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National League

MIAMI MARLINS – Agreed to terms with RHP John Maine on a minor league contract.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES – Designated RHP Chad Beck for assignment.

American Association

AMARILLO SOX – Named Bobby Brown manager.



BROOKLYN NETS – Fired coach Avery Johnson.



BALTIMORE RAVENS – Placed WR LaQuan Williams on injured reserve.

CAROLINA PANTHERS – Placed G Amini Silatolu on injured reserve.

HOUSTON TEXANS – Signed TE Steve Skelton to the practice squad.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – Signed DB Curtis Holcomb to the practice squad.

NEW YORK JETS – Placed CB Aaron Berry on injured reserve.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS – Signed DB Walter McFadden and WR Bert Reed to the practice squad.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – Signed TE Cooper Helfet to the practice squad.

ST. LOUIS RAMS – Signed DE Mason Brodine to the practice squad.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – Signed S Nick Saenz to the practice squad.



DALLAS STARS – Reasigned F Austin Smith from Idaho (ECHL) to Texas (AHL).

DETROIT RED WINGS – Reassigned F Andrej Nestrasil, F Brent Raedeke and D Max Nicastro from Grand Rapids (AHL) to Toledo (ECHL).

WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Reassigned D Brett Flemming from Hershey (AHL) to Reading (ECHL).


ECHL – Suspended Evansville RW Matt Gens two games and fined him an undisclosed amount.

READING ROYALS – Signed F Nikita Kashirsky.


CREIGHTON – Announced senior G Josh Jones is quitting the men’s basketball team for medical reasons.

FLORIDA – Announced S De’Ante Saunders and OT Matt Patchan are leaving the football team and will transfer.