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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, 12:00 p.m.
 

BASEBALL

American League

BALTIMORE ORIOLES--Traded C Ramon Hernandez and cash to Cincinnati for OF Ryan Freel, INF Justin Turner and INF Brandon Waring.

CLEVELAND INDIANS--Sold the contract of RHP Tom Mastny to Yokohama (Japan).

TORONTO BLUE JAYS--Named Roy Smith professional scout.

National League

LOS ANGELES DODGERS--Agreed to terms with 3B Casey Blake on a three-year contract.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS--Agreed to terms with INF Mike Lamb and RHP Todd Coffey on one-year contracts.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES--Exercised the 2010 contract option on manager Charlie Manuel and added a guaranteed year for 2011.

American Association

ST. PAUL SAINTS--Acquired RHP Dustin Cameron from New Jersey (Can-Am) for a player to be named.

Can-Am League

ATLANTIC CITY SURF--Traded RHP Romas Hicks to New Jersey for a player to be named.

BASKETBALL

National Basketball Association

DETROIT PISTONS--Re-signed F-C Antonio McDyess for the rest of the season.

NBA Development League

ALBUQUERQUE THUNDERBIRDS--Waived G Daryl Dorsey. Acquired G Keith McLeod.

ANAHEIM ARSENAL--Announced F TJ Cummings has left the team. Acquired G Geno Carlisle.

FORT WAYNE MAD ANTS--Waived G Brian Morrison. Acquired G Vernon Hamilton.

LOS ANGELES D-FENDERS--Waived F/C Dominique Scales. Acquired F Anthony Coleman.

RENO BIGHORNS--Announced G Sung Yoon Bang has left the team.

FOOTBALL

National Football League

NFL--Denied the appeal of Jacksonville WR Matt Jones' three-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.

ATLANTA FALCONS--Placed S Antoine Harris on injured reserve. Signed CB Glenn Sharpe from the practice squad. Signed OG Nate Bennett to the practice squad.

CHICAGO BEARS--Placed NT Dusty Dvoracek on injured reserve. Signed WR Devin Aromashodu from Washington's practice squad.

CINCINNATI BENGALS--Waived DE Josh Mallard. Signed S Mike Doss. Signed CB Marcus Brown to the practice squad.

DENVER BRONCOS--Signed RB Cory Boyd from the practice squad and G Pat Murray off Seattle's practice squad. Waived S Calvin Lowry.

DETROIT LIONS--Released CB Brian Kelly. Signed CB-KR Dexter Wynn. Fined C Dominic Raiola $7,500 for offensive gesture toward fans on Sunday.

NEW YORK JETS--Waived RB Marcus Mason.

TENNESSEE TITANS--Signed CB Cary Williams from the practice squad. Signed DT Derrick Jones to the practice squad.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS--Placed OT Chris Samuels on injured reserve. Released DE Erasmus James. Signed WR Marques Hagans and G Rueben Riley to the practice squad. Announced WR Devin Aromashodu was signed off the practice squad by Chicago.

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MAHONING VALLEY THUNDER--Announced WR Darwin Salaam has been assigned to the team.

HOCKEY

National Hockey League

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS--Placed RW Adam Burish on injured reserve. Recalled LW Pascal Pelletier from Rockford (AHL). Assigned James Sharrow to Rockford.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS--Assigned F Janne Pesonen to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING--Assigned C Chris Gratton to Norfolk (AHL) and RW Radim Vrbata to BK Mlada Boleslav (Czech).

VANCOUVER CANUCKS--Traded D James Sharrow to Chicago for a 2009 conditional draft pick.

American Hockey League

HARTFORD WOLF PACK--Signed F Brandon Sugden. Released F Matthew Ford, who will return to Charlotte (ECHL).

NORFOLK ADMIRALS--Announced Tampa Bay (NHL) assigned G Riku Helenius to Mississippi (ECHL).

PEORIA RIVERMEN--Announced St. Louis (NHL) has assigned G Chris Holt to the team from Alaska (ECHL) and G Marek Schwarz from the team to Alaska.

PROVIDENCE BRUINS--Announced Boston (NHL) has recalled C Vladimir Sobotka.

SYRACUSE CRUNCH--Returned C Ryan Garlock to Johnstown (ECHL). Loaned LW Blair Yaworski to Johnstown.

WILKES BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS--Announced F Jeff Taffe and Tim Wallace were recalled by Pittsburgh (NHL). Recalled F Tommy Goebel from Wheeling (ECHL).

ECHL

FLORIDA EVERBLADES--Announced D Brad Zanon was returned to the team by Albany (AHL) and F Bryan Marshall was recalled by Lake Erie (AHL).

LAS VEGAS WRANGLERS--Sent D Steve Makway to Cincinnati to complete a trade for G Martin Houle.

MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES--Announced G Ryan Munce was loaned to Syracuse (AHL).

Eastern Professional Hockey League

EPHL--Approved the sale of the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Aces to Alan Friedman.

HUDSON VALLEY BEARS--Announced G Len DiCostanzo was recalled to Bridgeport (AHL).

LACROSSE

Major League Lacrosse

CHICAGO MACHINE--Claimed M John Carrozza from the league player pool.

National Lacrosse League

NLL--Announced F Dallas Eliuk has retired.

MOTORSPORTS

SPORTS CAR CLUB OF AMERICA--Named Jeff Dahnert president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2009.

COLLEGE

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE--Suspended Davidson men's basketball F Max Paulhus Gosselin one game for being ejected from Saturday's game against N.C. State.

ALVERNIA--Announced it will join the Commonwealth Conference.

COASTAL CAROLINA--Announced the retirement of softball coach Jess Dannelly at the end of next season and announced he will remain as an associate athletic director in charge of facilities.

IOWA--Suspended freshman G Anthony Tucker from the basketball team for an alcohol-related incident.

KANSAS STATE--Retained interior line coach Mo Latimore.

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