A check issued by the Hagerstown Suns Carolina League team to the Chicken has been returned for insufficient funds. The check for $4,400 issued to baseball entertainer Ted Giannoulas for his July 26 performance at Municipal Stadium failed to clear the bank on which it was drawn, Giannoulas' business manager said. Suns General Manager Bob Miller said it would "be taken care of." He declined to elaborate.

The team was sold July 1 to Hagerstown businessman Gerald Minnich; former owner Lou Eliopulos claims the sale is void . . .

In Philadelphia, the Phillies' Steve Carlton, the richest pitcher in baseball, accused his agent of embezzling more than $100,000 since 1973.

In a suit filed in U.S. District Court, David Landfield, of Oldsmar, Fla, was accused of making "interest free loans to himself" from Carlton's accounts.

Carlton also accused Landfield of ignoring requests for an accounting and record of his finances. Patrick Doherty, Landfield's attorney, denied any embezzlement had taken place . . .

Atlanta Braves' owner Ted Turner has rejected an Atlanta television station's offer to pay to replace Noc-A-Homa's tepee, which was taken down during a recent homestand in which the Braves dropped two out of three games to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Turner said baseball rules would not allow the team to keep the tepee in place during the playoffs and World Series anyway.