RULED ELIGIBLE: By an NCAA committee, TERYL AUSTIN, defensive back for the University of Pittsburgh. After admitting he took $2,500 from agents, Austin was declared ineligible by the NCAA in June. He must still return the $2,500 and sit out Pitt's first two games this season.
TRADED: By the Cincinnati Reds, righthanded pitcher BILL GULLICKSON, 28, to the New York Yankees for lefthanded pitcher DENNIS RASMUSSEN, 28; by the Pittsburgh Pirates, second baseman JOHNNY RAY, 30, to the California Angels, for third baseman BILLIE MERRIFIELD, 25, and a player to be named later; by the Atlanta Braves, righthanded reliever GENE GARBER, 39, to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later; by the San Diego Padres, righthanded pitcher STORM DAVIS, 25, to the Oakland A's for two players to be named later; by the Los Angeles Dodgers, lefthanded pitcher RICK HONEYCUTT, 33, to the A's for a player to be named later; by the St. Louis Cardinals, lefthanded reliever PAT PERRY, 28, to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later.
By the Philadelphia Flyers to the Calgary Flames, defenseman BRAD (the Beast) McCRIMMON, 28, for a first-round draft choice in 1988 or 1989 and a third-round pick. McCrimmon, who had requested a trade, held out last season after squabbling with Flyers management over his contract.
DIED: JOHN CONROY, 79, former coach of tennis and squash and associate director of athletics at Princeton University; of pneumonia; in Princeton, N.J. Conroy's 30-year record in tennis was 270-38, including a stretch of 52 consecutive wins.