ANNOUNCED: By the Major Indoor Soccer League, that the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League will play the 1982-83 48-game indoor season in the MISL even though the NASL stages an indoor season of its own. MISL Commissioner Earl Foreman called the unprecedented cross-league arrangement, which is expected to receive approval by both leagues and their player associations, "a beginning to an eventual merger of professional soccer leagues."
FIRED: By the Texas Rangers, Manager DON ZIMMER, 51, after the team slumped to a 38-58 record, sixth in the American League West. Zimmer, whose 1�-year record at Texas was 95-106, was replaced by Darrell Johnson, 53, whom Zimmer replaced at Boston in 1976.
TRADED: By the Kansas City Chiefs, Linebacker WHITNEY PAUL, 28, to the New Orleans Saints for an undisclosed 1983 draft pick; by the San Francisco 49ers, Nose Guard ARCHIE REESE, 26, to the Chiefs for an undisclosed 1983 draft pick; by the Houston Oilers, Offensive Tackle ANGELO FIELDS, 24, to the Green Bay Packers for a 1983 third-round draft choice; by the Packers, Tackle MARK KONCAR, 29, to the Oilers for future considerations; by the New York Jets, Running Back KEVIN LONG, 27, to the Chicago Bears for a conditional sixth-round draft choice in 1983.
DIED: JIM HICKMAN, 39, Chamblee, Ga. car dealer and 1982 Indianapolis Rookie of the Year; of massive head injuries suffered in a crash during the final practice session for the Tony Bettenhausen 200 Indy car race, as he braked for the first turn on the Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway's one-mile oval; in West Allis, Wis. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Dean Chenoweth, 44, Tallahassee beer distributor and four-time national champion hydroplane driver; of multiple injuries sustained when his Miss Budweiser flipped over backwards at about 175 mph on the Columbia River during a qualifying run for the Columbia Cup race; in Kennewick, Wash. Chenoweth, who began unlimited hydroplane racing in 1968 and had won more races in the sport (25) than any living driver, was bidding for his third straight national title (page 22).