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Redskin chapter of the NFL Alumni invites amateur golfers ($300 covers a host of treats plus play) to tee it up May 5. It's an 18-hole team scramble tournament at Indian Spring to benefit needy former NFLers plus such youth-oriented charities as Special Olympics and Pop Warner Football.

The old Redskins, orginial and model chapter of the NFL Alumni Association now encompassing all 28 teams, promise a memorable day -- the likes of Otto Graham, Frank Gifford, Sonny Jurgensen, Jim Brown, Billy Kilmer and Bobby Mitchell will be among those up for grabs as partners. Four amateurs with each celebrity, a total field of 288 is the aim, with winning five-some going on to Akron's famed Firestone course to have it out with winners of similar tourneys being conducted by nine other chapters. That will be Aug. 3, weekend of the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies in nearby Canton, Ohio.

Added proof it is for worthy causes: Almas Temple Shrine will cohost the Indian Spring event. Check it out with Andy Stynchula, golf chairman for the alumni . . .

Bob Hayes, the former Olympic sprint king and Dallas Cowboy star caught in a 1978 drug bust, left prison in Huntsville, Tex., on parole at sunrise yesterday with the customary $200 from the state in his pocket and nothing to say publicly ere his wife drove away with him . . . Jim Carey, fired as basketball coach at U. of Nevada-Reno, speaks: "Being honest, that's what got me in trouble. That's the only way I'll ever be". . .

Terry Bradshaw hedges on his retirement timetable: "When people ask me, I say two years. I may not be there in two years and yet I may be the first one in camp." The Super Steeler QB went on, "I don't want to just hang on. . . If I feel like playing, I won't be ashamed to say, 'I made a mistake, I want to play longer'". . .

Kent Tekulve, pennant and World Series hero, was not among their number when Pittsburgh Pirate batterymen assembled in Bradenton, Fla., yesterday; not only is Mr. Relief haggling over contract but undoubedly much more so since Cub counterpart Bruce Suter won that $700,000 year's pay at arbitration this week. "It goes to show," affirmed Tekulve's agent Tom Reich, "how realistic our roposal is in today's market" . . . Jim Palmer of the other league's champions has turned down the Orioles' second proposal on extending his contract an additional three years, and what else is new?

Harrison High beat Air Academy, 56-55, in Colorado Springs on a game-ending free throw Tuesday night -- after which 75 students from the two schools brawled outside, some with ax handles, resulting in injury to four students and a policeman and arrest of two youngsters. The game was between undefeated teams -- girls teams . . .

The all-time record payof on the weekly British soccer pool: $2,148,372, reaped by David Preston, 47, a brewery employe in Burton-on-Trent. Hoisting a pint, "regular gambler" Preston listed his immediate plans: no work, new house, new car, holiday in Las Vegas. A believer in lucky charms, Preston "put it all down to a sprig of white heather my wife Jean bought in Scotland at New Year . . . I slept with it under my pillow knowing that sooner or later it would be a winner" . . .

Southpaw Don Gullett arrived n N.Y. Yankee camp at Fort Lauderdale after attending his mother's funeral, then impressed with free-and-easy, painless throwing in his comeback from a double tear in rotator cuff. Stan Williams, the pitching coach, remarked, "I thought he looked fantastic. We were working on his delivery which is a minimum of 10 times better than it used to be" . . .

Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia returned to the ice in Los Angeles for figure skating practice, he reporting of the groin injury that kept them out of the Olympics, "It grabs a little. There's a little pain and then it goes away."

That was no Olympic hockey player waving the American flag at Andrews AFB in the picture panel in front of Tuesday's sports section, Beth Richardson of Trinity College tells us. "He's a luger -- Ty Danco. I know because I got his autograph and kissed him about five times."