Yarborough Motorsports of Charlotte -- Released driver Dick Trickle (11th, 15th, 29th and 28th in 4 races). Lake Speed is expected to take over Yarborough's Pontiac, at least for TranSouth 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway April 7.
Robert Yates Racing -- Larry McReynolds replaced Jake Elder as crew chief on operation that fields driver Davey Allison. McReynolds moved from same post with Kenny Bernstein-owned team of driver Brett Bodine.
Atlanta Braves -- Optioned P Matt Turner, OF Brian Hunter and IF Mike Bell (.244 in 45 at-bats) to Class AAA Richmond. Optioned P Pat Gomez, P Ben Rivera and IF Vinny Castilla to Class AA Greenville. Sent P William Brennan, P John Davis (5.79 ERA in 9 1/3 IP with San Diego Padres), P Tom McCarthy, IF Rico Rossy and C Joe Szekely to minor-league camp for reassignment.
Chicago Cubs -- Waived P Jose Nunez (4-7, 6.53) and P Joe Kraemer (7.20 in 25 IP).
Detroit Tigers -- Traded IF Torey Lovullo (led Class AAA International League with 38 doubles) to New York Yankees for P Mark Leiter (1-1, 6.84 in 26 1/3 IP). Lovullo was assigned to Class AAA Columbus.
Houston Astros -- Sent P Harold Allen, P Ryan Bowen, P Keith Kaiser, P Butch Henry, P Rob Mallicoat, IF Tony Euscbio, IF Scott Makarewicz, IF Scott Servais, IF Kevin Scott, IF Andy Mota, IF Andujar Cedeno (.000 in 8 at-bats), OF Kenny Lofton, OF Bert Hunter to minor-league camp for reassignment. Released P Bill Laskey.
Kansas City Royals -- Waived P Mel Stottlemyre Jr. (0-1, 4.88 in 31 1/3 IP) for purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Sent P Victor Cole, P Joel Johnson, P Mike Magnante, P Carlos Maldonado (9.00 in 6 IP), P Victor Wagner (0-2, 8.10 in 23 1/3 IP), IF Sean Berry (.217 in 23 at-bats), IF Bob Hamelin, OF Harvey Pulliam and C Jorge Pedre to minor-league camp for reassignment.
New York Mets -- Sent P Terry Bross, P John Johnstone, P Eric Hillman, OF D.J. Dozier, OF Terry McDaniel and C Alan Zinter to minor-league camp for reassignment.
Pittsburgh Pirates -- Assigned C Tom Nieto (.167 in 17 games for Philadelphia Phillies) and IF Armando Moreno to minor-league camp.
San Francisco Giants -- Asked waivers on OF Rick Leach (.293, 2 HRs, 16 RBI) for purpose of giving him unconditional release.
Texas Rangers -- Optioned P Gerald Alexander (7.71 ERA in 7 IP), P Cedric Shaw, P Roger Pavlik, P Barry Manuel, P Mark Petkovsek, IF Rob Maurer to Class AAA Oklahoma City. Optioned P Robb Nen and IF Jose Hernandez to Class AA Tulsa. Returned P Dan Smith, C Ivan Rodriguez, C Barry Winford, OF Dan Peltier and OF Nick Capra to minor-league camp for reassignment.
Toronto Blue Jays -- Named John Poloni pitching coach of Class AAA Syracuse, Steve Mingori pitching coach of Class AA Knoxville and Darren Balsley pitching coach of Class A Myrtle Beach.
San Antonio Spurs -- Activated G Rod Strickland. Placed F and Maryland alum Tony Massenburg (1.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg) on injured list.
WBL -- Awarded franchise to Nashville, Tenn.
Columbus Horizon (CBA) -- Announced resignation of coach Gary Youmans.
Halifax (WBL) -- Announced team nickname of Windjammers. Named Ian MacMillan coach and Richard Spears and Mickey Fox assistant coaches.
Big Eight -- Suspended Iowa State men's basketball coach Johnny Orr for first game of 1991-92 season for comments about officiating in conference tournament. Reprimanded coaches Roy Williams of Kansas, Norm Stewart of Missouri, Joe Harrington of Colorado and Danny Nee of Nebraska for comments about officiating at same tournament.
Georgia Southern -- Named Cliff Lewis slotbacks coach.
Morehouse -- Named Princeton assistant football coach Craig Cason (Howard University graduate; Forestville native) as head coach.
Morningside -- Announced resignation of women's basketball coach Rhonda Penquite.
Ohio State -- Hired Louisiana State assistant receivers coach Jerry Sullivan and Houston defensive coordinator Larry Coyer to staff.
Toledo -- Named Gary Pinkel, assistant coach at University of Washington, head coach.
New York Jets -- Signed DT Bill Pickel.
USF&G; Classic -- Greg Norman, who lost last year's tournament on 72nd-hole birdie from bunker by David Frost, withdrew from this year's event, which begins tomorrow, because of illness.
U.S. Women's Open -- Announced that 1994 tournament will be played at Indianwood Golf Club in Lake Orion, Mich., site of 1989 event.
Philadelphia Flyers -- LW Tony Horacek (3 goals, 6 assists) will not return until next season because of eye injury suffered when he was hit by puck in practice.
Vancouver Canucks -- Signed D Troy Neumeier.
United States Tennis Association -- Announced that Brad Gilbert, Rick Leach, Jim Pugh and Jim Courier have been named to 1991 U.S. Davis Cup team.