American League

BOSTON RED SOX—Activated RHP Mike Timlin from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Chris Smith to Pawtucket (IL).

KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Named J.J. Picollo assistant general manager/scouting and player development.

TAMPA BAY RAYS—Placed SS Jason Bartlett on the 15-day DL. Recalled INF Ben Zobrist from Durham (IL). Purchased the contract of SS Reid Brignac from Durham. Optioned RHP Mitch Talbot to Durham.

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES—Activated INF Martin Prado from 15-day DL. Optioned INF Brent Lillibridge to Richmond (IL).

CHICAGO CUBS—Activated OF Reed Johnson from the 15-day DL. Optioned INF Eric Patterson to Iowa (PCL).

CINCINNATI REDS—Claimed INF Andy Phillips off waivers from the N.Y. Mets. Optioned RHP Daryl Thompson to Louisville (IL).

FLORIDA MARLINS—Recalled LHP Taylor Tankersley from Albuquerque (PCL).

NEW YORK METS—Placed 2B Luis Castillo on the 15-day DL. Purchased the contract of OF Chris Aguila from New Orleans (PCL).

PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Activated OF Chris Duffy from the 60-day DL and optioned him to Altoona (EL). Designated RHP Bryan Bullington for assignment.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Activated RF Austin Kearns from the 15-Day DL. Optioned INF-OF Kory Casto to Columbus (IL).


National Basketball Association

CHICAGO BULLS—Named Del Harris, Bernie Bickerstaff and Bob Ociepka assistant coaches.

DALLAS MAVERICKS—Signed F Gerald Green to a one-year contract.

ORLANDO MAGIC—Signed G Courtney Lee.

UTAH JAZZ—Named Richard Smith director of basketball operations and David Fredman scout.


National Football League

BUFFALO BILLS—Agreed to terms with DT Kyle Williams on a contract extension.


National Hockey League

CAROLINA HURRICANES—Signed F Dwight Helminen to a one-year contract.

COLORADO AVALANCHE—Signed D Daniel Tjarnqvist to a one-year contract. Signed F Chris Durno.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Signed F Kristian Huselius to a four-year contract. Named Chris MacFarland assistant general manager, Mike Vogt athletic trainer and Josh Flynn manager of hockey administration.

DALLAS STARS—Signed RW Landon Wilson to a one-year contract and D Maxime Fortunus, LW Francis Wathier and D Garrett Stafford to two-year contracts.

MINNESOTA WILD—Signed RW Antti Miettinen to a three-year contract.

MONTREAL CANADIENS—Signed D Alex Henry and G Marc Denis to one-year contracts, G Cedrick Desjardins to a two-year contract and F Georges Laraque to a three-year contract. Traded F Mikhail Grabovski to Toronto for D Greg Pateryn and a 2010 second-round draft pick.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS—Signed C Mike Iggulden, D Brett Skinner, C Kurtis McLean, D Chris Lee, F Mitch Fritz and G Peter Mannino to one-year contracts.

NEW YORK RANGERS—Signed LW Markus Naslund.

PHOENIX COYOTES—Signed D David Hale and D Matt Jones to two-year contracts, RW Derek Nesbitt and D Drew Fata. Extended their affiliation agreement with San Antonio (AHL) for two years through the 2010-11 season.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS—Signed G Marc-Andre Fleury to a seven-year contract.

SAN JOSE SHARKS—Signed D Rob Blake.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING—Signed D Scott Jackson to a three-year contract and LW David Koci and C Wyatt Smith to one-year contracts.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS—Signed C Keith Aucoin to a two-year contract.


PHOENIX ROADRUNNERS—Made qualifying offers to F Matt Carter, F Gino Guyer, F Mathieu Melanson, F Sean O'Connor; D Rob Dmytruk, D Bryan Nathe, D Tom Sawatske and G Dave McKee.


U.S.A. BASEBALL—Named Davidson baseball coach Dick Cooke as an auxiliary coach for the 2008 Olympic team.