SPEED SKATING—At the World Sprint Championships in West Allis, Wis., DAN JANSEN of West Allis won the men's overall title, and CHRISTA ROTHENBURGER of East Germany won the women's crown.
TRACK & FIELD—THOMAS SCH�NLEBE of East Germany set an indoor world record of 45.05 seconds in the 400 meters, at an international meet in Sindelfingen, West Germany. He surpassed his own 1986 mark by .36 of a second.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To pro football's Hall of Fame, receiver FRED BILETNIKOFF, 44, whose 589 catches for the Oakland Raiders from 1965 through '78 are seventh on the NFL's career reception list; MIKE DITKA, 48, who played with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys from 1961 through '72 and is the first tight end to be elected to the Hall; linebacker JACK HAM, 39, an eight-time Pro-Bowler and a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers' famed Steel Curtain defense; and former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle ALAN PAGE, 42, who in '71 became the first defensive player to be named the league's MVP.
To the Basketball Hall of Fame, WES UNSELD, 42, a center for the Baltimore and Washington Bullets from 1968-69 through '80-81, who led the Bullets to the '78 NBA title; center CLYDE LOVELLETTE, 58, who paced Kansas to the '52 NCAA title, led the U.S. to the Olympic crown that same year and played on three NBA championship teams in 11 seasons with the Minneapolis Lakers, St. Louis Hawks, Cincinnati Royals and Boston Celtics; guard BOBBY McDERMOTT, who died in 1963 at the age of 49 after starring on various pro teams in the '30s and '40s; and Oregon State coach RALPH MILLER, 68, whose 627 victories by the end of last week were tops among active coaches in Division I.
NAMED: As coach of the Green Bay Packers, LINDY INFANTE, 47, who had been the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns for the past two seasons.
As football coach at Illinois, JOHN MACKOVIC, 44, who previously coached Wake Forest (1978-80) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1983-86).
As coach of the Hartford Whalers, LARRY PLEAU, 40, who had been coaching the Whalers' Binghamton affiliate in the AHL. He replaced Jack Evans, whose 4�-year record was 163-174-37; he was 22-25-7 for 1987-88.
DIED: Former NHL defenseman and coach BARCLAY PLAGER, 46; of cancer; in St. Louis. Plager, a four-time All-Star, played with the St. Louis Blues from 1967-68 through '76-77 and coached them in '77-80 and '82-83.
Former Pro Bowl running back NICK PIETROSANTE, 50, who played for the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns from 1959 through '67; of cancer; in Royal Oak, Mich. As the Lions' top draft pick, Pietrosante was the NFL Rookie of the Year.