Phoenix -- Jerry Buss, owner of Los Angeles' NBA Lakers and NHL Kings, and a business partner paid $1 million to settle claims that they did not pay $522,000 in taxes owed on Phoenix-area properties. Limited partnerships controlled by Buss and his partner own about 500 rental properties in the Phoenix area. BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves -- OF Claudell Washington had his attorney plead him not guilty in Walnut Creek, Calif., to a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. He was stopped by police Feb. 18; trial is set for Aug. 20 and Washington faces a maximum fine of $100. New York Mets -- Optioned OF Len Dykstra (.385 in four games) to AAA Tidewater. FOOTBALL

Miami Dolphins -- Cut nine-year pro LB Sanders Shiver. DIVING

McDonald's International -- Olympic medalists Li Kongzheng of China and Michele Mitchell of the United States won the platform competition at the invitational in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Kongzheng's 632.10 points beat Tong Hui, 614.97, and Bruce Kimball, 591.27. Mitchell, with 450.90 to 423.63 for Chen Xiaoxia, reversed her Olympic loss to Zhou Jihong, fifth this time at 385.53. AUTOS

Toleman Team -- Engaged driver Rene Arnoux, dropped by Ferrari recently, and evidently will reenter Grand Prix racing on a reported three-year sponsorship deal. HONORS

National Football Foundation -- NFF and Hall of Fame will present Bud Dudley, founder/executive director of the Liberty Bowl, its 1985 award for outstanding contributions to amateur football, Dec. 26 in Memphis.