They said the Harlem Globe-trotters wouldn't be the same without Goose Tatum - now you can say it about the Globies sans Meadowlark Lemon. Ol' Meadow just retired as top banana and the club heads into its 53rd season with 11-year Trotter performer Nate Branch replacing Lemon as player-coach. Weep not for the Meadowlark; he's completing work on the movie. "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh," also starring Julius Erving, and has a record album a-coming.

Alan Page is on the trading block, with the NFL trading deadline at hand Tuesday, and if you didn't believe it from Jimmy the Greek on CBS-TV, take it from the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The paper says the Minnesota Vikings have chatted with the Seahawks. Jets and Oilers about shedding the 11-year defensive tackle, once league MVP - and Page added credence by filing a grievance this week over a $50 fine the team imposed on him in preseason . . .

From Denver, ad the voice of Mayor William McNichols to that of moneybags Marvin Davis: the mayor tells councilment negotiations to bring an unidentified major league baseball club to Mile High Stadium have reached a "serious" stage - whether Denver makes it will be determined "at least by the first of November."

And then, the voice of McNichols via the city attorney to the minor league Denver Bears: "Your lease is canceled." Well!

Yankees deny any Munson-Lyle to Pittsburg for Dave Parker overtures and, as for the Pirates, even the final big weekend against the Phils brought Three Rivers attendance only to 964,106, first time under a million in nine season - and how low might it sink if Bucs trade "Franchise"

Redskins and Lions already at odds. Washington club saying Don Criqui and Nick Buoniconti will be CBS-TV team Sunday. Detroit release saying Criqui and Sonny Jurgensen . . . Is Jrugy Hanover the harness horse still competing?Not in trotting's 3-year-old Triple Crown, but Speedy Somoli tries today at Lexington's Red Mile to win the Kentucky Futurity and become seventh colt to sweep the triple . . . While Redskin GM Bobby Beathard's sophomore son, Kurt quarterbacks Oakton High varisty, very nicely to date, son Casey Beathard 12, preps to run in the Nov. 5 Marine Corps Corps Marathon; sure, with dad.