Former Washington Coach Tom McVie, now coach of Winnipeg Jets, was fined $500 and suspended for three games yesterday for his conduct during Tuesday's game between the Jets and Atlanta Flames.

During a 25-minute brawl between the two teams, McVie reportedly doffed coat tie and false teeth and tried to scale the glass barrier to get at Atlanta Coach Al McNeil.

McVie was restrained by Omni security but drew a game misconduct and was banished from the arena along with four Winnipeg players and four Flames. w

A total of 143 penalty minutes were assessed and Atlanta went on to win, 8-0.

"He has no explanation of his actions, other than he became distraught at seeing his players involved in an altercation which was taking place on the ice at the time," said NHL Executive Vice President Brian O'Neill, who conducted the hearing in Montreal. "He expressed deep remorse for his conduct and vowed that it would not happen again."

Baltimore Mayor William Schaefer suggested that Oriole fans contribute $1 each to help the team president and former owner, Jerold Hoffberger, pay a $2,500 fine for allowing Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes to throw out the first ball at a World Series game.

Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn fined Hoffberger for allowing Hughes to throw out the first ball at the second game of the Series against Pittsburgh Oct. 11.

Politicians and movie stars are forbidden from making first-ball throws that traditionally start Series games unless permission is granted by the commissioner.

Hoffberger said Thursday he was inclined not to pay the fine but will discuss it with his lawyer.

Meanwhile, the executive director of the Greater Baltimore Committee said the group made a proposal to Oriole owner Edward Bennett Williams to build a new stadium on Baltimore city-owned land.

William Boucher, the executive director of the businessmen's group, disclosed "some rather encouraging initial contacts" were made last month with Williams about the stadium idea. He said those contacts were made before Williams took over the team. Gov. Hughes and Mayor Schaefer have thrown their support behind a Memorial Stadium renovation.

The University of Richmond will remain in NCAA Division 1-A football and undertake a campaign for $5 million to finance an endowment fund for athletics.

The announcement by UR President E. Bruce Hellman yesterday ended specualtion that Richmond, which has not won a football game this season, might drop football or move into a lower NCAA division.

Atlanta businessman William Putnam yesterday lost in a New Orleans court of appeals his bid to retrieve $150,000 in cash bonuses given to Jethro Pugh and Rayfield Wright to lure them away from the National Football League.

Pugh and Wright were paid $75,000 each to play out their options with the Dallas Cowboys and then shift to the then-existing World Football League Birmingham Americans, headed by Putnam.

Birmingham folded, the players kept the money and stayed in Dallas.