Holden Smith said there were two reasons why he poured a soft drink on Coach Frank Kush of the Baltimore Colts.

First, he said Kush humiliated him by firing him in front of his teammates.

Second, he said he did it for his former teammates. "Everybody wants to pour something on him," Smith said. "Everybody feels good about it."

Kush had objected to the way Smith ran wind sprints Sunday, so he made the players run them again. One player yelled to Kush that Smith had a pulled hamstring. Shortly thereafter, Kush cut Smith, a second-year wide receiver, saying he loafed.

Kush was in the training camp dining room later that afternoon when Smith poured the drink on his head.

Smith claims he wasn't performing well because he had a pulled hamstring and would appeal his firing to the players union. Kush claims he never heard anything about an injury . . .

The NFL's St. Louis Cardinals released Eric Smith, a former guard on the Georgetown basketball team. Smith, who tried out as a wide receiver and punter, hadn't played football since he played for Churchill High School in Potomac. The NBA Portland Trail Blazers drafted him in 1981 but he didn't make the team . . .

In La Jolla, Calif., Hank Bauer of the San Diego Chargers may retire because his shoulders and arms are partially numb. Bauer, 29, has been voted the NFL's top special teams player the last three seasons . . .

In San Antonio, oilman-rancher Clinton Manges won a share of the city's USFL team. He and attorney Pat Maloney Sr. had been involved in a $20 million lawsuit; apparently it has been settled out of court.