We're talking fines again:
* Del Harris, Houston Rockets' coach, $1,000 by the NBA for overly ragging at the officiating during, and for public consumption after, 119-117 loss to Spurs. Does that forebode anything for Abe Pollin, issuer of emphatic noncompliments about Celtics-Bullets refereeing in his Capital Centre? Tsk, and Commissioner Larry O'Brien due here Monday to present Pollin as one of eight inductees at Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame inaugural dinner (Marriott Twin Bridges).
* Lou Piniella, N.Y. Yankee outfielder, $1,000 by Manager Bob Lemon for nonfeasance on top of $7,000 by owner George Steinbrenner for overweight. Piniella left park before p.m. exhibition with Texas at Pompano Beach. Seems, during a.m. Yanks-Rangers B game, he was telling a story, with gestures, when--oops--his hand hit the dugout roof. Hand swelled but he finished game before going for X-rays (no fracture). Lemon: "He left without telling us. He knew we wanted him to DH in the second game."
Boss Steinbrenner describes Piniella as "like a child who tests you with how many times he can go to the cookie jar . . . Once in awhile he has to be belted good . . . 38 years old and I gave him a three-year contract at $350,000 a year . . . more than anybody else in baseball would have given him." Piniella retorts, "They're treating me like Little Orphan Annie . . . I also must be the biggest dummy in the world because I came into camp early (pre-March, as Steinbrenner "requested" of regulars), so what happens? I have to weigh in every day and I keep getting fined $1,000."
Sugar Ray Leonard to fight Roger Stafford in mid-May--in Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium: assuming that's why Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce assembles media today . . .
Format change in tennis' Volvo Masters, Jan. 19-23, 1983, Madison Square Garden climax of men's Grand Prix circuit. No more eight-player round robin; now 12 in single elimination, first-round byes to tour's top four . . .
NFL retiree: No. 12 in all-time reception yardage, Haven Moses. Ninth-round Buffalo draftee in 1968, Bronco since '72, caught 448 passes for 8,091 yards, 56 touchdowns . . . Dallas says No. 3 quarterback Gary Hogeboom has progressed so well they'll put No. 2 Glenn Carano up for trade at NFL owners' meeting next week in Phoenix . . . In Winchester, Va., auto dealer Bill Brundige, ex-Redskin, charged with DWI and resistance (wee hours Sunday).
Coach-hunting Duquesne interviews AU basketball's Gary Williams today; also will check out Tim Grgurich, ex-Pitt head coach now UNLV assistant. Lou Campanelli told Duquesne and Seton Hall to forget him, reportedly told James Madison he'll stay . . . Resilient Eastern Eight looks set to be E-10: formalities pend to admit Temple, Holy Cross and readmit Penn State.
Memorial tribute today in Champaign for Leo Johnson, 87, whose Illinois track teams--Bobby Mitchell a star--won 17 Big Ten, three NCAA championships . . .Frank Emmet's daughter accepted TPA award in Jacksonville to Emmet, now 82, capital's Mr. Junior Golf.
A. Working to boost inner-city participation in L.A. Olympics: black-power saluter kicked off U.S. team in 1968 Mexico City Games, John Carlos . . . Q. What's become of D.C. pro boxer who went route with Gerry Cooney?