INDICTED: By a grand jury in Lee County, Ala., former agent JIM ABERNETHY, 50, on misdemeanor charges of tampering with a sports event, violating deceptive practices laws and commercial bribery, all stemming from his payment of performance bonuses to Auburn defensive back Kevin Porter in 1987.
NAMED: As football coach at Southern Methodist, FORREST GREGG, 54, who had been coach of the Green Bay Packers. Gregg, who played offensive and defensive tackle at SMU from 1953 to 1955, had a 25-37-1 record in his four seasons at Green Bay.
REFUSED: By the U.S. Supreme Court, a request by Passaic County, N.J., prosecutors that the triple-murder conviction against former middleweight boxer RUBIN (Hurricane) CARTER, 50, be reinstated. Carter's conviction was overturned in 1985, after he had served 19 years in prison for the 1966 murders.
SENTENCED: To a year in prison by a federal judge in San Diego, former major league pitcher LaMARR HOYT, 33, for testing positive for cocaine and thereby violating probation resulting from a 1986 conviction for trying to smuggle prescription drugs into the U.S. from Mexico.
SIGNED: By the St. Louis Cardinals, free agent infielder BOB HORNER, 30, who formerly played for the Atlanta Braves, to a one-year contract worth a minimum of $950,000. In nine seasons with Atlanta, Horner batted .278 with 215 home runs and 652 RBIs. Last year he played for the Yakult Swallows in Japan's Central League.
TRADED: By the Philadelphia 76ers, center TIM McCORMICK, 25, forward ROY HINSON, 26, and a 1989 second-round draft pick to the New Jersey Nets for center MIKE GMINSKI, 28, forward BEN COLEMAN, 26, and other considerations.
DIED: JOHNNY JOHNSON, 66, who as president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues had been the de facto commissioner of minor league baseball since 1979; of cancer; in St. Petersburg, Fla.