?Lynn Wheeler, after resigning as the coach of Iowa State's women's basketball team, which finished the season with 14 straight defeats: "I've taken this team as far as I can."
? Richie Hebner, Detroit Tiger third baseman and a gravedigger during the off-season, after finishing a two-mile run ordered by Manager Sparky Anderson: "I've buried people in better shape than I'm in."
? Gordie Howe, 51, following the debut of new Hartford Whaler teammate, Bobby Hull, 41: "The kid looked good in his first game."
? John McHale, Montreal Expo general manager, on player agents: "They love it when you're out when they call you. Then, when you call them back they can negotiate as long as they want to, at your expense."