FIRED: As basketball coach at Weber State, LARRY FARMER, 37. The Wildcats were 9-21 this season and 34-54 during Farmer's three years.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For two years by the NCAA, the basketball program at Minnesota, for various violations by players and coaches between 1981 and '87. The penalty was reduced from three years to two because of the university's thorough in-house investigation as well as its cooperation with the NCAA.
REJECTED: By the San Diego Yacht Club, a proposal by New Zealand syndicate chief Michael Fay to stage the 27th America's Cup defense in San Diego in the spring of 1989 instead of in September '88 in Long Beach, Calif. The proposal also would have opened the regatta to half a dozen other challengers from abroad. Although the SDYC still plans to race this September, it has decided to switch the venue to San Diego.
REMOVED: As coach of the Sacramento Kings, BILL RUSSELL, 54, who was transferred to the front office and appointed vice-president in charge of basketball operations. One of Russell's assistants, JERRY REYNOLDS, 44, replaced him.
DIED: Boston Marathon runner, coach and organizer for 58 years, JOHN (Jock) SEMPLE, 84; of cancer; in Peabody, Mass.
Former University of Kansas track star GLENN CUNNINGHAM, 78, of an apparent heart attack; in Menifee, Ark. Cunningham, the 1933 Sullivan Award winner, won the 1,500-meter silver medal at the 1936 Olympics and ran a world-record 4:06.8 mile in '34.
At least 70 people, during a stampede in which 15,000 spectators rushed to escape a sudden hailstorm at a soccer tournament in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was reported that all but one of the stadium's eight exits were locked and the victims were either trampled to death or died of suffocation.