NASL: Forward Stan Terlecki exploded for five goals to give the Cosmos a 12-7 win over Tampa Bay. That avenged a 6-3 victory by the Rowdies (their first of the season) two nights earlier and gained the Cosmos a share of the league lead with Golden Bay, which beat Tulsa 9-6.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As manager of the New York Yankees, YOGI BERRA, 58, who managed the Yankees to the American League pennant in 1964 and the Mets to the National League crown in 1973. He replaces BILLY MARTIN, 55, who was fired after one year of his third stint as Yankee manager.
NAMED: As football coach at Stanford, JACK ELWAY, 52, who had a 55-31-2 record in eight seasons at Cal State-Northridge (1976-78) and San Jose State (1979-83). Elway's successor as coach of the Spartans is his defensive coordinator, CLAUDE GILBERT, 51, who had a 61-26-2 mark at San Diego State from 1973-80.
SUSPENDED: For one year, by Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, outfielders WILLIE WILSON, 28, and JERRY MARTIN, 34, and First Baseman WILLIE AIKENS, 29, all of whom played for the Kansas City Royals last season, and Reliever STEVE HOWE, 25, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, for involvement with cocaine. The cases of Wilson, Martin and Aikens will be reviewed on May 15, while Howe's case won't be reviewed for one year.
DIED: JOHNNY BRIGHT, 53, a star tailback at Drake (1949-51) and a quarterback with the Calgary Stampeders (1952-53) and the Edmonton Eskimos (1954-63) of the Canadian Football League; of a heart attack; in Edmonton. Bright twice led the nation in total offense at Drake. He was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 1970.
Memphis State Football Coach REX DOCKERY, 41, Assistant Coach CHRISTOPHER FAROS, 31, and Defensive Back CHARLES GREENHILL, 19; of injuries suffered when the twin-engine aircraft in which they were passengers crashed near Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Dockery had a record of 23-41-2 in six years at Texas Tech (1978-80) and Memphis State (1981-83).
Doug Kotar, 32, who gained 3,378 yards in eight seasons with the New York Giants (1974-81); of problems arising from a brain tumor; in Pittsburgh.
John Merritt, 57, who was the second-winningest active college football coach before his retirement last month; of heart failure; in Nashville. Merritt had a 233-67-11 record in 31 seasons at Jackson State (1953-62) and Tennessee State (1963-83). Merritt coached TSU to five undefeated seasons and was the Division I-AA Coach of the Year in 1982, but he missed most of the team's games this season because of illness.