BASEBALL

National League

CINCINNATI REDS—Announced a two-year player development contract with Carolina (SL).

PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Named Lou DePaoli executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

BASKETBALL

National Basketball Association

MIAMI HEAT—Signed G Eddie Basden, G Tre Kelley, F Omar Barlett and F Matt Walsh.

PHOENIX SUNS—Signed F Coleman Collins, G Robert Hite, and G-F Trey Johnson.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS—Announced the retirement of G Jason Williams. Signed G Dontell Jefferson, F-C Jelani McCoy, G David Noel and F Curtis Sumpter.

FOOTBALL

National Football League

NFL—Fined Tampa Bay T Jeremy Trueblood and Chicago CB Charles Tillman $5,000 each for their roles in a skirmish during a game on Sept 21.

HOCKEY

National Hockey League

ATLANTA THRASHERS—Acquired D Mathieu Schneider from Anaheim for D Ken Klee, F Brad Larsen and F Chad Painchaud.

CALGARY FLAMES—Assigned C Hugo Carpentier, RW Kris Chucko, D Brad Cole, RW Adam Cracknell, LW Cam Cunning, LW Carsen Germyn, G Leland Irving, D Brett Palin, C Warren Peters, C Dan Ryder, RW Aki Seitsonen, D Dan Spang, RW Jonathan Tremblay, LW David Van der Gulik, LW Peter Vandermeer, RW J.D. Watt and D Ryan Wilson to Quad City (AHL).

CAROLINA HURRICANES—Assigned F Mike Angelidis, F Nicolas Blanchard, F Stefan Chaput, F Nick Dodge, F Patrick Dwyer, F Bobby Hughes, F Harrison Reed, F Ryan Weston, D Ryan McGinnis, D Benn Olson, and G David Leggio to Albany (AHL).

LOS ANGELES KINGS—Returned G Linden Rowart to Regina (WHL).

NASHVILLE PREDATORS—Assigned G Chet Pickard and G Jeremy Smith to their junior clubs. Released F Brandon Buck.

NEW YORK RANGERS—Released F Petr Nedved. Assigned G Matt Zaba, D Mike Busto, D Vladimir Denisov, D Bobby Sanguinetti, D Mike Sauer; F Artem Anisimov, F Joe Barnes, F Dane Byers, F Brodie Dupont, F Ryan Hillier, F Andreas Jamtin, F Greg Moore, F Tom Pyatt, F Justin Soryal, F Dale Weise, and F Tomas Zaborsky to Hartford (AHL).