Edward Kennedy Jr., who lost his right leg to bone cancer 11 years ago, had a new, lighter artificial leg fitted at Oklahoma City's Sabolich Orthotics-Prosthetics Center over the weekend. Center head John Sabolich designed the new leg, which he says is more pliable than the old-style prosthesis that was fitted by a painful trial-and-error method. Kennedy said the new leg feels "completely different" from what he had been wearing, The Sunday Oklahoman reported. The 23-year-old son of the Massachusetts senator has been touring the country speaking on the rights of the "physically challenged" . . .

The victim in the Big Dan's barroom gang-rape case has sold the rights to her story. A California-based free-lance author, Bernadene Abbott, will pay the woman a percentage of profits from the book and between $1,000 and $5,000, according to Robert Panoff, the Miami lawyer representing the 24-year-old woman who told police she was gang-raped on a pool table at Big Dan's tavern in New Bedford, Mass., nearly two years ago . . . .

American sprint star Carl Lewis, who won four gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics, was the winner in a Chinese poll selecting the world's top 10 athletes for 1984, the official Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. With more than 400,000 people around the world casting votes, West German swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Michael Gross came in second . . .

The bride wore a gown, the groom a tuxedo, and the room was filled with flowers for the Oxford, Mass., charity wedding of two Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. "It sounds silly, but I think where the money is going is not silly at all," said Richard Serra, co-owner of Richard's Inn, where more than 200 people paid to watch the round-faced dolls take their vows. Proceeds from the benefit yesterday went to A Child's Wish Come True, a nonprofit group based in Webster, Mass., that grants the wishes of seriously ill children. -- Tara Stevens