RESIGNED: As coach of the NBA Portland Trail Blazers, JACK McCLOSKEY, 48, because of "irreconcilable differences" with management after two years, a 48-116 record and consecutive last-place finishes.
SOLD: The Virginia Ambassadors of the WFL, to a Florida-based group that will move the franchise to the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando.
DIED: WAYNE MAKI, 29, former NHL left wing, last with the Vancouver Canucks in 1972-3; of a brain tumor; in Vancouver.
DIED: BILLY WELU, 41, twice winner of the American Bowling Congress Masters and member of the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame, more recently known as a member of the ABC-TV broadcasting team; of a heart attack; in Houston.
DIED: DAN TOPPING, 61, millionaire sportsman and co-owner, 1945-64, of the New York Yankees who captured 15 American League pennants and 10 World Series crowns during his reign; of a heart attack; in Miami Beach.