William Andrews earned $40.14 per yard and his Falcon running mate Lynn Cain cost the club $49.18 a yard, an Atlanta newspaper notes in figuring their 1981 rushing production (2,223 yards) at combined base salary of $97,500 and comparing it with Walter Payton's $325.34 per yard cost to the Chicago Bears . . . and Chuck Foreman's $4,761.90 a yard for New England ($300,000 salary; 23 carries, 63 yards). If the Redskins have to pay John Riggins for '80, it's here to infinity . . .

The $101,000-a-year contract of Preston Pearson, the nominal running back better shown as a third-down receiving specialist, expired and Dallas did not make him a qualifying offer; appears he faces retirement at a mere 36 . . . Linebacker Mike Hegman, pleading no contest in Dallas to a forgery charge (27 checks totaling $10,534; restitution made), had drawn two years' probation. Said an assistant d.a.: "We're not doing him any favors because he's a Dallas Cowboy."

The report from England that Johan Cruyff was set to play soccer for Leicester City: nix. Comes word from The Hague that "Cruyff, who signed Wednesday a season contract with Spanish second division club Levante of Valencia," will join the Dutch national team for its next World Cup qualifying match. That's against France March 25 in Rotterdam; 3 1/2 years since Cruyff last played for Holland . . .

S. R. Leonard won't be fighting Larry Bonds in Capital Centre, one of the sites considered for that March 28 WBC welterweight title defense; it's shown to Houston or Syracuse . . . But Sugar will be training , $1 public admission, March 9-19, daily noon to 2, at the Sheraton Northeast, Southpaw Bonds, 28-3 as a pro but 0-0 since April, is prepping in Cleveland . . . And in what is billed as Northern Virginia's first professional boxing card in 48 years, young area hopefuls duke it with Philadelphia talent in seven bouts tonight, 8, at Jhoon Rhee's Falls Church martial-arts branch, 1120-A W. Broad St. Bowie's Bill Tuttle and Manassas' Scott Farmer try Johnny Cooke and Piggy Hunt is featured six-rounders at 165 and 135 pounds, respectively. In a four-rounder, touted Mike James makes his pro bow . . .

The collision of Kansas City's Phil Ford and Golden State's Lloyd Free during NBA action was so drastic it shelved both for several games -- and knocked Phil Chenier off the Warrior payroll. Ford was accidentally gouged by Free's thumb to the extent that a small bone behind his eyeball was shattered; doctors replaced it with a piece of one of his ribs. Next thing, Free discovered his thumb was dislocated. Ugh, and Free's relegation to injured reserve bumped ex-Bullet Chenier into try-again-next-summer status with Golden State . . .

Knights of Columbus' Rock Creek Council, 18th annual sports night Sunday in Bethesda, will salute Georgetown Prep's Jim Fegan as coach of the year