SIGNED: By the Minnesota Vikings, offensive tackle GARY ZIMMERMAN, 24, after working out a deal in which the USFL Memphis Showboats agreed to release the 6'6", 280-pound Zimmerman from his contract with that team. Zimmerman had lost a lawsuit against the Showboats in which he attempted to get released from his contract.
SOLD: By owner Franklin Mieuli, a controlling interest in the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS, to investment bankers Jim Fitzgerald and Dan Finnane, both of whom are former owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, for $18 million. Fitzgerald and Finnane had sold their various Midwestern business interests last year. The new owners' first move was to name GEORGE KARL, 35, as the team's coach, replacing John Bach. Karl, who was dismissed by the Cleveland Cavaliers in March, was signed to a three-year contract.
TRADED: By the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback MIKE PAGEL, 25, to the Cleveland Browns for a future draft choice.
DIED: Harness driver DAVID DUNCKLEY, 47, in Mineola, N.Y., from injuries suffered in a four-horse pileup at Roosevelt Raceway. Dunckley won 305 races and $1.7 million in his career.