RETIRED: As vice-president and general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, SAM POLLOCK, 52, under whose stewardship the Canadiens won nine Stanley Cups in 14 years.
RETIRED: J. O. TOBIN, the 4-year-old Maryland-bred colt who gave Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew his only defeat in 1977. In 21 starts, J. O. Tobin had 12 wins and earned $659,555.
SELECTED: As coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic track team, JIMMY CARNES, 44, former University of Florida coach (1964-1976) and assistant coach of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. Carnes is chairman of the AAU men's track and field committee.
TRADED: By the New Jersey Nets, Guard KEVIN PORTER, 28, to the Detroit Pistons for Guard ERIC MONEY, 23. Porter, who was dealt by Detroit to the Nets last November, averaged 15 points per game and led the league in assists last season. Money averaged 18.6 points per game last year.
DIED: RONNIE PETERSON, 34, of internal injuries suffered in a multi-car crash on the first lap of the Italian Grand Prix. He was second in the World Championship point standings this year.
DIED: ARNOLD GALIFFA, 51, at his home in Glenview, Ill., after a long illness. Galiffa was an All-America quarterback at West Point in 1949 and played for the New York Giants in 1953 and the San Francisco 49ers in 1954.