By the Buffalo Sabres, defenseman MARK FERNER, 23, to the Washington Capitals for a minor league player.
VOTED: By the U.S. Olympic Committee, as the U.S. candidate to bid to be the host city for the 1998 Winter Games, Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City was chosen over Anchorage, Alaska; Denver; and Reno- Lake Tahoe. Other cities in the bidding include Nagano, Japan; Val D'Aosta, Italy; and Ostersund, Sweden. The International Olympic Committee is scheduled to disclose its choice for the '98 site in 1991 (page 17).
DIED: JOHN McCAULEY, 44, NHL director of officiating since 1986; from complications following surgery; in Georgetown, Ont.
Bob Waters, 50, former San Francisco 49er quarterback and defensive back, and emeritus football coach at Western Carolina; of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; in Cullowhee, N.C. Waters, whose 20-year coaching record with the Catamounts was 116-94-6, was the third 49er from the early 1960s to die of ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease.