Thursday's Sports Transactions

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Associated Press

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 3:06 AM

BASEBALL
Major League Baseball

MLB — Free agent OF Hideki Matsui announced his retirement.

National League

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

NEW YORK METS — Agreed to terms with LHP Aaron Laffey on a minor league contract.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Designated RHP Chad Beck for assignment.

American Association

AMARILLO SOX — Named Bobby Brown manager.

BASKETBALL
National Basketball Association

NBA — Suspended Miami G Dwyane Wade one game for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of the Charlotte's Ramon Sessions during a Dec. 26 game at Charlotte. Fined Los Angeles Lakers C Dwight Howard $35,000 for his Flagrant Foul Two against Denver's Kenneth Faried during a Dec. 26 game at Denver.

BROOKLYN NETS — Fired coach Avery Johnson. Promoted assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo to interim coach.

FOOTBALL
National Football League

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.

HOCKEY
National Hockey League

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).

American Hockey League

OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS — Recalled F Erick Lizon from Wichita (CHL).

ECHL

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

READING ROYALS — Signed F Nikita Kashirsky.

COLLEGE

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.

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