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NAMED: As football coach at Alabama, GENE STALLINGS, 54, whose record with the Phoenix Cardinals was 23-34-1 over 3� seasons before he was fired on Nov. 20; he replaces BILL CURRY, 47, who left Alabama after a three-year record of 26-10 to become the coach at Kentucky (page 48); at Houston, JOHN JENKINS, 37, who had been the Cougars' offensive coordinator the past three seasons; at Navy, GEORGE CHAUMP, 53, who had guided Marshall to a 33-16-1 record in four years; and at Rutgers, DOUG GRABER, 45, who had been the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive coordinator for the last two years.
As coach of the Houston Oilers, JACK PARDEE, 53, who had a 22-11-1 record at the University of Houston over the past three seasons; and as coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Pardee's predecessor with the Oilers, JERRY GLANVILLE, 48.
As winners of the 1989 Eclipse Awards, by members of the Daily Racing Form staff, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and the National Turf Writers Association: 2-year-old colt, RHYTHM; 2-year-old filly, GO FOR WAND; 3-year-old colt, SUNDAY SILENCE; 3-year-old filly, OPEN MIND; older male horse, BLUSHING JOHN; older filly or mare, BAYAKOA; sprinter, SAFELY KEPT; steeplechaser, HIGHLAND BUD; male turf horse, STEINLEN; female turf horse. BROWN BESS: owner. OGDEN PHLPPS, 81; breeder, NORTH RIDGE FARM; and apprentice jockey, MICHAEL LUZZI, 20.
RULED: By an administrative law judge in Newark, N.J., that PARK AVENUE JOE and PROBE were cowinners of the 1989 Hambletonian. The two horses had finished in a dead heat in the race-off for trotting's most prestigious race, but Park Avenue Joe had been declared the winner by judges at the Meadowlands, based on his record in all three of the event's heats (SI, Aug. 14, 1989).
TRADED: By the Vancouver Canucks, right wing TONY TANTI, 26, center BARRY PEDERSON, 28, and defenseman ROD BUSKAS, 29, to the Pittsburgh Penguins for center DAN QUINN. 24, right wing ANDREW McBAIN, 25, and a minor leaguer.
By the Cleveland Indians, lefthanded pitcher SCOTT BAILES, 27, to the California Angels for two minor leaguers; and by the Baltimore Orioles, outfielder/DH LARRY SHEETS, 30, to the Detroit Tigers for infielder MIKE BRUMLEY, 26.
DIED: Football Hall of Famer BRONKO NAGURSKI, 81; in International Falls, Minn. He played for eight seasons with the Chicago Bears as a fullback and a linebacker, and was one of college football's greatest stars, at Minnesota.
Former New York and San Francisco Giants owner HORACE STONEHAM, 86; of natural causes; in Scottsdale, Ariz. Stoneham, who in 1957 moved the Giants to the West Coast, was the club's president and principal owner for 40 years.