Japan -- OF Ozzie Canseco, twin of Oakland star Jose Canseco, signed with Kintetsu Buffaloes (Pacific League), who reportedly are paying him $200,000 for one year and the A's a $250,000 release fee. Canseco hit 21 home runs for Class AA Huntsville in 1990 and also played in nine games for Oakland. Also, C-IF Bill Bathe signed a two-year contract for an estimated $450,000 with Nippon Ham Fighters (Pacific League), who owe San Francisco Giants a $250,000 fee.

Texas Rangers -- RHP Craig McMurtry, who filed for free agency after last season and was offered arbitration by the Rangers but declined, agreed to a contract with Class AAA affiliate Oklahoma City and a spring shot at making Texas roster.


Indiana -- Rob Turner, football team's top pass receiver in 1988 and again in 1990 after being academically ineligible in 1989, was dismissed from university for grades. He would have had a year's eligibility left.

Southland Conference -- Named as commissioner Bill Belknap, a fund-raising executive at the University of Idaho, where he previously was athletic director.

Atlantic Coast Conference -- Basketball player of week: Kenny Turner, Virginia.

Colonial Athletic Association -- Basketball player of week: Steve Hood, James Madison.

Maryland -- Baseball alumni will hold winter meeting 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Golden Bull Restaurant, 9107 Riggs Road, Adelphi. Information, (301) 314-7122.


Alpine World Cup -- In Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, Pernilla Wiberg of Sweden captured her first Cup circuit victory, a women's slalom.