TRACK & FIELD—The team of LILLIE LEATHERWOOD, SHERRI HOWARD, VALERIE BRISCO-HOOKS and CHANDRA CHEESEBOROUGH set an American record in the 4 X 400-meter relay with a time of 3:19.60 at a meet in Walnut, Calif. They clipped 3.21 seconds off the mark set by the U.S. silver medal team at the '76 Olympics in Montreal.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the NCAA, the option of a one-year moratorium on TV sanctions for college football programs on probation. If a district court confirms the NCAA's power to impose such punishment, the bans lifted this year will be restored in 1985.
DROPPED: From his position as an alternate on the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team, JEFF MICHELS, 22, who was attempting to have the International Olympic Committee overturn his suspension from competition. That ban was imposed by the International Weightlifting Federation and the USOC after Michels failed a drug test at the '83 Pan American Games, and the IOC declined to lift it.
NAMED: As head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, GEORGE KARL, 33, replacing Tom Nissalke, who was fired in May. Karl is Cleveland's eighth coach in the past six years.
PLACED ON PROBATION: By the NCAA, for two years, the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS football team, for recruiting violations. The NCAA sanctions make the Illini ineligible for this season's Rose Bowl and, pending a decision on the moratorium (see above), for any live TV games for a year.
REVERSED: By a three-member panel of the American Arbitration Association, an earlier arbitrator's reinstatement of RUSS SILVESTRI, 22, to the U.S. Olympic Yachting Team. JOHN BERTRAND, 28, will be the U.S. representative in the Finn class.
SUSPENDED: By commissioner Bowie Kuhn for the rest of the '84 baseball season, pitcher VIDA BLUE, 36, who was released by Kansas City last summer. Blue was convicted of cocaine possession last October.
TRADED: By Cincinnati, first baseman DAN DRIESSEN, 34, to Montreal for pitcher ANDY McGAFFIGAN, 27, and a minor-leaguer.
WITHDREW: From the Olympics, LIBYA, which became the 19th nation to pull out of the Games.
DIED: BRYAN HEXTALL, 70, a three-time NHL first-team all-star and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame; of a heart attack; in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Hextall scored the deciding overtime goal against Toronto in 1940 to give the Rangers their last Stanley Cup.