FIRED: By the Winnipeg Jets, vice-president and general manager John Ferguson, whose team was off to a 3-4-2 start.
SUSPENDED: Indefinitely with pay, by the Canadian Track and Field Association, CHARLIE FRANCIS, 40, sprint coach of the Canadian Olympic team that included Ben Johnson, who tested positive for anabolic steroids at the Seoul Olympics. Francis is Johnson's personal coach as well. The association also ratified the International Amateur Athletic Federation's two-year suspension of Johnson.
TRADED: By the San Diego Padres, pitchers JIMMY JONES, 24, and LANCE McCULLERS, 24, and outfielder STAN JEFFERSON, 25, to the New York Yankees for first baseman-outfielder JACK CLARK, 32, and pitcher PAT CLEMENTS, 26; by the Detroit Tigers, pitcher WALT TERRELL, 30, to the Padres for infielders CHRIS BROWN, 27, and KEITH MORELAND, 34; by the Philadelphia Phillies, pitcher SHANE RAWLEY, 33, and $125,000 to the Minnesota Twins for second baseman TOM HERR, 32, outfielder ERIC BULLOCK, 28, and catcher TOM NIETO, 28.
DIED: CHARLES (Boobie) CLARK, 37, former running back for the Cincinnati Bengals (1973-78) and the Houston Oilers (1979-80); of a blood clot in his left lung; in Jacksonville. Clark was named AFC Rookie of the Year in 1973, when he rushed for 988 yards and eight touchdowns, and led the team in rushing in 1975 and '76.
Bob Carey, 58, former All-America end and captain at Michigan State (1949-51) who also played for the Los Angeles Rams (1952, '54, '56) and the Chicago Bears (1958); after a brief illness; in Cincinnati.
Luther (Wimpy) Lassiter, 69, six-time world billiards champion; of heart failure; in Elizabeth City, N.C.
Mary Elizabeth Tippett, 82, noted thoroughbred owner and breeder; in Upperville, Va.