MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: By the Houston police, Boston Red Sox pitcher and two-time Cy Young Award winner ROGER CLEMENS, 28, on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, after allegedly jumping on the policeman's back and choking him as the officer was trying to arrest Clemens's brother Gary, 39, during a disturbance in a bar in West Houston.
By the Toronto police, sprinter BEN JOHNSON, 29, on charges of assault brought by a former teammate in the Mazda Track Club, Cheryl Thibedeau, after he allegedly choked Thibedeau at the Metro Toronto Track and Field Centre on Dec. 17.
Southern Cal quarterback TODD MARINOVICH, 21, on a charge of possession of nearly a gram of cocaine, in Newport Beach, Calif.
NAMED: As football coach at Long Beach State, WILLIE BROWN, 50, who most recently was the school's secondary coach under the late George Allen.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For two years by the NCAA, MIAMI OF OHIO's men's basketball program, after former coach Jerry Peirson admitted that during the 1988-89 season he had given an A in a theory of basketball course to a player, Karlton Clay-borne, though Clayborne never attended that class. In addition, the Mid-American Conference handed out these penalties: forfeiture of eight games in which Clayborne participated during the 1988-89 season, disallowance of any records he set and return of approximately $4,000 from the '89 conference tournament, in which Miami placed fourth.
DIED: GERNOT REINSTADLER, 20, a World Cup skier from Austria; of internal injuries suffered in a spill near the end of a downhill qualifying race; in Wengen, Switzerland. Reinstadler's death was the first on the World Cup circuit since 1970.