withdrawing from the NBA draft.

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY—Named Gail Striegler women's basketball coach.

MEMPHIS—Named Tony Martin director of women's basketball operations.

NEW JERSEY CITY—Announced the resignation of Kelly Wengerter, women's volleyball coach, to take a similar position at American International.

SKIDMORE—Named Ryan Mee men's assistant basketball coach.