RESIGNED: As football coach at Stanford, ROD DOWHOWER, 36, after a 5-5-1 record in his only season. He will become offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.
SIGNED: By the Boston Celtics, PETE MARAVICH, 31, who had been waived by the Utah Jazz, for a reported $80,000 for the remainder of the season. Maravich, the NBA's scoring leader in 1976-77, will also receive $1.8 million for the 2� years remaining on his $3 million contract with the Jazz.
SOLD: By the Charles S. Payson family, the NEW YORK METS, to a group headed by publisher Nelson Doubleday, great-great-nephew of Abner Doubleday, for a reported $21.1 million. The Pay-sons had owned the Mets since the team's founding in 1962.
DIED: PETER HAUGHTON, 25, one of harness racing's most promising drivers and son of driver-trainer Billy Haughton; in an auto accident in East Rutherford, N.J. Haughton, who started driving at 18, won 571 races with purses totaling $6,417,862.
Lynn Patrick, 67, an All-Star forward with the New York Rangers in the '30s and '40s and the first coach and general manager of the St. Louis Blues: of a heart attack; in St. Louis.