TENNIS—In the Davis Cup finals in Cincinnati, the U.S. beat Argentina three matches to one (page 24).
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the Utah Jazz, TOM NISSALKE, 46, after the team's 8-12 start this season. His three-year record is 60-124. General Manager Frank Leyden was named interim coach.
As head football coach at South Carolina, JIM CARLEN, 48, whose team went 6-6 in 1981. In seven seasons at USC, Carlen had a 45-36-1 record.
NAMED: As winner of the 1981 Lombardi Trophy as the nation's best college football lineman, Texas Defensive Tackle KENNETH SIMS, 22.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For two years by the NCAA, the UCLA basketball team for violations committed between 1977 and '80. The Bruins are ineligible for this season's NCAA tournament and must return their 1980 second-place trophy.
SIGNED: After a nine-week holdout, Milwaukee Buck Forward MARQUES JOHNSON, 25, to an eight-year contract worth a reported million dollars per annum.
As free agents: By the Chicago Cubs, pitchers BILL CAMPBELL, 33, most recently of the Boston Red Sox, and FERGUSON JENKINS, 38, late of the Texas Rangers; by the Los Angeles Dodgers, longtime Baltimore Oriole Shortstop MARK BE-LANGER, 37; and by the Toronto Blue Jays, Catcher BUCK MARTINEZ, 33, formerly of the Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto.
SOLD: Philadelphia Phillie Catcher BOB BOONE, 34, to the California Angels; and Cleveland Indian righthander MIKE STANTON, 29, to St. Louis.
TRADED: During baseball's winter meetings in Hollywood, Fla., Chicago Cub lefthander DOUG CAPILLA, 29, to the San Francisco Giants for righty ALLEN RIPLEY, also 29; Cub righthander MIKE KRUKOW, 29, and a player to be named later, to Philadelphia for Catcher KEITH MORELAND, 27, and pitchers DICKIE NOLES, 25, and DAN LARSON, 27; Los Angeles Dodger righty RICK SUTCLIFFE, 25, and a minor-leaguer, to the Cleveland Indians for Outfielder JORGE ORTA, 31, and two minor-leaguers; San Francisco Outfielder LARRY HERNDON, 28, to Detroit for Pitcher DAN SCHATZEDER, 27, and a minor-leaguer; Seattle Mariner Third Baseman-Outfielder DAN MEYER, 29, to the Oakland A's for a minor-leaguer; Giant Outfielder JERRY MARTIN, 32, to the Kansas City Royals for righty pitchers RICH GALE, 27, and BILL LASKEY, 24; St. Louis Cardinal Outfielder SIXTO LEZCANO, 28, and a player to be named later, to the San Diego Padres for Pitcher STEVE MURA, a 26-year-old righty, and a player to be named; Kansas City Outfielder CLINT HURDLE, 24, to the Cincinnati Reds for a minor-leaguer; Pittsburgh Pirate Shortstop TIM FOLI, 31, to the California Angels for a minor-leaguer; Giant righty TOM GRIFFIN, 33, to Pittsburgh for a minor-leaguer; Seattle Outfielder-First Baseman TOM PACIOREK, 35, to the Chicago White Sox for Catcher JIM ESSIAN, 30, Shortstop TODD CRUZ, 26, and Outfielder ROD ALLEN, 22; Texas Ranger Reliever JIM KERN, 32, to the New York Mets for Second Baseman DOUG FLYNN, 30, and a minor-leaguer; Met Shortstop FRANK TAVERAS, 30, to the Montreal Expos for a minor-leaguer and cash.
DIED: LEON RICHARDSON, 21, a co-captain of the University of California at Davis basketball team; after collapsing during a game with the College of Notre Dame; in Davis.