MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the American League-champion Kansas City Royals, Manager JIM FREY, 50, who had a 30-40 record this year. Former NY. Yankee Manager DICK HOWSER, 44, was named to replace him.
ORDERED: By a Federal District Court judge in Camden, N.J., that SEAN O'GRADY, 22, be stripped of the WBA lightweight title he won in April, for failing to sign to meet contender Claude Noel.
SIGNED: By the Washington Capitals, reportedly to a three-year contract worth $600,000, high school hockey star BOBBY CARPENTER, 18 (SI, Feb. 23). He was chosen third in this year's NHL entry draft, the highest an American-born player has ever been picked.
SUSPENDED: By the National League for five games, Philadelphia Phillies Manager DALLAS GREEN, 47, for his misconduct during an argument with Umpire Steve Fields in a game against Atlanta on Aug. 24; and by the St. Louis Cardinals, indefinitely. Shortstop GARRY TEMPLETON, 24, for making obscene gestures to fans during a game with San Francisco on Aug. 26. He was also fined $5,000 (page 28).
DIED: VALERY KHARLAMOV, 33, a forward on the U.S.S.R.'s national ice hockey team for 12 years who was instrumental in the team's Olympic championships in 1972 and 1976 and its silver-medal showing in 1980; of injuries suffered in an auto accident; near Moscow.