SIGNED: By world heavyweight boxing champion JOE FRAZIER, a contract to fight GEORGE FOREMAN, for the title, on Jan. 22 in Kingston, Jamaica.
SUSPENDED: By the International Lawn Tennis Federation, ION TIRIAC, for eight weeks, as a result of his behavior in Rumania's Davis Cup match with the U.S.
DIED: Well-known horse breeder and founder and board chairman of Computer Sciences Corporation, FLETCHER JONES, 41; in a crash of his airplane; in Santa Barbara County, Calif.
DIED: The first coach of the Detroit Lions and former coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers football team, GEORGE (Potsy) CLARK, 78; in La Jolla, Calif. He was also coach at Michigan State when it was known as Michigan Agricultural College.
DIED: JOHN F. (Chick) MEEHAN, 79, who coached football at Syracuse University, New York University and Manhattan College; in Syracuse, N.Y.
DIED: Former track and cross-country coach at Princeton University, MATTHEW GEIS, 84; of cancer; in Princeton Medical Center.
DIED: ARTHUR (Mickey) McBRIDE, 85, founder of the Cleveland Browns football team and originator of the term "taxi squad"; of a heart attack; in Cleveland.