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Friday's sports transactions

| Saturday, July 5, 2008, 12:00 p.m.

BASEBALL

American League

CLEVELAND INDIANS -- Recalled RHP Jensen Lewis and RHP Brian Slocum from Buffalo (IL). Designated RHP Joe Borowski and RHP Rick Bauer for assignment. Signed RHP Preston Larrison to a minor league contract.

NEW YORK YANKEES -- Recalled LHP Billy Traber from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Optioned INF Alberto Gonzalez to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Agreed to terms with 1B Ben Broussard on a minor league contract.

OAKLAND ATHELTICS -- Placed RHP Keith Foulke on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 3. Recalled LHP Jerry Blevins from Sacramento (PCL).

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES -- Sent OF Jeff Francoeur and OF Matt Diaz to Mississippi (SL).

CHICAGO CUBS -- Activated RHP Carlos Zambrano from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Jose Ascanio to Iowa (PCL).

LOS ANGELES DODGERS -- Activated SS Nomar Garciaparra from the 60-day DL and OF Andruw Jones from the 15-day DL. Optioned OF Jason Repko to Las Vegas (PCL). Placed INF Mark Sweeney on the 15-day DL.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES -- Designated RHP Bryan Bullington for assignment. Activated OF Chris Duffy from the 60-day DL.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS -- Agreed to terms with 3B Roberto De La Cruz, RHP Santo Franco, RHP Dennis Montero, SS Grabiel Hernandez, SS Cesar Valera and LHP Jose Weffer.

American Association

EL PASO DIABLOS -- Signed RHP Ryne Nelson.

GRAND PRAIRIE AIRHOGS -- Signed RHP Matt Righter.

LINCOLN SALTDOGS -- Released RHP Calen Sutton and OF Luis Perez. Signed RHP Benny Cepada.

PENSACOLA PELICANS -- Released C David Hernandez, RHP Garvis Romero, RHP Ryan Rafferty and LHP TJ Hendricks. Signed RHP Ulysses Roque and RHP Paul Phillips.

ST. PAUL SAINTS -- Signed INF Tony Mansolino.

SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS -- Signed OF Jason Bryan.

SIOUX FALLS CANARIES -- Signed RHP Kyle Zweber.

WICHITA WINGNUTS -- Signed RHP David Cross.

Atlantic League

LONG ISLAND DUCKS -- Announced the retirement of LHP Donovan Osborne.

Can-Am League

ATLANTIC CITY SURF -- Signed C Mike Santoro.

OTTAWA RAPIDZ -- Released INF David Keesee and LHP Jason Pilkington. Signed RHP Cardoza Tucker. Traded RHP Orlando Trias to Quebec to complete an earlier trade.

QUEBEC CAPITALES -- Sold the contract of LHP Eric Cyr to Los Angeles (NL).

SUSSEX SKYHAWKS -- Signed RHP Khalid Afify.

Golden Baseball League

CALGARY VIPERS -- Traded 1B Jose Morban to Edmonton for a player to be named.

ORANGE COUNTY FLYERS -- Agreed to terms with RHP Matt Durkin.

ST. GEORGE ROADRUNNERS -- Agreed to terms with SS Kory Wayment. Released RHP Jason Lakman. Received RHP Garvis Romero from Sioux City (AA) to complete an earlier trade.

BASKETBALL

American Basketball Association

ABA -- Granted an expansion team to San Antonio, Texas to begin play in the 2008-2009 season. Announced team will be known as the South Texas Showboats.

KENTUCKY MAVERICKS -- Named Vincent Askew coach.

KNOXVILLE STORM -- Named Chad Smith coach and Chris Glisson general manager.

SOUTH TEXAS SHOWBOATS -- Named Benjamin Mireles coach.

HOCKEY

National Hockey League

SAN JOSE SHARKS -- Traded D Craig Rivet and a 2010 seventh-round draft pick to Buffalo for two second-round draft choices. Acquired D Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay and D Brad Lukowich for a 2009 first-round draft pick, a 2010 fourth-round draft pick, D Matt Carle and D Ty Wishart.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS -- Signed C Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year contract.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS -- Acquired RW Steve Bernier from Buffalo for a 2009 third-round draft pick and a 2010 second-round draft pick. Signed C Mark Cullen.

COLLEGE

SOUTH ALABAMA -- Named Brian Diaz women's assistant soccer coach.

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