BASEBALL Kansas City Royals -- Optioned RHP Steve Farr of La Plata to Class AAA Omaha; called up SS Ross Jones from there. Boston Red Sox -- Activated RHP Steve Crawford; put RHP Oil Can Boyd on 15-day DL. Cincinnati Reds -- Bought RHP Jeff Montgomery from AAA Nashville; sent RHP Bill Landum there. Houston Astros -- Put LHP Jim Deshaies on 15-day DL; bought RHP Jeff Heathcock from AAA Tucson.

FOOTBALL Atlanta Falcons -- Signed LB Curtis Taliaferro and DE Joe Stepanek; released S Jerome Norris and S Wayne Ziegler. Cleveland Browns -- Listed K Matt Bahr as physically unable to perform; he likely will miss at least the first three exhibitions. Los Angeles Rams -- WR Henry Ellard came to terms. Miami Dolphins -- Decided to trade or waive overweight DL Mike Charles, who collapsed with heat exhaustion in yesterday's drills. New England Patriots -- Signed QB Tom Ramsey.New York Jets -- QB Ken O'Brien ended seven-day holdout.

HOCKEY Buffalo Sabres -- Signed C Pierre Turgeon, 17, the top pick in the last draft. St. Louis Blues -- W Eddy Beers said his bad back likely will end his playing career.

AMATEUR SPORTS Pan American Games -- Finals in basketball, track, field, swimming, platform diving and taekwondo are among sessions already sold out in Indianapolis. Other sellouts include earlier sessions in roller skating, synchronized swimming and weightlifting.