Olympia Award--U.S. Olympic Committee and Southland Corp. named Donald W. Driskill, a D.C. Metropolitan Police detective, initial winner in his sport of the honor (with museumpiece reproduction of a vase given ancient Greek champions) for outstanding contribution to less publicized Olympic disciplines. Presentation, reception 5-7 p.m. today, Room H-130, U.S. Capitol. FOOTBALL (USFL)

Los Angeles Express--Cut RB Don Hardeman, Houston NFL No. 1 draftee '75.

Denver Gold--Waived ex-NFL QB Joe Gilliam and P Rick Partridge. BASKETBALL

Milwaukee Bucks--Placed C Bob Lanier (knees) on the injured list. SWIMMING

Atlantic 10 Championships--Temple won; host George Washington fourth. Temple's Steve Smutney outstanding swimmer, West Virginia's Dann Grindel top diver.

Southeastern Conference--Tracy Caulkins won five events to help Florida to its third consecutive SEC women's title.

Maryland Masters--Kelley Lemmon, 70, Arlington, set three national age-group 70-74 records (100 and 200 breaststroke, 500-yard freestyle) in meet at UMBC; Joann Leilich, 44, Arlington, national breaststroke record, 1:18.99 for 100 yards. BASEBALL

New York Yankees--Signed veteran OF Rowland Office for AAA Columbus. HORSE RACING

Santa Margarita Handicap--Marimbula ($26), a Chilean-bred, won Santa Anita's $250,000 feature, going 1 1/8 miles in 1:48 1/5 under jockey Sandy Hawley. HOCKEY

Buffalo Sabres--Called up veteran G Phil Myre from AHL Rochester. COLLEGES

American--G Gordon Austin is ECC basketball player of the week.