FIRED: As coach of the Washington Bullets, KEVIN LOUGHERY, 47, who had an 8-19 record this season, his third with the team. He was replaced by assistant coach WES UNSELD, 41, who as a center led the Bullets to a playoff berth every year from 1969 through '80 and was named both the MVP and Rookie of the Year for the 1968-69 season.
NAMED: As football coach at Ohio State, JOHN COOPER, 50, who had a 25-9-2 record at Arizona State the past three years and a 57-31 record at Tulsa the eight seasons before that.
As football coach at Kansas, GLEN MASON, 37, who had a 12-10 record in two seasons at Kent State.
TRADED: By the New York Yankees, pitcher STEVE TROUT, 30, and outfielder HENRY COTTO, 27, to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher LEE GUETTERMAN, 29, and two minor leaguers.
By the Calgary Flames, center CAREY WILSON, 25; defenseman NEIL SHEEHY, 27; and the rights to U.S. Olympic forward LANE MacDONALD, 21, to the Hartford Whalers for defenseman DANA MURZYN, 21, and a minor leaguer.
DIED: Former major league pitcher NINO ESPINOSA, 34; of a heart attack; in the Dominican Republic. During eight seasons with the Mets, the Phillies and the Blue Jays, Espinosa was 44-55 with a 4.17 ERA.
Former PGA pro DAN SIKES, 58, of complications following stomach surgery; in Jacksonville. Sikes won $819,601 and six events in his 20 seasons on the Tour.