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BASEBALL

American League

HOUSTON ASTROS – Optioned INF Jake Elmore to Oklahoma City (PCL).

MINNESOTA TWINS – Placed LHP Scott Diamond and RHP Anthony Swarzak on the 15-day DL.

SEATTLE MARINERS – Optioned OF Carlos Peguero to Tacoma (PCL). Reassigned RHP Carson Smith and INF Nick Franklin to their minor league camp.

TEXAS RANGERS – Optioned RHP Justin Grimm to Round Rock (PCL).

TORONTO BLUE JAYS – Claimed RHP Todd Redmond off waivers from Baltimore and optioned him to Buffalo (IL).

National League

CHICAGO CUBS – Optioned LHP Chris Rusin to their minor league camp. Assigned RHP Drew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, RHP Casey Coleman, RHP Jensen Lewis, RHP Blake Parker, INF Edwin Maysonet, INF Brad Nelson, OF Brian Bogusevic, OF Johermyn Chavez and OF Darnell McDonald to their minor league camp.

CINCINNATI REDS – Reassigned RHP Armando Galarraga to their minor league camp.

FLORIDA MARLINS – Re-assigned OF Christian Yelich, RHP Jonathan Albaladejo and C Jake Jeffries to their minor league camp. Optioned RHP Tom Koehler to New Orleans (PCL).

PITTSBURGH PIRATES – Optioned RHP Bryan Morris to Indianapolis (IL). Reassigned INF Ivan DeJesus Jr. and INF Jared Goedert to their minor league camp.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS – Released RHP Ramon Ramirez and INF Wilson Valdez.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS – Optioned RHP Cole Kimball to Syracuse (IL). Re-assigned RHP Jeremy Accardo to their minor league camp. Agreed to terms with LHP J.C. Romero on a minor league contract.

BASKETBALL

NBA

MIAMI HEAT – Signed F Juwan Howard for the remainder of the season.

WNBA

NEW YORK LIBERTY – Named Barbara Farris, Taj McWilliams-Franklin assistant coaches and Teresa Weatherspoon and Tamika Whitmore associate coaches.

FOOTBALL

NFL

CHICAGO BEARS – Agreed to terms with LB D.J. Williams on a one-year contract.

CLEVELAND BROWNS – Signed TE Kellen Davis and DB Chris Owens to one-year contracts.

HOUSTON TEXANS – Signed S Ed Reed.

HOCKEY

NHL

CAROLINA HURRICANES – Reassigned C Riley Nash to Charlotte (AHL).

DALLAS STARS – Assigned F Alex Chiasson to Texas (AHL).

MONTREAL CANADIENS – Recalled F Mike Blunden from Hamilton (AHL).

NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Assigned F Craig Smith to Milwaukee (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.

PHOENIX COYOTES – Assigned D Chris Summers to Portland (AHL).

ST. LOUIS BLUES – Traded F Matt D’Agostini and a conditional 2015 seventh-round draft pick to New Jersey for a conditional 2015 fifth-round draft pick.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Assigned G Mark Owuya from Toronto (AHL) to Reading (AHL).

COLLEGE

ALABAMA – Named Bill Battle athletic director.

GEORGE MASON – Announced the resignation of women’s basketball coach Jeri Porter.

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