The Soviets have given an American mission to Moscow their answer to the U.S. 1980 Olympic boycott: their contingent of athletes and officials will outnumber ours at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics!

U.S.S.R. Olympic chairman Sergei Pavlov assured Peter V. Ueberroth, L.A. Games chairman, yesterday that a 1,000-member Soviet delegation is planned, two-thirds of them competitors. The Soviets say they just want satisfactory housing, security, etc., facets of the L.A. preparations they have steadily criticized.

"As the strongest Olympic team, they have a right to be concerned," Ueberroth said. En route, he'd visited Warsaw and was told to expect teams of 500 East Germans and 250 Poles . . .

NFLPA's Ed Garvey says we were misinformed on Craig Morton ("led Giants in summer '74 NFL strike")--"throughout the entire strike, Morton was with Dallas; he was traded after six weeks to the Giants . . . In fact, he crossed the picket line to help undermine the union." Now, Morton and Lynn Swann have highly vocal company in opposing a 1982 strike: Pittsburgh's Terry Bradshaw.

If it happens, Swann needn't worry about having someone to pass him the ball: Bradshaw avers he would "lead the parade" of picket crossers. Steeler quarterback says no more talk about retiring, he's trim, eager, and, "If camp is called tomorrow, I'm going. Gene Upshaw (NFLPA president) will just have to write me a letter and tell me how disappointed he is . . ."

Another Pittsburgh flap, over the Pirates' chief scout remarking that, "We're going to have to trade for some whites" (if the ball club hopes to improve attendance). This was Howie Haak, anything but a racist in his key role in having brought so many blacks and Latin Americans into the organization--so many that he noted only one top white prospect in AAA. (Class A Alexandria Dukes have a mix pretty comparable to parent Pirates' 11 whites, 14 "non.") Owner John W. Galbreath and G.M. Harding Peterson said they were disturbed by Haak's published remarks and that Pirate policy is to field the best players available--it's winning that fills the stadium. But said Bucco Bill Madlock: "What Howie said is the truth . . . He meant no harm," yet, "Now when the Pirates call up a white player from the minors, there might be a black player who will feel he wasn't called up because he is black" . . .

As Larry O'Brien oversees the NBA coin flip today between Clippers and Lakers for No. 1 draft, one is reminded that the 76ers, no less, own Cleveland's No. 1 in 1983. Ralph?