REINSTATED: By the NFL, defensive end DEXTER MANLEY, 31, after one year of a lifetime suspension for thrice violating the league's substance abuse policy. Manley, who upon reinstatement was waived by his old team, the Washington Redskins, was signed by the Phoenix Cardinals, for whom he will become eligible to play on Dec. 9.
SUSPENDED: By the NHL for five games, New York Ranger defenseman MARK HARDY, for swinging his stick at Winnipeg Jet left wing Doug Evans in a Nov. 16 game.
DIED: Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year in 1988 and third-generation race-car driver BILLY VUKOVICH III, 27; of injuries suffered in a crash during practice at Mesa Marin Raceway; in Bakersfield, Calif. Vukovich's grandfather, who won the 500 in 1953 and '54, was killed in a crash while leading the '55 race; his father was runner-up at Indy in '73.
Bo Diaz, 37, a two-time All-Star catcher who played for four major league teams, most recently the Cincinnati Reds from 1985 to '89; of head and neck injuries suffered in a freak accident; in Caracas, Venezuela. Diaz was adjusting a satellite dish at his house when the dish fell and crushed him.
Fred Shero, 65, coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1971-72 to '77-78 and the New York Rangers for two-plus seasons; of cancer; in Camden, N.J. Shero, who guided the Flyers to Stanley Cup titles in '74 and '75, was a Ranger defenseman for three seasons in the late '40s (page 35).