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.