SIGNED: LEONARD (Red) KELLY, to a one-year contract as coach of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, succeeding Red Sullivan. Kelly, who recently quit as coach of the Los Angeles Kings, takes on a team that has failed to make the playoffs in its two years of existence.
INDUCTED: Into the Hall of Fame of the Trotter at Goshen, N.Y.: Trainer-Drivers BILLY HAUGHTON, FRANK ERVIN and DELVIN MILLER and Breeder WALTER J. MICHAEL, president of the U.S. Trotting Association for 11 years.
RETIRED: ERNIE GREEN, 30, running back for the Cleveland Browns since 1962, who averaged 4.9 yards a carry during his first six seasons but was slowed last year by a knee injury suffered in a preseason game. Green will stay on with the Browns as offensive backfield coach.
RETIRED: DON MEREDITH, 31, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys since the team's inception in 1960, to become a stockbroker. Meredith twice led the Cowboys to the Eastern Conference championship, only to be defeated by Green Bay in spectacularly close NFL title games. Meredith said he had become "halfhearted" about football. "It's like playing a round of golf and not taking all your clubs," he said. "I don't want to play with half a bag."
DIED: TED RHODES, 56, the first Negro to play on the PGA tour and Joe Louis' private pro for many years, apparently of a heart attack, in Nashville. In Grand Blanc, Mich., Lee Elder, a prot�g� of Rhodes', was the second-round leader in the Buick Open with 135, equaling the 36-hole tournament record.