TRACK & FIELD—JOHNNY GRAY set an American record of 1:42.96 in the 800 meters in Coblenz, West Germany, lowering by .32 of a second the mark he established in Zurich on Aug. 22.
Sergei Bubka of the U.S.S.R. lost his world pole vault record momentarily to France's THIERRY VIGNERON in Rome, but regained it by clearing 19'5�", an inch higher than Vigneron and 1� inches better than the mark he set in July in London.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the MISL, the acceptance of four NASL teams—New York, Chicago, San Diego and Minnesota—for the 1984-85 indoor season. Each team will pay a $400,000 entrance fee over four years and retain the right to play outdoors in the off-season. The Tulsa Roughnecks, defending champions of the NASL, were rejected by the MISL and will fold at season's end.
DISQUALIFIED: From the 1984 world motor racing championships, the Grand Prix team of England's KEN TYRRELL, 60, for fuel and weight violations.
FIRED: By the Montreal Expos, manager BILL VIRDON, 53, who had a 146-147 record since taking over the club in 1983. He was replaced by his predecessor, JIM FANNING, 56, who is the team's personnel director. And by the Seattle Mariners, manager DEL CRANDALL, 54, who had a 93-131 record since he took over for Rene Lachemann on June 25, 1983. His replacement is coach CHUCK COTTIER, 48.
RESIGNED: CHARLEY PELL, 43, as head football coach of the University of Florida, effective at the end of the '84 season.
TRADED: By the Houston Astros, infielder RAY KNIGHT, 31, to the New York Mets for three minor-leaguers.