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Thursday's Sports Transactions

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The Associated Press | October 17, 2013 10:29 PM EST | AP

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TEXAS RANGERS_Announced the retirement of chief executive officer Nolan Ryan, effective Oct. 31.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS_Claimed OF Mike Baxter from the N.Y. Mets. Designated OF Alex Castellanos for assignment.

RIVER CITY RASCALS_Signed RHP Gabe Shaw to a contract extension.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS_Sold the contract of RHP Race Parmenter and RHP Pete Perez to the Atlanta Braves.

TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS_Released RHP Jacob Clem, INF-OF Andrew Heck, and RHP Burny Mitchem.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS_Placed Lb Desmond Bishop on injured reserve. Signed WR Rodney Smith from the practice squad. Signed S Brandan Bishop to the practice squad.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS_Waived WR Chris Harper.

NEW YORK RANGERS_Recalled F Darroll Powe and G Jason Missiaen from Hartford (AHL).

WINNIPEG JETS_Placed F Chris Thorburn on the injured reserve list, retroactive to Oct. 4. Recalled F Patrice Cormier from St. John's (AHL).

PEORIA RIVERMEN_Released Fs Brett Liscomb and Myles McCauley, D Nik Katsiyianis and Gs Curtis Martinu and Jack Astedt.

SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE_Signed D Colby Cohen. Assigned Fs John McFarland and Tony Turgeon to Cincinnati (ECHL).

VICTORIA ROYALS_Acquired F Mitch Skapski from Everett for the playing rights to D Mark Nerland.

NASCAR_Suspended Todd Parrott, crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, indefinitely for violating its substance-abuse policy.

GRAMBLING STATE_Named Dennis Winston football coach. Reassigned George Ragsdale in the athletic department.

LOUISVILLE_Suspended F Chane Behanan indefinitely from the men's basketball team for violating school policy.

MARQUETTE_Announced junior F Jameel McKay has left the men's basketball team.

UTICA_Named Cody Chupp men's assistant hockey coach.