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COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE – Suspended free agent RHP Rafael Martinez 50 games for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

American League

TEXAS RANGERS – Agreed to terms with C Juan Apodaca, OF Jim Adduci, LHP Neal Cotts, OF Aaron Cunningham, and RHP Yonata Ortega on minor league contracts.

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES – Named Randy Ready manager of Gwinnett (IL).

CHICAGO CUBS – Named P.J. Mainville trainer.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS – Named Pedro Avila, Gene Grimaldi, Patrick Guerrero, Pat Kelly, Jamey Storvick and Mike Tosar international scouts; Josh Bard player personnel special assistant; and Willie Fraser and Scott Groot professional scouts. Reassigned player personnel special asssitant Bill Mueller full-time professional scout.

NEW YORK METS – Named Jim Malone strength and conditioning coordinator.



LOS ANGELES LAKERS – Named Mike D’Antoni coach.



BUFFALO BILLS – Signed CB Delano Howell to the practice squad.

CAROLINA PANTHERS – Fired special teams coordinator Brian Murphy. Promoted assistant special teams coach Richard Rodgers to special teams coordinator.

CINCINNATI BENGALS – Signed LB Ben Jacobs to the practice squad. Released OT Jeff Adams from the practice squad.

GREEN BAY PACKERS – Signed LB Vic So’oto. Placed T Bryan Bulaga on injured reserve.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – Activated NT Josh Chapman from the non-football-injury list. Signed TE Kyle Miller from the practice squad. Placed DT Drake Nevis and CB Jerraud Powers on injured reserve.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – Signed LB Greg Jones. Released WR Anthony Armstrong.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – Placed DE Glenn Dorsey on injured reserve. Signed CB Neiko Thorpe from the practice squad.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – Released LB Jeff Tarpinian.



AHL – Suspended Toronto LW Leo Komarov one game for his actions during Saturday’s game.


ECHL – Set the suspension of Utah F Mitch Wahl from indefinite to three games for his actions during Friday’s game.


NASCAR – Fined Jeff Gordon $100,000 and docked him 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer during Sunday’s race. Docked team owner Rick Hendrick 25 car owner points and fined crew chief Brian Pattie $25,000 for the same incident. Fined Brad Keselowski $25,000 for having an electronic device inside the car.


TEXAS – Placed women’s track and field coach Beverly Kearney on paid leave.