CONTRACT NOT RENEWED: As football coach at Army, ED CAVANAUGH, 54. He was 4-7 this year and had a three-season mark of 10-21-2.
HIRED: As football coach at Duke, former Mississippi Coach STEVE SLOAN, 38, who had a five-year record of 20-34-1 with the Rebels.
SIGNED: By the New York Yankees, free-agent Outfielder STEVE KEMP, 28, late of the Chicago White Sox, to a five-year, estimated $5.5 million contract; by Houston, free-agent Outfielder OMAR MORENO, 29, formerly of Pittsburgh, to a five-year, $3.25 million pact; by the Chicago Cubs, free-agent outfielder WAYNE NORDHAGEN, 34, an erstwhile Toronto Blue Jay, to a two-year $450,000 contract.
SUSPENDED: By the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, jockeys JACINTO VASQUEZ, 38, and MICHAEL VENEZIA, 37, for one year and for three months, respectively, effective Dec. 15. Vasquez was suspended for allegedly offering a bribe to Jockey Eddie Maple to fix a race at Saratoga in 1974, while Venezia was penalized for failing to report a bribe offer made to him by convicted-racketeer Con Errico in the spring of 1974 and because he "fraudulently concealed" offers during a 1978 board investigation.
TRADED: By Boston, Third Baseman CARNEY LANSFORD, 25, First Baseman-Outfielder GARRY HANCOCK, 28, and a player to be named later, to Oakland for Outfielder TONY ARMAS, 29, and Catcher-First Baseman JEFF NEWMAN, 34; also by Boston, Pitcher CHUCK RAINEY, 28, to the Chicago Cubs for Pitcher DOUG BIRD, 32; by Philadelphia, Second Baseman MANNY TRILLO, 31, Outfielder GEORGE VUKOVICH, 26, Pitcher JAY BALLER, 22, Catcher GERRY WILLARD, 22, and Shortstop JULIO FRANCO, 21, to Cleveland for Outfielder VON HAYES, 24; by the Indians, Utilityman LARRY MILBOURNE, 31, to the Phillies for a player to be named later; by the Chicago Cubs, Outfielder STEVE HENDERSON, 30, to Seattle for Pitcher RICH BORDI, 23; by the New York Mets, Pitcher MIKE SCOTT, 27, to Houston for First Baseman-Outfielder DANNY HEEP, 25; by the Yankees, Utilityman DAVE COLLINS, 30, Pitcher MIKE MORGAN, 23, and First Baseman FRED McGRIFF, 19, to Toronto for Pitcher DALE MURRAY, 32, and Outfielder TOM DODD, 24.
DIED: Former 100-yard and 100-meter world-record holder HARRY JEROME, 42; of a brain seizure; in Vancouver. Jerome, a Canadian, was the NCAA 220-yard champion in 1962 and 100-meter champ in 1964. After running the 100 meters in 10.0 seconds in 1960, he shared the world record for eight years until Jim Hines ran a 9.95 in 1968.