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MIAMI HEAT–Assigned F Jarvis Varnado to Sioux Falls (NBADL).



ARIZONA CARDINALS–Released LB Stewart Bradley and CB William Gay.

ATLANTA FALCONS–Released RB Michael Turner, DE John Abraham and CB Dunta Robinson.

BUFFALO BILLS–Designated FS Jairus Byrd as their franchise player.

CINCINNATI BENGALS–Designated DE Michael Johnson as their franchise player.

CAROLINA PANTHERS–Released DT Ron Edwards.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS–Designated P Pat McAfee as their franchise player.



NORFOLK ADMIRALS–Announced D Nick Schaus and D Gabe Guentzel were assigned to Fort Wayne (ECHL).


NCAA–Placed Saint Mary’s (Calif.) on four years of probation for a “failure to monitor its men’s basketball program.” The program will have a reduction in scholarships from 13 to 11 for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Gaels coach Randy Bennett will be suspended for the first five West Coast Conference games next season.

ST. JOHN’S–Suspended sophomore basketball G D’Angelo Harrison for the rest of the season.