FIRED: As coach of the Quebec Nordiques, ANDRE SAVARD, 34, who had a 10-13-1 record in his first season. He was replaced by RON LAPOINTE, 38, the coach of Quebec's top farm team.
By the Los Angeles Kings, coach MIKE MURPHY, 37, who had a two-season record of 20-37-8; he was 7-16-4 this season.
RESIGNED: As head football coach at North Carolina, DICK CRUM, 53, who in 10 years with the Tar Heels had a record of 72-41-3, with six bowl appearances. This season North Carolina lost its final three games to finish 5-6.
TRADED: By the Detroit Tigers, righthanded pitcher DAN PETRY, 29, to the California Angels for outfielder GARY PETTIS, 29.
DIED: NHL Hall of Famer GEORGE (Punch) IMLACH, 69; of heart failure; in Toronto. In the 11 seasons from 1958 to '69 he coached the Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cups—including three straight from '62 to '64. Imlach, who also coached the Buffalo Sabres for two seasons and was at various times the general manager of the Leafs and Sabres, had a career record of 879-395-336.